Go Local – Art After Dark

What better way to enjoy a museum than during one of its after hours events? Music, art, drinks, and there’s typically an age requirement of 21 and up. This is one of my favorite times to visit some of the museums in New York City either solo, with friends, or for date night.

Art After Dark at The Guggenheim
1071 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10128

Hours:  9 pm–midnight

$18 guests and general public (credit card only at the door); cash bar

At its Art After Dark program, the Guggenheim transforms into a cocktail-driven, DJ-studded, fashion-forward event designed to introduce the masses to the museum’s art collections without the formality of daylight the first Friday of most months. The DJs change frequently and often bring a highly loyal fan base with them.  Lines can be long, so it’s best to arrive early. http://www.guggenheim.org

Target Saturdays at Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11238

Hours: 5pm – 11pm


On the first Saturday of every month, the Brooklyn Museum hosts Target Saturdays, an evening of special events and drinks.The  is transformed into a DJ-thumping, bodies moving, fun dance party. Attendees also enjoy live music, special programs, and access to all of the museum’s exhibits until 11pm! Each month is a different theme i.e African Dance, Hispanic Culture, Pride, etc…Children are welcome at attend this event and there is special programing for them as well. http://www.brooklynmuseum.org

K2 Nights at Rubin Museum

150 W 17th St., New York, NY 10011

Hours: Fridays, 6pm – 10pm


Every Friday night, the Rubin Museum’s Serai Restaurant morphs into the K2 Lounge, serving cocktails and Asian tapas.  Admission to the galleries is free from 6-10pm, and you can stroll the museum’s Himalayan-themed exhibits while DJs spin accompanying tunes. The museum hosts special curated exhibits, film viewings and live music performances. Arrive early for the 2-for-1 drink specials offered from 6-7pm. http://www.rmanyc.org

Late Nights at the MOMA

11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019

Hours: Fridays, 4pm – 8pm


Admission is free for all visitors during UNIQLO Free Friday Nights, held every Friday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Your UNIQLO Free Friday Night ticket permits you to all other Museum galleries, exhibitions, and films. http://www.moma.org

Uptown Fridays! At the Studio Museum in Harlem

144 West 125th Street, New York, New York 10027

Hours: Fridays 6pm – 9pm


Join friends and neighbors to dance to the sounds of the DJ in the Studio Museum’s courtyard, check out the exhibitions on view during guided tours, browse through the innovative items in the Museum Store, and enjoy great food and creative cocktails at the Atrium Café.Uptown Fridays is FREE and open to the public. Visit their website for the next Uptown Friday event. http://www.studiomuseum.org 

Until next time! -xo AGT

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Brooklyn Museum Block Party!

Tomorrow, check out the Block Party being held at the Brooklyn Musuem as apart of Target First Saturdays. The first Saturday of every month the museum presents a different theme to both educate and inspire visitors. Enjoy free programs of art and entertainment from 5 to 11 p.m. All evening long, the Museum Café serves a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, and beverages, and a cash bar offers wine and beer. Parking is a flat rate of $4 starting at 5 p.m. All other Saturdays, the Museum closes at 6 p.m. 

Schedule of Events 


5–7 p.m.

Son de Madre blends Cuban music with jazz, funk, and Brazilian. Part of Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts series.


5–8 p.m.

Performers from the Museum’s local community showcase their talents throughout the Museum.

Action Station

5–8 p.m.

Laura Nova and Theresa Loong, creators of the Feed Me a Story project, invite visitors to reflect on their lives through memories of food.


6 p.m.

Hands to the Sky (Angelo Boyke, 52 min., 2010). A documentary celebrating the world of outdoor house music parties. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.


6 p.m.

Blue Marble Ice Cream’s Alexis Miesen and Jennie Dundas speak about their nonprofit, Blue Marble Dreams, which has helped eleven Rwandan women open their country’s first ice cream shop. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

Gallery Tour

6 p.m.

A Museum Guide leads a gallery tour on the Museum’s architecture.

Hands-on Art

6:30–8:30 p.m.

Search the galleries for hot Brooklyn styles, and create a fashionable wrap to wear to the dance party. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

Gallery Tour

7 p.m.

A Museum Guide leads a gallery tour on the topic of “Summer Fun.”


7–9 p.m.

Raw/Cooked artist Heather Hart discusses her installation, as visitors participate in transformative activities, from tarot readings to makeovers. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 6 p.m.

Dance Party

8–10 p.m.

Society HAE presents “Beats, Blocks & Brooklyn” featuring DJ crew the Ahficionados with Jasmine Solano, spinning music from Biggie to the Beastie Boys.

Participatory Program

8–10 p.m.

Pose for street style–inspired portraits by photographers Jamel Shabazz, Iafotographeuse, Delphine Fawundu-Buford, and Laylah Amatullah Barrayn. Visitors are also encouraged to post their own images, tagged #BrooklynMuseum and #BeatsBlocksBrooklyn.

Book Club

9 p.m.

Suleiman Osman, author of The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn: Gentrification and the Search for Authenticity in Postwar New York, speaks about his book and leads a discussion on gentrification in Brooklyn.


9–10 p.m.

Zongo Junction blends West African rhythms with funk, jazz, and soul.

Please note that due to limited capacities, some Target First Saturday programs require tickets. Ticket lines often form 30 minutes before ticket distribution at the Visitor Center located in the Rubin Lobby. Members may pick up tickets from the Membership Desk while supplies last. Programs subject to change without notice.

Love AGT :)

Tonight! One Night Only! – 15 Legendary Poets and Writers


When: Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Museum

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
jessica Care Moore, poet, publisher and founder of Black Women Rock!, and Danny Simmons, painter, author, and co-creator of Def Poetry Jam, host a Def Poetry Jam reunion.

For one night in Brooklyn, fifteen legendary poets and writers share one hot mic. This evening of performance, dialogue, and book signings features Carl Hancock Rux, T’kalla, Ekere Tallie, Sharrif Simmons, Kevin Powell, Willie Perdomo, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Ras Baraka, Liza Jessie Peterson, Bonz Malone, Tai Allen, SirMumsila, and Mariposa, with special guest DJ Omari Jazz.

Tickets, which include Museum admission, are $12; $8 for members and cultural colleagues. Seating is limited, and advance ticket purchase is recommended via www.museumtix.com

Love AGT :)