Any event that combines art, music, and cocktails automatically gets my attention. Throw in words like “free drinks” and “speakeasy” and you’ll get a Pavlovian response from me. This Saturday, May 30, Muse (LACMA’s membership group for young artists and art enthusiasts) presents ArtWalk 2009 on the Miracle Mile. From 12pm to 8pm, the ArtWalk self-guided tour will include four free museums, twenty participating galleries, discounts at area restaurants, a Kogi Truck, Bollywood Step Dance, Angel Lebron, and more. There’s a lot going on, so check the schedule of events for complete info.

The music and cocktails portion of the event will take place at the El Rey, when Muse presents its ArtWalk 2009 After Party featuring Vaud & the Villains. As Muse describes them, Vaud & the Villains is “an eighteen-piece band with sexy, sultry dancers playing New Orleans-backroom-slow-drag-high-energy-boogie-woogie-barrelhouse blues.” They play Wednesdays at the Edison, in case you were wondering why the name sounds familiar. Muse promises to “transform the El Rey into a Prohibition-era speakeasy for a night of fantastic music and complimentary drinks provided by Grolsch, Malibu Family Wines, and Pernod.”

So, to recap: free drinks, speakeasy, NOLA-style bluesy grooves, and sexy dancers. Who’s in?

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Visit the official ArtWalk 2009 site

ArtWalk 2009
Saturday, May 30
12-8 pm
Miracle Mile
Four free museums, twenty participating galleries

ArtWalk 2009 After Party
Featuring Vaud & the Villains, with Stagecoach Looters
Saturday, May 30
Doors: 8:30 pm
El Rey Theater
5515 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Limited General Admission tickets are $25 for Muse members, $40 for non-Muse members.

VIP tickets, with reserved table seating and waitress service, are $50 for Muse members and $75 for non-Muse members.

To purchase general admission tickets, click here, call 323 857-6010, or visit LACMA’s box office. To purchase VIP tickets, call 323 932-5861.

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