Dallas Art Today: Two By Two Takes Manhattan, a Police Officer Paints Deep Ellum, and Two Dallas Concerts to Remember

1. The annual Two By Two for AIDS and Art auction will be highlighted at the Sotheby auction house this week. Thirty-eight of the 128 works that will be included in this year’s art soiree at the Rachofsky House will be shown in the auction house’s uptown Manhattan location. Artists with works in this year’s Two by Two include Franz Ackermann, Matthew Ritchie, Gary Simmons, Wayne Gonzales, April Gornik, Peter Doig, and Cecily Brown.

2. The police and Deep Ellum have always had a tricky relationship. Officer Cat Lafitte wants to soften things up. She has added a mural to one of the concrete pillars holding up the highway that cuts between the historical neighborhood and downtown.

 If I could plant one little seed in someone’s head that the police are the good guys, I would consider myself to be successful in this deal.

3. Two concerts Saturday night brought in rave reviews. First, Slumdog Millionaire composer A.R. Rahman performed at the American Airlines Center

Rahman’s crossover dream was reflected in all aspects of the show. The dancing melded ballet, breakdancing and Broadway, and the performers wore everything from saris to hot pants. How Rahman negotiates that balance between tradition and the worldly eclecticism he’s helping define is worth watching.

At the Meyerson, pianist superstar Lang Lang led to Dallas Symphony Orchestra to one of their most “glorious” performances ever, according to Scott Cantrell:

One after another, the sections of the orchestra outdid themselves in finesse. In the third movement of the Tchaikovsky, violas and cellos combined in particularly silken sweetness.

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