Best things to do in Dallas from April 13 to April 19 | Dallas Observer

Wednesday April 13

Slip Zone Suite at the Dallas Museum of Art

Until July 10, the Dallas Museum of Art (1717 N. Harwood St.) presents Slip Zone: A New Look at Postwar Abstraction in the Americas and East Asia, which offers a collection of works honoring “significant innovations” in a variety of mediums. At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, Bruce Wood Dance presents an accompanying performance exploring abstract expressionism through color and movement. Choreographed by Joy Bollinger, the performance is preceded by a visit to the exhibition. Visiting space is limited, so registration is recommended. Tickets for the dance show are $40, available online.

The Dallas Architecture Forum welcomes Toshiko Mori (virtual)
If you’ve been to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum or even seen a photo of the rooftop pavilion, you’ve seen the work of architect Toshiko Mori. Then there is the contrast of the Center d’art contemporain du Maine and further afield, the Fass school and the teachers’ residence in Fass, Senegal. The international footprint of Mori and his work is both industrial and organic, functional and melodic. The Dallas Architecture Forum welcomes Mori on Wednesday, April 13 as part of its lecture series. A membership to support the DAF is $150 per year (less for students and educators) and includes lectures. This one in particular is a great way to get started. And it’s virtual, so you can watch it later on the DAF YouTube channel.

Thursday April 14

The Pour: an underground tasting experience at Bourbon & Banter

Treat yourself to a tasting at Bourbon & Banter (1914 Commerce St., in the Statler) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14. The bar features “The Pour” series of speakeasy-style paired spirit tastings, and this inaugural event features libations from the Hotel Tango distillery. Enjoy eight featured spirits with four food pairings ranging from charcuterie to shrimp to duck. Dessert? Sure. In the glass and on the plate. Tickets are $120 per person, available through Resy.

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Phillip Cole White captivates in Uptown Players torch song.

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by Harvey Fierstein torch song at the Kalita Humphreys Theater

We might complain about unnecessary reworkings of 1980s and 1990s shows and movies, but every once in a while, one pops up that makes us say, “Oh, now this one should be celebrated more.” Uptown Players give Harvey Fierstein and his 1983 Song of the Torch Trilogy a legitimate revival with the two-act version torch song. It’s hilarious and heartbreaking and everything life would be like as a Jewish drag queen in the 1970s while searching for respect and love between family and chosen family, strangers and the public. Performances take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. See it at the Kalita Humphreys Theater (3636 Turtle Creek Blvd.) before it wraps this weekend. Tickets are $30 to $50, available online.

friday april 15

Until midnight at Nasher

Take part in one last night of viewing the Harry Bertoia exhibit (we really can’t applaud it more) as ‘Til Midnight at the Nasher (2001 Flora St.) returns from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, April 15. The free event offers the opportunity to explore art exhibits after dark, enjoy sips from Wolfgang Puck Catering and live music from Matthew Bell & the Next of Kin, Kirk Thurmond and WRLDFMS Tony Williams . Then, at 9:30 p.m., send the kids home with the gas card and continue the evening with a screening of 1994 reality hurts. It rains or shines, so if it rains, the music and the projection will move inside. Get all online details.

Click to enlarge The Golden Girls are back... thanks to this puppet parody - COURTESY OF COPPELL ARTS CENTER

the Daddy’s Girls are back… thanks to this puppet parody

courtesy of Coppell Arts Center

That Golden Girls show! at the Coppell Arts Center

Shady Pines is coming to the Coppell Arts Center (505 Travis St., Coppell) at 8 p.m. Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16. That Golden Girls show! A puppet parody delivers two real zingers before returning to his Off-Broadway home. Longtime fans should bring their polyester-clad butts to the show and watch the live-action puppets of Sophia, Dorothy, Rose and Blanche dive into their fabulous, rebroadcast-worthy shots and clap-backs. So naturally, go home and have a cheesecake. Tickets are $29, available online.

saturday april 16

Various exhibitions at Dallas Contemporary

It’s simply impossible to explain all the great things to see opening at the Dallas Contemporary (161 Glass St.) this Saturday, April 16. There’s too much. Too much color. Too much commitment. Too beautiful. Note that none of this “too much” is a bad thing. Of the four solo exhibits opening, you get Houston-based Joseph Havel’s Bronze and Resin Wonderland of parrot architectureLonnie Holley’s ceramic commissions Coming from EarthBorna Sammak’s mixed media pop color America, beautiful place and the figurative paintings of Natalie Wadlington of College Station in places that grow. All are on display until August 21. Book your visit at DC online.

