For some people, this week kicks off with a holiday celebrating the accidental discovery of Christopher Columbus. In the spirit of exploration, we've compiled a few awesome ways to spend your evenings this week.
Monday, October 13
Oral Fixation: Go with the Flow It's safe to say that the Oral Fixation storytelling series has become something of a Dallas phenomenon, as it continues to grow larger audiences and an expansive storytelling base. This month's theme is "Go With the Flow" and has the series first "headliner" (at least that we're aware of) in Nayrok Udab, who happens to be the stand-up comic sister of Erykah Badu. Now we don't have any guesses for why the name might've inspired this, but "Go with the Flow" features an all-female line-up. We'll just leave it at that. See it at the Wyly Theatre (2400 Flora St.) at 8 p.m. Monday or 8 p.m. Wednesday at Texas Theatre (231 W. Jefferson Blvd). Tickets are $25 and available at ticketdfw.com.
Bonnie & Clyde On the heels of a great production of the new musical Dogfight, WaterTower Theatre tackles another new musical. When it debuted on Broadway, Bonnie & Clyde lasted a measly 36 performances before closing. But Liner puts hopes in the talents of WaterTower Theatre's casting of Kayla Carlyle in the titular role saying, "she's gorgeous and can sing like mad. So there's hope for at least a star turn." It opens at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets at watertowertheatre.org.
Dallas Video Fest: This May Be the Last Time Every night this week, there is a Dallas VideoFest film to catch. Tonight, "award-winning filmmaker Sterlin Harjo as he interweaves the tale of a mysterious death in 1962 with the rich history of the powerful hymns that have united Native American communities in times of worship, joy, tragedy, and hope." Screens at 7 p.m. at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Anchor Baby A new documentary will be screened for free at the Studio Movie Grill at 7 p.m. Monday. It tells the story of a Los Angeles teenager whose mother receives a deportation notice and the journey that sent them on for the next six years. RSVP through eventbrite.com.
Tuesday, October 14 The Exes in my iPod What's a book club without wine? Next week, Lisa M. Mattson will be in town to discuss her new book, The Exes in my iPod, at Veritas Wine Room (2323 N. Henderson Ave.) - where else? Sit back, sip your wine, and listen to a reading from Mattson. Get your event RSVP in on eventbrite.com.
Tuesdays at the Modern: James Cutler At 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings, The Modern in Fort Worth brings in interesting guest speakers. This week's speaker, James Cutler will speak on the influence of nature in architecture. Tickets to the evening's talk are free, and they grant you admission to the galleries, where you can see the killer exhibition, Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s.
Dallas VideoFest: Community Screening Four film screen tonight 50 years by Christian Vasquez, dawn. by Ya"ke Smith, Out of Deepwood by Craig Weflen and The New South Dallas. See the films at 7 p.m. at the South Dallas Cultural Center.
Rocky Horror Show It looks like Dallas Theater Center has a hit on its hands with its season opener. A reboot of the cult classic, Rocky Horror Show, theater critic Elaine Liner says, "It's huge. It's loud. Cleavage heaves and nipples sparkle. And that's just on the men." Throw toilet paper, taunt the actors and sing along to the "Time Warp." This is your last week to see it, with performances Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets, $18-$100, are at 214-880-0202.
Laughs Invitational The new Fox show that brings stand-up comedy to television will be filming in town this week and they need an audience. The show starts at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14th at the Addison Improv located at 4980 Belt Line Rd. Tickets are $10 at stand-upmedia.com.
Classical Open Mic Every Tuesday night at Buzzbrews on Lemmon Ave, the folks behind Open Classical host an open mic night. Musicians from all corners of the city sign up to perform, while spectators and friends enjoy coffee or beer. The music starts at 8 p.m. and runs until around 11:30 p.m. Buzzbrews is located at 4334 Lemmon Ave. For more information, visit openclassical.org
Wednesday, October 15
Oral Fixation's Go with the Flow Round 2 This time at the Texas Theatre.
Dallas Video Fest: Killer of Sheep One of the most films among cinephiles, Killer of Sheep is a rarely seen documentary by Charles Burnett about the Watts family whose father works in a slaughterhouse. See the film at 7 p.m. Wednesday at South Dallas Cultural Center.
My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish, and I'm in Therapy All over the world people have seen this little ditty, and now it returns to Fort Worth for the umpteenth time, sure to once again sell out. Featuring Peter J. Fogel, the show opens Wednesday with shows at 2 & 7 p.m. See it at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center' s W.E. Scott Theater during its four-week engagement, October 15 - November 9. Tickets at smarttix.com.