-Topic has a homecoming show on Thursday. courtesy -Topic, credit: Alyssa Iris Taylor

Arts & Entertainment

Things To Do In Dallas This Week: Aug. 28-31

A festival of flowers; stand-up bass with dinner.

Monday 8/28

Before planning Things To Do With Your Money this week, consider siphoning some for our neighbors to the south in Houston. Here’s a list of organizations and needs as flooding continues to devastate Houston and vicinity.  A direct drop-off option via community organizer Gillea Allison, who also works in our marketing department: 

 Trusted World is Dallas’ designated donation distribution organization for both Dallas and Houston-area shelters. They currently need new underwear and socks (all sizes), baby formula/diapers/wipes, feminine hygiene products, toiletries, and non-perishable food. If you want to donate directly, you can drop off items at 15660 Dallas Parkway (Addison) from 3-8 pm. Please check this website for schedule changes and needs. You can also donate or sign up to volunteer.

Tuesday 8/29

There’s a fleeting yet immersive way to experience Bhakti culture — on your lunch break! — in East Dallas, perhaps with your personal goddess(es) of kindness, love and beauty. A showering of 60,000 roses happens at noon in celebration of Radharani’s birthday and the Feminine Divine at the Radha Kalachandji Temple before a multi-course vegetarian meal is served at 1:30. 

I remember the glow / in my headphones after school, slightly stoned. So goes the Sylvan Esso song, “Glow,” and the dim crackle Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn make together. The video directed by Elise Tyler is convincingly sweet and mildly debaucherous. A moment to relish is the first one on Sylvan Esso’s latest electronic pop record; it’s Meath’s voice tuning a Korg MS-20, she told the Washington Post.  Sylvan Esso plays the Granada tonight.

Wednesday 8/30

Burgundy plush art-rock ensemble Midnight Opera (formerly Siamese) are headed out on tour, so see them while you can with Nervous Curtains at Double Wide. Check out their recent three-song souvenir from Milwaukee in our Friday Double Feature. 

A nice check-in by Nancy Nichols on Mike Snider and his All Good Cafe explains how the place has been able to stay put for 17 years in a rapidly changing Deep Ellum: the fresh Southern-prepared veggies and whimsical origami cranes hanging from the ceiling haven’t hurt, and neither has a consistent support of musicians who play early shows on the small stage. Bassist Szymon Marciniak plays at 7:30 for the Open Classical series.

Thursday 8/31

-Topic has been in Oakland and he’s returned for a show at Three Links. Elements of spoken word, quiet experimentation, a sunny energy and a penchant for ambience are what usually mark -Topic’s presence in the rap scene. He promises some soul and funk he’s absorbed in California for this bring-back. -Topic earned a grant from the City of Dallas this time last year, making him the first musician to have done so.

In the tradition of writers like Toni Morrison and Grace Paley, the intersection of the personal and the political is made manifest in one family’s experience with Miller, Mississippi. The play is set in Jackson during the Civil Rights Eradirected by Lee Sunday Evans and written by Boo Killebrew, and it’s on now at Dallas Theater Center.