Dress in Florals and Metallics for the Contemporary Arts Center's Regional Gala This Weekend

The gala promises food from Fausto, beer from Rhinegeist, an appearance by Mayor Aftab Pureval and plenty of "immersive installations and performances."

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Contemporary Arts Center

The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is hosting a its big annual gala on Aug. 20

Named after the museum's exhibit The Regional, featuring 23 contemporary Midwestern artists — and currently on view a the Kemper Museum in Kansas City — the Regional Gala will include artworks for auction, food and drinks from Fausto, beer from Rhinegeist, portrait drawings by local artist Nikita Gross, a program hosted by local artist Pam Kravetz, guest speaker Mayor Aftab Pureval and plenty of "immersive installations and performances," per an event description.

Tickets include a three-course meal from Fausto, an open bar, music by the likes of Nora Barton, Preston Charles and YPCC, plus a step-and-repeat photo op.  Level up for VIP and get access to a private lounge and premium drinks. Both ticket options include valet parking.

The live and silent auctions feature artwork and prints from local artists including the aforementioned Kravetz, Jay Bolotin, Terence Hammonds and more, all to benefit the CAC.

The event is themed "Factory or Flowers" and asks attendees to dress in "cocktail chic/semi-formal" attire with metallic or floral accents.

The gala continues with an afterpary in the CAC's downstairs Black Box space until midnight, featuring DJs The Secret Garden, a cash bar and light installations.

This event requires proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test from within the past 24-48 hours to enter.

The Regional Gala takes place 5-9 p.m. Aug. 20 with an afterparty 9 p.m.-midnight.

Tickets are $150 for general admission, $250 VIP and $20 for the afterparty only. Both general admission and VIP tickets include access to the afterparty.

The Contemporary Arts Center is located at 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown. Tickets and more info: contemporaryartscenter.org.

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