We Got Your Culture Right Here, Kids

In the land of eternal summer, high-minded culture can be a little hard to find. Not to say we don’t have culture; it just tends to get overlooked, especially by the young. There are lectures, symposiums, art shows, and literary talks going on at libraries, museums, and galleries all around us — but against the lure of ladies’ nights, beer bars, and bands, they don’t stand much of a chance. The Norton Museum of Art (1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach) is out to change that by fusing nighttime entertainment with tours of the museum’s collections. Art After Dark is an ongoing, once-a-week nighttime happening, but this week’s is special: It’s the College Night edition. The party kicks off with College Night Trivia while local DJ Illya Tatrov provides music from 5 to 7 p.m. If trivia or dance music is not your thing, at 5:30 p.m., there will be a tour of “Outside/In,” a photography exhibit that includes works by contemporary Floridians, and at 6:30 p.m., a tour of the “Modern Masters” exhibition. Finally, Rich Kid Sound System — a local band performing a kind of hip-hop/indie-rock fusion — will perform from 7 to 9. Happy hour lasts all evening in both the museum’s posh indoor Cafe 1451 and at the food cart located in the Central Garden. Admission to the museum is $12 for adults, $5 for students who present ID — and no additional cost for the event. Visit norton.org, or call 561-832-5196.
Thu., March 29, 5 p.m., 2012
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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