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    Where to find cocktails, concerts in a museum setting

    The ICA is not the only museum in town that knows how to break out the bar cart and put on a party. Here are a few upcoming options for mingling with fellow patrons of the arts.

    Institute of Contemporary Art

    100 Northern Ave., Boston. 617-478-3100,

    First Fridays: Mixology, Nov. 2, 5-10 p.m.

    Cocktail specialists from Drink and Brasstacks offer mixology demonstrations at 6, 6:30, 7, 7:30, 8, and 8:30 p.m. in the ICA lobby. Admission is $15, free for members, and includes a flight of three mini craft cocktails.


    First Fridays: 80s Night, Dec. 7, 5-10 p.m.

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    In celebration of the ICA’s “This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics of the 1980s” (which will include art from Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Cindy Sherman) the ICA throws a 1980s dance party with music from artists such as David Bowie and Prince. Admission is $15, free for members, and includes a complimentary drink.

    Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum

    280 The Fenway, Boston. 617-566-1401,

    Gardner After Hours: Portrait/Portrayal, Nov. 15, 5 p.m

    Portraits are the focus at this monthly cocktail mixer. There will be a wine bar around the courtyard, and the museum cafe will be open for snacks, dinner, and drinks. Tickets are $5-$15, free for members. Then starting at 7 p.m., listen to drummer and 2012 Grammy winner Terri Lyne Carrington leading a jazz ensemble from Berklee College of Music. Tickets to the concert are $12-$27 and include admission to Gardner After Hours.

    Gardner After Hours: Word Play,
    Dec. 20, 5 p.m.


    The Gardner partners with the Grub Street writer’s program for this soiree featuring poetry, word games, and literature. Tickets are $5-$15, free for members. At 7 p.m., the Callithumpian Consort plays music by John Cage and others. Tickets to the concert are $12-$27 and include admission to Gardner After Hours.

    Peabody Essex Museum

    161 Essex St., Salem, 978-745-9500,

    Millinery Fashion Show with Stephen Jones: Nov. 15, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

    World-famous British milliner Jones joins Mary Lou Hawkes, chief curator at PEM, and Juliette Fritsch, chief of education and interpretation at the museum, for a conversation about his current show “Hat: An Anthology by Stephen Jones.” Afterward there’s a hat fashion show. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $55, $45 for members.

    Museum of Fine Arts

    465 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-267-9300,

    First Fridays: Nov. 2, 5:30-9:30 p.m.

    The museum offers tapas, live music, and, of course, art in the Shapiro Family Courtyard. The party is free with museum admission. Tickets are $23-$25, free for members.

    Christopher Muther

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