18 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas, April 10- 13
Prism Movement Co. Friday - Sunday: Galatea
If you want to stuff any more into this weekend, you're going to have to pack it to the point of bursting. There are so many art events, we're struggling to zip it all together. There are gallery openings, farmer's markets, festivals, dance show, theater productions, a huge film festival, a huge art fair. We've narrowed it down as much as possible, but you're going to be busy.
This weekend, Prism Movement Co. previews its newest show Galatea. It's a wordless, acrobatic, potentially stunning piece of theater that we're pretty excited about. Performances officially open at 8 p.m. Friday and run through April 27 at the big green warehouse at 2919 Bataan St.. We recommend you attend Saturday because it will be a happening night in the Trinity Groves arts district. TheaterJones.com hosts an after party for Galatea and just down the street, the alternative gallery Ware:Wolf:Haus, 425 Bedford St., hosts a closing reception for its latest painting exhibition, 5 Guys.
Thursday, April 10
Thursday- Sunday: Hunting + Gathering
Hunting + Gathering
A grown man who lives with his parents; your cousin who has no desire to keep her day job. A psychologist nicknamed them "kidults." Everybody knows a few. Hell, I've dated a few. These stunted adults are the subject of Brooke Berman's sharp new play Hunting + Gathering, about characters swiftly approaching middle age. When it opened on Broadway, The New York Times called it, "[a] slim and winsome comedy of urban nomads in search of stability." The show opens at Amphibian Stage Productions Thursday with a cast of Dallas' finest actors. See it opening night at 8 p.m. or catch the show through May 4. Tickets start at $18. More info at amphibianproductions.org.
Fort Worth Arts Festival
There are few things in life I like more than a block party. Back me up on this. Dancing and drinking in the street is a gateway to a good time. This year, Fort Worth's Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival takes place Thursday through Sunday and features over 60 musicians, live performers and other artistic activities. "Music on Main" features performances by Robert Cray, Mingo Fishtrap and The Mavericks and Raul Malo. Plus, food and beer stands will be open. The festival takes place along Main Street in downtown Fort Worth between Weatherford and 9th Street.
DBDT II: Spring Fiesta
Dallas Black Dance Theatre's astounding dancers mix it up with modern, jazz, ethnic and spiritual musical works by nationally and internationally known choreographers. This particular show features the students of the Dallas Black Dance Academy who will perform new works by director Nycole Ray, Jamie Thompson, Joshua Peugh and Bridget L. Moore, alongside guest companies Dark Circles Contemporary Dance and DBDA's performing ensemble, Allegro. Spring Fiesta! takes place at 8 p.m. Thursday at City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. Visit dbdt.com for tickets ($30) and information.
Friday, April 11
Dallas Art Fair
Collecting art is like raising race horses: a real knack for it is rare and you need a ton of money to raise a good one. But unlike speedy thoroughbreds, it's never to late to take up an interest in building your collection or window shop. This weekend the Dallas Art Fair takes of the Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Ave., with 93 exhibiting art galleries from all over the world. Discover new artists, strike up conversations with gallerists and get started on dumping all that "art" you bought at a furniture store because it matches your couch. The Fair is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday and tickets start at $25. Visit dallasartfair.com.
Friday: Cirque de la Symphonie
Cirque de la Symphonie
The breathtaking musical performances of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra meet the jaw dropping acrobatics of cirque in Cirque de la Symphonie. Lawrence Loh of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra conducts the DSO when the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., transforms into a magical big top. Claim your seat in the ring at 8 p.m. Friday or Saturday at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street. Tickets are $39 to $199 at dallassymphony.com.
Richard Phillips / Julian Schanbel
There aren't many artists with the balls to install a set of neon Playboy bunny ears on the side of the road. That's exactly what Richard Phillips did out in the wild West Texas town of Marfa. Of course, it encouraged the rest of the world the to debate the fine line between advertisement and art before Phillips was forced to take the sculpture down. Dallas Contemporary was quick to sweep up the piece and give Phillips an exhibition to boot. See his exhibition Negation of the Universe opening at 9 p.m. Friday and running through August 10. Julian Schnabel's An Artist Has a Past (Puffy Clouds and Strong Cocktails) runs concurrently. The gallery is at 161 Glass St.