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Paul Miller, aka DJ SpookyArthur M. Sackler Galler entrance

Asia After Dark: Asian Soundscape
Friday, September 28, 7–11 pm
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
(Due to inclement weather on Friday, the entire event will be held in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery.)

Experience an Asian soundscape with live performances by acclaimed digital media artist and musician Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky, and instrumentalists Danielle Cho and Jennifer Kim, set against 1940s black and white films featuring Asian American pioneer actress Anna May Wong. Join instrument–maker John Tewksbury and cross-cultural percussionist Steve Bloom to make play basic rhythms. You'll create and personalize a renewable-frame drum, then learn how to play basic rhythms from Asia and participate in the "choir," with your drum as your voice.

Just before the night breaks into an Asian electronica dance party, take exhibition tours led by Carol Huh, assistant curator of contemporary art, and Alex Nagel, associate curator of the ancient Near East. Have your face painted with Asian–inspired designs and make fun photobooth memories with our friends from onomonoMedia. Throughout the night, pay homage to the Asia After Dark tagline—"Art, Drink, and Be Happy"—by tasting specialty cocktails at the three pop-up bars by Ping Pong Dim Sum, who will supply the award-winning libations for the evening.

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Must be 21 years old with valid photo ID to attend.

Note: The original Asia After Dark scheduled for September 28—a collaboration with the National Museum of African Art themed "Global Rhythms"—has been replaced with Asia After Dark: Asian Soundscape. The original event will not be rescheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience or miscommunication.


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Ticket Policy

All ticket sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

Asia After Dark tickets are presale only and are available on this webpage beginning one month prior to the event date. Each ticket includes one free drink.

Up to five tickets can be ordered at a time online. Tickets can be picked up at the will-call tables 15 minutes before the event starts and until one hour before it ends. There is no admittance after this time. All tickets in each order will be distributed together (not individually). Any member of the party can pick up tickets with the transaction number on the email receipt. The person who placed the order can pick up tickets with either the email receipt or a photo ID. A photo ID is required to enter the museums.


Arthur M. Sackler Gallery: Enid A. Haupt Garden, 1050 Independence Ave. SW
Freer Gallery of Art: 1150 Independence Ave. SW; rain: 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW


Check-in for the Freer Gallery of Art is on the National Mall side, located at Jefferson Drive and 12th Street, SW. The handicapped entrance is at the south side of the museum, on Independence Avenue. In the event of inclement weather, check-in will begin at the south entrance of the Freer (1150 Independence Avenue SW). Check-in for the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery is located in the Enid A. Haupt Garden, at 1050 Independence Avenue.

Maps and directions

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Things to Know

  • No food or drink is allowed in the galleries.
  • Guests must be at least 21 with a valid photo ID to attend; ID check will be enforced upon arrival and entrance to the museum.
  • All bags will be searched by security.
  • Personal items can be checked in designated coat rooms or lockers at your own discretion. The museums are not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
  • The closest Metro station is Smithsonian (Orange and Blue lines).
  • All ticket sales are final; no refunds or exchanges.
  • Will-call check-in ends one hour before the close of the event. There is no admittance after this time.
  • Bars and food are cash-only. An ATM is available at the Smithsonian Metro station (Independence Avenue entrance).

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The Freer|Sackler is closed for renovation and reinstallation. The popular exhibition Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan is still on view in the International Gallery. (Enter through the Ripley Center.) Join us for our reopening celebration on October 14–15, 2017.