Night Watch

ICA first Fridays: Masquerade


Friday, 5 p.m., The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave. 21+. Tickets: $15, free for ICA members. 617-478-3100,

The deal: Drawing from the fantastical folklore of All Hallows and the beauty and innovation of Renaissance culture, the Institute of Contemporary Art is throwing a masquerade ball filled with dance, art, and mystery. Historically, these lavish events allowed guests to break through personal and societal boundaries under the cloak of disguise, so if your best move is the funky chicken, dance it freely — just don’t forget your mask.

The entertainment: ICA First Fridays resident mix-master DJ Knife will be conjuring all souls to the dance floor, spinning a blend of contemporary and throwback hits. He also welcomes professional choreographer Adele Myers and her company, providing the tracks to their pop-up performances. “The crowd will have several chances to watch intriguing and engaging movement performances,” says public programs manager John Andress.


The drink: Tavern Road beverage director Ryan McGrale channeled the decadence of fin de siècle style to create the event’s specialty cocktail, the Moulin Rouge: vodka, lime, Aperol, and St. Germain.

The crowd: Appreciators of art, dress-up, and good parties. The museum is also offering spotlight talks in their main exhibit, “Amy Sillman: one lump or two.”

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The dress: Original costumes are encouraged. Those seeking some creative guidance can get help from artist Melissa Thyden, who will be on site hosting mask-making activities.

Steph Hiltz

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