How Dallas society poked bloody fun at itself in DMA Art Ball video

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Among the many refreshing facets of Saturday night’s hot-pink-and-red Art Ball at the Dallas Museum of Art (a high-energy cocktail hour, a marching band signaling dinner, A-listers doing the twist at the after-party), the most fun was a filmed spoof on a certain wildly popular British TV drama — only this little gripper was called “Downtown Artsy.” It starred, among others, museum director Maxwell Anderson, mayor Mike Rawlings, ball co-chairs Jennifer Karol and Catherine Rose and art patrons Deedie Rose and Cindy Rachofsky. It was Karol and Rose’s clever way to thank all the sponsors of the ball. What it actually did was bring the house down. The guests that night — most of who politely and dutifully attend black-tie functions frequently — cheered and applauded like sports fans through the six-minute video, which was shot at the DMA and the penthouse of The Joule Hotel, the ball’s presenting sponsor. It played on three gigantic screens moments after everyone was seated in the dinner tent. Fake British accents, silly facial expressions, slapstick comedy: The video has it all, including intrigue, gossip and a cameo at the end that garnered the biggest whoops and hollers of the night. Pour a cup of tea, settle in and enjoy six minutes of self-deprecation. —Rob Brinkley

UPDATE 4/17/2013  According to a DMA press release: “The 48th annual Art Ball dinner and auction, presented by the Dallas Museum of Art and The Headington Companies on behalf of The Joule Hotel & Retail, raised  $2.25 million with funds benefiting the DMA.”

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