If you want to find some drama to dive into, you don’t have to look far right now. You could jump right into the Tent City debate, get riled up about Ted Cruz, or ignite a heated conversation over hosting porn conventions in a city that refers to itself all too frequently as the Big D. But while political and civic engagement is not something we’d ever discourage, perhaps it would do you some good to just chill a little this week. And why not, when the local arts scene is throwing out plenty of opportunities this week for you to relax, engage and unwind — minus all the controversy? Pour a glass of vino, take a deep breath, and arrange your schedule accordingly.
Michelada Think Tank “Allyship” Workshop
8 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday
A can’t-miss opportunity for creative types to engage in discussions about fostering unity in the arts, their responsibilities to the larger community, and their own professional growth. This workshop will help artists build on their existing strengths and learn more about allyship, professional practices, displacement and gentrification, and sustaining independent spaces and discourse. The conversations challenge artists to look within themselves and examine their roles and responsibilities as artists in a larger context.
Chamber Concert Mini-Series
7:30 p.m. Tuesday
Owen Arts Center, Southern Methodist University
SMU’s new artist-in-residence concert pianist, Alessio Bax, has exercised some serious chamber concert chops in arranging this concert, part of a two-night series starting on Monday, February 22. Don’t fret if you couldn’t squeeze in the first performance — tonight’s concert stands ably on its own, with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s French hornist David Alan Cooper, violinist Chee-Yun Kim, pianist Carol Leone and the Cézanne Quartet performing works from Liszt, Faure, Webern and Brahms.
WordSpace presents Pegasus Reading Series: Bender-Murphy, Greene, Mendoza
7 p.m. Wednesday
Kettle Art Gallery
This event is a diverse literary retreat featuring three authors with diverse backgrounds and an ability to weave everything into their poems and essays from themes relating to technology and alienation, empowerment and loss, and … a phallological museum in Iceland. Join Ryan Bender-Murphy, A. Kendra Greene and Paula Mendoza for readings and discussions punctuated by music from violinist and composer Joshua Westerman.
Semigloss. Magazine SOUND Issue Dallas Launch
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday
Nasher Sculpture Center
Investigate the celebrated and inextricable link between art and sound as semigloss. Magazine editor-in-chief Sally Glass and art director Bradly Brown host their SOUND Issue Dallas Launch party, sure to be a treat for the eyes and ears. The issue features artists Morehshin Allahyari, Nino Baumgartner, Jeff Gibbons, Sally Glass, Kenneth Goldsmith, Peter Lucas, Shelby David Meier, M, Carolyn Sortor, Sharon Turner and Jim Nolandelves exploring how everything from ambient sound to hip-hop is a transformative medium for art … or from art. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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8 p.m. Friday February 26
Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts
A unique ballet experience from Contemporary Ballet Dallas and the Dallas Bach Society that blends classical music, baroque dance and cutting edge contemporary choreography to tell the story of Joseph Boulogne, known as Le Chavalier de Saint Georges. The multi-talented musician was the first classical composer of African heritage — and has a colorful back story with plenty of angles for CBD to experiment with and explore.