The Colored Museum: The recent, much-publicized face-offs between Latinos and African-Americans over public school issues was a microcosm of the shifting race debate in America. As blacks, browns, reds, and yellows edge closer to enfranchisement, if only because they're beginning to make up the majority of many large American cities, it has become increasingly apparent that various minority groups aren't much more eager to divide the pie than the Anglo majority was. The best art is prophecy, and New York wunderkind big wig George C. Wolfe anticipated the diversity debate within the African-American community with his hilarious satire The Colored Museum. Given its first full-length run in North Texas by Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre, Wolfe's script takes us on a tour of a museum of 11 black stereotypes (not a few of them homegrown) and their consequences, both in and out of black America. Performances happen Friday, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday, 3:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.; and Sunday, 3:15 p.m. through November 16 at 506 Main St., downtown Fort Worth. Tickets are $8-$14. Call (817) 338-4411.
Dracula: A recent Harper's article about transporting Albert Einstein's brain across America in the back of a rental car (ya had to read it) included, as part of its background, the fascinating and lucrative business of licensing dead celebrity images--and prosecuting those who displease the celebrities' estates with unauthorized images. Bela Lugosi Jr. helped start this tempest when he laid claim to some of the profits the Hollywood studio that produced Dracula made from reproducing his father's image. Lugosi Jr. is justly proud of his father's contribution to American cinema, and continues to appear at related public events on behalf of his father. Case in point--Michael Wehrli's world-premiere stage adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. This year is the centennial anniversary of Stoker's novel, and Lugosi has been enticed to add his presence. Performances happen Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. through November 2 at The Corner Theatre in DeSoto Town Center, 211 E. Pleasant Run Road, DeSoto. A special performance takes place October 19 at 8 p.m., with a reception honoring Bela Lugosi Jr. Tickets are $10-$12. Call (972) 680-4466.
Myron Wood: Inner Light: Myron Gilmore Wood intended to study piano at the Yale Graduate School of Music when he was a young man, but the 76-year-old's plans took a dramatic turn southward when he saw "the diamond-hard light" of the Southwest. After that, working under the influence of pioneers like Edward Weston and Roy Emerson Stryker, Wood emerged as the imagemaker of the natural contours of states such as Arizona and New Mexico. Photographic Archives Gallery is the Dallas stop for a national touring exhibit entitled Myron Wood: Inner Light. The show offers a retrospective of 50 photos--many of them personally selected by Wood--that span the years 1959-1980. The show opens with a reception October 18, 7-9:30 p.m., and runs through January 4 at the Photographic Archives Gallery, 5117 W. Lovers Lane. Call (214) 352-3166.
Cassio Vasconcellos: Photographs Do Not Bend brings Dallas a U.S. premiere--the first American solo exhibition by the Brazilian photographer Cassio Vasconcellos. He is critically lauded in Europe, but in America, Vasconcellos, like many other South American artists, is either overlooked or swallowed into the faceless blob known as "multiculturalism." Through his manipulation of photographic processes, Vasconcellos' portraits often resemble paintings--he applies photographic developer with various fibers, mashes different perspectives together, and generally nudges viewers into an entirely different attitude toward objects and scenes we normally take for granted. Vasconcellos' show opens October 17 and runs through November 29, with a reception scheduled for the artist November 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Photographs Do Not Bend is located at 3115 Routh St. Call (214) 969-1852.
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