Say so long to the symphony you thought you knew. Say hello to its cooler counterpart. The ReMix: The DSO Dream Team concert offers the first of two informal weekends aimed at the younger set that seems to prefer shorter programs and being able to take their beverage with them to their seat. All this is possible with a little venue swapping. The Meyerson gets jilted for the Dallas City Performance Hall. Jaap van Zweden conducts soloists Erin Hannigan (oboe) and Christopher Adkins (cello) in an entertaining evening of classical music that includes Arnold Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night and Sergei Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante. If you can’t make it tonight, you have another chance tomorrow night.
Dallas VideoFest continues at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, and there’s a film we think you should see happening every day this weekend. Friday, it’s Chuck Workman’s documentary What Is Cinema?, a question that VideoFest raises and revisits with each incarnation of its festival.
Big game day. If you’re not braving the Cotton Bowl, a place that will experience the full spectrum of emotions tomorrow, Raya Ramsey has put together a list of the ten best places to day drink and watch. Or just drink and humor your friends, which is usually my MO when it comes to sporting activities. The Granada has gigantic screens, concert-quality sound, and an air conditioner permanently set to North Pole, and The Rustic, a new opened restaurant and live music venue, boasts a watch party with a live ESPN broadcast, breakfast tacos, a concert from country star Pat Green to follow. Obviously, the breakfast tacos are what got me.
The National concert with Tame Impala is, unsurprisingly, sold out. But if you’ve ever wanted to star in your own version of Shaun of the Dead, Saturday night’s your chance. The Fort Worth Zombie Crawl starts at the downtown Flying Saucer. Then participants lurch over to T&P Tavern for Rahr pints and breakfast tacos (again, siren song) and the official awards ceremony. Prizes will be given for Zombie of the Year, Best Male, Best Female, Best Couple, and Best Group.
As for myself, I’ll be getting dressed up and joining our interactive designer Renee at Fashion for a Passion at the Dallas Contemporary. Against the Grain Productions’ annual charity event promotes Asian American talent and supports ATG’s orphanages, scholarship fund, and outreach programs. Raya has more details about the up-and-coming designers participating in the fashion show, but I can give you the details on how much I want this long sleeve white dress from past participant Nha Khanh, whose ready-to-wear confections can now be found at Neiman Marcus. Tickets are $50.
If you’ve yet to do so, you should make plans to see A Raisin in the Sun at the Dallas Theater Center. The DTC officially opened Clybourne Park, the connected play running in rotating rep, on Friday, but it’s worth seeing Raisin first. Lorraine Hansberry’s now-classic play represented quite a few firsts when it premiered on Broadway in 1959. It was the first play by a black woman to reach the Great White Way. It was also the first to feature a black director, the late, great Lloyd Richards. The play required a cast made up almost entirely of black actors, something that also went against the norm. But it is a piece of theater that has endured. I wrote the review of this particular production for FrontRow, which you can read right here. Sunday night’s performance starts at 7:30 p.m.
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