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Friday Nights at the de Young | Surf Night

The Aqua Velvets Guitar Noir
Featuring the Aqua Velvets

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Tonight's theme, Surf Night at the de Young, features live music by the Aqua Velvets in celebration of California living and Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years, 1953–1966.

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 and special exhibitions.


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
Art making for all
6:00 pm

Hands-on art making for everyone. 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

Join us in celebrating the Urbanauts and the second phase of their project, Systemic.

The Aqua Velvets
6:30 pm

The Aqua Velvets are one of the world's premier surf instrumental bands. Their sound is a blend of surf, latin rhythms, blues, lounge exotica, and free-form improvisation.