Although the Carnaval festival itself doesn't kick off until the weekend, those interested in starting the party early can unite with like-minded revelers at the de Young's free celebration tonight. The evening, part of the museum's weekly Friday Nights series, will serve as an introduction to all things Carnaval, with art-making stations, live music, dance, and a film screening. SambaDá, a Brazilian band, will perform their unique blend of salsa, cumbia, and reggae, while the museum screens Black Orpheus, an Academy Award-winning film that re-imagines the Greek myth of Orpheus in the busy streets of Rio de Janeiro, in its auditorium. For art-lovers, the evening is also an opportunity to see the de Young's current lineup of exhibitions, which includes a look at the construction of the Bay Bridge, local collections of world-renowned abstractionist art, and a multimedia exhibit of poetry and lithographs.
Fri., May 23, 6 p.m., 2014