Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, June 11 - 14: Film Festival, Dinosaurs, Art

Thursday, June 11
True West

Sibling rivalry goes even better with drinks. Actually, it’s probably worse. True West is a play by Sam Shepard with themes about the flawed “American Dream” and the fake orderliness of the suburbs. While working on a screenplay, Austin housesits for his mother. Then his brother Lee arrives and starts stealing household appliances out of nearby homes. Later, a movie producer shows up and has trouble telling the brothers apart. He is more interested in Lee’s idea for a movie. Many drinks later, the brother’s roles are reversed. Austin is robbing homes and Lee is writing a screenplay. The chaos of the desert starts making its way into the home. See True West at That That Gallery (3901 Main St.) at 8 p.m. Thursday - Sunday. Admission is $10, and there will be a party after Friday’s performance. More at housepartytheatre.com. - Jeremy Hallock

Oak Cliff Film Festival
Film festival buffs know that there are few feelings like the one you get when the lineup is released. For music fans, it’s an exercise in frustration when festival schedules come out—a juggling act, pitting one favorite band against another, causing all manner of angst. But with the film fest, you get the added comfort of knowing that in all likelihood, you’ll get another chance to see a movie that’s stacked up against another you want to see slightly more. And it’s a good thing, otherwise the Oak Cliff Film Festival lineup might have you pulling your hair out. This year’s event is packed to the gills with must-see screenings from documentaries to shorts; narrative features to repertory screenings in 35mm. Highlights include the Neil Hamburger-centric Entertainment, which will be followed by a live comedy performance from the subject himself, Doug Aitken’s musical train ride Station to Station, and Aleksy German’s fascinating gross-out masterpiece Hard to be a God. The festival kicks off on Thursday, June 11 and runs through Sunday, June 14 at locations throughout Oak Cliff. For the full schedule of events, including panels, live music, parties, and—of course—movies, head to oakclifffilmfestival.com. Buy individual tickets to films from $10, while a full pass to the festival will run you $175 at prekindle.com. - Jennifer Davis-Lamm

Clueless is 20 years old. That’s going to take a minute to shake off. It’s painful to realize that the first time Paul Rudd stole our hearts was when Bill Clinton was president, but then again, it’s also kinda comforting to remember Stacey Dash as sassy, sweet Dionne in her pre-Fox news days. Those were simpler times—today’s Clueless would be all cluttered up with text messages and Tweets and Snaps, but to be perfectly honest, the fact that Cher’s cell phone is way bigger than most modern laptops doesn’t even render the film outdated. It remains as timeless as the book that inspired it—which would be Jane Austen’s 200-year-old Emma—full of parables about leading a purposeful life, funny asides about superficiality, and jokes about flying balls (which were not in the book, by the way). Haul ass to the Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Avenue, for a fun flashback to the 90s at7 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $3, as are shots and beer specials; nobody’s gonna bug if you don’t RSVP, but if you want to buy tickets in advance, visit granadatheater.com - JDL

Three Authors, One Night
It's a three for one special at Wild Detectives tonight. Stephanie Kegan, author of Golden State, Lori Jenkins Reisenbichler, author of Eight Minutes, and Robin McLean author of Reptile House will swing through the Oak Cliff bookstore at 7:30 p.m. Thursday for some readings and signings. 

Evening in the Shed
If you haven’t been to the Dallas Farmers Market since the renovation began, the newly-resumed Evening In The Shed series is the perfect time to check it out. Formerly called “Market After Dark,” Evening In The Shed provides the opportunity to hang out with local farmers and purchase their wares, enjoy live music, and check out vendors making their own products on-site, like cheese and soap. Local breweries and wineries will also be on hand to provide the sauce, and you should probably pick up a few veggies to supplement your fast-food-only diet. - Amy McCarthy

Friday, June 12
Jurassic World Opening Weekend
You love dinos, we love dinos, and we all love movies about dinos. Alamo Drafthouse is throwing you a dino party. There will be related props for photo ops, a themed menu and special pint glasses for your dino-sized beers. 

