Natural Selection

The best and brightest converge at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Lacy Ball  |  Photos by Jason Janik, Kate Mackley, David Pellerin
February 27, 2013
Event Date:
November 17, 2012

One appropriately themed Night at the Museum barely allows time to skim the 11 interactive exhibits on display at Dallas’ latest tour de force, the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science — the $185 million repository designed by Thom Mayne. Event chairs Kelly and Brock Compton and honorary chairs Sally and Forrest Hoglund went into overdrive and brought the 180,000-square-foot space to life for 2,000 guests during its unforgettable grand opening gala. “People knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime occasion,” said Kelly. “In fact, we didn’t even create party invitations, because tickets were sold out months in advance, with a long waiting list.” Guests are still reeling from their simulated adventures surviving earthquakes, touching tornados, flying with birds, speeding through light, building skyscrapers, and racing dinosaurs. (The latter was no easy feat when stiletto heels and a couple of cocktails are involved, as this writer can attest.) We salvaged our pride by swapping Manolos for flip-flops and hit the dance floor ruled by the empress of spin, Lucy Wrubel. Chaperoned by the enormous Malawisaurus dinosaur towering above, wannabe physicists, geologists and fossil finders dug the tunes. In the crowd: Brad Beaird, Holly Reed, Ebby Halliday, Trammell Crow, Alissa Ireland, Richard Eiseman, Karen and Alan Katz, Cody Wikert, Laurie Hickman Cox, Clint Chaffin, Donna and Michael Williams, Rebekah and Matt Jameson, Caroline Rose Hunt, Caren Prothro, Marnie and Kern Wildenthal, Ann Pomykal, and Lane Britain.