Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Dec. 11

Black Nativity.

I don’t want to brag. But I saw The Hobbit last night. And have since exchanged a flurry of the nerdiest texts messages and emails I’ve probably ever sent or received. I’ll say this, though. Ten years after The Fellowship of the Ring, I’m still enjoying Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth and listening to Robyn on the way home.

Tonight, TeCo Theatrical Productions starts performances of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity, a twist on the story you perhaps know. My favorite version is probably my grandfather’s version of the song “We Three Kings” that has them all smoking smelly cigars, but I digress. Hughes, celebrated poet and playwright of the Harlem Renaissance, infused his retelling with gospel songs and folk spirituals. The show has already sold out the Thursday and Saturday dates of its one-weekend run, so perhaps this is one you might want to get in on early. For some reason, I’ve been craving an Eno’s pie–I really dig that cracker crust–and one of their infused spirits. Happily, the restaurant isn’t far from the Bishop Arts Theater Center.

Also this evening, Bloc Party has a show at the House of Blues with local favorites, Burning Hotels. I’ve never been Bloc Party’s number one fan (not for any particular reason–I like the band well enough, and I love “I Still Remember”), but I have a friend who really, really loves them, and he once skipped a concert to pick me up at the airport my freshman year of college when I got homesick and wanted to surprise my parents. I’ll always appreciate that. You can still get tickets online, if you enjoy their particular brand of trebly guitar, a style they’ve reverted back to after dabbling in smooth electronics.

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