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Kick off your weekend with an all-in-one evening full of creative fun at the Birmingham Museum of Art on Friday, April 6 from 5 to 9 p.m. It’s the time of year for Art After 5!
Many Vibes, One Place
Art After 5 is a series of fun activities hosted by the museum, and they take place on the first Friday of every month until summer, when it’s time for sunshine and Art On The Rocks!
All The Things!
The thing about Art After 5 is that you don’t have to jump from place to place to have a good time. Live, local music? Check. Birmingham’s best mixologists? Check. Making art? Yep. Sounds like a perfect way to hang with friends on a Friday night.
The best part? It’s all free.
“This is a casual, laid back type of event,” said Lana Beardslee, the museum’s manager of public programs.
“We always have makers activities, guest musicians and we have local mixologists creating drink samples. We always have some kind of fun gallery activity, too, whether it’s a tour or a scavenger hunt.”
The Art After 5 Lineup
Each month, the museum features a new blend of art and entertainment, along with featuring the BMA’s resident art experts as they share art history hacks. That means the next time you need to impress someone with a random, interesting fact or two, you can thank BMA! Everyone appreciates a little art history knowledge.
Art After Five Presents: The BMA Bootleggers
The April 6 Art After 5 event celebrates the opening of the museum’s exhibition called “Magic City Realism: Richard Coe’s Birmingham”.
“It’s a series of prints from Birmingham in the 30s,” said Beardslee.
“He was an artist who came to Birmingham post World War I to make prints of Birmingham, buildings that are still up and places that have been torn down, so that you can see what Birmingham was like in the 30s.
“We thought we’d do a fun, post-Prohibition-bootleggers kind of vibe for the event.”
“Magic City Realism: Richard Coe’s Birmingham” is presented by the City of Birmingham, the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and Friends of Magic City Realism.
Like A Speak Easy With Art Class
Local musicians Chuck King (trumpet, vocals), Tony Lombardo (tenor banjo), Mike Cogan (bass) and Don Wendorf (drums) of The Chuck King Quartet will be playing the entire night for the event.
Freelance mixologist David Hornbuckle will be making a Prohibition-inspired cocktail. Hornbuckle is a UAB professor, a fiction writer and all-around cool cat.
The featured art activity includes making your own print and a tour of the exhibition led by Kate Crawford, the museum’s curator of American arts.