Putting the Art Back in Party

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Ready for a night at the museum? Here’s a look at some art spots that are staying up past their bedtime. 

Dallas Museum of Art
It seems like everyone these days has a Twitter or a Facebook account, and the Dallas Museum of Art has decided to celebrate forms of social media by creating an “iMuseum” experience. With the museum’s Twitter Treasure Hunts, keeping up with the museum’s latest tweets could net you a prize for your Tweet tracking skills. Like the scenery? The museum wants your opinion on art pieces. With the visitor confessionals, you can record your opinions on the latest art collection with Flip cameras or audio recordings on iPods. You might even get a chance to voice your opinion with surprise guest speakers, who will pop up throughout the museum and strike up a conversation with you about their favorite works of art. Tweet about your friends trying working their vocal cords in the outdoor karaoke session, and your comments may appear on the museum’s live Twitter feed shown on a wall in the atrium. And when your stomach starts growling for that late night snack, the Late Night Friday Tapas Lounge in the Seventeen Seventeen Restaurant is open until 10 p.m. and provides delicious treats of small-plate tapas and half-price bottles of wine and desserts. With a plethora of other events at Late Nights, including yoga for kids, swing dancing, and stations to create your own works of art, it would be a mistake to turn in early and miss a great night at the museum. Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art occurs every third Friday of each month.

Friday, April 16
6 p.m. – Midnight
$10, free for DMA members and children under 12

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
At the Modern ‘til Midnight, playing dress up isn’t just for little kids anymore. Come to the Modern to celebrate "Andy Warhol: The Last Decade" in your best eighties garb or stylin’ like your favorite eighties celebrity and you could have a chance to take home some sweet prizes. Categories for the costume contest range from “best 80’s hair” to “most glam,” so make sure you dust off those old Miami Vice suits from your closet and get to it! Music is also a vital component of Modern ‘til Midnight, with DJ Gabriel and DJ Gwendolyn spinning some eighties New York nightclub tunes in the Grand Lobby. For those looking kick back and enjoy some jams outside, a lineup of local and national artists will be performing against the Modern’s reflecting pool for a picturesque concert watching opportunity. And, of course, it would be a travesty to not experience the special exhibition of Andy Warhol during your late night visit to the Modern. The film program, "I Shot Andy Warhol," gives a fascinating look at the radical feminist Valerie Solanas, and her background leading to the moment she shot Warhol in 1968.  The exhibit itself will feature special activities such as interactive events, spotlight tours and more.

Saturday, April 10
6 p.m. – Midnight
$15, free for Modern members, $10 KXT members

Kimbell Art Museum
Every second Saturday of the month, After Hours at the Kimbell lets art lovers gather and listen to live music, while sipping on cocktails and touring the museum. This Saturday, their concert will feature the tunes of The Oakland Band. Also on the lineup for After Hours, is the Tom Reynolds Trio in May.

Saturday, April 10
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
$10, free for museum members

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