16 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas this Weekend, April 3- 6
Tonight marks the opening of the Dallas International Film Festival. In its eighth year, it is physically impossible to see all of the films at this year's fest, which boasts more than 170 films over the course of 11 days all over the city. However unlikely their success, there will surely be noble souls who attempt to catch 'em all. We salute you. For the rest of you, we've got a hand-selected list of suggestions. This year's lineup looks like a healthy mixture of local filmmakers and Hollywood celebrities. The movie marathon starts 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Dallas City Performance Hall with the opening-night gala screening of Words and Pictures, a story about a struggling prep school English teacher played by Clive Owen. But we've only just begun. Plan your fest at diff2014.dallasfilm.org. Passes start at $100.
At this point, we're only telling you about this to remind you that the world's most famous cellist is still touring and is in Fort Worth tonight. The Fort Worth Symphony's concert has been sold out for quite some time, but if you're desperate to hear him play perhaps they'll let you stand in the lobby of the Bass Hall where the echoes of his virtuosity may be audible. If not, better luck next time.
Any parent understands the overwhelming dread a mandatory parent-teacher conference can bring. Children know no bounds in embarrassing their parents, from eating glue to pulling the cute girl's hair or talking back to the teacher. But even your family's black sheep will look little more than high-spirited compared to the child at the center of Johanna Adam's new play, Gidion's Knot. Kitchen Dog Theater, 3120 McKinney Ave., presents this heart-wrenching play about a conversation between a mother and her son's teacher that unravels in unexpected, shocking ways. Opens 8 p.m. Thursday with performances through April 26. Tickets start at $15. More info at kitchendogtheater.org.
Zhulong Gallery Opening
The newest gallery on Dragon Street, Zhulong Gallery opens its doors to the public at 6 p.m. Thursday for a reception featuring the work of its technologically-driven artists. Its first exhibit, Satellite, displays work in film, painting and photography media. As the title's name implies, some of the art explores themes of outer space. The gallery is located at 1302 Dragon Street.
Second Thought Theatre's newest show, Nocturne, officially opens Friday, but if you catch the show at 8 p.m. Thursday, it's a pay-what-you-can performance, which is exactly what it sounds like. Toss 'em a few bones and see Adam Rapp's devastating one-man play about the American dream brought to life. Drew Wall plays a 32-year-old former piano prodigy haunted by a series of events in his past. Music by Shawn Magill and direction by Miranda Parham. Nocturne will be performed in Bryant Hall behind the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd.