April Late Night to Feature Tribute to Ray Charles

Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art presented by Starbucks Coffee Company will feature a tribute to Ray Charles in a main stage performance by members of his orchestra on Friday, April 15. The evening’s events have been organized to celebrate the exhibition Something All Our Own: The Grant Hill Collection of African American Art before it closes on Sunday, April 17.

Former band mates Leroy Cooper, Ernest Vantrease, John Bryant, Jack Evans, and James Gilyard will perform favorite Ray Charles tunes and share behind-the-scenes stories of the blues legend. The band will perform from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Hamon Atrium.

Following the Ray Charles tribute, Dallas’s own Diverse Soulz will take the stage at 10 p.m. in the Atrium for some breakdancing and beat box demos for the Late Night After Hours segment.

Literary enthusiasts will want to hear Jonathan Safran Foer, author of the bestselling and award-winning novel Everything Is Illuminated (2002), discuss his forthcoming novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Horchow Auditorium.

Later in Horchow, film buffs can screen an encore presentation of Lackawanna Blues, the film version of Ruben Santiago-Hudson's autobiographical one-man show. Blues is the story of a young boy’s life shaped by the woman who raised him and the misfits and drifters in the boarding house where he grew up. Director George Wolf brings together a distinguished cast including Mos Def, Jimmy Smits, and Rosie Perez to spin a tale fueled by rhythm and blues, community and family. The film begins at 9 p.m.

Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art are every third Friday of each month (except December) from 6 p.m. to midnight. Entertainment for the evening also features Late Night Open Mic poetry readings, Yoga in the Galleries, complimentary Starbucks hot beverages, blues and jazz solo performances in the galleries, Starbucks Coffee tasting seminars, and more.

Family activities include Bedtime Stories with Arturo, the Museum’s mascot (pajamas encouraged), Yoga for Kids! in the Gateway Gallery (bring yoga mats) and Late Night Creations for the budding artists-in-training,

As the evening progresses, the Dallas Museum of Art will present hourly tours of the permanent collection and the Insomniac Tour, led by Bonnie Pitman, Deputy Director of the Dallas Museum of Art.

Remaining dates for the 2005 Late Nights series are May 20, June 17, July 15, August 19, Sept. 16, Oct. 21, and Nov. 18.