Where can you find '80s hair, pink tuxedos, cheap corsages, ska music, artistic integrity and electric beats all in one room? Only at a “Prom Through the Decades” could all of these things be combined.
Members of the Auburn chapter of American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) are hosting their annual Beaux Arts Ball on Saturdaya, March 26, at Greystone Mansion in Auburn.
This year, the theme is “Prom Through the Decades”, where attendees are asked to dress-up in their favorite out-of-date formal wear.
All students in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction (CADC) were asked to volunteer for the committee to help plan the event.
Jayson De’alessandros, a senior at Auburn University majoring in Industrial Design, has attended the ball the past three years, but now resides on the planning committee.
“Last year the ball was at SkyBar, and every one on the committee agreed that we wanted a different vibe to the event than the bar scene,” said De’alessandros. “Greystone will have more of an elegant feel.”
The Beaux Arts Ball is set to be the conclusion of Fine Arts Week - a full week dedicated to the appreciation and cultivation of the arts. It features lectures, events and competitions across Auburn’s campus exposing everyone to the Applied, Performance and Fine Arts.
“The ball is like our 'grand finale' of the week,” De’alessandros said.
Typically, the ball is saturated with students from Graphic Art, Fine Art, Fashion Merchandising, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Building Science, Community Planning, Landscape Architecture, Music, Theater, and of course Architecture and Interior Architecture.
However, everyone in the community is invited.
“The event usually doesn’t receive much publicity because we only hang fliers and promote within the buildings of CADC,” said De’alessandros. “But anyone is more than welcome to come.”
The night will begin with drink specials at 9 p.m. Tickets, for those 21 and up, a cash bar will be open.
From 10-12 p.m. there will be live entertainment by local bands Blame Sydney and Bottle Up and Explode. The remainder of the night will include music by mysterious DJ duo Dead?Wait! until 2 a.m.
Tickets may be purchased from allied student organizations across campus, or send a request Jayson De’alessandros at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $10.
“There’s going to be great music and great company,” De’allesandros said. “It will be a fun and responsible night to celebrate the arts.”