Universal languages of art, music and dance
he number of reasons to travel to Fort Worth these days seems to increase proportionally with the rise in gas prices. There are great museum exhibits, new plays, music every weekend. For a limited time, Dallasites can enjoy one of the wonders of Fort Worth without having to travel any farther than the Dallas Museum of Art. Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth has created a special performance for the DMA's Dialogues: Duchamp, Cornell, Johns, Rauschenberg exhibit, which is on display through January 8. CD/FW director Kerry Kreiman choreographed Dialogues in Motion, which includes audience participation and improvisation and explores elements in the DMA exhibit's artists' work. It also features new music by Austin composer William Meadows, likewise inspired by the art. Performances are 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through September, plus October 29 and January 7. Admission to Dialogues in Motion is free with paid admission to the DMA, 1717 N. Harwood St. Call the DMA at 214-922-1200 or CD/FW at 817-922-0944. --Kelsey Guy
Is that patchouli I smell? Oh wait, that's just the aroma of Ravi Shankar's fingers burning up his sitar. India's foremost musical ambassador since the 1960s, Shankar first made his name in the Western world with memorable sets at Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival, as well as through his association with the Beatles. This Sunday, TITAS hosts Ravi Shankar's Festival of India, which brings with it a healthy dose of music, dance and Eastern mysticism. The show will also feature Shankar's daughter, Anoushka, who may not be as famous as her platinum-selling illegitimate half-sister Norah, but can probably kick her ass in an old-school sitar duel. It all starts Sunday at 8 p.m. at SMU's McFarlin Auditorium, 6400 Hillcrest Ave. Tickets range from $15 to $85, but a few lucky people can sit on the stage and leave reeking of incense for $100. Call 214-528-5576 or visit www.titas.org. --Noah W. Bailey
A gripping examination of race and justice in the American South, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is required reading for most high school students. But with concerns of class and race raised by Hurricane Katrina, maybe every American should revisit the story to see how far we have--and have not come--since the 1960s. Read the book, watch the 1962 film or, better yet, go see the Repertory Company Theatre's production, which previews Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Promenade Theatre, Coit and Arapaho Roads, Richardson, and continues 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through October 2. Tickets are $11 to $14. Call 972-690-5029 or visit www.rctheatre.com. --Jay Webb
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