Both the DMA and Nasher offer free admission and extended hours tonight, so there's already a cheapskate incentive to pop over for a visit. But here's what you may not know: These spots don't skimp on the frills. They've organized a full night of can't-be-missed events, which is why Late Night and 'Til Midnight have become more than excuses to visit Important Art. They're community meeting spots, cultural anchors that merge nightlife with arts education.
Also, there's booze. You love booze.
This month DMA brings an art heist theme; it's likely tied into their recent discovery surrounding authorship of The Reclining Nymph. The baroque sculpture had formerly been thought to be the work of Alessandro Algardi, but when the DMA pulled out the ol' monocle it discovered it was actually the product of Giovanni Bonazza. Yeah, that's cool. And so is August's mystery-based line-up. Across Flora, the Nasher brings entertainment, access to its Wunder-Block exhibition and more booze, glorious booze. Here's the highlights. At the Dallas Museum of Art Museum Murder Mystery: An Artful Game of Clue; (9 p.m. to 11 p.m.) -- It's a murder mystery at the DMA where you discover who killed Eros, the god of love. Pick up a clue card in the concourse; interview key suspects lurking in the wings; and most crucial of all, find the murder weapon. The first person to solve the crime wins a prize.
Comedy Hypnosis with Steven Stone 8 p.m. in the Atrium -- I support going cowboy on this one. Make it awkward. Aggressively volunteer, then send it off the rails: You have my permission. Urban Armor Mural Camp Reception, at 9 p.m. in the main gallery -- Local artists/educators Giovanni Valderas and Blayre Stiller taught a three-day mural workshop. See what their students created at the big Friday night reveal.
Marco Godoy visits the HOMECOMING! exhibition, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. -- After a month-long DMA inhabitation, Fort Worth's HOMECOMING! Committee closes up it's top secret art forgery, installation, gallery, conspiracy room this weekend. But it will not go quietly. On Friday they expect a visit from Marco Godoy who'll do something weird and yet-to-be-named involving sound. Check it.
See also: The DMA Gives a Shit About Local Art. It's Time You Did Too. How to Steal a Million (1966); 9:30 p.m. -- Love. Larceny. Audrey Hepburn. Who needs more than that? Fools, that's who. It's the classic flick of an art forger's daughter, a high-end burglar and the swanky crime that causes their collision. Plus: Peter O'Toole in a tuxedo. Done.
The Gardner Heist; 7 p.m. in the Horchow -- Boston became the subject of the world's gaze in 1990 when one of the biggest art heists in history happened at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. A dozen masterpieces were stolen, worth upwards of $500 million bucks. That massive haul was never recovered. Reporter Ulrich Boser went on to investigate the case and even wrote a book about it. Come hear Boser speak and then have him sign your copy tonight.
Twitter Treasure Hunts -- Here's the deal: You're tweet savvy. A lot of people at Late Night either A) are not, or B) are chasing children and therefore cannot compete with your anchorless movement. You will win the Twitter Treasure Hunt. The prize is unnamed but the DMA hooks its friends up. Jump in there.
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Meanwhile, at the Nasher Walk On Mars -- If you haven't walked through Katharina Grosse's dreamy otherworldly installation yet, tonight is the time. It's only up through September 1, then its contents will be removed and nobody, anywhere, will get to experience it again. It is entirely site-specific and encourages you to approach color, angle and structure in any direction you see fit. Plus, you get to wear fun paper booties. Explore it tonight.
Calhoun from 7 to 9 p.m. -- Fort Worth favorites Calhoun fill the sculpture garden with a blend of rootsy, dancy, makeoutable music as the sun tucks itself away from 7 to 9 p.m. Grab a cocktail and take advantage of another perfect Texas evening.
The Three Amigos at 9 p.m. -- It's the greatest film about three silent film actors who mistakenly travel to Mexico to accidentally battle a brutal villain due to an underfunded telegraph message through song and dance that's ever been made. And you can watch it for free in that gorgeous courtyard with all of your friends. It's bound to become a quote-along, and how knows? Maybe you'll get a kiss on the veranda, even though the lips would do just fine.