Jan. 5, 2018

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Indian culture and the Bollywood Film Festival are focus of museum's first ARTafterDARK of the year

WHAT: ARTafterDARK: Kiss Kiss Bang Bhangra
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, 6-9 p.m,.
WHERE: Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St.
COST: $25, free for museum members
INFO: 808-532-8700, (publishable)
High-res images available on request.

HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I—ARTafterDARK is back! After its annual winter hiatus, the museum’s monthly event, which welcomed almost 20,000 visitors in 2017, returns Jan. 26—to close the museum’s Bollywood Film Festival with a Kiss Kiss Bang Bhangra. The evening is presented by THE MODERN HONOLULU.

At ARTafterDARK: Kiss Kiss Bang Bhangra, the art focus is on Indian sights, sounds and tastes. Guests can explore subcontinental art in the Indian Gallery, learn Bollywood dance moves from dance troupe Aaja Nachle, dance to bhangra beats from DJ Mr. Nick, and get mehndi designs from Hau‘oli Henna and Touch of Henna Hawai‘i.  

THE MODERN will offer mini massages from Lather Spa; a Bollywood-themed photo booth; and the opportunity to get into ADDICTION Nightclub for the official ARTafterDARK after party.  

Delicious Indian bites from EAT Honolulu and drinks by Free Spirits Mobile Bartenders will be available for purchase. 

Guests can win a Recline + Dine experience at THE MODERN 
In addition, THE MODERN offers visitors who join or renew their membership at the Supporting ($100) level or higher a chance to win a one-night stay in an Ocean View Room at THE MODERN HONOLULU; dinner for two at RAVISH; a luxury daybed experience; and breakfast for two at The Grove. Existing Basic ($25) level members may enter by upgrading their membership to the Supporting level or higher. To enter, guests must join or renew any time between Jan. 12 and the end of ARTafterDARK on Jan. 26. The winner will be announced on Friday, Feb. 9, by phone or email. 

Mobile check-in
Members who download the HoMA app can skip the line and glide right into the event using their digital membership card. All they have to do is search “Honolulu Museum of Art” in the Apple App Store or Google Play, download the app, and go to “My account” to log in and view their already activated digital membership cards. 

Looking ahead 
The museum and the ARTafterDARK advisory board have come up with 10 months of fabulous ARTafterDARK themes. Here’s what art lovers can look forward to in 2018: 

Feb 23: Must Love Dogs, a mashup of Valentine’s Day and the Year of the Dog 

March 30: Abstruction: The Sculpture of Erick Swenson, a focus on the contemporary exhibition of the same name. Sponsored by Nordstrom.

April 27: Windows to the World, a focus on the exhibition Moloka‘i Window by James Jack. Sponsored by iichiko.

May 25: Halo Haloha, a celebration of Filipino culture

June 29: Mixed Plate, a focus on the museum’s encyclopedic collection and its reflection of the islands’ diverse community. Sponsored by First Insurance Company of Hawaii.

July 27: Board Room, an evening of surf and skate that coincides with the ending of the Honolulu Surf Film Festival. Sponsored by The Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club.

Aug 31: = (equal sign), a celebration of LGBTQ pride

Sept 28: Hawai‘i Avant Garde, which focuses on the milestone exhibition Ho‘oulu Hawai‘i: The King Kalākaua Era. Sponsored by Servco Lexus.

Oct 26: CarnEvil, ARTafterDARK’s annual Halloween blowout. Sponsored by iichiko.

About ARTafterDARK 
Launched in 2004, ARTafterDARK is the Honolulu Museum of Art's monthly art party organized by a dynamic group of young volunteers dedicated to exploring the arts. ARTafterDARK is held on the last Friday of the month, January through October, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the grounds of the Honolulu Museum of Art. See more info.


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