Photo courtesy of the Long Beach Museum of Art.

The Long Beach Museum of Art (LBMA) will host its summer After Dark event on this coming Thursday, July 10, an event that occurs only twice a year.

The nighttime affair should, at least in the eyes of the LBMA, not be missed. Art lovers and night owls alike can breathe an end-of-the-week sigh of relief as they gaze across the Pacific ocean, drink in hand, and absorb some of Long Beach’s art and music culture as they meander through the current exhibit and get down to soulful tunes.

This summer’s After Dark will feature local bands No Silver Bird and Fathers & Suns, plus DJ Dennis Owens of Good Foot fame will be spinning vinyl for the dance party once the sun has set.

Guests will be allowed to view The Paternal Suit: Heirlooms from the F. Scott Hess Family Foundation, an exhibition of over 100 paintings, prints, and objects assembled by contemporary Los Angeles artist F. Scott Hess. Hess is largely known for his amusing and critical views of everyday human dysfunction, with paintings that show off visitors at Disneyland fleeing due to an oncoming storm or African-Americans playing Monopoly.

The nighttime charade will also have an opportunity drawing and an After Dark customized food and beverage menu from Claire’s At The Museum, LBMA’s accompanying restaurant.

Past After Dark’s have included live painting by local artists, screen printing workshops, performances by The Latin Jazz Syndicate, DJ Josh One and Bobby Soul, and opportunity drawings for bicycles, iPads and video games. 

After Dark is open to the general public for an admission price of $10. The event is free for existing members plus one guest and anyone who purchases a museum membership before July 10. Members can also arrive early at 5PM to enjoy a hosted bar. For more information and/or purchasing a membership, visit LBMA’s website at or call (562) 439-2119. Tickets for After Dark can only be purchased on the day of the event at the museum, located at 2300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803

Asia Morris is a Long Beach native covering arts and culture for the Long Beach Post. You can reach her @hugelandmass on Twitter and Instagram and at [email protected].