Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Mar. 30-Apr. 1

JET your way around the Arts District, and then to the AAC on Saturday. Photo by Billy Surface.

If you are not moving, your weekend is already better than mine. Here’s a list of all the fun I won’t be having.


Tonight, Savor Dallas continues with the Arts District booze hop. Go from the Nasher, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Meyerson, and the Winspear while trying various wines, beers, and spirits, and eating some snacks. Potentially, I could squeeze this in if I treat it like an extended walk from the office to my parking garage. (Actually, this is a great idea.)

Post stroll, I urge you to check out Second Thought Theatre’s production of The Midwest Trilogy, a collection of three loosely connected stories written by Texas Theatre partner Eric Steele and inspired by the American Heartland. It’s two short films, capped by a play (Bob Birdnow’s Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self, last year’s FIT Fest success, with the wonderful Barry Nash reprising the title role and Lee Trull again directing). I reviewed it here for FrontRow, and then we thought about other directors and filmmakers who dig the Midwest and its people. Bonus films to Netflix: Hoosiers, Footloose, The Music Man, Nurse Betty, Splendor in the Grass, 8 Mile.


In the morning, you can help the Dallas chapter of the National MS Society fund multiple sclerosis research and treatment by participating in the Walk MS benefit at Addison Circle Park. This is a cause near and dear to my heart for a few reasons, but it also just looks like it should be a beautiful morning for a longer-than-usual constitutional. You can also bring your dog to trot alongside. Wear orange.

And then change into green and blue. The Dallas Mavericks host Festival de los Mavs, a day celebrating Latino culture, outside the American Airlines center. Jason Terry (and other players) will sign autographs, and you can take photos with the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. Plus, there will be bounce houses, activities for kids, and a performance by Mexican pop group 3Ball MTY. Everything is free, including the autograph sessions, but you need a pass to get in to the tent if you want something signed. Chances to win those passes will happen throughout the day.


It should take only two words to convince you to check out this afternoon event at the Nasher: wearable sculpture. Chicago-based artist Nick Cave (not to be confused with the equally famous Australian musician) has delightfully baffled audiences from Akron to Verona with his wildly colorful “Soundsuits,” which are made up of everything from Easter grass to dryer lint. The textured material produces interesting percussive sounds as trained dancers rhythmically writhe inside their respective pieces. Since Cave’s work can require many creative facets aside from the merely visual, various disciplines of the University of North Texas arts program (where Cave is the artist-in-residence) will take part in “Heard,” a special equestrian-themed performance.

For more to do this weekend, go here.