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Friday Nights at the de Young Season Six Opening Night

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Friday Nights are back! Join us for the sixth season of free live music, performances, artist demonstrations, poetry, lectures, films, and more!

Live music by wild jazz band Le Chat Lunatique
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Wilsey Court

As unpredictable, fearless, and entertaining as their namesake, Le Chat Lunatique purveys an addictive genre they call “filthy, mangy jazz,” a signature sound that makes you want to smoke and drink too much—if only you could get off the dance floor. Le jazz hot of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli is their North Star, but they use that beacon to navigate through a wide range of genres, blending Western swing, classical, reggae, doo-wop, and “anything else we damn well please” into strikingly original compositions and audaciously reworked standards alike.

"Absinthe: History in a Bottle"
7:00 p.m.
Koret Auditorium
Special lecture by Barnaby Conrad III, author and former Fine Arts Museums trustee.

Tableaux Vivants
6:00–8:30 p.m.
Piazzoni Murals Room
Hang out with artists Berthe Morisot (Peggy Gyulai), Vincent van Gogh (Jeremy Sutton), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (Jef Valentine), and Paul Gauguin (Marius Starkey). Watch them paint and have your portrait taken. Then enjoy a taste of absinthe (for a nominal fee) and magic presented by Paul Nathan.

Art making with a de Young Artist Educator
6:00–8:45 pm
Make your own Marionettes de Chat, a "crazy cat!"

January Artist-in-Residence Jennifer Ewing
6:00–8:45 pm
Artist Studio/Kimball Education Gallery
Visit January artist-in-residence Jennifer Ewing and her installation Spirit Boat Directions.

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Programs are free. Free general admission sponsored by Ovation and Xfinity.

Tickets for Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay are completely sold out on Friday, January 14.


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