Photo by Heath Braun courtesy of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Arts & Entertainment

The 25 Things You Must Do In Dallas This October

Plenty to do before Halloween arrives.

KAWS: Where the End Starts
Oct. 20–Jan. 22
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
The Brooklyn artist’s spooked cartoon characters (most famously, a rat poisoned Mickey Mouse) pop a nose-thumbing wheelie on the line between pop culture and high art in a career-spanning show of graffiti, sculpture, and figurines.

Elvis Costello
Oct. 11, 7 pm
The Majestic Theatre
It’s easy to see the attraction in a free-flowing night of music and storytelling by the bespectacled raconteur.

Sightings: Michael Dean
Oct. 22–Feb. 5
Nasher Sculpture Center
If language can’t communicate the vagaries of human experience, maybe art can. Dean, whose abstract sculpture work subverts the alphabet’s limitations, will tailor this new exhibition to the space.

Chance the Rapper
Oct. 16, 7 pm
The Bomb Factory
Chance rode an ultralight beam to pop music divinity on this year’s Coloring Book, delivering the “gospel rap” Bible fellow Chicago native Kanye West promised but couldn’t deliver.

Modern Spanish Art from the Asociación Colección Arte Contemporáneo
Oct. 9–Jan. 29
Meadows Museum
A major exhibition of more than 90 works, some being displayed in the U.S. for the first time, charts the dramatic evolution of Spain’s 20th century giants, from Chillida to Picasso.

How to Dress Well
Oct. 10, 8 pm
Cambridge Room at House of Blues
Tom Krell’s indie project has a bespoke experimental pop sound, but proudly wears the influences of classic R&B, emo, and electronica.

TITAS: Estampas Porteñas Tango
Oct. 28 & 29
City Performance Hall
The renowned Buenos Aires dance company’s newest show is called Deseos, and it’s a wish come true for fans of the tango, the malambo, and the fiery music of Argentina.

Band of Horses
Oct. 4, 9 pm
House of Blues
The group’s festival-ready guitar anthems, a synthesis of rough-and-tumble classic rock and indie Americana, are scruffy for the longtime fans and polished for the mainstream.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra: A German Requiem
Oct. 6–9
Meyerson Symphony Center
Brahms’ choral masterpiece is performed in all its resounding glory, while acclaimed Chinese pianist Yuja Wang gets to show off through Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

Monet: The Early Years
Oct. 16–Jan. 29
Kimbell Art Museum
This portrait of the artist as a young man shows the French impressionist’s precocious brilliance in roughly 60 works painted long before the water lilies at Giverny.


Conor Oberst
Oct. 7, 7 pm
Granada Theater
Not mean enough to be the next Bob Dylan, not melancholy enough to be the next Elliott Smith, the Bright Eyes frontman has been forced to prove himself a singular songwriter. He’s mostly succeeded.

Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt
Oct. 9–Jan. 8
Dallas Museum of Art
In the era of internet cat memes, let us remember that felines once had some dignity and mystique, playing a significant and esteemed role in the culture of ancient civilizations.

Oct. 3, 7 pm
Granada Theater
The Brits go mental for this kind of propulsive rock, maybe because they get to see it in person more often. The Oxford band, an indie curiosity here, is one of the best live acts on the planet.

As We Lie Still
Oct. 28–Nov. 20
Contemporary Theatre of Dallas
This musical by a Dallas-based couple, which got its premiere Off Broadway in 2014, charts the levitating act rise and fall of a magician trying to pull one more comeback from his top hat.

Doug Loves Movies
Oct. 1, 3:30 pm
Hyena’s Comedy Nightclub-Dallas
For this live taping of a podcast about movies and marijuana, comedian Doug Benson is just as likely to bring the laughs as he is that loud.

Bad Religion & Against Me!
Oct. 16, 7:30 pm
House of Blues
Two generations of punk rock’s socially progressive conscience share the same bill, with more radical politics and better music than anything you heard at the Bernie Sanders rally.

Smart Pretty Funny
Oct. 20–Nov. 13
Amphibian Stage Productions
Everybody has a soul mate. Except Meg. Left without her “one,” even after the rest of the world has paired off, she’s off on a lonely search for meaning in this clever play about love.

Bridget Everett
Oct. 13, 8 pm
House of Blues
Not just a poor woman’s Amy Schumer, the self-described “alt-cabaret provocateur” goes to raunchy, facesitting extremes that make even the most ribald stand-up sets look tame.

Flight of the Conchords
Oct. 26, 7 pm
Verizon Theatre
It’s business time again for New Zealand’s fourth most popular reunited musical comedy duo, back to performing inspired pop songs shot through with offbeat humor. And business is good.

Bella: An American Tall Tale
Through Oct. 22
Wyly Theatre
The Dallas Theater Center scores a world premiere with this musical by Kirsten Childs (2013’s Fly), whose tall tale follows a young black woman on a westward adventure in the late 1800s.

The cast of Bella. Photo by Karen Almond.
The cast of Bella. Photo by Karen Almond.

Kathryn Andrews: Run for President
Through Jan. 8
Nasher Sculpture Center
Not to be outdone by a stranger-than-fiction election season, Andrews’ work explores the strange ebb and flow of American power through images of historic elections, both real and imagined.

ScHoolboy Q
Oct. 6, 8 pm
South Side Ballroom
West Coast hip-hop never exactly went out of style, but ScHoolboy Q has made it a point to bring back classic gangsta rap, a task he’s taken to with almost supernatural verve.

The State Fair of Texas
Through Oct. 23
Fair Park
If it’s true that everything is bigger in Texas, than nothing is bigger than the State Fair. How many other state fairs boast a 55-foot tall talking cowboy, much less one built to replace the last towering cowpoke after its spectacular immolation?

Oct. 10, 8 pm
Granada Theater
Most bands spend their entire careers trying to make an album as good as Fantastic Planet, so we can’t blame Failure for coasting the last 20 years on the back of the alt rock classic.

National Theatre Live: Frankenstein
Oct. 26–29
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Several live broadcasts put North Texas audiences in the seats at London’s National Theatre, where director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Sunshine) and Benedict Cumberbatch are staging Mary Shelley’s monster story.