“Thursdays ’til 9 lets visitors choose what kind of art experience they want to have – whether through film, music, social gatherings, or hands-on experiences,” said Christian Adame, manager of life-long learning at the Crocker Art Museum.
On the first Thursday of the month, the Crocker presents Film Frame, a series featuring screenings of films from classic to contemporary. Screenings are introduced by directors, filmmakers, scholars, and film enthusiasts, and include discussions and interactive programming. Presented in collaboration with local festivals and organizations, films will relate to the Crocker’s exhibitions and collections as well as relevant issues in film, art, and society. Film Frame evenings also include in-gallery tours and activities. In the coming months, visitors can look forward to screenings of “Cleophas and His Own,” a film about American painter and poet Marsden Hartley; “Untitled,” a comic take on the state of contemporary art; the short films of Northern California-based directors Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck; and “The Silence of Innocence,” a documentary on artist Gottfried Helnwein, who is the subject of a career-spanning survey at the Crocker from Jan. 29 through April 24.
Art Mix, presented on the second Thursday of each month, will focus on a new aspect of the Crocker’s collections or special exhibitions in a social environment. Expect to hear the latest great local band or DJ, sip a specialty cocktail from the Crocker Cafe, and dive into live art demonstrations, short films, interactive installations, photo shoots, special in-gallery tours and spotlight talks. Upcoming Art Mix events feature performances by DJ Rated R, Sea of Bees, Sacramento Sizzling Sirens Burlesque Experience, DJ Mike Colossal, Sister Crayon, and The New Humans.
The Crocker broadens its musical horizons with Playlist, a new concert series on the third Thursday of the month. The series will highlight local, regional, and national performers from various musical genres, including blues, reggae, indie, folk, country, bluegrass, rock, hip hop, and world music. The Crocker’s popular Third Thursday Jazz Summer Concert Series will return as part of Playlist with outdoor performances from May through September featuring sounds that run the spectrum of traditional to modern jazz. Concert-goers can look forward to hearing the dark sounds of California-based Chelsea Wolfe, funk and soul by The Nibblers, a Gottfried Helnwein-inspired composition by Vox Musica, and the velvety-rich vocals of singer-songwriter Kate Gaffney.
On the fourth Thursday of each month, the Crocker will host “Open Art,” a series of discussions on the arts and current events co-presented with a community arts organization. Open Art will kick off in January 2011 and feature guest speakers, special performances, social gatherings, and interactive experiences. Featured partners include Movies on a Big Screen, and CORE Dance Collective.
Thursdays ’til 9 is presented by Bank of America. Tickets for each program can be purchased at crockerartmuseum.org or the Museum Admission Desk.