It's encouraging to see two of Dallas' up-and-coming theater companies--Soul Rep and Cara Mia--combining their resources to present Ambient Love Rites, the second installment in the companies' joint Cafe/Negro Arts series. The series is an attempt to bring Dallas' African-American and Latino communities closer together. It started off with a bang in February with a production of for colored girls who've considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. Ambient Love Rites, an examination of how a single moment can be interpreted in any number of ways, figures to be even better. In the spirit of community, a talk with the artists will follow every show. Ambient Love Rites opens at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Ice House Gallery, 1000 W. Page. The play continues June 3-6 and 11-13. Tickets are $10. Call (972) 386-9198.
Photographer Ken Wagnon's photos are ostensibly nudes, but they are less a celebration of the female body than a study in how it contrasts with the angular world around it. His exhibition at Photographic Archives Gallery, Structures, features black-and-white photos that are more about the lines and shadows than about titillation; in fact, the women in the photos are almost an afterthought. It's not like you'd want to take a group of teenage boys anywhere near the gallery, but it's definitely not lascivious. Structures hangs at Photographic Archives Gallery, located at 5117 W. Lovers Lane, through June 6. Call (214) 352-3167.
It's no wonder that Freaks--the 1932 film populated with real-life human oddities--wasn't much of a success when it was released. The film's ad campaign featured phrases like, "Can a full-grown woman truly love a midget?" Consequently, the sympathetic undertones of the movie were overlooked. Although it is filled with sideshow attractions like a human skeleton, a bearded woman, and a man with no arms or legs, they are just a backdrop to the film's tale of love and betrayal. The MAC gives viewers a chance to appreciate Freaks with a special screening at 8 p.m. The MAC is located at 3120 McKinney Ave., Suite 100. Call (214) 953-1212.