Asia After Dark at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries is mad fun! After the folding of the Smithsonian’s Young Benefactors, a new crop of social events cropped up at the Smithsonian like Asia After Dark. This Thursday night was Middle Eastern themed. It was celebrating the special exhibit Arts of the Islamic World. All attendees received a drink ticket and food was available for purchase like hummus. People were strongly encourage to dress up in Styles of North Africa and South and West Asia outfits. The collection of different people at the Smithsonian was super cool!
There was a guy dressed in clothes from Cameroon, a guy dressed like Ali Baba and a lady dressed in garb from Pakistan.
In the middle of the beautiful museum is a court yard with a water fountain. The DJ Turbo Tala was blasting Arabian music, but it was super loud..never get why music is loud that you can’t talk, but can get a headache. The music was fun and there seemed to be women learning to belly dance to the music too. Unfortunately the author missed the belly dancers called the Barakaat Middle Eastern Dance Company.
Inside the beautiful museum were tables set out to make Arabian Art or to get fake henna tattoos. The real surprise was in the Arabian art section, actress Karen De Mauro was dressed in middle eastern garb as she spun the tale of 1001 Nights. It is the tale of an Arabian prince who is cheated on by a woman. He then believes every woman will cheat on him so he starts marrying virgins and then kills them the next day. He meets his match with Sherhazade. She tells him a story every night for 1001 nights. She doesn’t finish the story each night so he keeps her around to hear the rest of the story the next night. De Mauro did a superb job!!
This is a great way to support the Smithsonian, meet some really interesting people and learn more about different cultures. Just a blast!! This is a very popular event and was sold out. Be sure to check it out next time if you haven’t already!