purple rain at the Samuell-Grand Amphitheater
Selena at the Texas Theater

The musical films are among the best. That’s why we’re thrilled (and completely conflicted) with the deals presented for Saturday, April 16. Dearly beloved, we have Shakespeare Dallas’ Movies in the Park series serving up the classic Prince purple rain at 8:15 p.m. at the Samuell-Grand Amphitheater (1500 Tenison Parkway). So, “Let’s Go Crazy” for only $15 (tickets available online). Or, “I Could Fall in Love” with the celebration of Selena’s life and legacy with a 25th anniversary screening of the eponymous film starring Jennifer Lopez at 8:30 p.m. at the Texas Theater (231 W. Jefferson Blvd.). Tickets are $11, available online.

Questlove’s Hip Hop Brunch with the DSO at The Factory in Deep Ellum
Questlove, everyone’s favorite lead drummer and recent winner of the Golden Movie Man statue, arrives. We repeat, Questlove is coming. His Hip Hop Brunch: A Visual Journey Through Hip Hop offers a musical and visual feast while serving food and drink. Artistic offerings come from Jeremy Biggers and JMRizzi of Dallas, while Questlove and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra collaborate for a stunning performance at the Factory in Deep Ellum. Doors are at 11 a.m. with a 1 p.m. departure. This event is 21 and over. Find tickets through AXS.

sunday april 17

factual love at the Dallas Comedy Club

What, you want to laugh about relationships? OKAY. Logic. There’s everything funny about dating in the age of apps, marriage in a pandemic (don’t let all those movies and shows with dark, sexy people tell you otherwise), and even raising kids who have no idea about our past insecurities. Someone (more like multiple people) realizes that love is just a big punch and they have the sketch comedy to prove it with factual love 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 17 at the Dallas Comedy Club (3036 Elm St.). It’s written and directed by Jacie Hood (Fall 2021 Sketch Cram winner) and tickets are just $10, available online.

Adult Easter Egg Hunt in ArtPark at Trinity Groves
Why should kids have all the fun of egg hunting? Easy answer. They should not. Fortunately, Trinity Groves (331 Singleton Blvd.) opens its ArtPark for an adult-friendly evening just in time for the Easter Bunny. From 2 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, enjoy Easter-themed cocktails and dance to the sounds of fresh air. Oh, and bring your baskets, because there’s an adult egg hunt. Sorry, kids. Stay home with your Reese’s; it’s all for the oldies, and we’re ready to put on our progressives and hunt for a treasure. Find more Trinity Groves online events.

tuesday april 19

Click to enlarge Annabel Daou, "another country," 2022 ink and watercolor on cut microfiber paper, 80h x 120w in (detail).  - COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND CONDUCTED GALLERY

Annabel Daou, “another country”, 2022 ink and watercolor on cut-out microfiber paper, 80h x 120w in (detail).

courtesy of the artist and Conduit Gallery

At Annabel Daou’s gods and crooks at Conduit Gallery

Annabel Daou from New York creates work that immediately fascinates those of us who live by the written word. Daou’s art is all paper, discourse and audio-visual exploration of how language and communication can separate and connect. The paper works of gods and crooks currently on display at the Conduit Gallery (1626 C Hi Line Drive) are both heavy and light, irregular and smooth – just as we find opposition throughout existence. The exhibit is on view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday through May 14 with Marcelyn McNeil’s Briefly beautiful and Jennie Ottinger She never said that. Discover more online.

DMA Virtual Event: Alice Walker
It’s not that we usually weight our favorite events, but let’s stop for a moment because the Dallas Museum of Art (along with promotional partners Big Thought, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters and Young Leaders, Strong City) is hosting the National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker after the publication of her diaries compilation Pick flowers under the fire. And not only does she speak, but she speaks in conversation with none other than the author of Heavy: An American Memoir and Long division, Kiese Laymon. It’s a unique opportunity to hear from an icon of the civil rights movement as well as the women’s movement, and quite simply the literary legend that gave us works such as The purple color and My Familiar’s Temple. The event is virtual and begins at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19. Tickets are $12, but there’s also a bundle offering the new compilation for $42, and options are available online.


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