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A guide to all of the best holiday fun in North Texas. Grinches not welcome.
At 62 years old, Alejandro Escovedo has played many parts over a career that stretches back to the 1970s: Punk pioneer, country rocker, singer/songwriter, and ultimately one of Austin’s most treasured musical icons. The artist had the nearly sacred task of closing out South By Southwest for decades, perhaps the most revered gig in a city that puts music far above its various other industries. Since then, Escovedo remains as active as ever. His last record, Big Station, made Spin Magazine’s list of 2012’s top country records, placing the singer largely in the company of musicians half his age. When he's in town, Escovedo can usually be found at the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff, but dedicated fans won't mind this shift to Greenville Ave.
Kanye West’s personal life is often so tumultuous that it sometimes threatens to overshadow his musical accomplishments. The extreme hubris, the hostile attitude toward the press, the penchant for all-caps Twitter rants, the tabloid fodder than comes with dating a Kardashian—it's almost enough to make one forget how he actually made his name. That is, until he drops a new record. It's almost always the musical event of the year. Such was the case with Yeezus, a rather dark entry for a summer album and yet still managed to be the music blasting at stoplights and pool parties all season long. Within 24 hours of its release, Twitter was overrun with people quoting the more outlandish lyrics and suddenly West was either appearing as the musical guest on every popular late night show on TV or fighting with the host. It was exactly what the public needed to remember Kanye-the-artist as opposed to Kanye-the-cartoon-character. West will play what's likely the only room in town big enough to contain both his sound and his ego. Rapper Kendrick Lamar—a headline grabber in his own right—will open the show.
Let the Texas Ballet Theater transport you to a magical night filled with battling mice, exotic sweets, and snowflakes that twirl to one of Tchaikovsky’s most beloved compositions. Reserve your tickets to see Stevenson’s dazzling sets, lavish costumes, and stunning choreography bring this holiday classic to life.
We're suckers for a good love story. It doesn't have sparkly vampires or any of the awfully-written bondage scenes that seem to pop up in every other romance novel these days, but that doesn't make the Bard's classic tale any less captivating as a contemporary love tale. In a unique production that combines Shakespeare's original English with modern-day Spanish, Cara Mía Theatre Co. reframes this time-honored story for today's audience. The music is going to be good, too—Romeo and Julieta features an original score by S-Ankh Rasa.
The polarizing writer David Mamet’s 2009 play about two attorneys—one black, one white—defending a white man accused of a crime against a black woman receives its regional premiere. The snap-crackle of Mamet’s wit, so exemplary in Glengarry Glen Ross, has lost some of its knockout punch as of late, though he’s smart as ever. Expect plenty of twists and turns.
Jon Robin Baitz's family drama recounts the return home of Brooke Wyeth after a six year absence from her parents' lives, and she's armed with a manuscript of her memoir and the threat of exposing all the dirty secrets her relatives have carefully concealed.
Charles Dickens’ classic tale of greed and redemption graces the stage every year courtesy of the Dallas Theater Center, but this is the first time the DTC will present a completely new version inside the Wyly Theatre, complete with flying advice-giving ghosts and special effects to mimic the soft fall of snow. Directed by Kevin Moriarty and choreographed by Joel Ferrell, the cast will regale us with the story of how old Ebenezer Scrooge's heart of stone softens as he's offered a look at his past, present, and future.
Long before Instagram and Snapchat were mere twinkles in some app developer’s eye, photography underwent a massive transformation from grainy black and white prints to the full-color images we see today. The exhibition follows artists’ journeys as they navigated the yet-uncharted territory of color photography, leading up to the medium’s evolution as a dominant contemporary art form. In addition to admiring the 75 key works in the exhibit, you can stop by the collection of color snapshots contributed by members of the local community—take a look, you might recognize someone you know.
Twenty-three of the most influential artists working in Mexico and 60 works of art spanning more than two decades make for one exhibit that you don’t want to miss. Featuring work by native-born artists as well as others who immigrated to Mexico, the exhibit is a provocative examination of regional issues such as violence, corruption, civic institutions, and class divisions. Rarely does an exhibit speak to such deeply relevant sociopolitical topics while reinforcing the universal themes that transcend any border.
Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has made headlines for his provactive pieces and criticism of the Communist Chinese government, words and works that have turned him into a sort of moral hero in the face of crackdowns and complacency. This particular series of twelve bronze, gilded animal head sculptures adheres to his Marcel Duchamp-inspired "readymade" aesthetic—examining what is real, a copy, and just fake. The form for each head, one for all the signs of the Chinese Zodiac, is taken from an Italian-designed fountain clock made for Yuanming Yuan, a summer palace built for the emperors of the Qing Dynasty. It was already a mix of European and Chinese styles, an appropriation in itself, and the Zodiac imagery can be both a powerful talisman to the past or cultural kitsch.
When you see one of Sedrick Huckaby’s works from a distance, you might think it’s a blanket. But make no mistake—Huckaby is known for his wall-sized painting of quilts. His piece Hidden in Plain Site, an arrangement of four quilts, addresses the notion that hand-stitched bedding can contain stories and secret messages from the past.