12 Awesome Things to Do This Weekend, July 31 - Aug. 3
Immersive theater is not a synonym for participatory theater. So you won't need to bring a monologue or warm up your vocal chords before attending Chipping Smooth this weekend. In fact, please don't. It does mean that you will be part of the theatrical experience. You'll be amidst the performers as they ignore conventional methods of theatrical performance and dramatic narrative to embrace everything from music to multimedia, to poetry to cinematic projections. There won't be aisle seats, plots, or intermissions, so we're really not sure what you should expect. But this free night of entertainment is happening for one weekend only with performances at 8:30 p.m. Thursday - Sunday nights. Oh, and by the way it happens in the carriage house behind 201 N. Montclair Ave. Yeah, you're in for an adventure.
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Thursday, July 31
You look like you could use a laugh. Head to Dallas Comedy House at 9:30 p.m. Thursday where the local funny troupe will have you laughing until you're slaphappy. It's Ewing Night, which means they'll be looking for the audience to create scenarios for them. Let them turn your cranky coworkers into the punch line. $10 at the door.
Closing Reception of Ben Sansbury/ Jaakko Pallasvuo at Goss-Michael Foundation
See this stunning exhibition before it closes for good. If Sansbury's Next, Now, Then and Pallasvuo's Largely Abandoned Conventional Titles (Blueberry - Acai EDM + Omega-3) weren't enough reason to swing by this exhibition before it closes, you should see the work of Nathan Green before this rising star takes his light to more fertile pastures. In a few years, you can brag and say you knew him when. The free reception starts at 6 p.m.
One Man Show: Rated (R)awlins
Think about this night at the theater like you would any other one night stand. Except perhaps this time you'll have wiled away the hours with a lively, charming man you won't regret in the morning. For years, Rawlins Gilliland was a welcome voice on public radio, telling stories with poetic insight. He earned listener's affection with tales of a life well-lived and now this bon vivant has written one of the year's most popular one-man shows. After a sold-out evening at Sons of Hermann Hall in May, Gilliland returns to the microphone for One-Man Show: Rated (R)awlins at the Kessler Theater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. This magical evening of storytelling is - sadly - already sold-out.
Friday, August 1
Mattuna by Matt Rox
Get to know Matt Rox, a native Dallas artist, whose newest creation is the webcomic, "Mattuna." It promises a cartoon aesthetic and twisted sense of humor, but you'll have to head to Two Bronze Doors at 7 p.m. Friday to get the first look. The artist will be present, creating scenes while guests enjoy coffee and cupcakes.
Unburden - Performance by Erica Felicella
Part installation, part performance, Unburden explores the possibilities of depositing unproductive thoughts and walking away without the baggage. It sounds like abstract modern dance meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. See the performance at RO2 Art Gallery (110 N. Akard) from 7 - 9 p.m. Friday.
Stiff at Fun House Theatre and Film
In Jeff Swearingen's new play Stiff- which opens at Fun House Theatre and Film August 1 - the producer at Tin Box Theatre finds Mickey Blake, the city's most powerful critic, dead after a show's opening night. The producer, director and playwright don't want the critic to have died in their show, so what ensues is part Bullets Over Broadway, part Weekend at Bernie's. Tickets are $10.