If you’re finding yourself a little short on inspiration lately, this is the week to get out there and find someone to light a fire under you. There are plenty of opportunities to find insight, know-how and revelation in the coming days, whether from the glimpses into the most ordinary of people, passages from exceptional poems or tales of groundbreaking innovation. From a historical figure who changed it all to local gals empowered to change bicycle tires without a lick of help, there’s a muse somewhere in this to-do list.
7 p.m. Monday, January 18
Alamo Drafthouse Richardson
When the parades are over and the three-day weekend is coming to a close, take some time to reflect on Martin Luther King’s overwhelming contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. Alamo Drafthouse offers a $5 screening of Ava DuVernay’s 2014 historical drama, featuring a powerful portrayal of King by David Oyelowo. The film focuses on the 1964 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama—and drives home the personal sacrifices King made to forward equality in the United States.
Women Only Flat Tire Changing Class
6 p.m. Tuesday, January 19
Local Hub Bicycle Company
There’s no doubt that the ladies can handle their own tire changes on the bike trail — but some of us have never been given the opportunity to practice. Show me a lady on the White Rock trail with a flat tire, and I’ll show you a mob scene of manly Good Samaritans springing into action. There’s nothing wrong with that — until you get stuck in a low-traffic area at dusk with no help in sight. And unfortunately, that’s not the time to start working out your tire-changing issues. This workshop helps you become a tube-changing wiz, and lets you feel the power of telling all those bikes in shining armor, “Thanks, but I got it!”.
WordSpace Pegasus Reading Series: Ju, Levine, Morton and Evans
7 p.m. Wednesday, January 20
Kettle Art Gallery
Kim Kyung-Ju, a 39-year-old Korean poet, manages to exist in a digital world as a poetic soul, presenting innovative content and embracing narrative structures that speak to both the modern and eternal. His seminal work I Am A Season That Does Not Exist In This World has been translated into English by Jake Levine, and the two will read selections from that volume, joined by local poet Karissa Morton and musician Kent Evans.
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Opening Reception: Cuyler Etheredge’s Someone You May Know
6-8 p.m. Thursday, January 21
Magnolia Theatre, 2nd Floor
Cuyler Etheredge’s ability to present people in ways that make us feel like we know them — that we are them — is what makes her paintings so compelling. Based on photos that she takes of ordinary people in ordinary places, her work presents details that we identify with and that transcend the anonymity of her subjects. This exhibition is presented by RO2 Art, and will be on display through Wednesday, February 24.
An Evening Honoring Women in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)
6 p.m. Friday, January 22
Celebrate a new era in girl power: One where women are the catalyst for innovation and creation in once male-dominated fields such as science, technology, engineering and math. This compelling program looks at ways in which science and technology relate to art — and how local women can continue to push boundaries in the STEAM arena. Get insights into how DISD encourages girls to excel in these fields, and see a presentation honoring local tech hero and electrical engineer Wanda Gass. The program is free, but registration is required at talkSTEM.org.