Last-minute plan: Night at the Museum (of Modern Art)

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Tim Burton is even creepier when the sun goes down.

It happens every year: You make a resolution to get more culture, but the museums are closed after work and it's tough to fit in an exhibition on the weekend between drunk brunches and "Sunday Funday." Enter theMoMA Nights at the Museum of Modern Art (11 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves; 212-708-940, moma.org), beginning this evening and continuing on the first Thursday of every month through June 2010.

For the regular price of admission, you can wander the museum until 8:45pm and enjoy scheduled gallery tours and film screenings (tonight, catch Anne Aghion's My Neighbor, My Killer). Check out two of the biggest shows of the moment—Tim Burton and Bauhaus (note: the museum recommends that timed tickets be purchased online in advance for Tim Burton)—and then dance away the workday stress to house, rare soul, Afrobeat and funk spun by Virgina Beach native DJ AJ Slim. If you feel like modern art is a dish best served with a glass of chardonnay, head to the cash bar (5--8:30pm) on the second floor.

For those who didn't get a calendar from Santa, here are the remaining 2010 MoMA Nights for your scheduling convenience: February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6 and June 3.

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