February Late Night to Feature Maya Feast of Dance, Myth and Music

Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art presented by Starbucks Coffee Company will feature a night of dance, myth and music on Friday, Feb. 17. The evening’s events have been organized to celebrate the Museum’s new blockbuster exhibition Lords of Creation: The Origins of Sacred Maya Kingship, on view Feb. 12 through May 7, 2006.

Maya dance ensemble Grupo Pakal will perform on the main stage in the Atrium with authentic ritual dance honoring the Maya gods. The evening’s entertainment also will include the sounds of salsa by the talented students of Booker T. Washington School for Performing and Visual Arts, and a Mexican harp and strolling Mariachis in the Galleries.

The Feb. 17 Late Night will also include The Art of Maya Royal Sacrifice, a lecture by SMU’s University Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Dr. David Friedel, which will explore the dark side of Maya culture. The lecture is, at 9 p.m. in the Horchow Auditorium.

At 7 p.m., Literary Cafe presents Candace Wolf, a Master Storyteller and teacher who has worked with the Kennedy Center and the Library of Congress. Wolf learned the oral histories and traditional humor of cultures worldwide by living among peoples of many communities, including Maya Indians in the jungles of Guatemala, migrant gypsies in Europe, rice farmers in Indonesia and coal miners in Appalachia. She will share myths and stories told by the ancient Maya in the Horchow Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Additional activities include an Artist Talk with Miguel Angel Rios, whose current exhibition Concentrations 49: Miguel Angel Rios is on view in the Contemporary Galleries; a bilingual Museum tour, Late Night After Hours featuring deejays Los Hip Hop Guys, and the Insomniac Tour, led by Bonnie Pitman, Deputy Director of the DMA, and of course, complimentary Starbucks coffee beverages.

Family activities include Bedtime Stories with Arturo by guest storyteller Candace Wolf, (pajamas encouraged), Yoga for Kids! in Gateway Gallery (bring yoga mats) and Late Night Creations for budding artists-in-training.

Remaining dates for the 2006 Late Nights series are March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, August 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20, and Nov. 17.

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