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The Clark is "Club Tokyo" February 3 During the Next Event in the Popular "Clark After Dark" Series

For Immediate Release

January 13, 2006

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s wildly-popular “Clark After Dark” quartet of winter revelries takes guests far from the New England winter and spring thaw.  Each party is different, with theme-based food, signature drinks, movies, games, and activities.  On Friday, February 3 from 8 pm to midnight, the Clark will morph into a club on the other side of the world.  Dress to impress, whether it’s a kimono or club clothes, and enter Tokyo pop-culture where partygoers can eat sushi, practice origami, and rock the house with karaoke.  Tickets are $10 ($8 for members) per evening and are available at the door, or by reservation at 413-458-0524 or boxoffice@clarkart.edu.

Japanese influences are everywhere during this event, from the fabulous food and artistic activities, to the projection of anime films in the courtyard.  Learn the ancient art of origami with hands-on folding.  Those curious about the martial arts won’t want to miss demonstrations by Bob and Lisken Dus. 

The Academy Award winning film Lost in Translation will play on the Clark’s big screen at 9 pm.  Directed by Sofia Coppola, this 1993 film stars Bill Murray, as a movie star past his prime, and Scarlett Johansson, a neglected newlywed, who meet as strangers in Tokyo and form an unlikely bond.

Karaoke, a time-honored party tradition, will make stars out of the brave souls who dare to sing their hearts out competing for prizes.  Those who would rather dance than sing will groove on the dance floor to a DJ spinning techno tunes. 

“Club Tokyo” wouldn’t be complete without sushi and “saketinis” for purchase, and a full cash bar.  Additional snacks and soft drinks will be provided. 

A highlight of the evening will be a rare after-dark peek of the Clark’s print room.  On view will be rarely-seen Japanese prints hand-picked for the evening. With an impressive holding of over 5,000 works on paper, the Clark’s collection of prints, drawings, and photographs includes masterpieces by Picasso, Cézanne, Degas, Bonnard, Stieglitz, Rembrandt, Lartigue, Whistler, and many other great artists. 

Continuing the “after hours” gallery viewing made popular at this summer’s 50 Hours weekend, the Clark’s galleries will be open until midnight offering late-night rendezvous with masterpieces. 

The Clark After Dark carousing continues with “Venetian Carnivale” on March 3 and the “Last Days of Pompeii” on April 7.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August).  Admission is free November through May.  Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID.  For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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