Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates Chinese art, hip-hop at upcoming MIX parties

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Museum of Art has two MIX celebrations on tap before the end of the year.

Tickets are already available for the November 3 event, themed “China’s Southern Paradise.’ It is based on the exhibit of the same name. The December 1 theme is “Beat Street,” inspired by the 39-year-old movie that pushed hip-hop into the mainstream. MIX will celebrate 2023 as the 50th anniversary of hip-hop culture.

MIX takes a break in January, returning in February with a Dreamhouse theme inspired by Barbie. That event is still in the planning phase.

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November’s MIX party starts with the Pittsburgh-based Steel Dragon Martial Arts lion dancers. They will perform a historic, tradition-based show. The night then rolls into a dance party with DJ Atomix spinning Chinese electro-club beats and popular crowd favorites. Chinese-inspired food items, cocktails, beer, and wine will be available to purchase.

For December’s MIX party, DJ Kristyles, music director at WOVU, 95.9 FM, will coordinate a hip-hop selection from the past five decades. He will be joined by DJ Eso, DJ Chicago, DJ Jack Da Rippa, DJ Chevi Red, DJ Corey Grand and DJ Lily Jade.

To have 11-year-old DJ Lily Jade perform at the 21-and-over event, MIX coordinators had to make special accommodations. Jade who was recently named to Forbes 30-under-30 Cleveland list, hosts a weekly radio show at 11 a.m., Saturdays, on WOVU.

Breakdancers will demonstrate their art. Street-art-inspired baked goods will be for sale.

During both events, fees are waived to see special exhibitions “China’s Southern Paradise: Treasures from the Lower Yangzi Delta” and “Degas and the Laundress: Women, Work, and Impressionism.”

MIX is free for members and $16 to $25 for non-members.

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