5 Things to Do, May 9-13: Get Hip to Techie Art, Dust Off Your Bagpipes and More

Fort Worth Pipes and Drums perform at Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games.
Fort Worth Pipes and Drums perform at Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games.
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There’s so much to do over the next week in Dallas that we could probably just pick events out of a hat, and you’d still be guaranteed a stellar time. But there’s a little more method to our madness than that; we like to find a little something for everyone — so whether you’re a serious artist, a fan of feminist theater, a bird watcher, or someone with a heart for tartan and cabers, this is gonna be your week.

Michelada Think Tank: Independent Modes of Production/Critique
7 p.m. Monday, May 9
Ash Studios
3203 Ash Lane
Free

The buzz around this series of artist workshops is well deserved: The facilitators have worked hard to bring tough conversations about equality, community, accessibility and allyship to the Dallas arts scene. This installment of the groundbreaking program seeks to identify how emerging artists can get around the barriers presented by established arts institutions, with a focus on creating alternative art spaces that foster community, diversity and growth.

Performing the Body
8 p.m. Tuesday, May 10
The Power Station
3816 Commerce St.
Free

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Head up to the rooftop of The Power Station for a plugged-in art experience featuring video works by artists D.S. Chapman, Angie Reisch, Kellie Spano and Sadie Donnelly. The screening includes an array of visual provocations and projections from tech-savvy and chromatically gifted creatives.

Three Playwrights, Three Pieces, Three Performers
9 p.m. Wednesday, May 11
The Wild Detectives
314 W. 8th St.
Free

As part of The Wild Detectives' “Women Galore” programming throughout May, this Wednesday Dallas theater collective The Tribe presents three women in three solo performances. Playwright Shelby-Allison Hibbs gets political with DemiRepubliCan’t; artist Hannah Weir sees the Snow White fairy tale with new eyes; and actress Zoe Kerr gives a star turn in Ophelia Underwater.

Trinity River Audubon Center Owl Prowl
7 p.m. Thursday, May 12
Trinity River Audubon Center
6500 S. Great Trinity Forest Way
$15 for the general public; free for Audubon members

Get a peek into the lives of these mysterious and majestic birds of prey as part of the TRAC Owl Prowl. Participants will learn about the unique anatomical features of owls, discuss the kinds of owls that call Dallas home, and get a crash course in owl calls. And if you’re hoping to attract more of these nocturnal creatures to your neck of the woods, you’ll even learn how to make your yard more hospitable for them.

Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games
5 p.m. Friday, May 13
Maverick Stadium
1307 W. Mitchell St., Arlington
$12-$18

Get your sunscreen ready, Scots of North Texas: It’s time for that annual celebration of kilts, bagpipes and inscrutable accents. Things get Celtic as musicians, athletes, dancers, and food vendors come together to bring the spirit of the Highlands to the Metroplex. Check out performances from folksingers, pipes and drums outfits and contemporary musicians. Cheer on caber tossers, hammer throwers and other kilted athletes. Fill up on bangers and mash, Scotch eggs or haggis, and wash it down with a can of Irn Bru or a stout Scottish ale. You’ll also find genealogy buffs, games and rides for the kids, and camaraderie with a field full of pasty white Scottish transplants desperately reapplying their SPF50.


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