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Cultural Encounters: Friday Nights at the de Young presents Discarded to Divine and Fishtank Ensemble

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On Friday nights, the entire museum is open until 8:45 p.m. Friday Nights at the de Young offers a variety of interdisciplinary arts programs, including live music, poetry, films, dance, tours, and lectures. The café is open with a special Friday Nights dinner menu, and a no-host cocktail bar is serving drinks. There are art making activities for everyone. Programs are subject to change.

Discarded to Divine
returns to the de Young with its 5th annual event, in partnership with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, to showcase this year's talented designers and their recycled-clothing couture.

Wilsey Court 
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Live music by Fishtank Ensemble, l
eaders in high-energy, cross-pollinated gypsy music. From California, they bring their unique blend of Romanian, Gypsy jazz, flamenco, Balkan, Turkish and tango–influenced music to the world.

6:00–8:30 p.m.
Hands-on art making for everyone
with Art Diva Kim Erickson. Create a necklace out of recycled materials.

Piazzoni Murals Room and Wilsey Court
Discarded to Divine
Each year, we look forward to Discarded to Divine, a “very San Francisco” fashion event that presents creativity with a community-minded twist to raise awareness and much-needed funds for St. Vincent de Paul Society programs supporting low-income people in need and victims of domestic violence. The garments here on view at this sneak preview are inventive and wearable pieces created by student and emerging designers from the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as special guests, including Jay Nicolas Sario and Sweet P. of Project Runway, Colleen Quen, Cari Borja, and others.

Koret Auditorium
7:00 p.m.
Lecture by Lynda Grose, "Fashion and Sustainability: A Journey of Exploration." 
Lynda Grose cofounded Esprit’s Ecollection line, which was the first ecologically responsible clothing line developed by a major corporation and set pioneering standards for the textile industry. As a practicing designer, consultant, and educator, Lynda has worked with clients ranging from artisans and farmers to nonprofits and clothing companies. Identified in 2008 by London's Financial Times as one of the “green power brokers,” Lynda currently serves as associate professor in the fashion design program of the California College of the Arts.

Partner, Donor, Sponsor Credits

Friday Nights at the de Young is supported by the Koret Foundation. Friday Nights at the de Young is part of the Fine Arts Museums’ Cultural Encounters initiative, generously funded by The James Irvine Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Columbia Foundation, and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation.

Ticket Information

Programs are free unless otherwise noted. Museum general admission is always free to members; regular admission fees apply for non-members to visit the galleries.

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Nicole Schach