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Cultural Encounters: Friday Nights at the de Young presents Homemade Workshop with East Bay Express, Jonathan Poretz with Moodswing Orchestra, and Dance Lessons by Cynthia Glinka

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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 cafe 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.

Wilsey Court  
6:00–6:30 pm
Back by popular demand! Dance coach and choreographer Cynthia Glinka instructs, inspires, and entertains.
With her dance tips and tricks, you won't miss a beat! Join us on the dance floor and learn some new moves, partner-dance style.

Jonathan Poretz and the Moodswing Orchestra.
The "Rat Pack Is Back" alum Jonathan Poretz swings the songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Bobby Darin, and Tony Bennett. He's backed by Mike Young's 12-piece Moodswing Orchestra, known for its authentic covers of the great Big Bands of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. Bring your dancing shoes!

6:00–8:30 p.m.
Hands-on art making for everyone
with Art Diva Kim Erickson. Get your fingers into the dancing action with swing-dance puppets.

Piazzoni Murals Room

6:00–8:45 p.m.
Inspired by Amish craftsmanship,
the East Bay Express brings a Handmade Workshop where visitors can learn how Bay Area artisans hand-make everyday items. From garden tools to furniture, jewelry to clothing, such items handmade with quality and precision are hard to find in this era of mass production.

Koret Auditorium
7:00 p.m.
Lecture by Dr. Manuel Jordan, “Revisiting Chokwe: A Historiography of Chokwe Art.”
The lecture focuses on the body of documentation on the art of Chokwe and related peoples gathered by scholars and ethnographers since the 19th century, all of which led to definitions of Chokwe style(s) and typologies of royal art versus people’s art. The presentation considers the competing (and often conflicting) contexts and sources of influence for what we have come to identify as Chokwe art.


Programs are subject to change.

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

Unless otherwise noted, all Friday Nights programs are FREE. Museum admission is always free to members; regular admission fees apply for non-members to visit the galleries.

Contact Information

Nicole Schach