Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Jan. 23

Happy Lunar New Year and/or happy National Pie Day. When it comes to foodstuffs I like to eat, Chinese and pie are both up there. I’ll probably get both, since it’s Monday and why not.

For places to celebrate the former, check out Carol’s post on SideDish. Steel’s festivities this evening includes traditional lion dancing by the kids from Chin Woo School, which should be adorable. SideDish has also long devoted countless calories and manpower to figuring out where you should celebrate the latter. Don’t let all their hard work go to waste.

Meanwhile, former Meadows Prize winner Will Power returns to Dallas for a chat with Meadows dean José Bowen. Power’s had a couple of intriguing off Broadway productions, including Flow, a one-man exploration of  “hip-hop theater,” which has a few roots in France. I got interested in this a few years ago because I had a super cool French professor who also happened to be extremely attractive, but it’s legitimately interesting all on its own. Expect some song, a little improv, and talk about the state of contemporary theater and Powers’ thoughts on community activism and engagement.

And speaking of community engagement, there’s a fine example of it at the Texas Theatre tonight. Last May, eighth and ninth grade students from SMU’s Summer Youth Program constructed a replica of the soon-to-open Santiago Calatrava-designed Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The project, sponsored by the Trinity Trust, was turned into a short documentary that the Oak Cliff movie house will screen this evening. For the curious, there will also be a panel discussion about the bridge’s design and engineering. Peter has more details on FrontRow. It’s technically free, but a $10 donation is suggested.

For more to do tonight, go here.