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Two x Two First Look starts off annual gala in stellar Sin City-inspired style

Two x Two First Look starts off annual gala in stellar Sin City style

Elaine Agather, Howard Rachofsky, Cindy Rachofsky, John Benjamin Hickey
Elaine Agather, Howard Rachofsky, Cindy Rachofsky, John Benjamin Hickey Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Brian Bolke, Caroline Summers, Faisal Halum
Brian Bolke, Caroline Summers, Faisal Halum Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Cher impersonator at 2014 Two x Two First Look
Chad Michaels as Cher Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Lyle Jackson, Sabrina Dee, Jenny Kirtland
Lyle Jackson, Sabrina Dee, Jenny Kirtland Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Maxwell L. Anderson, Jacqueline Anderson, Terri Provencal, Justine Ludwig
Maxwell L. Anderson, Jacqueline Anderson, Terri Provencal, Justine Ludwig Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dallas Snadon, Rajan Patel, Nancy Rogers
Dallas Snadon, Rajan Patel, Nancy Rogers Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Brenda Barvais, Beth Holman, Victoria Snee
Brenda Barvais, Beth Holman, Victoria Snee Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Becky Bowen, Doss Alexander, Christi Houser
Becky Bowen, Doss Alexander, Christi Houser Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
2014 Two x Two First Look
Guests got a first look at the art up for auction at Two x Two. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Rachofsky House at 2014 Two x Two First Look
Attendees milled around the art-filled Rachofsky House. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Rachofsky House at 2014 Two x Two First Look
The evening was sponsored by Tory Burch Watches for Fossil Group. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Lucy Wrubel, Todd Fiscus
Lucy Wrubel, Todd Fiscus Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Michael Ramsey, Eric Maas
Michael Ramsey, Eric Maas Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Patricia Cheyne, Alberto Lombardi, Bianca Anderson
Patricia Cheyne, Alberto Lombardi, Bianca Anderson Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Todd Ramsey, Lisa Runyon, Neil Smith
Todd Ramsey, Lisa Runyon, Neil Smith Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
McKenna Cottam, Ashley Gross
McKenna Cottam, Ashley Gross Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Shannon and Gardner Vass, Dow O'Neal, Matt Wilkerson, Michael Solis
Shannon and Gardner Vass, Dow O'Neal, Matt Wilkerson, Michael Solis Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Javier Burkle, Christina Geyer
Javier Burkle, Christina Geyer Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Taylor Zakarin, Gavin Delahunty, Chelsea Pierce
Taylor Zakarin, Gavin Delahunty, Chelsea Pierce Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
2014 Two X Two First Look
Partygoers played blackjack, roulette and craps. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Elaine Agather, Howard Rachofsky, Cindy Rachofsky, John Benjamin Hickey
Brian Bolke, Caroline Summers, Faisal Halum
Cher impersonator at 2014 Two x Two First Look
Lyle Jackson, Sabrina Dee, Jenny Kirtland
Maxwell L. Anderson, Jacqueline Anderson, Terri Provencal, Justine Ludwig
Dallas Snadon, Rajan Patel, Nancy Rogers
Brenda Barvais, Beth Holman, Victoria Snee
Becky Bowen, Doss Alexander, Christi Houser
2014 Two x Two First Look
Rachofsky House at 2014 Two x Two First Look
Rachofsky House at 2014 Two x Two First Look
Lucy Wrubel, Todd Fiscus
Michael Ramsey, Eric Maas
Patricia Cheyne, Alberto Lombardi, Bianca Anderson
Todd Ramsey, Lisa Runyon, Neil Smith
McKenna Cottam, Ashley Gross
Shannon and Gardner Vass, Dow O'Neal, Matt Wilkerson, Michael Solis
Javier Burkle, Christina Geyer
Taylor Zakarin, Gavin Delahunty, Chelsea Pierce
2014 Two X Two First Look

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But what happens at Two x Two First Look — well, we’re going to spill some details. The anticipated preview party for the annual gala and contemporary art auction is always a highlight of the fall social season, but this year’s “Rat Pack” theme took the celebration to another level.

Although the theme was rather loosely interpreted — there were check-in girls in flapper headdresses and guests in ’70s costumes — that fun-loving Sin City vibe permeated the atmosphere in the Rachofsky House backyard. Co-host Cindy Rachofsky pulled it off best: basic black topped with a sky-scraping showgirl headdress.

“We decided we were going to go with a Vegas theme,” said party planner Todd Fiscus. “And you gotta have your mug shot done in Vegas, you can’t have Vegas without Cher and you can’t have Vegas without vodka!”

The night had all of the above — and then some. Between sips of Belvedere cocktails and bites from a hedonistic menu of steak au poivre, seared scallops, risotto and sushi by Lombardi Family Concepts, guests hit the dance floor for a performance by Drag Race winner Chad Michaels, who perfectly channeled Cher circa her “Believe” period.

Guests, who were given chips upon arrival, milled around gaming tables to play blackjack, spin the roulette wheel and shoot craps to an all-killer-no-filler soundtrack spun by DJ Lucy Wrubel. Another chip allowed attendees to take home a stylish new timepiece from event sponsor Tory Burch Watches for Fossil Group.

But, of course, the whole goal of the evening is to provide an up close and personal look at this year’s covetable works of art; they’re the reason Two x Two has remained the largest U.S. fundraiser for amFar and the Dallas Museum of Art to date.  Gallerists Talley Dunn, Wanda Dye and Ree Willaford perused their favorites, but the clear crowd-pleaser was Jeff Koons’ Dom Pérignon Balloon Venus at $32,000 in bids (and counting).

Two x Two’s synthesis of society and accomplished artists is what makes it a must-attend, a fact noted by the Dallas Contemporary’s new director of exhibitions/senior curator Justine Ludwig, who recently relocated to the city.

“This is what other places aspire to but it doesn’t happen,” she said. “The whole idea of the arts community coming together with award-winning artists. I love it!”

Other high-rollers in the house were John Benjamin Hickey, Jacqueline and Maxwell L. Anderson, Brian Bolke, Elaine Agather, Jenny Kirtland, Rajan Patel, Nancy Rogers, Lisa and John Runyon, Jeremy Strick, Megan and Brady Wood, and Gavin Delahunty.