Thanks to the woeful state of arts education in this country, many of us are entirely unaware of the thriving arts scene that exists around us. There is theatre, dance, art and music every night in this city, but buying tickets to all those concerts and exhibits adds up quickly. As you probably well know, staying in touch with what's new and fresh in the arts scene isn't always cheap.
But it certainly can be. You don't have to spring for the good orchestra seats or purchase expensive paintings to take advantage of all the art that Dallas has to offer. This week, these five events will educate you about theatre, art, history and music, all for less than the cost of a couple of cocktails.
WaterTower Theatre Presents Women In Theater Addison Conference Center February 3 $10-20 The state of women and theater isn't a topic that is often discussed outside of academic circles, but this panel has assembled some of the city's best theater minds to tackle the issue. Moderated by the Observer's own Lauren Smart, this event features female directors from Jubilee Theatre, Uptown Theatre, Wingspan Theatre and others discussing topics that affect women working in all facets of the theater. If you're a lady-identified person with a feminist interest in theater, this is a can't-miss discussion.
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PerformanceSW Presents Ruins CentralTrak February 5 Free In Ruins, performance artist Carlos Martiel examines the devastating effects of colonization and industrialization on indigenous peoples across the globe. Art is a world with a stark need for diversity, and artists like Martiel seek to provide a perspective that is counter to the dominant narrative. After his performance, a moderated panel discussion will discuss Ruins' subject matter, with participation from the artist.
Color Gamut Opening Reception Zhulong Gallery February 5 Free This month-long exhibition at Zhulong Gallery, featuring works from U.K.-based artist Matthew Plummer-Fernandez and Norway's Anne Katrine Senstad, explores the use of blending and variation of color in everything from fashion to graphic design. Color Gamut's artists are described as "tech-alchemists," with work ranging from illustration to video and 3-D sculpture. On Thursday, Zhulong Gallery will host an opening reception for Color Gamut with the artists.
Records Collecting Dust Film Screening The Kessler Friday $10 Vinyl junkies of all stripes will appreciate Records Collecting Dust, a documentary film by San Diego filmmaker and musician Jason Blackmore. The film documents some of the world's finest vinyl collections and the people who collect them, along with 30 "underground music comrades." This screening is indicative of The Kessler's broad and diverse programming schedule, and at $10, is a cheap way to network with other record collectors.
Target's First Saturdays Nasher Sculpture Center Saturday, February 7, 2015 Free Every first Saturday, the corporate overlords at Target interrupt their sinister business to present free art to the children of Dallas. Activities are scheduled throughout the day, and there's plenty to keep even your most inattentive little ones entertained. Start by making a personalized hat at the craft station, then move on to yoga in the garden and a creative writing class in the afternoon. Artists will also be on-hand doing demonstrations, which will hopefully inspire a little creativity in your iPad-addicted kids.