14 Awesome Things to Do this Weekend, May 8 - 11
Want to know the most awesome thing you can do this weekend? Call your mother. Sunday is the annual celebration of all the ways she didn't mess you up; it's your chance to practice gratitude, like your therapist keeps suggesting. After you've sent flowers and before you pick up the check at Sunday brunch, the music blog has the best concerts to catch and this here arts blog compiled a list of 14 other awesome things you can do this weekend. Speaking of mothers...
This weekend, Jubilee Theatre opens the classic August Wilson play, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Based in 1920s Chicago, this play explores the exploitation of black musicians by white producers in a story about one of the greatest blues crooners of the 20th century. And if anyone in this town should direct it, it's the masterful Tre Garret, Jubilee's sharp, young artistic director.
When Garrett was a college student, he found a recording of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom in his school library and it was the first time he heard voices he recognized. For years, he wrote Wilson seeking advice with no answer. Years later, Garrett was directing Ma Rainey in Pittsburgh and Wilson walked into the theater and said, "I got all your letters." They were friends until Wilson's death. See the play that inspired Garrett and many other thespians around the world at 8 p.m. Friday or in another performance through June 8. Tickets start at $15. More information at jubileetheatre.org.
Circuit 12 Contemporary
When a gallery like Circuit 12 Contemporary hosts a two-night only show of paintings, you should get off your ever-widening ass and get there. Celebrator is a pop-up solo exhibition of Sean McGee Phetsarath's vivid futuristic paintings. Stop by Circuit 12 (1130 Dragon St. #150) from 6-10 p.m. Thursday or Friday. On Friday, there will be a live set from local band Vulgar Fashion. More info at circuit12.com.
Unfortunately, if you don't already have tickets you won't be able to do this awesome thing, because it sold out in mere days. Local poet and NPR commentator put together his first-ever solo show, with storytelling, poetry and jazz. If you're one of the lucky ticket holders, we'll see you at Sons of Hermann Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday. For more info, visit rawlinsgilliland.com.
A theatrical think piece about racism, J.T. Rogers' White People takes the stage at the Bath House Cultural Center at 8 p.m. Thursday. Local unorthodox company, Churchmouse Productions, presents the show through May 25 with performances Thursdays through Sundays. More information at pegasustheatre.org/churchmouse.
Science Fiction Double Feature
Lakewood Theater (1825 Abrams Road) lives in a time warp. This historic theater with its iconic neon tower and huge interior murals seems to exist outside of time. Perhaps this explains why its schedule seems stuck on a loop of never-ending Polyphonic Spree concerts and screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Both performances sell out in nearly every iteration. Maybe we're all in one big time warp. The beloved cult classic starring a Transylvanian transvestite is back Saturday, in a double feature with REPO! The Genetic Opera, which is billed as a "Rocky-Horror meets Blade Runner rock opera/movie musical." See them both for just $13. Doors open at 9 p.m., REPO! starts at 10 p.m., followed by the main event. More information is at lakewoodtheater.com.
Michelle Brandley Solo Exhibition
Artist Michelle Brandley explores the engrained societal standards for female beauty in her latest exhibit, Upright and Do Right Make Alright at Artspace 111 (111 Hampton St., Fort Worth). Examine your perceptions of beauty with her juxtapositions of the sexy and the animalistic. Elephant trunks aligned with long, "perfect" legs. Stop by the opening reception 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday or another time through June 17. Admission is free. Visit artspace111.com for more information.
Kevin Parmer's Sirens
If you're looking to track down Dallas ghosts, Two Bronze Doors claims to have six currently in residence (do ghosts reside?). These phantoms inspired Kevin Parmer's latest series of artwork, which he hopes will beckon the spirits into attendance. Stop by the - hopefully- haunted art show at Two Bronze Doors (5732 Richmond Ave) during the opening reception 7-11 p.m. Friday. More info at twobronzedoors.org.