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Friday Nights at the de Young | Milonga at the de Young

Photograph by Kevin Carrel Footer

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Tonight's theme, Milonga at the de Young, features live music by Grammy nominee María Volonté: Blue Tango Tour.

Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours art "happenings" that include a mix of live music, dance and theater performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demonstrations, hands-on art activities, and exhibition tours. Local artists conduct drop-in workshops, debut new commissions, display their art in the Kimball Education Gallery, and take part in conversations about the creative process. The café offers a delicious prix-fixe menu and specialty cocktails, and the observation tower is open until 8 pm. Artist Fellows, Artists-in-Residence, curators, scholars, and arts educators all play an active role in making Friday Nights an engaging museum experience for all.

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Public programs are free and open to the public.

Paid admission is required to view the permanent collections.


The Fine Arts Museums' Cultural Encounters programs are made possible through the generous support of the Hearst Foundations and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation. Thanks to our media sponsor the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

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Gregory Stock
de Young Café
5:00 pm

A special prix fixe menu is offered at the de Young Café beginning at 5 pm. Grab-and-go items are also available until café closes at 8:15 pm.

Art making for all
6:00 pm

Hands-on art making in celebration of the permanent collections and more! These projects help visitors of all ages get up close and personal with the artistic process. Join our museum teaching artists to create an artwork of your own to take home.

6:00 pm

Drainage, running water, steam, sewage treatment, pumping stations, fire-suppression systems, backflow-protection valves, emergency backup water supplies—many of these systems are hidden in plain sight behind closed doors, in basements, or beneath manhole covers that we have walked across countless times.

6:30 pm

A collaboration between celebrated Argentine tango singer María Volonté and California harmonica player Kevin Carrel Footer, the Blue Tango Tour is a groundbreaking exploration of the emotional and musical crossroads between tango and the blues. This globe-trotting duo celebrates the deep spiritual bond between two musical genres born in desire and marginality, often censored yet always resurgent, and that speak directly to our hungry souls.