Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: June 13-15

A hit London musical makes its U.S. debut via Uptown Players; Amon Carter has an Archibald Motley retrospective; Fair Park gets spruced up with new lights.

Fair Park, without all the extra lights coming its way tonight. Photo via wikicommons.
Fair Park, without all the extra lights coming its way tonight. Photo via wikicommons.

Father’s Day is on Sunday and of the many things that I’m wondering about the holiday is why it is not as brunch-friendly as Mother’s Day. Can we only toss smoked meats and brews at dad as a tribute to his theoretical manliness? I appreciate the shortened wait times on scoring a table, but let’s make a pact that we’re going to take dad to brunch this weekend, too.


As if they weren’t elegant enough already, Fair Park is covering its art deco grounds with a conspicuous amount of new lights, and that even includes the beloved Esplanade Fountain. I’m not sure if these lovely buildings needed an Omni-like makeover, but I definitely want to see how this turns out. Fair Park Sparks is free, and begins at 5 pm.

If you were lucky enough to catch Morrissey late last month, rejoice, as you saw him before he was forced to cancel his last seven dates due to illness. The show was extra special for the fact that it was Morrissey’s birthday that night. He left the stage with an enormous stack of gifts, fleeing in a mutually emotional outpouring between singer and audience. If you missed that incredible scene, I have just the thing to make up for it. Morrissey tribute act, Panic will perform at Crown and Harp this evening, and it turns out there will be another significant birthday in the room. I won’t call him out by his given name or exact age, but the D Magazine staffer sometimes known as Dough Crin will be reaching a certain milestone tonight and the show is in his honor. DJ Sober will also perform, and you should jump on that since he doesn’t always play venues this intimate anymore. The party starts at 9 pm. 

 As I mentioned yesterday, the posthumous interpretation of the Bruce Wood’s final work, Touch, has a two-night run at Dallas City Performance Hall. Tonight is the last performance so do what you can to see this historic production if you missed Thursday’s performance. 


For the first time in approximately twenty years, the Amon Carter is offering a retrospective of the work of painter Archibald Motley. The Amon Carter is one of the few local museums of its stature that has really showcased overlooked black artists, and the show is especially noteworthy in that regard.

The Elm Street Tattoo and Music Festival will continue its rough-hewn barrage on Deep Ellum’s increasingly polite atmosphere, with shows and events lasting through Sunday. 

Saturday marks the US premiere of Soho Cinders, a hit Cinderella-themed musical that originally opened in the actual London entertainment district for which it is named.  The Uptown Players production is at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, with curtain at 8 pm.


As I mentioned in the introduction, I don’t know a great many brunch dads, but man, have I ever encountered some fathers who listen to James Taylor. The aggressively gentle singer/songwriter will be at Verizon Theatre on Sunday, and it could be the perfect gift. I know one in particular who wouldn’t mind. Happy Father’s Day.



For other things to do this weekend, go here.