Friday, Sep 02, 2016 - 12:00 am
Spice market, sitar player, henna artists, Bollywood dance troupes, DJ Ikah Love, and more await attendees

San Diego, CA—On September 10, 2016, theMuseum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will be transformed from floor to ceiling for its 40th annual gala, Monte Carlo: Bollywood. Guests can expect a bevy of Bollywood-themed delights at this annual fundraiser that supports the Museum’s exhibitions and education programs.

Farhan Khan, sitar student of the internationally known ​Ustad Habib Khan, will serenade guests as they arrive for cocktails at 6:30 PM. A street cart offering minced lamb samosas and slow roasted spiced chickpea “cones” will whet guests’ appetite for the feast to follow. After the cocktail hour, guests will move to the open-air dining room overlooking the Pacific Ocean for the Monte Carlo dinner. Prepared with only the freshest local ingredients by Giuseppe Restaurants & Fine Catering, this year’s dining experience will feature an open kitchen concept where guests can see their dinner being prepared. Appropriate to this year’s theme, a traditional Indian inspired family-style feast will highlight the vibrant flavors of Mumbai, New Delhi, and beyond. Dinner guests will enjoy multiple performances by Los Angeles-based professional Bollywood Dance Company Lunasha, before ending this foodie fete with an array of Indian inspired petite fours and teas.

Following dinner, guests will transition to the legendary Monte Carlo After Party—this year dubbed The Bollywood Bash—where a visual feast of sensory stimulation awaits. Savory Spice Shop’s spice market will feature popcorn with spice toppings and free samples. Guests can indulge in all-night hosted specialty cocktails, including the Mumbai Mule and Tamarind Margarita, as they enjoy several energetic Bollywood dance performances from local dance troupe Studio K. Bollywood beats by DJ Jon Wesley and DJ Ikah Love will move the party to the dance floor, and for those who want to truly mark the occasion, two henna artists from Henna San Diego will adorn guests with a variety of Henna design and glitter options.  

All of these incredible offerings are possible thanks to the event’s automotive sponsor, Karma. “We at Karma believe in uncompromising design, and art is the center of design. We’re honored to support the efforts of the Museum of Contemporary Art,” stated Jim Taylor, Chief Revenue Officer & Chief Marketing Officer.

Additional Monte Carlo sponsors include ResMed Foundation, Farrell Family Foundation, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cooley, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, Hughes Marino, Northern Trust, Schubach Aviation, Modern Luxury, South Coast Plaza, Pep Creative, Stone Brewing Company, CORE Hydration, Suja, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, Nomad Donuts, Savory Spice, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Isola Pizza.

Dinner tickets start at $650; After Party tickets start at $100. Tickets to Monte Carlo: Bollywood may be purchased at www.mcasd.org/bollywood.

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About Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo is an annual San Diego tradition and one of the most popular social events in the region. Monte Carlo serves as the Museum’s primary annual fundraiser, and has raised more than $9 million in the last 20 years for MCASD’s exhibitions and education programs. Lisette and Michael “Mick” Farrell are the 2016 Monte Carlo event chairs.


Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum’s collection includes more than 4,700 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Dr. Hugh M. Davies is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD.

Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.