Events for the week
A Month of Dance: The next public offering from the Deep Ellum Opera Theatre demands a strong pair from each of its cast members--in this case, those are feet, not lungs. Nonvocal is the order for a month of weekend performances the DEOT has appropriately dubbed "A Month of Dance." The debut program features modern dance by seven members of the Independent Choreographers' Coalition, including regulars of the Observer Calendar page like Karen Bower Robinson and Sherri Lacey. Performances happen Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Deep Ellum Opera Theatre space, 3202 Elm. Tickets are $10-$15. Call (972) 881-2914.
He Walked With Us: The Life of Christ: While he is today best remembered as a chronicler of the Civil War and a celebrated magazine illustrator, the Philadelphia-born Joseph Boggs Beale, who died in 1926, earned the raves of late 19th century contemporaries for his creation of magic lantern slides. The magic lantern was the parent of the slide projector, and it was wildly popular during the Victorian era. The Biblical Arts Center presents a show of Beale's exquisitely detailed Christian drawings for the Easter season. He Walked With Us: The Life of Christ showcases the ink-wash drawings that were used to create the magic lantern slides. The show runs through May 18 at 7500 Park Lane. It's free. Call (214) 691-4661.
Photography by David Byrne and Marta Maria Perez Bravo: Former musician, turned former filmmaker, turned sometime photographer David Byrne has two Dallas art exhibitions. He shares the bill at Photographs Do Not Bend with Marta Maria Perez Bravo, a Cuban-born artist whose works intersect Latino superstition and mythological womanhood. The McKinney Avenue Contemporary presents a larger, solo show of David Byrne's imagery. The show at Photographs Do Not Bend opens March 7, 6-9 p.m. and runs through April 19 at 3115 Routh St. Call 969-1852. The McKinney Avenue Contemporary show runs March 8-April 27 at 3120 McKinney Ave. David Byrne will sign copies of his photography book at a cocktail reception benefitting The MAC March 6, 7:30-9 p.m. at the Red Jacket, 3606 Greenville. Admission to that is $15.
Postcards From the Volcano: Four Poets Celebrate Wallace Stevens: The list of honors, grants, and critics' awards that have graced the four poets who participate in Arts and Letters Live's "Postcards From the Volcano: Four Poets Celebrate Wallace Stevens" is longer than a Dallas Cowboy's coke line. U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, Edward Hirsch, and Cynthia McDonald converge on the DMA stage for a reading and interpretation of the celebrated Stevens' canon. The evening starts at 8 p.m. in the Horchow Auditorium of the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood. Tickets are $10-$12. Call (214) 922-1219.
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago: It's been a strange 20-year journey from debut at an Illinois senior citizens' home to international performers before an annual estimate of 100,000 people, but Hubbard Street Dance Chicago has lost none of its scrappy, caffeine-charged energy. They have picked up a total of 22 members, as well as ecstatic reviews from newspapers around the world, since choreographer Lou Conte formed them two decades ago. TITAS welcomes the troupe back to Dallas for a program of athletic modern dance that includes a debut by Daniel Ezralow, Lady Lost Found, as well as works by Twyla Tharp and Kevin O'Day. Performances happen March 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Tickets are $7-$40. Call (214) 528-5576.
Women in Buddhism: A Gathering: Although it is frequently touted as the most humanitarian and equalizing of religious faiths, the various schools of Buddhism have traditionally practiced a sexism not unlike sexual shortsightedness that has marred Christianity for centuries. "Women in Buddhism: A Gathering" is a response to that from four practicing women Buddhists who are members of local or international organizations. Topics to be covered at this event include "An American Woman's Experience Practicing Vipassana Meditation" and "Why Can't a Woman Be More Like a Man? Or, Women and Enlightenment." The afternoon happens 2-5 p.m. at First Unitarian Church of Dallas, 4015 Normandy at Preston. It's free. Call (214) 528-3990.
Conversations With God: Fresh from a recent Dallas Observer cover story by Thomas Korosec, Cheyenne Turner and her forum for "unusual phenomena" known as The Eclectic Viewpoint return with a talk by the current New York Times bestselling nonfiction author Neale Donald Walsch. His book, Conversations With God: An Uncommon Dialogue, purports to contain answers to some of life's vital questions, straight from the mouth of God; or rather, from God's mouth to Walsch's pencil. He speaks at 7:30 p.m. at Unity Church of Dallas, 6525 Forest Lane. Admission is $20. Call (972) 601-7687.
