Wednesday, 17 October 2007
The Crocker? Neo? OK!!
OK, well, yes, I need better art. I'm working on it. But it got your attention, right?
As well it should. I am not one for cocktail parties at the Crocker, but the moment I heard about this one, I thought it might be different. So I popped for a $50 ticket, because, well, it said DJs and Fire Dancers on the promotional card (pictured), and it seems like MONTHS since Burning Man, and I missed Decompression, and well, hell: I want to encourage our cultural institutions taking chances, and while the promise of Ferraris has a slightly testosterone-heavy vibe, really: Where there's a chance of fire AND discs spinning, preferably together, I'm going to do my best to make it. You should, too.
Neo-Crocker: A Modern Dance Party happens this Friday, and it will be the last big event at the Museum until it reopens its new wing in...2010? God, doesn't that sound like a date out of science fiction? But I digress.
Nevermind that a friend recently quipped that "Fire dancing is the new hacky-sack." That's true in a glib sort of way, except with hacky sack, you didn't have as much danger of catching fire. But I digress. Again.
Even more appealing: They're encouraging CREATIVE Chic Party Attire, which sounds to me like they're encouraging people to DRESS UP and STAND OUT! This is to be encouraged even more than fire spinning. This town is still in the Paris Hilton and Charlie Sheen level of dress-up on the average night, and while I'm not a particularly snazzy dresser most of the time, when I'm asked, I will comply. And you should, too. K?
Of course, it could rain, and this thing is to be held in the courtyard (the better not to catch any art on fire - after all, this ISN'T Burning Man). But surely, they've thought about that. I couldn't get the organizer on the phone - I couldn't get ANYONE on the phone, even with three calls - but then, I've got my ticket, and you should, too, and pronto: They are $50 in advance, and $75 at the door (with an optimistic "If Available" amended.) If you want to do it online, that might be easier. Go to www.crockerartmuseum.org and click on the Neo-Crocker link. Or call the Community Center Box Office at (916) 264-5181.
Or call Joshua Michael, the guy who originally told me about it at Peet's Coffee, and ask him for a ticket or two or three: (415) 971-6440. And tell him Barton sent you.