Gallery hopping is not just the pastime of the art collector. It can also be a great way for anyone interested in art to take a peek at what Dallas artists are creating, and gallerists are curating. This weekend, many of the Design District spots have openings, with receptions from 6-8 p.m. worth attending. We recommend you stop by Zhulong Gallery's group show, Systema, Conduit Gallery's show of Vincent Falsetta, Gabriel Dawe, and Sarah Ball, and Cris Worley Fine Art's exhibition of Paul Manes' newest work.
Thursday, October 9 Dallas VideoFest After kicking off with Expanded Cinema Sunday night, Dallas VideoFest 27enters full swing this week with screenings taking over Alamo Drafthouse through October 19. Thursday's films include 7 p.m. screenings of An Honest Liar - a documentary about world famous magician James "The Amazing" Randi - and Regarding Susan Sontag, a literary documentary that investigates the titular writer's career. Later screenings that evening include the self-referential final film of a documentarian and a flick sponsored by the Press Club of Dallas about journalism and censorship. But the festival continues throughout the next two weeks with numerous screenings rangings from shorts, narratives and more. Tickets to individual screenings are $8. The full schedule is available at dallasvideofest.com.
The Two Character Play When you think of Tennessee Williams, you probably think of The Glass Menagerie or Elizabeth Taylor in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. That is, if you think of him at all... One of the stage's most revered playwrights, Williams wrote theatrical masterpieces, which often overshadow his lesser known works. Take The Two Character Play, for example, which Wingspan Theatre Company tackles this month at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther. Performances start at 8 p.m. Thursday and run through October 25. Tickets are $18 to $22; visit wingspantheatre.com.
State of the Arts The Dallas arts scene has a reputation for being panel-heavy. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. Reflection and dialogue can be as valuable as action. If nothing else, they often prove interesting. Take these State of the Arts panels for example, during which KERA's Jeff Whittington posts up at the Dallas Museum of Art to converse with some of the scene's luminaries, young and old. This week, we're talking conservation with Mark Leonard, the DMA's Chief Conservator and Jodie Utter, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art's Conservator of Works on Paper. Tickets and more information available dma.org.
Friday, October 10 Black on Black One of the more popular Dallas Black Dance Theatre shows, Black on Black, returns for the company's 38th season. It's an intimate evening of dance that culminates in a lively cocktail party. They give the floor to some of the company's fresh, young choreographers who choreograph works for the dynamic performers showing DBDT at its best. Catch the show at 7:30 p.m. at the Dallas Black Dance Theatre headquarters (2700 Flora St.) and stick around for the cocktail party at 9 p.m. Tickets are $30. For more information visit dbdt.org.
Rodgers & Hammerstein From classics like "Shall we Dance?" from the King & I to stunning ballads like "Bali Hai" from South Pacific, the music writing duo Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein gave American theater some of its great songs. This weekend, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to the greats with a special concert featuring the music performed live while remastered scenes from the movie musicals play on the big screen. Sean O'Loughlin conducts what's sure to be a lively concert. Catch the performance at the Meyerson Symphony Center (2301 Flora St.) 7:30 p.m Friday and Saturday, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee Sunday. Tickets start at $29 and are available at mydso.com.
Steve Hirst See the Brit with the wit at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Hyena's Comedy Nightclub (5321 E. Mockingbird Ln.). Tickets are $10-15.