I already wrote a bunch of words, so I’ll spare you some sort of clever story and just get right to your weekend.
Music, music, music everywhere. The Prophet Bar hosts their second South By So What kick off party, thumbing their nose at the hoards descending on Austin this weekend. Raekwon of the Wu Tang Clan will be there, which I like for the obvious reasons and also because my soft spot for Staten Islanders is a mile wide. But personally, I’d sneak over to the Prophet Bar’s small room and check out Geographer, the last opening act for headliner Miniature Tigers. “Kites” is by far one of my favorite songs. For some reason, I really enjoy listening to it on my way to the airport. And as one YouTube commenter put it, “wait a sec….. i was in a horrible mood 4 minutes and twenty-two seconds ago…. but now i wanna dance around with a rainbow farts and ice cream monstersï»¿ now. what just happened?” Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Also tonight, if we’re talking about things that make me happy, the Arts District museums are hosting their special spring break after-hours events. The Nasher has a free movie, but at the Dallas Museum of Art, the activities are inspired by Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. I love this book. When I was in third grade, I did some sort of project on it, and the whole thing got so elaborate that I made myself a Max suit and wore it to class. I believe I also played the song “Wild Thing” and did some sort of interpretive dance. (I will say that my costume design was eerily accurate to the one used in the the Spike Jonze movie so many years later.) Anyway, as a bonus, Laura Numeroff, author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, will discuss her latest book as part of a kid-friendly Arts and Letters Live.
St. Patrick’s Day, fools. There’s the Dash Down Greenville 5K run, the parade, the ensuing block party, the Granada’s Band of Skulls performance/St. Patty’s party…you name the place, and they probably can serve you green beer. Don’t even think about not taking DART to get there.
Over on SideDish, Raya has helpfully compiled a neighborhood guide that offers up other options if you don’t feel like joining the swarm of day-drunk revelers along Greenville (seriously, does this crowd shot not remind you of a sea of hungry zombies in The Walking Dead?).
For a more refined way to celebrate the holiday, the Bass Hall hosts A Celtic Celebration, a troupe of Irish dancers, vocalists, and musicians who will entertain you in traditional fashion.
Then, head to the Wyly to catch the matinee (and last) performance of The Lighthouse, the cool chamber opera collaboration between the Dallas Theater Center and the Dallas Opera. Part psychological drama, part supernatural thriller, the plot concerns a lighthouse that has been mysteriously abandoned by its three keepers. It’ll be sung in English, with no intermission.
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