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The 20 Best Events in Dallas This January

Black Pumas, Tool, Tim & Eric, The Texas Hemp Convention, and rodeo happenings await you this month.
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Dwight Yoakam | Jan. 24, 8 p.m. | The Bomb Factory

The Grammy-winning champion of honky-tonk brings a rare country concert to Deep Ellum’s biggest music venue. Yoakam has sold more than 25 million records throughout his four-decade career and become The Tonight Show’s most frequent musical guest.

Tool | Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. | American Airlines Center

The progressive metal demigods went 13 years between albums before returning with 2019’s Fear Inoculum, which immediately went to No. 1 on the Billboard chart. Early reviews for this tour suggest that the band (led by Maynard James Keenan) has suffered absolutely no rust from the long layoff.

Pride and Prejudice | Jan. 10–19 | Moody Performance Hall

Shakespeare Dallas moves the theatrics indoors and taps Jane Austen for its second-ever winter season, featuring this beloved romantic dramedy. There are five spirited sisters, one overbearing mother, and more romantic mishaps than we can count.

Cowboys of Color Rodeo | Jan. 20, 2 p.m. | Dickies Arena

Held amid the events of the 2020 Southwestern Exposition Livestock Show and Rodeo, this one-day showcase celebrates the cultures and diversity of the people who built the American West. Expect bull riding, mutton busting, and internationally acclaimed vaquero Jerry Diaz.

Ruckus Rodeo | Jan. 17–Mar. 29 | Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

With the Southwestern Exposition Rodeo in Cowtown, the Modern revisits this wild tableau by New York’s Red Grooms, which the museum originally commissioned for the 1976 exhibition “The Great American Rodeo.”

Bernadette Peters | Jan. 24–26 | Meyerson Symphony Center 

The Golden Globe- and Tony Award-winning actress and singer comes from Broadway to join the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for a concert filled with unforgettable musical numbers. Marvin Laird, Peters’ longtime musical partner, will conduct.

Origins: Fossils From the Cradle of Humankind | Through Mar. 22 | Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Perot is offering a rare chance to come face to face with our ancient human relatives right here in Dallas. How rare? Well, the fossils of Australopithecus sediba and Homo naledi left South Africa for the first time for this exclusive exhibit. So, pretty rare.

Black Pumas | Jan. 10 & 11, 7 p.m. | The Kessler

The Austin psychedelic soul duo—singer Eric Burton and guitarist-producer Adrian Quesada, a member of the Grammy-winning Latin funk orchestra Grupo Fantasma—released their self-titled debut over the summer. Listen to the live session of “Colors” to get a taste. Locals Bastards of Soul open.

19th International Performance Festival | Jan. 25–Feb. 8 | Latino Cultural Center

Teatro Dallas presents this festival, which explores themes of space and the body through three theatrical and musical productions. Electric Hamsa, Paper Pielby, and Xtabay are each hybrids of dance, music, and drama.

Shen Yun | Dec. 28–Jan. 5; Jan. 25 & 26 | Winspear Opera House

You’ve seen it on billboards, in newspapers, and in Instagram ads. Shen Yun is back, and its marketing is as ubiquitous as ever. The dance troupe brings 5,000 years of traditional Chinese dance to Texas with stunning costumes, high-tech backdrops, and an orchestra.

Ryan Hewett | Through Jan. 11 | The Goss-Michael Foundation 

South African painter Ryan Hewett (of acclaimed gallery Unit London) presents Nothing New Under the Sun, a collection of eight new pieces created specifically for the foundation. The latest works from the archetypal brooding artist question the role of humanity in the natural world.

Captain Scott Kelly | Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. | Winspear Opera House

The retired U.S. Navy captain, astronaut, and the New York Times bestselling author of Endurance: My Year in Space and My Journey to the Stars shares his insights on leadership, teamwork, and pushing the limits. He also has some pretty crazy space stories to tell.

Wild Kratts Live | Jan. 25, 4:30 p.m. | Majestic Theatre

Canadian brothers Chris and Martin Kratt, best known for their PBS show Zoboomafoo, have been teaching kids about the wonders of wildlife for decades now. In the brothers’ new traveling Wild Kratts Live act, Activate Creature Power!, they combine adventure and education with their signature humor.

Phora | Jan. 24, 8 p.m. | Canton Hall

After a two-year stint with Warner Bros. Records, California rapper Phora returned to his indie roots in July, releasing his third studio album, Bury Me With Dead Roses, via his own Phora LLC. The 25-year-old is also preparing to release his next album, With Love 2, independently.

The Color Purple | Jan. 7–12 | Winspear Opera House

The Pulitzer Prize-winning story gets new life in this joyful Broadway production, which earned a 2016 Tony for Best Musical Revival and features a Grammy-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues.

Blue Man Group | Jan. 15–19 | Winspear Opera House

Since first performing in the streets of New York in 1987, Blue Man Group has become a global phenomenon without losing much of its mystery. The music/comedy/art troupe’s latest tour, with the tongue-in-cheek title Speechless, debuts new and original compositions.

The Texas Hemp Convention | Jan. 28–30 | Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center 

This hemp and CBD event brings three days of totally legal marijuana madness. More than 300 exhibitors will be selling their wares, and industry leaders will host educational sessions.

FriendsWithYou | Jan. 12–Mar. 15 | Dallas Contemporary

The Los Angeles-based art collective founded by Samuel Albert Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III is known for its colorful, childlike imagery that’s been employed everywhere from reggaetonero J Balvin’s set design to Netflix’s True and the Rainbow Kingdom.

Tim & Eric | Jan. 30, 8 p.m. | Majestic Theatre

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are both relatively normal on their own—you’ll recognize the former as the groom in Bridesmaids and the latter as the tall friend in Master of None—but together the duo of Adult Swim fame ventures to the strangest frontiers of comedy.

Slide By | Jan. 16–26 | Wyly Studio Theater

Set the week after the 1999 Columbine shootings, this dark comedy written by Thomas Ward and directed and produced by Jake Nice follows a twenty-something substitute teacher as he returns to work amid paranoid—and possibly armed—co-workers.

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