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Friday Nights at the de Young | Swing into Summer

Cynthia Glinka

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Put on your dancing shoes and dance the night away with Cynthia Glinka, vocalist Jonathan Poretz, and the Fil Lorenz Septet.

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.

6:00 pm

"Spring into Summer Swing Fling" features Cynthia Glinka—On the Dance Floor, vocalist Jonathan Poretz, and the Fil Lorenz Septet, a Basie-style mini big band, performing songs made famous by Frank Sinatra; Dean Martin; Sammy Davis, Jr.; Bobby Darin; and Tony Bennett for your dancing pleasure.

6–6:30 pm: Dance class with Cynthia Glinka

6:30–8:30 pm: Dance party

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.

6:00 pm

Get a sneak preview of some of the many notable art projects in progress right now for Burning Man 2013. You will hear from artists who are making revolutionary works of art, often in radically collaborative ways. Some have been creating work for the inhospitable tabula rasa of Nevada's Black Rock Desert for many years, and will be sharing their "war" stories.