If the many fine pieces of artwork within the Norton Museum of Art came to life for one evening a la Ben Stillers madcap Night at the Museum films, the result would probably not be a wild night of revelry rather, youd be in for a somewhat contemplative evening in the company of Paul Rubens incarnation of Saint John the Evangelist and Roman Vishniacs pre-holocaust Jewish shtetl-dwellers. But dont get the wrong idea: the Norton knows how to put the art in party. For proof, check out its latest event series, Art After Dark, going down on the second Thursday of each month. The program will combine D.I.Y. art, film, live music, and booze into one night of merriment in the museums hallowed halls. Tonight, local singer/songwriter John Ralston will serenade museum-goers in the atrium - hopefully with tunes of his upcoming album, Wild and Free, which he recently finished recording in the Crescent City. You can also take part in a tour of the Nortons extensive galleries, listen in on a conversation on contemporary art with curator Cheryl Brutvan, and stick around for a showing of Fantasia, an animated classic that coincides with the museums latest exhibit, Disney: The Music Behind the Magic.
The party starts at 5 p.m. at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach. Admission costs $8 or less. Call 561-832-5196, or visit norton.org.
Second Thursday of every month, 5 p.m. Starts: June 11. Continues through June 10, 2009