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The Modern Ball Is Coming Next Week

by Larissa Archer

View of SFMOMA from City View at Metreon; photo: Henrik Kam  Modern Ball 2012 revelers. Photo by Drew Altizer

View of SFMOMA from City View at Metreon; photo: Henrik Kam Modern Ball 2012 revelers. Photo by Drew Altizer

SFMOMA might be closed for its much-anticipated expansion (including what will be the largest exhibition space for photography of any museum in America), but it still mounts top-notch exhibits, such as the current “Public Intimacy” collaboration with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and, of course, it still hosts rockin’ parties.

The Modern Ball is back this year, on Wednesday, April 30, and it will occur in a very glamorous and exciting setting: the SOMA oasis of Yerba Buena Gardens. Depending on what kind of partier you are (and what kind of money you plan to spend), there are three Modern Ball experiences to choose from: the poshest will be the Gala sit-down dinner and live, Sotheby’s auction featuring works by Tuymans, Thiebaud, and others.

Slightly more casual, the Supper Club will be a lounge-style mixer with genre-spanning dance music spun by DJ King Most, and plenty of booze, including Étoile Champagne, Terrazas de los Andes wines, and Campari–in case one needs some liquid courage to get out on the dance floor.

Finally there’s the Post-Modern Party, which everyone at the event will be invited to attend in the breathtaking City View at the Metreon, with a syncopated light box and “synthpop” performance by Brooklyn’s Holy Ghost, a DJ set by Passion Pit, and—what this writer is especially excited about—Silent Frisco’s silent disco, which will be what it sounds like it will be. Add wireless headphones to your coiffure, and dance with your fellow partygoers to broadcast music that only you can hear. Get ready to don your favorite cubist gown or Dada tux and plan on getting experimental, because this event will not be your Old Master’s ball. For details, visit:

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