Weather. We’re having some, and just in time for all the Arts District late night activities.
The Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher, and the Crow Collection will accept ye huddled masses this evening, and they have a variety of activities planned. At the DMA, you can get into the Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece exhibit for just five bucks. That’s not a bad deal, considering that it’s the first time you can see Diskobolos, the iconic marble carving of the discus thrower, without a massively expensive plane ticket across the pond. He’s never visited the United States before, so show him a good time. (Actually, don’t, because I don’t want to be responsible.)
At 7 p.m., there’s a lecture from Dr. Joan Connelly, professor of classics at New York University and director of the NYU Yeronisos Island Excavations, Cyprus, on “the complexities of Greek culture” that produced the sculptures in the exhibit. That’s my alma mater, so I guess I’m biased, but it sounds pretty fascinating.
At the Nasher, the concert and movie screening have moved indoors to Nasher Hall. You can still bring your blanket to spread out. The band is The Unlikely Candidates, and the film is Oz: The Great and Powerful. After James Franco’s guest spot on season premiere of The Mindy Project this week, I’m feeling a little Franco-fied. But the name Dr. Paul Leotard is just so great. At the Crow Collection, don’t miss the new Ai Weiwei exhibit, Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold, sculptures of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, or the screening of the documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. It’s all happening from 6 p.m. to midnight.
No rain. Time to play. The Plano Balloon Festival, which starts Friday and finishes up Sunday, always makes for good wholesome entertainment. There are balloon glows, mass launches, and even a fly-in competition, where pilots chuck bean bags from their balloons at a target on the ground—but you also get food, fireworks, and plenty of other festival fun.
Speaking of festival fun, there’s BurgerFest in Deep Ellum. The same guys who brought you the North Texas Taco Festival are throwing a burger bash along two blocks of Main Street. Try Live music, a beer garden, and a VIP lounge will entertain you, and expect extra zaniness thanks to the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market, happening at the same time.
At the venue formerly known as FC Dallas Stadium, there’s the Breakaway Music Festival. Pros: big-name indie and hip hop headliners—Empire of the Sun, Wu Tang, Juicy J— supplemented by strong local acts such as Booty Fade and Yeahdef. Cons: driving to Frisco.
Speaking of suburbs, teams of five will take turns flying homemade, human-powered aircrafts into Las Colinas’ Lake Carolyn on Saturday afternoon. It’s the Red Bull Flugtag, and it should be an entertaining sight. Teams are judged on flight distance, creativity, and showmanship.
On Sunday afternoon, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra continues performances of the weekend-long program Tchaikovsky 5, the symphony’s season opener. Tchaikovsky’s famous Fifth Symphony is a triumphant, sweeping piece that follows the theme of giving oneself over to fate. The DSO, accompanied by mezzo-soprano Annalisa Stroppa, will begin the program with Berlioz’s “Summer Nights,” described as “songs of love and lost virtues.” Sounds about right.
Elsewhere, it should also prove a nice day to drop in on Addison Oktoberfest, another weekend-long event. The annual Oktoberfest tradition offers arts and crafts, carnival rides and a “Das Kinder” stage, and plenty of pretzels and beer in the Sporthalle.
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