Five Ways to Escape the Rain This Week

Fall in love with a wonderful musical.
Fall in love with a wonderful musical.
Michael C. Foster

We know, we know. We weren't ready to trade in sunshine for rain either. But it happens, and when it does, we call on our cock-eyed optimism to rearrange our plans. There aren't sunny happy hours in our future – blame it on tropical storm, Bill – but there are these wonderful events, plays and musicals. 

Tiki Bingo Night
Every Tuesday night in the bar, Alamo Drafthouse hosts a Tiki Bingo Night, a "Mad Men inspired" night of games with tropical food and drink available from the bar. Entry is free and prizes include movie passes, so you might just get to see Jurassic World for free after all. 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Phyllida Barlow: Tryst
British sculptor Phyllida Barlow has filled the Nasher Sculpture Center to the brim with an array of sculptures visitors must wind their way through. In the downstairs gallery you can literally get lost in sculpture as you walk deep into a field of flags. These are sculptures like you've never seen before. Plus, Barlow selected a series of sculptures from the permanent collection to connect visitors to the historical markers in conversation with her work. Open Tuesday-Saturday; admission is $10. 

The Firestorm
Kitchen Dog Theater has the world premiere of a show that sits at the center of contemporary discussions of race and politics. The Firestorm is reminiscent of House of Cards, and it's filled with surprises and revelations about secrets we keep in relationships and what happens when they emerge. See it for $18 at 8 p.m. Thursday. 

South Pacific
Imagine yourself in more tropical climates with Lyric Stage's revival of the hit Rodgers & Hammerstein musical South Pacific. It stars the brilliant Janelle Lutz as the nurse who falls in love with an attractive Frenchmen while stationed at a military hospital. See it at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Live From New York!
This weekend, The Texas Theatre screens the documentary that sets out to capture the first 40 years of the beloved comedy institution, Saturday Night Live.  It explores the ways in which the weekly show has attempted to reflect current events, and in that way proposes the show as a time capsule. See it at 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10.

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