Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Feb. 21-23

The cast of the hat play. Photo by Matt Mrozek.
The cast of the hat play. Photo by Matt Mrozek.

Friday

The Loft is the latest venue for Bull’s Sound Select series, and tonight’s incarnation features a Spune Productions-curated rock bill of Leagues, Air Review, and The Black and White Years. The show is ultra-cheap with RSVP, but show up early to guarantee admission.

Meanwhile, there’s tons of worthwhile theater going on this weekend, but if I had to see just one show, I’d make it Kitchen Dog Theater’s production of The Motherf**ker with the Hat. I realize this is (mostly) a family blog, but it’s impossible to get away from the language in this play. It’s part of playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis’ charm, and he’s written a foul-mouthed, funny-serious play inhabited by talkative characters with plenty to say (and plenty to do, such as lying, cheating, drinking, and snorting crack cocaine). Recovering alcoholic Jackie and his far-from-sober girlfriend Veronica live in a seedy single room occupancy in Times Square, more or less happily. However, happiness goes out the window fast when Jackie discovers another man’s chapeau in his humble abode. Read our full review over on FrontRow, and then snag tickets via the theater’s website.

Saturday

Fans of surrealist cinema have a good excuse to trek to Fort Worth Saturday afternoon, as the Modern Art Museum is screening Luis Buñuel’s L’Age D’Or, a series of sharp comedic vignettes about lovers constantly pushed apart by outside societal forces. This film also marked the disintegration of the friendship between Buñuel and Salvador Dalí. If it’s a nice day, hop over to Woodshed Smokehouse for drinks on the patio.

Saturday night, fashionable Dallasites will flock to the Design District for this year’s incarnation of the Pin Show, in which 24 up-and-coming designers will send looks down the runway. I’ve been once before, and I wanted to take about half the clothes home. In addition to the fashion show, there’s live music from the Effinays and Bethan, plus DJ Hammertimez.

Sunday

At the Meyerson, Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, a masterwork for orchestra and chorus receives a performance worthy of its operatic grandeur. Dallas Symphony Orchestra maestro Jaap van Zweden conducts soloists Hui He (soprano), Marianne Cornetti (mezzo-soprano), David Lomelí (tenor), and Ain Anger (bass) through the famous funeral mass originally composed in honor of the poet and novelist Alessandro Manzoni. Since the piece is so lengthy, it’s the only thing on the program that began performances Thursday evening. Sunday’s performance is a 2:30 p.m. matinee.

Finally, this is your last opportunity to see African American Repertory Theater’s production of The Whipping Man. Usually this theater requires a drive to DeSoto, but this particular play, a post-Civil War drama about a Jewish Confederate soldier who returns home, is on stage at the KD Studio Theatre here in Dallas. You can still get tickets to the weekend’s performances online.