Friday nights usually don't mean dance parties at museums. That is, unless you're in this town. On Feb. 18, you can shake your groove thing to Afro-Brazilian beats at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art (950 Independence Ave. S.W.).
The museum will keep its doors open after hours for the first Africa Underground, which will showcase exhibits, music, dance, and African and Brazilian food, beer and cocktails. A DJ will spin Afro-Brazilian beats from 7 to 9 p.m., and work by mixed-media artists from South Africa and Brazil will be on display.
Museum Director Johnnetta Cole says it's a way to celebrate ties between Africa and the African diaspora. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Similar events at the Hirshorn Museum have already proved popular.
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