Crocker offers unique Thursday evening experience

By April 26, 2011

SACRAMENTO – The Crocker Art Museum continues the popular program series, “Thursdays ‘til 9,” this spring. The museum is open every Thursday until 9 p.m., offering visitors a chance to explore the many forms of art.

“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. The program, which launched in November of 2010, features performances, art happenings, and intriguing collaborations with regional arts groups.

On the first Thursday of the month, the Crocker hosts “Film Frame.” Presented in collaboration with local festivals and organizations, films relate to the Crocker’s exhibitions and collections as well as relevant issues in film, art, and society.

Screenings include commentary by directors, filmmakers, scholars and film enthusiasts. Upcoming film screenings include “Visual Acoustics,” a celebration of architecture photographer Julius Shulman, on April 7; “Bicycle Dreams,” a film about a cross-country bike journey, on May 5; and “Séraphine,” a touching story of a housekeeper who began painting at the age of 41, on June 2.

Watch trailers and learn more about upcoming films at

“Art Mix,” presented on the second Thursday of each month, is the perfect evening for those who like to mix culture with cocktails. Evening programs focus on a new aspect of the Crocker’s collections or special exhibitions in a social environment. Expect to hear a great local band or DJ, sip a specialty cocktail, local brew, or regional wine from the Crocker Café, and dive into live art demonstrations, short films, photo shoots, special in-gallery tours and spotlight talks.

On April 14, visitors can look forward to a poetic celebration of Literary Arts Month; May 12, features a launch party for the Bicycle Film Festival (BFF); and June 9, offers a celebration of Gay Pride with music, tours, and discussions.

The Crocker continues to broaden its musical horizons with “Playlist,” a concert series on the third Thursday of the month. The series includes blues, reggae, indie, folk, country, bluegrass, hip hop, and everything in between.

The Crocker’s popular summer jazz concert series will return as part of Playlist with outdoor performances from May through September featuring sounds that run the spectrum of traditional to contemporary jazz. On April 21, music enthusiasts can look forward to a unique performance from Broadway star and Tony Award nominee Brenda Braxton; on May 19, violinist-composer Tom Rigney and Flambeau will perform Cajun blues and New Orleans grooves; and on June 16, the passionate Quarteto Sombra y Luz will perform Brazilian jazz.

On the fourth Thursday of each month, the Crocker hosts “Open Art,” a series of exchanges, performances, and art happenings co-created with community arts organizations.

On April 28, the Crocker will offer a discussion on “Artists and the Environment,” co-presented with the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, and on June 23, will screen the film “Gen Silent,” presented in collaboration with the Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

Open Art will take a break on May 26 for the “Big Names, Small Art” silent auction party, which is held in conjunction with the Museum’s annual “Art Auction” on June 4.

Thursdays ‘til 9 is presented by Bank of America. Tickets for each program can be purchased at or the Museum Admission Desk.

FILM FRAME (First Thursday)

Thursday, May 5, 7 p.m.

Film Frame: “Bicycle Dreams” (2009, Unrated, 104 minutes)
Considered the most challenging sporting event in the world, the Race Across America is an epic 3000-mile bicycle race from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The fundamental goal of the race is simply to finish—a challenge half of all riders fail to meet. Filmmaker Stephen Auerbach will participate in a post-screening Q&A. Presented in collaboration with Hot Italian. $6 members, $12 nonmembers.

Thursday, June 2, 6:30 p.m.

Film Frame: “Séraphine” (2008, Unrated, 125 minutes)
“Séraphine,” is the story of Séraphine de Senlis, a housekeeper who began painting brilliantly colorful canvases at the age of 41. She was discovered by Wilhelm Uhde, a German art critic and one of the first collectors of Picasso. Presented in collaboration with the Sacramento French Film Festival. $6 members, $12 nonmembers.

ART MIX (Second Thursday)

Thursday, May 12, 5-9 p.m.

Art Mix: Bicycle Film Festival Launch Party
Kick off the Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) at the Crocker Art Museum. The Crocker’s courtyards will come alive with bike art, a bicycle fix-it workshop, and no-host BBQ from the Crocker Cafe. Bicycle valet service will be provided. Free with Museum admission.

Thursday, June 9, 5-9 p.m.
Art Mix: Pride!
Celebrate Gay Pride with live music, spotlight talks, and a GLBT Resource Fair. Artist Sandow Birk will be on hand to discuss his “Stonewall” series, which commemorates the 30th anniversary of the riots in New York’s West Village. Free with Museum admission.

PLAYLIST (Third Thursday)

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.
Playlist: Tom Rigney & Flambeau
Jazz is back for the summer as part of Playlist’s concert series. Specializing in fiery Cajun and zydeco two-steps, low-down blues, and funky New Orleans grooves, violinist-composer Tom Rigney and Flambeau will tear the roof off the Crocker. $6 members, $12 nonmembers.

Thursday, June 16, 6 p.m.
Playlist: Quarteto Sombra y Luz
Sandy Cressman, lead singer in Quarteto Sombra y Luz, will combine her love for Brazilian Jazz with elements of Cuban bolero, flamenco rhythms from Spain, and passionate songs and rhythms from Latin America. $6 members, $12 nonmembers.

OPEN ART (Fourth Thursday)

Thursday, April 28, 7 p.m.
Open Art: Artists and the Environment
Get ready for the “Summer of Impressionism” and explore how artists working in various media incorporate the environment in their work. Artists Enid Baxter Blader, Ned Kahn, and John Roloff will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Shelly Willis, Manager of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places Program. Presented in collaboration with Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. $6 members, $12 nonmembers.

Thursday, June 23, 7 p.m.
Open Art: “Gen Silent” (2010, Unrated, 60 minutes)
Following the lives of six GLBT senior citizens, “Gen Silent” puts a face on a growing trend of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender senior citizens who elect to go back into the closet. Filmmaker Stu Maddox will lead a post-film discussion. Presented in collaboration with the Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. $6 members, $12 nonmembers

The Crocker Art Museum is one of the leading art institutions in California. Established in 1885, the Museum offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions, events and programs to augment its collections of Californian, European, Asian, African and Oceanic artworks. The Crocker is located at 216 O St. in Downtown Sacramento. Museum hours are 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Tuesday–Wednesday; 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Thursdays; 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Friday–Sunday. Every Third Sunday of the month is “Pay What You Wish Sunday” sponsored by Bank of America. For more information, call 916-808-7000 or visit

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