Thursday Sept. 7
A circle-up to assemble period kits for Hurricane Harvey evacuees drew so much interest Planned Parenthood is no longer accepting volunteers. The Greenville location is still taking donations – pads, tampons, underwear – and anyone who shows up can still write cards of encouragement. North on 35E, the unyieldingly reliable folks at Little Guys Movers will match all proceeds from the Baptist Generals show tonight and pass them to the Houston Food Bank for the Dan’s Silver Relief project. Minimum donation is $5. Brent Best, Barbara Black and others support.
Before Wild Detectives and Deep Vellum brought voices of the world to shelves in Dallas, Wordspace acted as a salon-style literary collective with an international focus while still providing a movable tent for local high school writers at Undermain Theatre and for up-and-coming poets at Paperbacks Plus. The original launches its 24th season at Wild Detectives, full circle. Inferno Texino plays, novelist Brian Allen Carr and members of Dallas Poetry Slam have words. (Saul Williams and Natalie Diaz are two artists Wordspace has up its sleeve, for soon.)
Friday Sept. 8
Horror comix lovers can savor Creepshow, the anthology of shorts by George Romero and Stephen King, 53 days from Halloween at Texas Theatre.
Antartica’s endless daylight and mythical remoteness: extreme, or pinnacle quality-of-life these days? The young Dee finds elements of both as she sleuths her mother’s history with weirdo scientists, in geoplaywright Mat Smart’s The Royal Society of Antartica at Stage West.
Peculiar Cafe features mixed-media works by some of Denton’s most engaging psych-collagists. Julie Mckendrick is one of them and she also DJs the show’s closing; there’ll be vegan food and other performances at Voertman’s.
Saturday Sept. 9
At the DMA for a panel talk a few years back I heard one of Dallas’ most exacting and conscious art critics explain how, as a young mom, she’d regularly held a baby in one arm and a notebook in the other hand at galleries. That critic, also an artist, was Lucia Simek. Her words echoed when I weighed time and space in deciding if I could make it to an opening with my young son. One of the most harmonious of these ventures was a brunch during Cassandra Emswiler Burd’s show at the Contemporary — she invited all comers to sit and eat on the tiles she’d installed. Simek went on to write materials for the Nasher, and Emswiler Burd ended up in the same department. The artists mark their crossed paths with Cleaver at Beefhaus just as Emswiler Burd awaits the arrival of her first child.
Just as those artists also mine the atmosphere of politics and social warfare that swirled around their workaday inner circle, 11 more serve Guatemala 20 years after its civil war, exploring community’s role in memory and vice versa. Acts of Aggression opens at SMU’s Pollock Gallery.
Sunday Sept. 10
Cowboys season opener for some, surge of drink specials for others. For everyone it’s the last day of the Dallas Chocolate Festival at the F.I.G.