Dance Party: Back to the Kaleidoscope

Music, snacks, dancing, trivia from the ‘70s – Plus The Infinity Boxes of Matt Elson!

July 30 is the date for the Carnegie Arts Center’s summer dance party! Get your groove on with music, food and fun themed on the era of the Kaleidoscope Teen Center, which operated in the Carnegie building from 1968 until the mid-1970s Dance the night away, from 7-11 p.m., to the sounds of the era; 1970s attire/costumes are encouraged.

DJs will spin music from the era, including classic hits by the Rolling Stones, The Jackson Five, The Bee Gees, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, The Eagles and many more. The entire building will be in on the fun as guests at the Kaleidoscope Party enjoy favorite snack foods, a costume contest, photo booth, trivia quiz, and dance contest.

2016 marks the 100th anniversary year of the Carnegie, which first opened as Turlock’s Public Library in 1916. In recognition of the diverse history of the building, the Centennial Committee has planned a series of special events celebrating the different roles it has played over time. As the Kaleidoscope Teen Center the Carnegie was the place for dances, games, and a teen “hang-out” for a whole generation of the region’s youth.

“For many of us, this era is our touchstone – I graduated from Turlock High School at the end of the 1970s; the music and clothing of that decade will always be special to me,” says Carnegie Director Lisa McDermott in talking about the event. “I know a lot of my contemporaries feel the same way. But this party will be really fun for younger guests as well; everyone can have a great time dressing up and dancing to funky, retro tunes!”

The Kaleidoscope Party will also offer guests a preview of the newest exhibition, Matt Elson’s Infinity Boxes.  These interactive sculptural works invite the viewer to engage inside a unique, kaleidoscopic space. infinity Box press photo

The Carnegie Arts Center will present this temporary exhibit including as many as eight creative boxes in the Ferrari Gallery from July 31 through August 21, 2016. Following the Carnegie exhibition, the works will travel for display at the annual Burning Man Festival in Nevada.

About the Party

Kaleidoscope Party takes place on Saturday, July 30, from 7-11 p.m.

The Carnegie is located at 250 N. Broadway in Downtown Turlock.

Ticket prices:

  • $70 for Carnegie members and early birds (tickets purchased before July 1);
  • $85 per person after July1.

Tickets are available at the Carnegie Arts Center or online

About the Exhibition  

The Infinity Boxes by Matt Elson will be on view to the public from July 31 through August 21, 2016.

Admission prices are

  • $8 General Admission
  • $5 Students & Seniors
  • Free for Carnegie members and children 12 and under

Gallery Hours:  Wednesday – Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

About the Artist

Matt Elson is a pioneering and internationally award-winning computer graphics artist who has worked in the high end of 3-D computer graphics since 1982, working with Walt Disney Feature Animation, Dreamworks Feature Animation, Magnet Interactive Studios, The Post Group LA, and Symbiotics, Inc.  In 2005 he returned to making fine art and is currently producing The Infinity Boxes.

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