The spring arts and culture lineup in Dallas is hitting it out of the park, and there’s no sign that things will let up anytime soon. This week in particular bats a thousand, with a roster that includes hard-hitting political discussions, Broadway-themed grand slams, and an arts discussion that touches base with higher education. Let’s play ball, arts and culture fans!
For peace seekers:
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe: Sewing Hope
7 p.m. Monday, May 2
231 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe runs a vocational school for young women in Uganda, which is probably an impressive enough feat in any setting. But the Catholic nun’s school serves a population whose lives have been torn apart by a bloody civil war — a war in which rape, kidnapping and slaughter of civilians were commonplace. Through it all, Nyirumbe has worked to give survivors hope: She’s given them skills to make a living, and through her kind and giving spirit, she’s given them hope in humanity again. Nyirumbe will be in Dallas to screen a documentary chronicling her efforts, Sewing Hope. The event, which also includes a book signing, will be hosted by Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.
For justice seekers:
Bar Politics: Law Enforcement Edition
7 p.m. Tuesday, May 3
The Foundry/ Chicken Scratch
2303 Pittman St.
Bar Politics goes blue for their signature mix of comedy and civic issues this week, tackling Dallas’ seemingly sudden rise in crime and the controversial responses by the Dallas Police Department. Expect to delve into city politics, police technology, policing methods and issues of race and class. Local activists from Mothers Against Police Brutality will be on hand to discuss their concerns, and special guests and lively conversation are always on tap.
For data seekers:
Stephen Dubner and Faith Salie
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4
The Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora St.
Steven Dubner’s gift is making an esoteric concept like economics accessible to even those of us who can barely get through an episode of House of Cards without having Wikipedia on standby. His groundbreaking Freakonomics series is that rare combination of smart, informative, useful and entertaining, and he’ll be delving into all three of the installments at this presentation of AT&T Performing Arts Center’s #HearHere program. Dubner will appear with CBS Sunday Morning contributor and Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me! regular Faith Salie for the most engaging economics discussion you’ll ever be a part of.
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For fun seekers:
Uptown Players Broadway Our Way
8 p.m. Thursday, May 5
Kalita Humphreys Theater
3636 Turtle Creek Blvd.
If we did Broadway our way, we’d rule budget airliners out of the equation and maybe push up the availability of Hamilton tickets by a year or so. Unfortunately, nobody asked us, so we’re currently seeking value fares into 2018. In the meantime, we’ll tide ourselves over with Uptown Players’ annual Broadway Our Way production, which weaves together 30 songs from current Broadway hits and revivals in an inventive, gender-bending and hilarious narrative that reaches deep into the local talent pool. This annual fundraising revue was written and directed by BJ Cleveland and features choreography from Jeremy Dumont — and if 30 dazzling show tunes by 27 dazzling performers still isn’t quite the way you’d do it, maybe the dazzling array of auction prizes, including hotel stays and gift certificates, gets you there.
For knowledge seekers:
CentralTrak tête-à-tête with Erica Stephens
7 p.m. Friday, May 6
CentralTrak: The UT Dallas Artist’s Residency
800 Exposition Ave.
There’s a lot of ground to cover in this conversation with local artist Erica Stephens, filmmaker Edgar Barens and artist/educator Thomas Riccio. The trio will delve into the role that higher education plays in art: How it can enrich an artist’s perspective, how residencies shape a body of work, and how the costs of college education can affect artists for their entire lives. There’s plenty of opportunity to delve into the nuanced interplay between opportunity and privilege that determines an artist's career trajectory, making this a timely discussion for our local arts scene.