12 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, August 7 -10
Meet, Candy Barr. One of the mid-20th century's most infamous strippers, known for teaching movie stars how to tease, all the while teasing some notorious men herself. She's the subject of the sexy, funny new play by Ronnie Claire Edwards, Candy Barr's Last Dance, which previews at Theatre Three this weekend. It takes place at her 2005 funeral where three of her fellow strippers reflect on her long tumultuous life. See it Thursday, August 7 at 7:30 p.m., or Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 7:30 p.m. through August 31. Tickets for this weekend start at $10.
Phantom of the Opera
One of the world's most popular musicals -and certainly Andrew Llyod Webber's tour de force - Phantom of the Opera received a reboot that is sure to please old and new fans alike. It stops in at the Winspear Opera House from August 6-24, so there will be plenty of time to get your fix of classic songs like "All I Ask of You," "Think of Me" and "Music of the Night." Grab your tickets at attpac.org.
You'll have to venture a bit north for this group exhibition at Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden. One of the Northernmost of the reputable Dallas galleries, Valley House hosts a show with work by artists including Sedrick Huckaby, Trish Nickell, Mary Vernon and 10s of others. Stop by the opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday.
Big Thought, Big Night, Big Impact
What's that screwy motto for the City of Dallas? "Live Large, Think Big" or did they change it to "Big Things Happen Here?" It seems we're hellbent on letting the outside world know that Dallas is a big city that does, well, big things. But big is such a broad word. It can mean large, powerful, older, or significant. An organization that falls under the latter definition is Big Thought, a not-for-profit company that provides educational and artistic programs for children to supplement the school system. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, it's your opportunity to make a sizable contribution to an ambitious cause when Dear Clark Hair Studio (3317 McKinney Ave) hosts an exhibition of the artwork of at-risk teens that are part of Big Thought's Creative Solutions program. Buy a piece of art, or select hair products, and have a enormous - er, big - impact. More information is available at bigthought.org.
Friday, August 8
Like a fine wine and a good cheese, no one complains about pairing art and music. What could be better than wiling the hot summer hours away in an artist's studio, listening to some jams, and sipping on a cold beer you picked up from the corner store. Sound like your kind of Friday night? Ash Studios thought so. They've teamed up with Kaila Rose Parrish to present Attach/Detach. Spend a revelrous August evening with rowdy artists and musicians for just $5. Stretch the evening from 8 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday morning at Ash Studios (3203 Ash Ln.).
From Slovenia, Florida and Dallas With Love
It's all shapes and colors from the outside and even though you've been told not to judge a book by its cover, in the case of The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, your assumptions will be fulfilled within. The art on display almost always feels like a psychedelic trip, complete with shapes that defy geometric principles and eye-poppingly vivid colors. The current exhibition, From Slovenia, Florida and Dallas with Love: Beti Bricelj, Israel Guevara, Jeff Robinson, features the work of three vibrant artists who experiment with color and dimension. See the work from 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Friday or anytime through October. Admission to the MADI Museum (3109 Carlisle St.) is free. More information at geometricmadimuseum.org.