Modern by Moonlight: Otsukimi Festival

Modern by Moonlight: Otsukimi Festival



All are invited to celebrate Otsukimi, the annual Japanese festival that honors the autumn moon and the season ahead, in recognition of the rich heritage of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s architect, Tadao Ando. To begin this special evening, guests are invited to cast a lantern into the reflecting pond to create an ethereal glow and stunning event backdrop. In addition to the Modern’s special exhibition Women Painting Women, the event features live entertainment by the Dondoko Taiko Japanese Drumming Group, Boyblk, Rizkilla, and Cabus. Japanese-inspired food and beverages crafted by Café Modern are available for purchase throughout the evening. MENU  Also, featuring Sandoitchi. Inspired by sando commonly found at Japanese konbini (convenience stores), Sandoitchi is a Dallas-based, chef-driven concept serving gourmet faire, using high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients. @sando.itchi

7 pm Doors open
Women Painting Women exhibition galleries open 
On-site custom T-shirt screenprinting by Pan Ector Industries
Shodo: Japanese Calligraphy 

7:30–8 pm 
Lantern Launch in the Reflecting Pond
Performance by Dondoko Taiko Japanese Drumming Group
Entertainment by Boyblk

8–9 pm 
Entertainment by Rizkilla

9–10 pm 
Performance by CABUS, featuring first release of the new album Psycho 


Otsukimi, “moon-viewing,” is a Japanese practice believed to have begun in the Heian Period (794–1185) that refers to the tradition of viewing and honoring the annual harvest moon. Historically, Otsukimi was an opportunity to express gratitude for a good harvest and share hope for similar bounty in the future. A full moon is considered auspicious and a clear symbol of abundance.
On Otsukimi, it is traditional to gather in a place where the moon can be seen clearly, usually on a date in September, which historic Japanese writings identify as the time of year with the best opportunity to see the moon at its brightest.

Named after his mother’s maiden name, the Dallas-based singer/songwriter Laurence Cabus balances indie pop with an unpolished mix of electronic soul elements. In a world of genre-bending music, there has been no shortage in the inflow of truly extraordinary acts, yet Cabus dwells in a sphere far beyond his nearest peers and companions. 
Growing up in Abilene, Texas, Cabus began playing the piano and guitar in middle school and recording his own music his freshman year of high school.
Cabus has played stages such as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, SXSW Music Festival, ACL Live, The Vans Warped Tour, Summerfest, and many more, sharing the spotlight with and opening for an array of national artists, including Erykah Badu, Ghostland Observatory, Washed Out, and Alabama Shakes, among others. 
Cabus made his splash in the music world with the 2021 single “Call” that demonstrates his love of soul and electronic pop influences. The song is also the single from his debut EP PSYCHO, which drops September 2022. 
When he is not performing onstage or making music, you can find Cabus as host of the Artist Uprising Podcast.