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The Hirshhorn -- 'Party Central' -- on Oct. 29

Friday Happy Hour at the Hirshhorn. (Courtesy: Matthew Worden / Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden)

By Jacqueline Trescott

Come on down to art and party central! The Hirshhorn sent out a tweet Monday urging its Twitter followers to stop by the night before October 30 rallies on the Mall. "Headed into DC for the Rally to Restore Sanity or the March to Keep Fear Alive next Sat? Party at After Hours on Friday" announced the message.

The Friday After Hours gatherings at the Hirshhorn have been a surprising success since they were launched four years ago. "We started well with the first one with 1600 people, then it grew to 2600 and we had to scale back to 2200," said Gabriel Riera, director of communciations and marketing at the museum, one of the Smithsonian Institution's art museums.

The events on Oct. 30 are being planned by the funnymen of Comedy Central -- Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

Nothing different is planned for the 29th's festivities at the Hirshhorn. The $18 entrance fee stays the same and tickets are sold only in advance. The party will start at 8 p.m. and end at midnight. Short art films will be shown. No food or drink allowed in the museum. The galleries stay open until 10 p.m. The party with discjockeys continues on the plaza. Cash bar outside.

But there's one stipulation since this is Halloween weekend and people tend to get carried away: no Halloween costumes.

"We want people to enjoy the proxmity and we are staying away from political messages," said Riera.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | October 18, 2010; 4:20 PM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Smithsonian  | Tags:  Hirshhorn Museum, Oct. 30 Marches, Smithsonian Institution  
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