Your A-to-Z Guide to Aurora and the Arts District Fall Block Party

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Joshua King, "Omage to Flavin"
Mmm, Flavin-y.
We're a tech hub, an arts destination and a city willing to experiment. Tonight those qualities merge and surface at Aurora: Lights of Convergence, the multi-sensory spectacle set to illuminate the Arts District in a few, quick hours. 87 talents have created new media installations for the event. Some you'll find tucked inside the area's grand infrastructure, like the nooks and crannies of the Wyly, the Meyerson, Winspear, Dallas City Performance Hall, The Crow and more. Others will exist in the wild, projected onto buildings' exteriors or scattered around plots of greenspace and Klyde Warren Park.

There's a total 68 acres of glowing art to explore, which is exciting. But while Aurora is the evening's largest draw, tonight is also the Arts District's Fall Block Party, so all three museums stay open until midnight and offer special programming. Admission to all of this -- Aurora, the Crow, the DMA and the Nasher -- is entirely free, so take advantage of it.

We've sifted through the data -- from the glowing bike rides and hip hop headliner acts to who's sticking what, where -- then broke it down into this handy guide.

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A.Dd+ Headlines Late Night at the DMA
Whoever thought we'd see A.Dd+ perform at a local museum? I sure didn't, and I've got to say: That's pretty tight. Beats drop for free at 10 p.m. in the Atrium.

Booker T. Washington
Fostering a new generation of talent is what Booker T. does, and they'll get to show off that new crop this evening. Students present "Real of Work" at the Dallas City Performance Hall. Their school will also serve as a canvas for other artists.

Crow Collection After Dark
Hey Crow Collection, I like it when you go free. Check out the new sculpture garden and indulge in an entire night of free programming during Crow Collection After Dark. It runs from 6 p.m. to midnight and includes Aurora contributions from the Chinese Lantern Festival.


Dallas City Performance Hall

Known for its brilliant acoustics, some of our favorite artists have installations inside, around and projected onto the thing. Dallas Observer Mastermind winner Carolyn Sortor and all-around favorite (and Aurora co-founder) Shane Pennington have work there, along with 13 other artists that you need to visit.


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TinyThumbs
TinyThumbs

Hey Sorry folks, It was our fault and we totally apologize, but Tiny Thumbs had to pull out of Aurora two weeks ago. We are still working on some future events that we hope to announce soon, but again we are sorry that we won't be out there. Thanks for your understanding.

Tiny Thumbs Indiecade 

TinyThumbs
TinyThumbs

Hey Sorry folks, It was our fault and we totally apologize, but Tiny Thumbs had to pull out of Aurora two weeks ago. We are still working on some future events that we hope to announce soon, but again we are sorry that we won't be out there. Thanks for your understanding.


kadillac
kadillac

Dallas is an arts destination? News to me.

Think you meant Houston.

Jamie_L.
Jamie_L.

@TinyThumbs Keep us looped in! We want to see you guys around town soon, with your wonderful, roaming indie arcades.

Jamie_L.
Jamie_L.

@kadillac Wow, that's sad. Look around you: This weekend we have an event like Aurora on Friday, gallery openings throughout the city, pop-ups happening at parks and on Saturday the Nasher launches the largest public art offering ever funded by a single museum: A muliti-million dollar program that stretches the city. 

We are a destination. It's happening. Don't miss it.

topher125000
topher125000

@kadillac 

Everybody always wants to complain no matter what a city has to offer.  Dallas happens to have the largest arts district in the country.  If Houston is an arts destination that doesn't mean Dallas is not an arts destination. 

Jamie_L.
Jamie_L.

@AmbelleinaWarwillow It was the Late Night link off of the Dallas Arts District's website. We'll look into it, and thank you!


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