If you had to distill February down to a couple of key phrases, you’d probably be hard pressed to come up with something beyond unpredictable weather and a wealth of chocolate. But this second month of the year also offers up a diversity of experiences in the arts—from somber remembrances and hopeful observances of Black History Month to the odes to love that cluster around Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of options for culture enthusiasts throughout the next 28 days or so. This week alone, you can fulfill your cat fancy, open your mind to the experience of immigrants in America, watch a relationship crash and burn, and find some serious girl power in African folklore. Dive in, Dallas — it’s gonna be an eye-opening month.
The Amazing Acro-Cats
7 p.m. Tuesday
Ever been to a show where you’re pretty sure the performers don’t give a rat’s ass about the audience? Well, at this one, that’s just part of the charm. This troupe of formerly stray cats performs tricks, plays musical instruments and rides skateboards … but only because they want to, you hear? But even if they don’t care about you, they care about their fellow felines: A portion of the proceeds goes to cat rescue organizations. Purchase tickets online here.
Bar Politics: Immigration Edition
9 p.m. Wednesday
In its first outing of 2016, Josh Kumler’s roving political satire event takes on a topic that’ll play a major part in our national political discourse this year. In Bar Politics: Immigration Edition, controversy takes center stage as Kumler and company take on topics ranging from the refugee crisis to Ted Cruz to immigration reform. The panel discussion includes first generation immigrants who will discuss their experiences and perceptions — and singer/songwriter Ezra Vancil will be there to help participants make the transition from heated political discourse to totally chill drinkin’.
Teatro Dallas 17th International Festival Presents Pizzicato Porno
8 p.m. Thursday
Dallas Children’s Theater
This experimental dance piece by Danielle Georgiou and Justin Locklear is a bit of a pre-Valentine’s palate cleanser. The locally legendary piece — first performed in Dallas back in 2013 — is a bombardment of sound, light, text and image that follow the trajectory of love’s intensity from that initial isolating infatuation through to its rough demise. Despite the venue, this is not a production for children — and despite the title, it’s not a porno, either. Instead, the 16 and up audience should expect metaphors, weather balloons, interpretive dance …and a rubber chicken. See Facebook for more.
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Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan Presents Rice
8 p.m. Friday
AT&T Performing Arts Center
You’ll never take rice for granted again after you see Cloud Gate Theatre of Taiwan’s celebration of the ubiquitous dietary staple. Presented by The Crow Collection of Asian Art and TITAS, this intricately choreographed dance pairs elements of martial arts, Qi Gong, modern dance, and traditional Taiwanese dance with cinematography that details the life cycle of rice through flooding, sprouting, harvesting and burning. Buy tickets here.
8 p.m. Friday
South Dallas Cultural Center
Did you hear about the little girl in Philadelphia who started a book drive that focuses on strong black girls as central characters? This would be her jam. Soul Rep Theatre presents a theatrical adaptation of Virginia Hamilton’s collection of African American folk tales — all of which present competent and larger-than-life ladies as protagonists. Soul Rep, which originated the play in 1998, stages a rich and colorful production that includes “Little Girl and Bruh Rabby," “Good Blanche, Bad Rose and the Talking Eggs," “Miz Hattie Gets Some Company” and “Catskinella”, running the gamut from tall tales to spooky, supernatural yarns. Tickets are online at soulrep.org.