May 17: Curaçao Night in San Francisco


A post by Peter Jordens

May 17, 2013 will be Curaçao Night at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, California, as Curaçao capitalizes on a series of events being organized by the Museum in partnership with the Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the City by the Bay.

On six consecutive Friday evenings between April 26 and May 31, the Museum’s regular ‘Friday Nights at the de Young’ are being transformed into Dutch-themed ‘Orange Nights at the de Young’: free, after-hours events featuring live music, dance performances, art exhibitions, artist demonstrations, film screenings and lectures/readings. The fourth Friday Night in the series, May 17, will be Curaçao Night.

Curaçao Night is a unique opportunity for the Dutch-Caribbean island of Curaçao to showcase its art, music, dance and food in a state-of-the-art, culturally significant, world-class museum. The landmark de Young Fine Art Museum is the 6th most visited museum in the USA and the most visited museum west of the Mississippi.

The program of Curaçao Night consists of a mix of traditional and modern culture. There will be a performance by folkloric dance group Futuro i Memoria di Kòrsou. Especially for this occasion bassist Eric Calmes, guitarist Jean-Jacques Rojer and percussionist Vernon Chatlein will form a trio playing jazz-like mazurka and danza. Kuenta i Tambu (KiT) will play tambú rhythms. Photographers Bea Moedt and Brett Russel’s will showcase their photography, illustrating the beauty and diversity of Curaçao. Andre Nagtegaal, Garrick Marchena and Serena Janet Israel are also putting their art on display. Cenaida van Dinter will be demonstrating the traditional art of tying the lensu (headscarves). There will be a documentary on 3D-screens of scrap artist Yubi Kirindongo, a reading by Patricia Selbert, author of The House of Six Doors, and a video and panel on the Green Town project.

The menu for that week at de Young café will include typical Curaçaoan dishes like stobá di kabritu (goat stew), keshi yená (stuffed cheese), funchi (corn meal), tutu (sweet funchi), banana hasá (fried plantain), and bolo pretu (a scandalously decadent, alcohol-infused, black prune cake). A special cocktail will be available from Landhuis Chobolobo, the producers of the world-famous ‘Blue Curaçao’ liqueur.

The brainchild behind Curaçao Night is Natasha Chatlein, a Curaçaoan who is Senior Advisor at the Office for Science & Technology of the Dutch Consulate-General in San Francisco. The organization further consists of Erika Römer and Susanne Capello (two Curaçaoans living on the West Coast) and Allan Chatlein.

News sources:

For the full program of Curaçao Night, visit the de Young Museum’s website: The Museum is located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, near John F. Kennedy Drive, in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Telephone number: (415) 750-3600.

To contact Natasha Chatlein, e-mail her at

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