How does one make a documentary about the world’s most known unknown band? Very carefully. While Theory of Obscurity, a new film about the famed and famously anonymous Residents, doesn’t shed any new light on the group’s identity, it does do justice to 40-plus years of surreal head trips courtesy of the avant garde cult art collective. The Residents themselves will perform after a screening of the movie tonight at the Texas Theatre. A new exhibition at Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum explores identity from another angle, and at the DMA, Dave Isay talks about his plan to tell the stories of millions of Americans.Read More
The Ghosts of Presidential Elections Past convene at SMU tonight.While James Carville and Karl Rove rattle their spectral chains and talk about such spooky subjects as the Electoral College, the Alamo Drafthouse screens David Lynch’s Blue Velvet for the film’s 30th anniversary, and Theatre Three’s production of Memphis both razzles and dazzles audiences.Read More
Reading is great. A library card and an imagination don’t cost you a thing. A book never runs out of batteries, or fills up with emails from work. You can read for pleasure or for your own edification. And you can do it all by yourself. Sometimes, though, it’s good to share your appreciation of books with others. Like when Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright (The Looming Tower, Going Clear) joins a number of other well-known authors for the Dallas Book Festival at the library downtown.
If you can’t read, then this won’t do you much good, but there are plenty of other things to do in Dallas this weekend as well: The Taco Libre Festival assembles some of the city’s finest taquerias, a new play runs down the DREAM Act, and life gets very scary at Texas Frightmare Weekend.Read More
New York’s last great rock band from Denton, the esteemed Parquet Courts, performs tonight at the Granada. In other things to do, a handful of scary movie screenings kicks off this weekend’s big horror convention, and the DSO does Carmina Burana.Read More
Dust off those Anne Rice novels, get those black clothes out of the closet, and embrace the void. Let’s get melancholy. Bela Lugosi’s dead, and former Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy, the godfather of goth, is at Oak Cliff’s Kessler Theater.
Conformists who believe that life has meaning, that the universe moves according to some principle other than chaos, may be better suited to a talk by humorist David Sedaris, or a meet-and-greet with a more hardboiled author.Read More
Wicked has returned to Dallas, to the delight of fans of musical theater and sorcery. Elsewhere, Purple Rain is back in theaters.Read More
We can’t force you to do anything tonight, but we can certainly lead you to water. Drink deeply of Second Thought Theatre, Eleanor Friedberger, and the Perot Museum’s collection of collections.Read More
Earth Day Texas kicks off today and runs through the weekend at Fair Park. Considering the existential crisis we face from climate change, now may be a good time to get hip with environmental causes. (Or you can wait until Miami is underwater to start panicking.) True heads know the deal: Reduce, reuse, recycle, and agitate for a radical public policy overhaul that calls for steep carbon taxes and increased government investment in renewable energy sources. And vote for politicians who side with 97 percent of the scientific community on the issue of human activity dooming our planet.
Fortunately for us, the world is not ending this weekend, because we’ve got comedy, opera, film, and music to experience all throughout Dallas.Read More
What’s in the Texas Theatre’s safe? Can the Mavericks repeat the magic of Monday’s win over the Thunder? Which Dallas film festival is more deserving of your eyeballs? Who shot J.R.? What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? After doing these things tonight, we’ll have some answers.Read More
For the first time in its history, the Dallas Opera is producing a musical. Show Boat, a classic of love and race rolling down the Mississippi River, fits comfortably alongside this season’s more traditional productions of Manon and Tosca. It’s the right show for the Dallas Opera to push at a broad audience when it’s shown in a live simulcast this weekend at AT&T Stadium, but if you want the opera house experience, you go to the opera house tonight at the Winspear.
Elsewhere, this city’s two biggest film festivals start rubbing elbows, and Wicked flies in to the Music Hall at Fair Park.Read More
Duran Duran, a great band whose impeccable style is its substance, is in Dallas tonight to prove that old new wave and its old guy practitioners are still cool. Elsewhere, the Dallas International Film Festival keeps rolling, and Skip Hollandsworth talks about the Austin axe murderer who can make a claim to being the country’s first serial killer.Read More
The Dallas International Film Festival keeps rolling, the Smashing Pumpkins unplug at the Majestic, and Ellie Goulding turns the lights on at Verizon Theatre. Welcome to Monday.Read More
Let’s not waste time. It’s a busy weekend, and that clock isn’t going to tick any slower — or faster, depending on where you’re at in your workday. Anyway, we’ve got a lot to get to: Film festivals, record store days, and fairs of both the art and county variety.Read More
A spectacularly busy weekend in the Dallas arts world begins tonight with the opening of the Dallas Art Fair. That happens to coincide with a similarly eventful weekend for North Texas movie lovers, as the Dallas International Film Festival kicks off this evening. Meanwhile, Dallas sports fans can watch the Stars begin their postseason campaign for the Stanley Cup, as the Mavericks gear up for their own run at the championship. What a time to call Dallas, Texas home.Read More
Acid Mothers Temple is a band so far-out, so transcendentally psychedelic, every single one of its albums syncs seamlessly with The Wizard of Oz. (Take that, Pink Floyd.) The Japanese outfit even has a trippy slogan that rivals Timothy’s Leary’s “turn on, tune in, drop out.” These masters of the postmodern freakout advise you to “do whatever you want, don’t do whatever you want.”
Those words should guide you tonight, when you can do — or not do — one of the following things: Plug a kaleidoscope into your brain with Acid Mothers Temple, see a modern re-imagining of Jonah’s Biblical fishing trip, or pull teeth with some Dallas storytellers.Read More