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K2 Friday Night

Brooklyn Rail April Issue Launch Party

Friday, April 7, 2023
6:00 PM–10:00 PM

Cocktails, art, and music make a heady mix during K2 Friday Nights, where admission is free every Friday from 6:00 to 10:00 PM. Café Serai becomes the K2 Lounge, offering a special drinks menu to accompany the evening’s DJ, Aeli. Explore all the galleries, dive deeper with an exhibition tour at 7:15 PM, and kick off your weekend with the Rubin.

In this special K2 event, celebrate the launch of the Brooklyn Rail’s April issue with guest critic and poet Chime Lama. In her introduction, Lama writes “It’s become commonplace to hear of a person experiencing four straight hours of depression. Why is it so uncommon to hear of a person experiencing four straight hours of joy?” Much of her recent joy stems from witnessing Tibetan and Himalayan women writers and scholars representing and creating their own cultures and stories.

Featuring pop-up readings by Chime Lama, Anastasia Clark, Sheila Maldonado, Yehui Zhao, YESH, Cynthia Manick, and Madeline Gilmore from 7:00-8:00 PM in the 3rd floor galleries.

About Chime Lama

Chime Lama is a Tibetan American writer, translator, and multi-genre artist based in New York. She is the Poetry Editor of Yeshe Journal, and her work has been featured in the Brooklyn Rail, Exposition Review, The Margins, Street Cake, and Volume Poetry, among others. Her poetry collection, Sphinxlike, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, and she teaches creative writing at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

About the Brooklyn Rail

Founded in October 2000, the Brooklyn Rail provides independent and free forum for arts, culture, and politics throughout New York City and far beyond. The Rail publishes 10 print issues annually, hosts live daily Zoom conversations and readings, and has a robust curatorial program.

About the DJ


Tunisian-born Los-Angeles-based DJ, Aeli blends sounds from all the places where he’s lived; Tunisia, Paris, Dubai, and Los Angeles. His music production and selection signature adds North African and Middle Eastern spices to western Hip-Hop sounds, while also playing traditional sounds relevant to the city in which he performs. Learn more.

Coming with friends? Learn about group reservations and read more about K2 Friday Nights and the other programs offered at the Rubin on Friday nights.


Lead support for the Rubin Museum is provided by the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Bob and Lois Baylis, Barbara Bowman, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Noah P. Dorsky, Fred Eychaner, Christopher J. Fussner, Agnes Gund, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Global, Henry Luce Foundation, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Mellon Foundation, Matt and Ann Nimetz, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Tiger Baron Foundation, and Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation.

General operating support of the Rubin Museum of Art is provided by Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, Dalio Philanthropies, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, Andres Mata, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, Inc., The Prospect Hill Foundation, Basha Rubin and Scott Grinsell, Linda Schejola, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Tong-Tong Zhu and Jianing Liu, with generous donations from the Museum’s Board of Trustees, individual donors and members, and corporate and foundation supporters.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochcul and the New York State Legislature.

the pierre and tana matisse foundation Prospect Hill Foundation

Advanced online reservations are recommended. Enter any time between 6:00 and 10:00 PM. Walk-up tickets are not guaranteed and will be available only as capacity allows.