Shakespeare is hot right now, as he is every summer. TCU’s Trinity Shakespeare Festival, which begins tonight, has the good sense to keep the Bard air conditioned. There is, however, something to be said for open-air theater. Wait a couple weeks, and Shakespeare Dallas will bring Richard III to the Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre outdoors, where God can watch. For tonight, it’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Winter’s Tale, a Carole King musical, and a free DSO performance in Oak Cliff.Read More
The sun is setting on one of North Texas’ most vital music venues this weekend. Many people have written moving tributes to the great Rubber Gloves since the former Denton cement factory announced it was closing its doors for good. I don’t have much to add to the general lamentations and bittersweet remembrances, except to state the obvious: It will be missed. I was justly booted from Rubber Gloves on my first visit — a 2008 Astronautalis show — for reasons that involve being an exceptionally boneheaded 19-year-old. I kept coming back because nowhere else in Denton had its grimy cool, its adventurous and inclusive booking policy, and its happy air of rock and roll menace. (It was also the kind of place that let your friends’ bands play on weeknights.) Nowhere else ever will. Pay your respects this weekend during three days of farewell shows. Stay hard, Gloves.
On a happier note, William Shatner, Stan Lee, Chewbacca Mom, and — genuinely the most fun part of the convention — thousands of costumed North Texas nerds will be downtown for the event formerly and informally still known as Dallas Comic Con. The pop culture extravaganza of Dallas Fan Expo ramps up today and continues through the weekend at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center of Moral Rectitude and Contemporary Puritanism for Good-Hearted People. (The A-Kon anime convention at the Hilton Anatole may split geek allegiances this weekend.)
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Theater: You can do it all by yourself. The Dallas Solo Fest, beginning tonight at Fair Park’s Margo Jones Theatre, is proof of that. Over two weekends, eight performers will bring their one-man and one-woman shows to the stage. On other stages in Dallas tonight, we have Keb’ Mo’, puppets and artificial intelligences, and a classic play.Read More
It’s June, and there are at least 25 things you must do before this month is done. There are also 25 things you mustn’t do, but we don’t talk about those.
We’ll start off tonight with three things you can do, but don’t necessarily have to do, in Dallas. No pressure. These suggestions are lacking the “or else” implicit in the 25 things you must do. No calamity will befall you if these things are not done. Probably.Read More
Dacher Keltner is Niccolo Machiavelli’s warmhearted hippie step-cousin, arguing in a new book that power is best obtained through empathy and compassion, rather than the more ruthless means advocated in The Prince. However, as others have noted and The Power Paradox reaffirms, power turns many formerly well-intentioned people into real jerks. Does this mean that Keltner, presumably a nice guy, has fallen prey to corruption and greed now that he’s at the top of the social psychology game and selling $35 tickets to hear him speak?
Keltner’s killing ’em with kindness tonight at 7:30 at City Performance Hall. Elsewhere, Cabaret and a free performance of Benjamin Britten’s one-act opera, Noah’s Flood.Read More
We’ve compiled a separate list of weekend things to do that seem particularly pertinent to Memorial Day good times — pool parties, patriotic events, and so on. But there are plenty of ways to enjoy a three-day weekend. Thai food festivals and epic poetry readings, for example.Read More
The Texas Theatre wraps up a month of Thursday night screenings of Jean-Luc Godard films (here’s a request for Alphaville for the next French New Wave series in Dallas) with Band of Outsiders, a fantastic film about wannabe gangsters whose minds are warped by youth and too many American crime movies. It has this scene, this scene, and this scene. Other movies do not. Advantage: Band of Outsiders.
Elsewhere, a play about post-grad anxiety, the orchestral connection between Cervantes and Shakespeare, and the voice of the Rangers throws a birthday bash.Read More
Tap into your patriotic side before Memorial Day by supporting the U.S. Men’s National Team at Toyota Stadium tonight. Or, don’t do that. Instead, go see a Broadway musical at the Winspear, or see Blue Velvet at Alamo Drafthouse. It is a free country, after all.Read More
Saturday night is famously alright for fighting, but Tuesday ain’t bad either. It’s also a pretty good day for musicals, classic movies, and drinking craft beer with some local experts.Read More
Who wins in a fight between John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon? Kennedy goes down early with his bad back, but lends moral support to Johnson, taking verbal jabs at Nixon — who is at this point just drenched in panic sweat — from ringside. Tricky Dick, a roll of quarters snuck tightly into his right fist, gets his shots in on the Flexin’ Texan, but the Johnson Treatment proves too much for Nixon’s street-fighting tactics to overcome. LBJ wins by TKO in round 10.
This is probably not the kind of fight examined in LBJ vs JFK vs Nixon, a book about the 1960 presidential election by David Pietrusza, who will speak tonight at the Sixth Floor Museum. But we’re prone to flights of fancy, and to writing lists of things to do in Dallas.Read More
The Pavilion at the AT&T Byron Nelson is always live. But the more exclusive action is poolside at the Four Seasons Las Colinas. During the day, the gold-diggers work on their tans; at night, guests and Four Seasons members and PGA-credentialed partiers come out to play. Last night was no exception, with South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen holding court, consoling himself after missing the cut. (Still, things didn’t get as intense as they did last year, when Johnny Manziel had a dust-up with an annoying fan.)
This morning, day two of the tournament, it was back to business. I had a chance to talk with trainer Damon Goddard, after he held fitness sessions with two of his clients, Kelly Kraft and Jordan Spieth.Read More
Clear eyes, full hearts, the Widlflower Festival, and a bunch of other things to do this weekend. Can’t lose.Read More
Rain delayed the action in Las Colinas by more than two hours yesterday, as the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament officially got under way. Ryan Palmer passed the time by shooting hoops with his caddie, Dustin Johnson checked out machines in the newly renovated weight room, and a few other golfers played ping-pong. Hard-working reporters in the media room, meantime, got chair massages.Read More
The mysterious Jandek, whose experimental blues are just as murky as his identity, puts in a rare public appearance with tonight’s live show at the Texas Theatre. Less enigmatic, but still intriguing: Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax perform at the Winspear, and you’re probably due for a visit to the Meadows Museum.Read More