Back during my time in Orlando, one of my favourite non-tourist things was to go to Third Thursdays, an after-hours event put on by the Orlando Museum of Art that brought wine, hors d’oeuvres, music and mingling into the museum on a monthly basis. So having been back in Palm Beach for several years now, I was delighted last year when West Palm’s premier art museum, The Norton Gallery, began put on a similar event. Art After Dark takes place on the second Thursday of every month, running from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. I was part of a big crowd at the inaugral event last summer, and, much to the delight of AAD organizer Belle Forino, I’ve been a faithful attendee ever since.
The nice thing about Art After Dark is that it showcases art in many forms. In addition to the obvious access to the Norton’s exhibits, AAD has also featured films (including the ballet classic The Red Shoes) and, of particular interest to us Types, music, almost always live. The inaugral event featured local singer-songwriter made good, John Ralston. The following month featured an acoustic solo performance by Pete Byrne, lead singer of the British New Wave group Naked Eyes. Since then, other performers have included the local jazz-rock band Ruling Mercury, Miami street performer Jesse Jackson (no relation to the civil-rights activist) and local jazz vocalist SAMM, who performed a riveting set in December with only a bass accompaniment.
This month’s event (taking place Jan. 14th) features a performance by local reggae/rock sensation B-Liminal. Formed in 2008 by members of local favourites Boxelder and Doorway 27, this band has toured in support of artists such as Bunny Wailer and Arrested Development. B-Liminal also played a main-stage gig at the 2009 edition of Sunfest, West Palm Beach’s art/music festival. Their performance runs from 7:00-8:30.