It’s tempting to spend your week tucked in amongst your Valentine’s floral arrangements and clearance chocolate, but don’t even. Delkus has foretold a week full of cheerful (though probably apocalyptic) weather: patios await you — and once the sun goes down, you can springboard into any number of engaging arts events dotting the mid-February scene.
Pandora’s Box Poetry Showcase
7:30 p.m. Monday
The Crown & Harp
Join the small but wordy ranks of Dallas’ poetry community as they host Los Angeles poet/performer/singer/songwriter Kevin Sandbloom, who will perform his latest piece, #shutitdown, a mix of verse and music that’s part sociopolitical discourse and part blues concert. Poets Jean Lamberty and Leah Tieger will also read from their catalogue as part of this diverse and eloquent lineup. 21 and up; visit Facebook for more.
The Dallas Chamber Symphony Orchestra Presents Buster Keaton’s The Goat
8 p.m. Tuesday
Dallas City Performance Hall
The Dallas Chamber Symphony performs an updated score from Hollywood heavyweight composer Jon Krull to accompany the 1921 classic silent comedy. The program will begin with a performance of the cheerful Kammermusik No 1 by Paul Hindemith, followed by Paul Moravec’s 2003 piece, Chamber Symphony, and after a brief intermission, Krull’s score will give Keeton’s antics the backdrop they deserve. Buy tickets at dcsymphony.org.
Creed Bratton: An Evening of Music and Comedy
7 p.m. Wednesday
The Rail Club
You’ll need to head west for this outlandish one-man-show from the guy who’s probably best known for his role on The Office as lovable psycho Creed. Off-screen, the actor himself is no less quirky: he’s a musician who performed with the Grassroots in the 1960s and '70s; a self-professed kleptomaniac; and a master storyteller with an unparalleled knack for bullshitting. His eclectic performance blends music, comedy and oddities galore. Tickets available at Prekindle.
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Kitchen Dog Theater Presents I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard
8 p.m. Thursday
This is tense but riveting theater that takes on the Mommie Dearest narrative and substitutes a vitriolic dad for a shrill mother, and words for wire hangers. There’s little sugarcoating, but there is a fair amount of cocaine, booze and comeuppance in Halley Feiffer’s acerbic play, which tells the story of an aspiring actress who seeks approval from her rampaging narcissist of a father only to find herself exposed to verbal cuts and jabs at every turn. Check out Kitchen Dog Theater's website for more.
Fresh Ink: Sarah Hepola
7 p.m. Friday
Dallas Museum of Art
Admission included in $15 Late Night ticket; free for museum members
Everyone’s got a memoir these days, but few pack the punch of Sarah Hepola’s Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget. Somewhere between recognizing descriptions of friends in the heavily Dallas-based narrative and feigning voyeuristic detachment at Hepola’s more lurid hijinks, it becomes obvious that she’s someone you know or someone you were or someone you maybe still are. Whether you’ve read it or it’s still on your list somewhere, you’ll be glad you were there to hear the stories and insights that celebrate the potential and promise of starting anew. Learn more here.