Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Jan. 10-12

We are not having blue skies like this one made of denim. (
We are not having blue skies like this one made of denim. (Jim Hodges, Untitled (one day it all comes true) (detail), 2013. Denim fabric and thread. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels. © Jim Hodges.)

Congratulations, you survived this frigid, drizzly week.  Further congratulations if you don’t have the flu. Keep it that way.


Former Saturday Night Live personality Colin Quinn performs his humorous take on the United States Constitution at the Wyly Theatre this evening, but it’s all sold out. No Founding Fathers jokes for you tonight, unless you’ve got your own arsenal. You can try those out at the Dallas Observer-sponsored North Texas Hip Hop Showcase, if you’re feeling bold. The Granada hosts a solid lineup of artists—Blue, The Misfit, Sam Lao, -topic, Lord Byron, Jaeson Green, AV The Great, and DJ Jay Clip—all before headliners A.Dd+. Music starts when the doors open at 8 p.m., and general admission tickets are a super reasonable $15.

Elsewhere, Oliver Francis Gallery hosts Denton musician Lily Taylor for a solo set with accompanying projections by artist Sean Miller. If you’ve ever been to OFG, you know it’s not a big space. You are hereby advised to arrive early. The music is at 8 p.m., but they’ll let you in at 7 p.m.


One of my hands-down favorite movies from the last five or six years is Up, the heartbreakingly sweet story of a widowed old man who finally fulfills a life-long dream. But if it’s a Pixar movie, it sort of stands to reason I’ll love it. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra has a concert of all the  incredible original music that accompanied each tale, from Michael Giacchino’s wrenching score for Up to Randy Newman’s Toy Story theme “You’ve Got a Friend In Me.” Clips from the films will screen alongside the music, performed by the DSO. As a bonus, there’s a morning and an evening performance to accommodate Pixar fans of all ages.

Fort Worth’s orchestral offering is not movie-related. Rather, as is fitting in the  month where the promise of the new year confronts the past, a contemporary work finds symphonic kinship with the work of 20th century composer Sergei Prokofiev. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Donnacha Dennehy showcases Crane, a single-movement piece from 2009, while guest violinist Anne Akiko Meyers interprets Profokiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 on the world’s most expensive violin (technically, the world’s most expensive musical instrument, ever). The program also includes Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 7.


The Dallas Museum of Art closes the Jim Hodges exhibition on Sunday, so get in while the getting is good. Give More Than You Take, in addition to being a nice sentiment, is the title of the first comprehensive retrospective of the contemporary artist’s work. He’s known for site-specific installations, which are both beautiful and impermanent, and occasionally quite large. This exhibit, co-organized with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, features more than 75 works he’s completed over the span of his 25-year career. As a neat thing, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s second company, DBDT II, will premier a new, Jim Hodges-inspired piece called The Subtle…The Sum…Give More Than You Take in the Horchow Auditorium at 3 p.m. It’s choreographed by DBDT II director Nycole Ray.

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