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.
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.