Posts Tagged ‘night out’

The New York Times’ Chloe Veltman vs. After-Hours Programs at San Francisco Museums

Monday, April 19th, 2010

The New York Timeseses‘ Chloe Veltman is thinking that maybe “Fun is Trumping Art” at the bay area’s cultural institutions. Check it out, if you’d like.

Leave us begin:

“It’s hard to talk about museums’ after-hours programs without getting confused.”

I don’t know, maybe. I mean, our Asian Art Museum has Matcha and our CalAcademy has Penguins and Pajamas. But, it’s not a bad idea to have the word “night” (or “nite”) in there somewhere, just to get the point across. Is that a bad thing?

“To stand out, the programming should make the art on display come to life in ways that are not necessarily possible when visitors are walking through exhibition halls during normal hours.”

All right, I’ll bite. Museums should try “to stand out” for the benefit of big newspaper art critics, to satisfy them, because, because why? And what, for example, should the CalAcademy do – take the Morrison Plane’arium audience outside for a look at real stars?

That’s one big fish, but is it Art?

Leave us continue:

“Generally, the evening events that provide the instant gratification of a lively social atmosphere are not ultimately the most memorable.”

I don’t know, if you meet your life partner at one of these events, that could be considered memorable…

“The events might bring in more young people, but…”

I’ll have to interupt to say, “Sold!” This is all you need to say to sell the idea of having a night program at a cultural institution. I mean, our museums shouldn’t have night programs because that kind of thing’s has been done already? How does it benefit San Francisco to concern ourselves with what they think in New Yawk? Maybe they do things differently on the floors of Tokyo or down in London town’s a go-go, but that’s O.K., right?

“D.J.’s, henna tattoo artists and artisanal cheese makers add atmosphere, but…”

This is pure gold - let’s get Arizmendi on the horn, stat!

“…unless more is done to distinguish these programs from one another, visitors may soon opt to spend their free evenings not at the museums, but at actual parties.”

Read the whole thing, there’s no support cited for this conclusion. I don’t know, maybe, as another possiblility, visitors will soon opt to spend all their free evenings at the museums? There’s a chance of that too, right?

And the CalAcademy’s perennially crowded nightLife program is not on a sustainable journey? Actually, it looks to be able to go on forever. And it’s too much like a party so people would rather go to a party? Does that make sense? Perhaps the throngs of young people will soon start cocking their Glocks to go to Club Suede instead?

If there ever comes a point when bay area youth get confused due to their attendence at a bunch of similar night-time programs, well, that would be like a dream come true to workers at our museums, particularly the smaller ones having trouble during this Great Recession.

Just saying.

San Francisco Ballet Announces LGBT Nite Out Schedule for Early 2010

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Our San Francisco Ballet has just announced the new schedule for its LGBT-friendly Nite Out performance/reception package: Program 2, The Little Mermaid (aka Program 5), and Program 7.

Check out all three right here.

The debut of The Little Mermaid will be featured next month:

See you there!

Post-Ballet Receptions for the LGBT* Community

Single tickets now available!
Experience a ballet company as diverse as our community. San Francisco Ballet invites the LGBT* community to its 2010 Nite Out series featuring three dynamic evenings of world-class dance and an exclusive post-performance party.

Each Evening in the Nite Out Package includes a full evening’s entertainment 
  • Meet the Artist Interview  – 7pm 
  • Deepen your appreciation and knowledge of dance! Learn about the choreographers, dancers, or visiting artists in these salon-style interviews.

  • Performance – 8pm 
    Friday, February 12Program 2 - Robbins’ Opus 19/The Dreamer, Wheeldon World Premiere, Taylor’s Company B
    Friday, March 26The Little Mermaid – U.S. Premiere
    Friday, April 9Program 7 - Wheeldon’s Rush, Possokhov World Premiere, Robbins’ The Concert
  • Reception – 10:30pm to Midnight 
  • Mingle with new friends and SF Ballet dancers at an exclusive hosted cocktail party with wines by Gallo, cocktails featuring Swan’s Neck Vodka, and light hors d’oeuvres. Plus enjoy great music, ambiance, and views of City Hall from the Dress Circle Foyer. Plus, new this season, have the chance to win fabulous prizes from HUGO BOSS, boon hotel + spa, and more at each event.

Series Pricing 
The Nite Out Package is a great value with prices starting at just $40 per performance! Individual tickets including the reception start at just $45.

How to Order: 

Online  
To purchase the Nite Out 3-performance package, click here.
To purchase individual tickets, log in and enter promo code niteout.
By Phone 
Call 415.865.2000, Monday–Friday, 10am–4pm and mention Nite Out. 
Don’t miss the rest of our exciting season! 
For the most savings and benefits, including flexible ticket exchange, you can also add the Nite Out 3-performance receptions to a 5- or 8- Principal Series Package for just $60. Purchase a Series D or Series N Friday evening subscription, then add the Nite Out Reception Package to your shopping cart from the subscriptions page.
 * Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender