YAM Masquerade Party: An aerial extravaganza

Third annual party blends music, dancing, costumes and aerial wine pouring

Art Beat
AlternaCirque Bartending
Billings AlternaCirque pours wine at the Masquerade Party.

Tickets are going fast for the third annual Masquerade Party, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Yellowstone Art Museum’s (YAM). The party once again features performances and aerial wine pouring by Billings AlternaCirque and music by DJ Benefit.

Also on tap: a costume contest with prizes and free souvenir photos for each guest, tarot card readers and other mystics, hors d’oeuvres, local draft beer, dancing, drinks, and more.

The Masquerade Party was inspired in part by a previous costume ball hosted by YAM known as the Beaux Arts Ball, originally held in 2002. The event highlights the mystery and mystique of the museum’s shadowy history as the former Yellowstone County Jail, originally built in 1885. The building was transformed into the Yellowstone Art Center in 1964 and underwent a major renovation in the mid-1990s, reopening at the Yellowstone Art Museum in 1998.

The Masquerade Party features the unique aerial performers of Billings AlternaCirque and their signature wine pouring and circus arts and music provided by DJ Benefit, a pillar of the local DJ scene.

Tickets are $25 and available at YAM’s front desk or online at www.artmuseum.org/special-events/masquerade-party. The party is open to ages 21 and up.

Other scary affairs at YAM

Explore the museum’s haunted past as the Yellowstone County Prison during one-hour Haunted History Ghost Tours, 7 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 20 and 27. Registration is recommended.

Also at YAM, learn to carve pumpkins in a whole new way during an adult-education Pumpkin-Carving workshop with artist Jason Jam, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 21. Students remove layers of the pumpkin using carving tools to create depth and form and learn how to carve facial features that will appear to bring their pumpkins to life. Fee is $10 and participants should bring their own pumpkins.

Call 406-256-6804  or head to www.artmuseum.org/events/