19 Awesome Things to Do this Weekend, May 15 - 18
Usually when you see a celebrity, I'm going to tell you to "be cool." Act like it's whatever. Pretend your life is filled with celebrities. But this weekend, things are different. In fact, total geeking out is mandatory. It's Dallas Comic Con weekend and it's bigger than ever. For the first time in its existence, it's happening at the downtown Dallas convention center, bringing with it Stan Lee and William freaking Shatner. When you meet Captain James Tiberius Kirk, you would do well to dress like a crew member of the USS Enterprise. Might we suggest Christine Chapel?
Spend Sunday afternoon with Shatner when he moderates a Star Trek: Next Generation panel. Or swing by the convention anytime Friday - Sunday. Day passes start at $25. More info at fanexpodallas.com.
Thursday, May 15
Dallas Solo Fest
There are actually eight one-man shows to be seen during this 10-day festival. The variety is endless, from the vaudevillian absurdist comedy Beast of Festive Skin by New York performer Alexandra Tatarsky toIInnocent When You Dream, Zeb L. West's story about being trapped in the belly of a whale with only two books to read. The fest also includes Dallas Observer's own Elaine Liner in her Edinburgh Fringe Festival hit, Sweater Curse. Catch the shows from May 15-25 at the Margo Jones Theatre (1121 1st Ave.). Individual tickets are $12; festival passes are $55. More information at dallassolofest.com.
Pay tribute to the great Van Cliburn with the next installment of the Nasher Sculpture Center's music series, Soundings. At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, six pianists (all former competitors in the Van Cliburn) will play a game of musical chairs performing Olivier Messiaen's Visions de l'Amen for Two Pianos. Tickets for this concert, which are $25 for non-members, are sold out, but you can put your name on a waiting list by calling Jim Parks at 214-242-5100. Visit nashersculpturecenter.org.
The State of Dance
Occasionally, CentralTrak offers panels that seek answer questions about the local arts scene, from the state of criticism to the topic tonight: The State of Dance. As part of the gallery/residency program's Next Topic series, local authorities on the dance scene get together at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss areas of growth and struggle locally. The panel includes Mark Lowry (TheaterJones.com), Danielle Georgiou (dancer/choreographer/writer for Dallas Observer), Joshua L. Peugh (Dark Circles Contemporary Dance), and Jamie Thompson (Dallas Black Dance Theatre). More info at centraltrak.com.
Friday, May 16
'Til Midnight at the Nasher
It's time to mentally prepare yourself for the brutal summer ahead. It could start at any moment. But it looks like we have one more weekend of beautiful weather (knock on wood), so why not spend it in the beautiful garden of the Nasher Sculpture Center, listening to local crooner Madison King and watching every kid's favorite movie, Frozen. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Friday, with the film screening at 9 p.m. Admission is free. More information at nashersculpturecenter.org.
Michelle Brandley's Upright and Do Right Make Alright
Brandley's latest artwork tackles the tricky issues of female body image, combining depictions of perfect legs or torsos with some of nature's beasts. Think a pair of toned, tanned legs next to the trunk of an elephant. See her work at Artspace 111 (111 Hampton St., Fort Worth) during the opening reception 5-8:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. Visit artspace111.com for more information.
Big Rig Dance Collective's evening of new dance explores "loops, disruption, endurance and construction." We're told there will be dancers on walls. We don't know what that means, so sounds like we'll be heading out to Denton's Black Box Theatre (318 East Hickory Street) to check it out at 8 p.m. Friday or Saturday. Tickets at bigrigdance.org.
For nearly three decades, Shear Madness has shaved off the expectations of highbrow theatergoers at Washington, D.C.'s, Kennedy Center. This lighthearted whodunit about bumbling hairdressers, suspicious clients and clumsy cops cuts straight to the funny bone. It moves into the basement space at Theatre Three (2800 Routh St.) for a two-month run employing some of Dallas' comedy elite. See it in previews at 8 p.m. Friday or Saturday, or through July 20. Tickets start at $35, which is cheaper than most haircuts in this city. More information is at theatre3dallas.com.
Art Deco Society Screens King Kong
Let's start at the beginning of this story: We have an Art Deco Society in Dallas. If you remember our story about neighborhood hep cats Matt and Danielle, you've probably already guessed that they're behind this. At 11:30 p.m. Friday, head to the vintage meet up at the Angelika Film Center (5321 Mockingbird Ln.) and watch the original King Kong.
Steven Michael Quezada
Gomey from Breaking Bad is also a stand-up comic? You had us at Breaking Bad. He's got shows at Hyena's Comedy Nightclub (5231 Mockingbird Ln) in Dallas at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.