Giants of the Jurassic
If there's a lesson to be learned from the Jurassic World movie, it's that you shouldn't go to dinosaur theme parks. The Dallas Zoo is probably OK though. Mostly because the dinosaurs they have are technically puppets. Admission is $12. 

Turtle-y 80's
There’s something so daffy, inane and wonderfully catchy about much of the music that formed the soundtrack to the 1980s—today’s hits, conversely, are so slick and overproduced that it’s hard to imagine anyone enjoying the earnestness of say, “Footloose”, if it were released now. Luckily, it’s safely preserved under the retro rule: it may be technically pretty terrible, but it makes us happy so it stays. FOREVER. The Turtle Creek Chorale will revel in the retro rule at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and again at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, as they present TURTLE-ly 80s, a 160-voice paean to the best of 1980s nostalgia. They’ve dusted off tunes like “Thriller”, mined radio playlists of the era for lots of Cyndi Lauperesque-goodies, and practiced TV show themes from “The Facts of Life” and “The Golden Girls”—all to make you think back lovingly on the days when Aqua Net and neon reigned supreme. This heartfelt 80s tribute will fill the Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, with the sounds of pop, rock and silliness—and the audience will even have the opportunity to engage in a little sing-along action. Tickets are $25 to $50 at tickets.turtlecreekchorale.com. - JDL

On Friday night at Texas Theatre, there will be a complicated, meta experience. Gregg Turkington's alter ego Neil Hamburger plays the comedian in Rick Alverson's new film, Entertainment - a follow up to the OCFF2013 award winning The Comedy. After the screening, Hamburger will take the stage for a comedy set. After that, you might see Turkington at the bar. Sort that one out.
9:15 p.m. Friday at Texas Theatre. $15. 

This Spanish cult classic from the mind of Ivan Zulueta hit theaters in 1979 at the beginning of experimental film. Contemporary critics liken him to David Lynch, due to his interest in excavating the absurdity and darkness from the everyday.
See it at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Wild Detectives. Free screening. 

Saturday, June 13
Le Train Bleu
Sometimes, a remake can be uncomfortable, unattractive, and just hard to deal with. But in the best of cases, change provides a fresh perspective, a modern energy or re-relevance, if you will, along with respect to the original product. Unlike TV and film, dance often relies on such a thing, drawing past traditions and technique into the modern ages through re-stagings. Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet has taken on an enormous challenge, re-staging Le Train Bleu, a one-act ballet by Bronislava Nijinska first performed in 1924. So what’s the big deal? Well, consider those involved in the original production also included Jean Cocteau (libretto), Pablo Picasso (curtain), Henri Laurens (set), Darius Milhaud (music), and Coco Chanel (costumes). This time, the story is still centered around a sporty resort full of 1920s elite, but audiences will be viewing the talents of very strong, very cool Dallas artists: the dancers of the Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, artists Zachary Broadhurst and Danny Skinner (set design) and Kennetha W. Perera (costumes). Sounds like the bees’ knees to us. Timely bonus: Between performances at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., docents will lead tours of art from the roaring decade. Tickets are $30, $15 for students and seniors. Visit dallasneo-classicalballet.com to purchase. - Merrit Martin

Will you come back?
If you've ever stuck your nose down in an art history book, you've likely learned that master French artist Paul Gauguin spent several years in Tahiti. It's also likely that you've seen one of his resulting paintings, “Nafea faa ipoipo (When Will You Marry Me?)”. It's a lovely, figurative work of two young women on the island. Since its completion in 1892 the piece has had a long provenance that started with its display in a Paris exhibition where it was one of the only pieces that sold. Since then, “Nafea faa ipoipo” has changed hands numerous times and was the subject of a Swiss property law controversy when it was on display at the Kimbell Museum in 1997. In 2015 it sold for $300 million to a private collector in Qatar and it was seen for what might be final time last year in Washington DC. This painting and what it means for such a prominent public work to be sold into a private collection is the subject of Why are you leaving? Where are you going? Will you come back?, an exhibit by Aaron Krach taking over the Reading Room (3715 Parry Ave.) this weekend. See it from 6-8 p.m. Saturday or during open hours through July 11. More at thereadingroom-dallas.blogspot.com. -LS

