There is so much art and culture happening in the city this weekend, it's absurd. It's also wholly impossible for you to see it all. Writing those words makes me absolutely gleeful. Sure, it's mid-June, but as you know, art is always in vogue in Dallas, or haven't you been reading Mixmaster? Before you get into the nitty gritty details below let's do a quick summary, shall we? Fourteen galleries participate in East Dallas Gallery Day, four new amenities open along the Trinity River, one dance show in memoriam of a beloved choreographer, one secret location music/art market party, one tattoo festival, and seven plays to attend (two of which are world premieres). Plus there are two holidays this weekend, so you'll want to fly your flags and hug your dad.
Phew! Now get busy.
Thursday, June 12 Bruce Wood Dance Project's Touch In the words of our dance critic, Danielle Georgiou: The show must go on. This testament has never been truer than in the case of the dancers of the Bruce Wood Dance Project, as they mourn the loss of their leader. Wood was more than just their choreographer; he was their friend. He was loved by many, and mourned by all. Touch is probably the show that best illustrates what he was always searching for--a way to communicate without words. The dancers' flexibility and emotional range is tested to present a new physicality in communication. They will also revive his favorite dance, Home. This haunting work epitomizes his simplistic style, and gives an intimate look at his ideas regarding beauty and reality, which will remain with us forever, now that he has gifted them to us. Shows are 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas. $15-$100. 214-428-2263.
This Ain't No Party Ok, technically this is a party. The second in a series of pop-up events - so, parties....- planned by Christian Vasquez and Spencer Kenney, this evening at Ash Studios (3203 Ash Lane) includes music, film, and art. It costs $5 to get in and it's BYOB.
:Pure Duration: part one: a beetle on its back This weekend Jeff Gibbons and Gregory Ruppe present the first three videos in a three-week series. These piece are only viewable at night at Beefhaus (885 Exposition Ave). Stop by from 9 - 11:55 p.m. for Thursday's King of the Dipshits, Friday's Silly Putty Dancer, or Saturday's Untitled (Weihnachten im Dreikönigskirche) A series of videos by Jeff Gibbons and Gregory Ruppe (viewable at night) at Beefhaus. Here's the artist statement: " : the hallucinations of bugs makes it hard to concentrate / flying all around my head and disappearing where my clothes meet my skin / i swat at them and people think i'm insane / i probably smell like fruit : "
Departing the Kingdom of Sensibility Kettle Art Gallery's newest exhibition features work by sculptor Darlene Schaper, photographer Zoie Vandal, and painter Jodi VonRotten. Stop by the opening reception from 7-10 p.m. Thursday at Kettle, 2650-B Main St. More info: kettleart.com.
Architecture on Tap! You know what goes with architecture? Beer. Or wine. Or any alcohol, really. That's probably why the local chapter of American Institute of Architects hosts a summer happy hour series called Architecture on Tap! After all, nothing goes better with art deco than a martini. The first event focuses on Downtown Dallas, with a panel of experts who will share the history of the central business district and discuss improvement projects, success stories and what's missing. Join the conversation at 6 p.m. Thursday in the offices of Downtown Dallas Inc., 901 Main Street, Ste. 7100. Fifteen bucks gets you and includes two drinks and appetizers. More information is available at aiadallas.org.
Friday, June 13
Friday the 13th Screening Because it's...well, Friday the 13th. Sure, they do it every time this day rolls around, but maybe Alamo Drafthouse just continues to show this classic horror flick, because they know there are youngsters who need education on good old fashioned scaring. Anyhow, see at 11 p.m. at this Richardson film mecca at 100 S. Central Expressway. Tickets are $10.
Silver Screen Slayer The most glamorous play in town takes audiences back to the time of film noir when detectives are all the rage. Head to the Magnolia Lounge, 1121 First Avenue, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $12 to $25. More info at campdeathproductions.com.
