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The afternoon was creeping towards evening as we arrived at the Crocker Art Museum, ready to escape the heavy warmth of the outside air. This month’s Art Mix greeted us with craft tables and the proclamation of tonight’s theme, French Twist. We started out by taking in a lecture on the drawings of the French Masters in The Epic and the Intimate exhibit. The lecture washed over us in the liquid syllables of the language of love. Thanks to the cheat sheet of phrases provided we picked up some useful sayings to help us fake our way through being smart about art in French [Quelle tête magnifique! What a magnificent head!] After that we indulged ourselves in making paper fans and crowns at a crafts table. At seven The French Cassettes came on and dragged us away from our crafts with their lively music and cute, dorky dancing. An hour and half later, we finished off the night with the Sizzling Sirens Tribute to Marie Antoinette, half an hour of burlesque interspersed with rather avant-garde video segments. The crowd nearly lost its head during the strip tease number to AC/DC’s ‘She’s Got The Jack’. It was a lovely evening that did the Art Mix’s organizer, Rika Nelson proud.

Next month’s Art Mix is Thursday October 10th from 5-9 pm. Tickets are free for Crocker members and $10 for non-members. The theme will be Architecture.

Here is a little of the French Cassettes music and make sure to check out their facebook to learn more about them.

Photos Melissa Uroff

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