Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Mar. 8-10

The amazing never-aging Joan Rivers.
The amazing never-aging Joan Rivers.

I wanted to compose a hooray-it’s-the-weekend poem for you, and then I figured you might all continue to like me better if I just got on with it. I just thought you should know that my heart sings for you, and also that I’ve had a real hankering for coffee gelato. Have a happy one, all.

Friday

The Nasher Sculpture Center’s wildly popular music series, Soundings, is slightly less wildly popular this month, and I say that only because it’s not sold out yet. Which is great news for anyone who loves their programming or has yet to be able to attend because tickets usually fly off the virtual shelves rather quickly. After world-renowned violinist Midori in October, the second performance of its third season offers “Counterpoint and Invention,” a concert of Baroque composers and features Jay Campbell on piccolo and cello and Conor Hanick playing piano and harpsichord. Recommended.

Still in the Arts District, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s younger arm, DBDT II, begins their Spring Fiesta series at Dallas City Performance Hall. It’s only two nights, so you have a limited window for this showcase of emerging academy talent, which features pieces  by choreographers Nycole Ray (who also happens to be the company’s artistic director), Dianne Grigsby, and Ray Mercer.

Saturday

For all day festivities, Green Spot Market & Fuels in East Dallas is celebrating its five-year anniversary in the organic convenience store-biodiesel fuel business. There will be live music all day and activities for kids, such as a juggler and coloring table. They’ll have $.99 breakfast tacos, which means everyone should just keep out my way. Other food and drink specials include free coffee, free punch for kiddos, and $.99 Holy Kombucha.

If this is not enough for you, it’s a second Saturday. The White Rock Local Market is out in full force.

Saturday is also the day of 35 Denton that you can see Solange, AKA Beyonce’s sister and singer of this song. If that’s your jam, pack your umbrella. At least the temperature should be warmer than last year’s misery. If you’re venturing to Denton at any point during the weekend, Christopher Mosley and Dick Sullivan have your definitive list of don’t-miss acts.

Sunday

I was excited about Sunday evening’s Camera Obscura show, but the band had to cancel their 35 D appearance. Unfortunate. But Joan Rivers is nobody’s back up. She’ll talk her signature trash at the Winspear Opera House, and we even have a pair of tickets to give away. Don’t win? There are still tickets left in the Mezzanine and upper levels.

I’ve said many times that I really enjoy staged readings, not really in preference to their fully-produced counterparts, but because staged readings serve a whole other sort of purpose and provide their own entertainment. Undermain Theatre offers a series called Undermain Reads, in which the Deep Ellum theater pops up at the Dallas Museum of Art to do something that’s invariably pretty interesting. Sunday afternoon, you can hear The Conference of the Birds, the stage adaptation of a 12th century Persian poem about birds in search of their king. It all fits in with Undermain’s myth-themed season.

For more to do this weekend, go here.