Willie Brown: With Ron Kirk, the turbulent city of Dallas has one of America's more sedate (some would say too sedate) African-American mayors. You have to wonder what our racially divided city would be like if the flamboyant, controversial Willie Brown ruled our own fractious City Hall. Although a recent fascinating profile in The New Yorker confirmed that the most dangerous place to be in San Francisco is between Brown and a camera, he is far more than a media hound: He sticks by his various constituencies stubbornly, even in the face of censure from his own political party. Brown comes to Dallas to speak at the 18th Annual Andrew Jackson Day Dinner, an event to commemorate Jackson's status as "the commoner president." The evening kicks off at 7:15 p.m. at the Raddison Hotel Central, Central at Yale. Tickets are $25 per person. Call (214) 467-0123.
Dallas Chamber Orchestra: Continuing its sixth concert season highlighting the plushest of chamber orchestra standards, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra divides their latest program into three performances over two days and two locations. Dvorak's Trio for Two Violins and Violas, Boccherini's Quintet in D Major for Strings, and Brahms' Sextet for Strings is delivered sans conductor. Performances are March 7, 8 p.m. at the Church of the Transfiguration, Hillcrest and Spring Valley; and March 9, 2 and 7 p.m. at Caruth Auditorium on the ground of Southern Methodist University. Tickets are $10-$17. Call (214) 871-2787.
Likeness and Landscape: The Daguerreotype Art of Thomas M. Easterly: If our image of the American 19th century is stark and a bit rough-hewn, the reason is probably because the photographic images from the early-to-mid 1850s were daguerreotypes, an early technology that produced images on silver-colored plates. Fort Worth's Amon Carter Museum presents an exhibition of portraits and landscapes by Thomas Easterly, an artist who continued to specialize in this difficult medium long after handier photographic processes had been created. The show runs through June 1 at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. It's free. Call (817) 738-1933.
Kathleen Battle: We can't think of an artist more appropriately named than tempestuous diva Kathleen Battle, whose masterful phrasing and unwavering control are topped only by her reputation for relentless perfectionism...and, according to some, outright abusiveness. Difficult artists aren't a rarity in the world of opera, but Battle made history when the Metropolitan Opera effectively ended its association with her because of her temperament. This spicy songbird flies into Dallas for a Cliburn concert that includes Handel, Wolf, Liszt, Strauss, and Turina. Her performance starts at 8 p.m. in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora. Tickets are $25-$85. Call (214) 335-9000.
Extra Fancy: This Los Angeles-based quartet has just one of a million heartbreak stories in the naked music biz--their 1996 major label debut, Sinner Man, withered on the vine from lack of promotion, and Atlantic dropped them unceremoniously (they learned about the decision on the Internet). What makes the saga of these psycho-surf rockers somewhat different is the out gayness of lead singer Brian Grillo. Corporate confusion over how to market a hard rock act to the gay community was perhaps the major impediment to the hype machine. They arrive for their first-ever Dallas show, and rumor has it that Extra Fancy live is a rollicking experience that was only dimly reflected in their mixed-bag debut album. The band appears at 9 p.m. at the Orbit Room, 2809 Commerce. Call (214) 748-5399.
Photos by Albert Chong, Jose Fors, and Kent Barker: The Pan American Gallery presents a photographic exhibit of works by three artists who hail from places that are foreign, even a little strange to most Americans--Cuba, Jamaica, and Dallas. Jamaican native Albert Chong studied in New York and California and currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. Cuban Jose Fors has won prestigious awards at international art festivals and still resides in Havana. Native Dallasite Kent Barker is a nationally sought commercial photographer who relocated to Taos, New Mexico. Curated by Cynthia Mulcachy of the State Thomas Gallery, the show opens with a reception March 7, 6-9:30 p.m. and runs through May 3 at 3303 Lee Parkway in Turtle Creek. Call (214) 522-3303.
The Dallas Auto Show: There will be about 700 cars under the roof of the 1997 Dallas Auto Show, some of which you can afford, and others so expensive that the only way you'll drive them is as a valet at The Mansion. The beauty of the Auto Show is that almost every vehicle, from Matchbox cheap to Cadillac process, is open. The rich Corinthian leather of their seats beckons to be sat upon the way any fantasy lover would. Your bottom tingles, your hand trembles at the touch of the classy dashboard. Just be careful--you probably won't be able to afford the stain removal fees, either. The show happens March 12-16 at the Dallas Convention Center in downtown Dallas. For information call (214) 637-0531.
Avner the Eccentric: Don't hate Avner the Eccentric because he's a mime. The vicious mime-bashing in Bobcat Goldthwait's classic comedy Shakes the Clown was just one blade of pop culture ugliness aimed at the hide of this classical European art form (it's not all in America, however; Avner was arrested for public buffoonery while studying in Paris). The Dallas Theater Center hosts Exceptions to Gravity, a performance by the man who balances ladders, dances with paper cups, and tames napkins, all in the name of universal comedy. Performances are Tuesday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. through March 23 at the Arts District Theater, 2401 Flora St. Tickets are $15-$26. Call (214) 522-
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