School’s back in session and even if we’re still sweating a little bit (or a lot), there’s that twinge of fall lurking around the corner. This week’s recommendations have the butterflies ushering in decidedly autumnal events like Burton screenings, Nick Cave releases and yes-oh-yes, costume sales. Take a jacket to at least one of these, just because:
10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5
The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
1 Nature Place, McKinney
$6 to $9
Butterflies are far more substance than style, you know: Beneath those colorful wings are cunning little insects who are hardwired for survival against all odds. Their lifespans are notoriously short — around the two week mark for most adults — so in that short amount of time they have on earth, they have to get things done. And it’s hard to get things done (i.e., procreate) when you’re some other creature’s lunch. Strategies for avoiding an early exit include camouflage, chemical warfare against predators and sexual dimorphism. Who knew butterflies had so much going on? Learn more about the intrepid Lepidoptera at the Heard Natural Science Museum’s Butterfly Talk: Butterfly Survival Strategies from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday. Admission to the museum is $9 for adults and $6 for kids. — Jennifer Davis-Lamm
7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6
100 S. Central Expressway, Richardson
Will there or won’t there be a sequel? That’s the question that's been churning in the Tim Burton Hollywood rumor mill for almost three decades. And there still doesn’t seem to be a straight answer: One update says Burton’s into it if the script is right, Keaton’s a maybe, Ryder is a go. Then the next story says that's all bogus. But even if there’s never a Beetlejuice 2, we still have 1988’s Beetlejuice to watch and “make [our] millennium,” and we can do it together 7 p.m. Tuesday (conveniently leaving time for your late night exorcisms) at Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson as part of Septemburton celebrations the whole month at all Alamo locations. Spiked bangs go with spiked shakes, like the black and white “Shake, Shake, Shake Senora” on the Burton-themed menu (which also includes a “Sandwich for the Recently Deceased”). Tickets are $8, but there are also options to add various Burton collectibles to the purchase, so you sort of can take it with you. Visit drafthouse.com/dfw/show/beetlejuice.
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7
5900 Bishop Blvd.
As humans we know and expect certain changes to our bodies as we age. Hair loss or thinning, wrinkles where we were once smooth, sagging, well, everywhere. But there is an absolute fear around memory loss and the symptoms of dementia. Anxiety and confusion comes with the loss of memory, but there are activities that can help stabilize and enrich the lives of people suffering with these symptoms. Studies, both official and not, show that art and creative arts activities play a huge factor in helping patients feel productive and find ways to express themselves when they might not find the words. Just Google “dementia and art” and up pops a list of go-to forums for Alzheimer’s and dementia resources, all lauding the benefits of creative action. The Meadows Museum is making a mark with Connections, a three-day program for early-stage dementia patients and their care partners and family to explore the galleries and create both individually and in groups. The class will touch on visual art, dance, music, literature and more, and refreshments will be served. While this therapeutic experience is free on Wednesdays between Sept. 7 to 21, it requires advanced registration, as space is limited. Call 214-768-4677 or email email@example.com. Visit meadowsmuseumdallas.org for more info.
One More Time With Feeling
8 p.m. Thursday, September 8
$7 to $20
Skeleton Tree, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ 16th studio album, comes out to bittersweet anticipation Friday. Starting in 2014, its road to completion was upheaved by shock and grief when Cave’s son Arthur, fell from a cliff to his death last year, just miles from home. Andrew Dominik (director, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) had planned a performance film on the band, but One More Time With Feeling turned into a look at the creation of the album, now surrounded by tragedy. The film is screening in theaters Thursday, the night before Skeleton Tree’s release in cinemas far and wide (and for Dallas that includes Studio Movie Grills, Angelikas, Alamo Drafthouse Richardson and Texas Theatre.) Touted by the band’s website as the “first opportunity anyone will have to hear any of the songs from [Skeleton Tree],” One More Time With Feeling also features interviews and narration by Cave. And if ever there were a trailer to make a Cave/Bad Seeds fan simultaneously thrill for new music while feeling absolutely anxious about witnessing the emotional turmoil of a musical hero, the one for this film would be it. Find the theater and 2-D or 3-D screening of choice at onemoretimewithfeeling.film. An added bonus for those in Oak Cliff: DJ Wanz Dover offers an All Things Cave salute set following the 8 p.m. Texas Theatre screening.
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Annual Costume Sidewalk Sale
10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 9
5800 I-35 North, No. 508, Denton
There are fewer than 60 days until Halloween. For the Hallows-devoted, that’s not a lot of time to start from scratch on a costume. By the time you get the idea solidified — god forbid it’s a multi-person costume — you’d probably only have a month to shop for and create the perfect elements. Sure, sure, a winning costume can be created in 24 to 48 hours, but that’s with a lot of caffeine, a sewing machine that doesn’t break needles in four layers of felt, and a shitload of Aleene’s Tacky Glue, and frankly, no one wants to dick around with that so close to Oct. 31 when there is scary-awesome Netflix to stream. Skip the hassle and start with a selection of complete costumes to choose from between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. They’ll be waiting right there on the sidewalk. Each year, as though intending to help hundreds of Halloween fans overwhelmed by cos-craft indecision, Rose Costumes hosts a September Sidewalk Sale on vintage and used costumes. Located in Stonehill Center in Denton, it’s a bit of a trek, but Rose Costumes offers a variety of disguises from western wear to food suits, and sizes range from kids to adult-plus. Get there early, lest another cinches your perfect Colonial corset. Visit Facebook or call 940-566-1917.