Gardner Museum After Hours
Get classy tonight with cocktails and art

In case you don't already know, artists are weird. They do strange things with paint (see: Jackson Pollock or Pablo Picasso), they think a lot about existence (see: Albert Camus), and sometimes they cut off their appendages (see: Vincent Van Gogh). But for all their peculiarities, they also know how to throw a party (see: Andy Warhol).

Tonight, while most of Boston will be recuperating from last night's festivites, the artsy folks at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will be celebrating the vernal equinox in style with their monthly installment of Gardner After Hours. An evening of art, live music, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, this after-hours party is complete with intelligent conversation, stunning art, and an ethereal atmosphere, not to mention those tiny finger foods that go so well with a glass of wine, or possibly the "Madame Gautreau," a specialty cocktail from the museum's Courtside Bar. From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. the museum transforms, offering attendees the opportunity not only to view the collection of Boston's most famous patron of the arts, but also to revel in the history of the museum while enjoying the musical performances held in its much-loved courtyard.

Tickets are just $12 for the general public and $5 if you happen to carry a student ID. They can be purchased online at www.gardnermuseum.org/afterhours/ or at the museum. Tickets will also be sold at the door, subject to availability.

In addition, the Gardner Museum is offering tickets to Gardner After Hours PLUS, which includes an exclusive musical performance with special guest Christian Wolff in addition to the general admission; these tickets are $23 for the public and $10 for students.

So remember, if you can manage to make it out of your room the day after St. Paddy's, you've still got some celebrating to do: the vernal equinox is upon us.