Join Drawing America for a Sketch and Sip at the holiday edition of Cocktails & Culture, an ’80s-inspired fiesta and groove to the Latin disco beats of cumbia pop supergroup Locobeach! Become immersed in the Museum’s Day-Glo December festivities, from a virtual Santa to a retro arcade. Themed cocktails and food from Teranga available for purchase.
Our exhibitions New York, New Music: 1980-1986 and Puppets of New York will be open late for viewing.
Masks and proof of vaccination required.
Get your ticket to drop in anytime between 6-9 pm, draw a live costumed model, share your work at the breaks, take in an exhibition, and come back for a drink. Materials are provided or feel free to bring your own pencils and paper.
At this month’s Cocktails & Culture, groove to the Afro-Latinx Beats of cumbia pop supergroup Locobeach, who serve up latin disco with a psychedelic/spaghetti western edge! Check out our monthly MC’NY Poets’ Café hosted by poet Shanelle Gabriel featuring a performance from the Pretty BIG Movement dance troupe.
$35 Register for Museum Admission & Drawing Session: includes entrance to the Museum and one seat to the Sketch and Sip.
$45 Register for Admission, Drawing Session + One Drink Ticket includes entrance to the Museum, one seat to the Sketch and Sip, and one drink from the MCNY Bar.
Masks and proof of vaccination are required.
Locobeach is cumbia pop; latin disco with a psychedelic/spaghetti western edge. This supergroup of a band is comprised of Jose Luis Pardo on guitars/vocals , Neil Ochoa on congas/percussion/electronics, Joshua Camp on accordion/keyboards/vocals, and Edward Marshall on bass, Fernando Valladares on Timbales & Drums. Their debut album, Psychedelic Disco Cumbia, came out October 25, 2019. Dance music for your brain!
About MC’NY Poets’ Café and Shanelle Gabriel:
Bring your poems, songs, or whatever way you express yourself to the open mic at our monthly MC’NY Poets’ Café hosted by Shanelle Gabriel — first time performers welcome! Shanelle Gabriel is a poet, singer, and lupus warrior from Brooklyn, NY who has performed internationally including Africa and Europe. Widely known for featuring on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, she has shared the stage with artists such as Jill Scott, Nas, Nikki Giovanni, and more. She was listed as one of Blavity.com’s “Artist Activists You Should Know” and one of “8 Millennial Feminist Poets That Deserve Recognition” by BET.com. Shanelle is also a health activist who has featured on the Lifetime Network about her continued battle with lupus. Presently, she is working on her third album while serving as the Interim Executive Director at Urban Word NYC, a youth organization that uses poetry & hip-hop to promote literacy and youth voice. shanellegabriel.com
About Pretty BIG Movement:
Pretty BIG Movement LLC (2008) is the first international full-figured dance company based in New York City. Specializing in various dance genres such as Hip-Hop, Jazz, African and Modern; Pretty BIG Movement has created a space where full figured dancers can be seen as the true artists they are. After years of auditions and performances, Akira continuously found herself surrounded by beautiful, confident, plus-sized women in the entertainment industry. Realizing that there were no stable platforms for voluptuous dancers like herself, Founder and CEO Akira Armstrong used her confidence and experience to build her empire known as Pretty BIG Movement. Within a few years of inception, Pretty BIG Movement had thousands of loyal followers locally and internationally; inspiring women and men across the world to get back onto the dance floor. Pretty BIG offers dance workshops across the world to all, while still creating an intentional space for full-figured people.