Dallas is used to being the brunt of jokes about its supposed superficial culture and lack of a coherent creative scene. But I’ll dare any Twitter-wielding smartass to make such a pronouncement after taking a look at the Big D’s spring calendar — a whirlwind of artsy, literate comings and goings that will keep the avant-garde on its toes for months to come. Take for instance the upcoming event hosted by WordSpace featuring noted poet and cultural arbiter Andrei Codrescu. An Evening With Andrei Codrescu promises to be an intimate glimpse into the inner workings of the man who frequently contributes to NPR’s All Things Considered and who edits the time-slaying online journal Exquisite Corpse. The Peabody and Pushcart Prize winner lays on insight into the American literary scene and global cultural influences in written art forms as he speaks at the Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $15 to $37 and may be purchased at prekindle.com/promo/id/22680801842013043.
Thu., March 28, 2013