There is no shortage of cool, artful “family-friendly” happenings this weekend. I’m planning to hit up both the Ernesto Neto exhibit at the Nasher and Diorama-O-Rama with the girlies, and if things don’t veer into total meltdown mode, I might also try and pop over to Knox Fest and let them get the crazies out.
Here’s the full low-down on all the various goings on:
Ernesto Neto at the Nasher Sculpture Center. The Brazilan artist has created a giant experiential crocheted work of art in one of the center’s galleries. The piece entitled Cuddle on the Tightrope is designed to dramatically alter our surroundings, engage the senses, and invite interaction… I got a little peek yesterday (snapped through the window with my iPhone above) and it looks amazing.
Dirorama-O-Rama. Think of this as an elevated take on everyone’s favorite grade school art project. Super creative dioramas crafted by local artists and just generally cool peeps will be up for auction with proceeds benefitting Café Momentum. There will also be yummy eats for purchase on site, tunes from DJ Chikki G and DJ Hammertimez, and a life-size diorama where you can have your photo snapped. The action’s going down from 4-8 on Saturday at Bolt Studios/2408 Converse. There’s a $5 mandatory donation fee for adults (kiddos get in free entrance, but the kiddos can attend for free. Be sure to bring cash, as you can purchase dioramas or merchandise with a check, but the door fee and refreshments will be cash only!
KnoxFest. A family-friendly block party between Knox Street and Armstrong Avenue from 1 to 4 p .m. on Saturday. The event features area restaurant tastings, a rock-climbing wall, face painters, balloon artists, and caricature artists among other goodness. Admission is $5, and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Children’s Medical Center.
White Rock Local Market. Local produce, baked goods, crafts + a full roster of music with Lee Harvey’s favorite DJ Tim will be playing a fun mix of music at the market from 8:00 am to 10:00 am followed by live tunes from Country Acoustic Duo Country Fringe from 10:30 to noon.
Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum. And if you’re still looking for something to do, you could always pack a picnic and brave the crowds to marvel at Dale Chihuly’s glass awesomeness making the already beautiful gardens even more resplendent. Admission is $9-$20.