Best Things to Do in Dallas this Week
Go All the Way with Dallas Theater Center.
You know that if you let yourself, you’ll spend the whole week holed up on your couch picking through jelly beans and justifying the slaughter of hollow chocolate bunnies. But spare yourself: There are so many alternatives to that sugary rabbit hole you’re about to head down — all of which are infinitely more satisfying than marshmallow chicks. This week, you can learn to succeed as an artist, fathom new frontiers in design, or dust off your Vespa and take it for a night ride — so pick up all those candy wrappers and bite into a sweet array of local arts endeavors instead.
Michelada Think Tank: Survivin’ and Thrivin’
7 p.m. Monday
3203 Ash Lane
Local arts advocates Darryl Ratcliff and Carol Zou host an evening designed for artists of color or allies who have completed the Allyship Think Tank series. Part one of three, tonight’s installment focuses on the practices that help artists succeed — including assembling portfolios and writing effective artist statements. Ratcliff and Zou will also focus on how local artists can prepare for and apply to a new City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs grant program that offers up to $20,000 for projects that advance cultural equity. See Facebook for details.
Shakespeare in the Bar: As You Like It
7 p.m. Monday
Eight Bells Alehouse
831 Exposition Ave.
All the bar’s a stage as Shakespeare in the Bar serves up a delightfully zany, vaguely boozy and slightly under-rehearsed version of As You Like It at 7 p.m. Monday. Eight Bells Alehouse (831 Exposition Ave.), plays host to The Bard’s beloved musical comedy, known for its witty dialogue, complex family drama and gender-bending princess. Shakespeare in the Bar’s freewheeling, liquored up production adds an extra element of humor to the crowd-pleaser; tickets are $7 at eventbrite.com. For procrastinators, 50 walk-up tickets will be released the day of the show. Find more information at facebook.com/shakespeareinthebar
He Says It Like It Is
TicketsSun., Jan. 22, 7:30pm
Dream Concert ft. Wrayne Simmons, Marcus Speed and Uriah Jones
TicketsFri., Jan. 27, 8:00pm
An American In Paris
TicketsTue., Jan. 31, 7:30pm
Gabriel Iglesias: FluffyMania
TicketsWed., Feb. 1, 8:00pm
Casa Manana Presents Rapunzel, Rapunzel: A Very Hairy Fairy Tale
TicketsFri., Feb. 3, 7:00pm
Dallas Center for Architecture Forum Lecture: Marc Fornes
7 p.m. Tuesday
3699 McKinney Ave.
If you’re looking for a fascinating dive into the intersection between design and technology, you could Google “computational skinning.” Or you could save a few hours of head-scratching and wishing you’d paid more attention in high school geometry and see the person credited as being something of a modern computational skinning rock star discuss its applications in art and architecture. It’s fascinating stuff, whether you grasp the technicalities or not: Fornes is a renowned contributor to the research and practice behind large-scale, self-supported and groundbreaking structures used for fashion pop-ups and art installations.
Dallas Theater Center’s All the Way
7:30 p.m. Wednesday
2400 Flora St.
Dallas Theater Center has extended its run of Robert Schenkkan’s political drama, giving us a few more opportunities to see the timely exploration of politics, power and morality. The production takes on the outsize legend of LBJ, seen by many as a harbinger of civil rights — but also as a bully and master manipulator. Brandon Potter takes on the role of the 36th President of the United States, presenting an unforgettable portrayal of a man struggling to strike a balance between telling it like it is and getting things done. Buy tickets at tickets.attpac.org.
Broadway Bar Crawl
6 p.m. Thursday, March 31
2533 McKinney Ave.
Toast the 2016-2017 Broadway Series season at the AT&T Performing Arts Center (which includes Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Book of Mormon and Into the Woods) with free sips, bites and other treats during this classed-up bar crawl starting at The Fat Rabbit, and progressing to TNT Tacos & Tequila, The Social House and Nickel & Rye. Every stop will offer up a chance at raffle prizes, including the ultimate in Broadway booty: a season subscription to six 2016-2017 shows. RSVPs are requested at attpac.org.
Rockers v Mods
5 p.m. Friday, April 1
Industry Alley Bar
1713 S. Lamar St.
Rev your engine for an anachronistic, genre-bending, all-inclusive celebration of motorized two-wheel transportation: Dallas Rockers vs. Mods kicks off Friday with a meet and greet that includes music from Sleazy Mancini, followed by a 10 p.m. night ride. Strap on your helmet for an all-weekend meet-up, chock-full of candy-colored scooters and shiny café racers — plus bands, bites and organized rides aplenty. Admission includes a rally bag, raffle entry and admission to all venues throughout the weekend. Visit rockersvsmods.com for full details.
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