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Norton's Art After Dark Is Free Through August

After all the late night weekend chugging and Sunday fundays, sometimes you just want to go to an event that you can feel good telling your mom about. Norton Museum of Art's weekly Art After Dark is that kinda night. Sure it's got the word "dark" in it, but it's the kind of free fiesta that features completely impressive, not corny international art, music played by teenagers, local rock and reggae acts, and there's usually something for an older crowd too. It's a legit family affair.

Like lots of businesses in South Florida during the summer months, the Norton is offering a killer deal. Florida residents get free entrance to the Norton every Thursday through the end of August. Lucky for us, that happens to be the same night as the weekly Art After Dark.

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Billed as "Where Culture and Entertainment Meet," the weekly takes place Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m. It's a mixture of everything artsy, and we're talking real art here, not Instagram filter bullshit. From exhibits and tours to live music and DIY classes, there is surely something to put a smile on everyone's face. Seriously, last week there was a ravioli making class. Yes, food is art! Basically, Art After Dark always has five different things going on. Throughout the year, it's well worth the price of admission, which is what makes this summer deal such a hot ticket.

The freebie goodness kicked off June 6, and continued with a strong performance by local reggae band Future Prezidents and distinctly great vibes. The summer lineup is stacked with local bands such as Making Faces, Ex Noregian, Raggy Monster, and Franscene all getting a spin on one of the various stages within the museum.

Finally, a way to see a local show without having to drink a PBR.

The Norton is closed for the holiday this Thursday, July 4, but will be open July 11 with young, local singer/songwriters Savannah Maddison, Emily Brooke, and Maggie Baugh. Free Thursdays take place every week through August 29. Art After Dark is from 5 to 9 p.m. To stay up to date on each week's different performances and classes, visit the Art After Dark Facebook page.

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