More Friday after the jump. Mike Baldwin Add a bit of funny to your weekend with award-winning comic Mike Baldwin, who's won so many awards it's not even funny. He's won the Funniest Comic in Kansas City award twice, the 2011 Seattle Comedy Competition, the Trial By Laughter competition in Indianapolis and finished as a finalist in the San Francisco Comedy Competition. You'll be able to see why he's racked up so many awards when he jumps on Hyena's Comedy Nightclub's (5321 Mockingbird Ln.) stage at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Trinity Shakespeare Festival The eye of heaven is certainly beginning to shine too hot as we make the slow climb to summer's summit. In due order, Shakespeare season is back. The annual onslaught of iambic pentameter anchors summer stages with productions of his most beloved works at theaters across the Metroplex. Like in years past, the Trinity Shakespeare Festival launches in Fort Worth this weekend presenting two classics, The Tempest and The Comedy of Errors in rotation. This critically acclaimed festival features the city's finest actors reciting theater's finer dialogue on the more than fine Texas Christian University (2800 S. University Dr.) campus. In comparison to a summer's day in Texas, the fest is certainly more lovely and temperate. Snag tickets to opening night of The Comedy of Errors at 7:30 p.m. Friday for just $25. More information available at trinityshakes.org.
Tartuffe Technically this addition to Shakespeare in the Park's summer season isn't Shakespeare. I never thought I'd be grateful for Molière, but I'll happily lug my oversized picnic basket filled with oversized box wine (don't judge) to the Samuell Grand Amphitheatre (1500 Tenison Pkwy) this year. Show starts at 8:15 p.m., tickets are $10. Pack a picnic. More info at shakespearedallas.org.
Saturday, June 14
Hideout If your Flag Day party's location is TBD, it's not a good sign. But if it's at an undisclosed location, it's probably a sign of supremely cool exclusivity. Especially if the party's host is the wildly cool Web site, House of Plates. Part music, part food, this blog has earned a reputation for throwing down some of the coolest secret location smashes in the city. But if you don't buy your tickets in advance, you'll miss out on the secret underground bodega curated by some of the city's finest artisans with jams brought to you by Fred Holston and Hammertimez. Be cooler than the rest of your friends at Flag Day and head to Hideout at 8 p.m. Saturday night. Buy your tickets for $10 through prekindle.com. The secret location will arrive via email day of. Because that's the kind of party this is.
East Dallas Gallery Day Fourteen galleries exhibit as part of this day-long art celebration. Here are the three you absolutely must stop by: Barry Whistler Gallery (2909 Canton St.), The Public Trust (2919 Commerce St.), 500X Gallery (500X Exposition Ave). But if you're brave, you'll try to get to them all. Godspeed, voyager.
Elm Street Music & Tattoo Festival DC9 at Night has been giving this fest lots of ink this week (get it?). We're just here to remind that it's going to be awesome. More info.
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Pup Fest 2014 The kids are alright. Actually they're pretty great. And they're writing plays. At least, the high schoolers selected for Pup Fest wrote a few. This collaboration between Junior Players and Kitchen Dog Theater's New Works Festival features the work of five high schoolers. Step out of the heat into the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (3120 McKinney Ave) and hear the teenage zeitgeist from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. More info at kitchendogtheater.org.
Sunday, June 15
Mario Kart 64 Tournament If you're not still nursing your hangover or grilling out with your pop at 11 a.m. Sunday, we'll see you Three Link (2704 Elm St.) for the Mario Kart Tournament. It's the part of the tattoo/music fest that has nothing to do with music or tattoos. Entry into the tournament in $10. Of course, you can enter the bar for free and squeal, "It's a Me, Mario!" to your heart's content. Lasts until 7 p.m.
Trinity River Revel Celebrate the grand opening of the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, Trinity Skyline Trail, West Dallas Gateway Plaza and Sylvan Avenue Bridge in Dallas' Trinity River Corridor. It's a big party that lasts all day on the Continental Bridge, which is right next Large Marge. I wonder if Connie and Marge will like hanging out together... More details at trinityriverrevel.com.