The word from the AT&T Performing Arts Center people is that the tickets to this Saturday’s screening of Casablanca at the Annette Strauss Artists Square are almost sold out, so go online and print out your free ticket today. As a reminder, this is the fourth installment of the FrontRow Film Series, a project in which we asked six Dallas arts leaders the question: “What movie do you believe people living in Dallas today need to see?” Part of the idea is that it challenges individuals working in a variety of mediums to chose a film that expresses, relates, or informs something immediate and pertinent about life in Dallas today. The second idea was to screen these films in locations outside of the movie theater.
The Dallas Wind Symphony’s Kim Campbell latched onto that second function of the series, and he chose a film that most people have seen, Casablanca, but one which he believes is transformed when viewed into a public setting. We are happy to be able to partner with the Dallas Film Society and the AT&T Performing Arts Center to show this movie for a crowd that is projected to be around 1,800 strong. Also, we’ve arranged for James and Dacia Kings to perform pre-movie beginning at 7 p.m. Be there or be square, as they say. And speaking of being square, one note: there is no food or drink allowed at the “people’s venue,” Annette Strauss Artists Square. So don’t bring any. Obviously, this is not ideal, but I will reserve my grumbling until we see how the whole event plays out. This screening is one of the first real litmus tests for the new space.