Baby Boomer Comedy
If spending time with baby boomers teaches us anything, it’s that they like things that are clean. Clean homes, for example: the kids are out of the house, again, and these empty nesters like to keep countertops spotless and floors swept. Clean colons are also a must, judging from the number of probiotic-packed yogurt commercials aimed at their demographic. It’s a big deal—cleanliness—so it’s no surprise that mom and dad are probably also proponents of clean comedy. No cursing or filthy sexual innuendo for our mid-century modern parents, no way. This is why the Baby Boomer Comedy Show is right up their alley: buy your folks tickets to the show, featuring squeaky-clean standup from Jan McInnis and Kent Rader, and you’re assured they’ll have a very pleasant evening filled with chuckles, chortles and not a single grimy, smutty double entendre. Not one! The unpolluted evening commences at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 13 in the sparkling Charles and Dee Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora Street. Tickets are $30 at attpac.org. -JDL

Jesse J. Griffith: Hyperfocus
What is meditation if not personal? What does it mean to observe meditation? Or to be observed? This is the complicated exploration artist Jesse J. Griffith embarks upon in his latest video and sound installations, which will be on display at CentralTrak (800 Exposition Ave.) starting this weekend. The combinations of sight and sound captured in the moments of peace and quiet documented for public consumption become observational meditation. It seems highly appropriate in a world over-saturated with Instagram photos of newly acquired yoga poses. See the work in opening reception from 8-10 p.m. Saturday or through June 27. More at centraltrak.net. -LS

Zeke Williams:Heat Check
Some artists can't stop making. They won't go a month, a week, or even a day without picking up a paintbrush or dancing their fingers over a typewriter. They're constantly churning out new work and posting it on Instagram. Other artists let more than a decade breeze by without putting work out into the world. That's what Zeke Williams did. It's not that this Dallas based artist put down the spray can - his art tool of choice - he just hasn't been publicly exhibiting the results. Lately, he's returned to his art with a vigor though, and this weekend he'll display his latest paintings in a solo exhibition at Erin Cluley Gallery (414 Fabrication St.). See his big, colorful paintings in an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Saturday or through July 11. More at erincluley.com. -LS

The Sinema of Nick Zedd
Educate yourself in the best way on the work of groundbreaking underground, No Wave filmmaker Nick Zedd Saturday night. The first screening will be a collection of short films Zedd collaborated on with Richard Kern, Lydia Lunch and Rockets RedGlare, featuring music by The Dream Syndicate and Swans. Then, there will be a screening of Triple image triptych 16mm projection experimental films. If you want to dig into the weekend's aesthetic, tunnel your way to El Sibil.
9:30 p.m. Saturday El Sibil. $10.

Sunday, June 14

Men Go to Battle
Who doesn't love a good Civil War movie? This sibling drama sounds like True West meets Gone with the Wind, in which two brothers can't control their tempers long enough to keep their farm running through the winter. We're told it's a delicate narrative with good acting. Honestly, the only downside of this screening is that it's the festival's last.
7:45 p.m. Sunday, Texas Theatre. $10. 

Drawing Class at Black Swan Saloon
Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to draw. Maybe you’re artistic, but lack skill. Maybe you think it would be fun to pick up techniques for drawing, but know you’re no Da Vinci. Or perhaps your husband mistook your rendering of a landscaping idea as something your four-year-old scratched out and you feel like you could use some refining. Whatever your motive, get ready to put pencil to paper by signing up for Black Swan’s first ever drawing class from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 14. Taught by Steve Hunter, the all-ages class will focus on beginner techniques and will use reference photos to help you create sketches. For $50 you get drawing materials, a two-hour course on the patio of the Black Swan, 2708 Elm, and a leg up on your preschooler. To sign up, search for the event on Facebook. -JDL

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