Things To Do In Dallas Today: June 25

A poetry reading at Black Swan Saloon; Two very different art camps at the Nasher and the Contemporary respectively.

Poet Elizabeth Cantwell.
Poet Elizabeth Cantwell.

I think it’s safe to say that anyone who ever visits the discreet Deep Ellum cocktail lounge, Black Swan Saloon, falls just a little bit in love with the place. How could you not? The entire staff is capable of making you a specialized drink unlike any you’ve ever had, and they handle classic recipes with appropriate reverence. The bar always manages to retain its somewhat masculine air of sophistication, even when it’s overly crowded or there are patrons shouting at a sporting event on television. They’ll be stepping up the sophistication a bit this evening with a rare poetry reading. Los Angeles poet and Ph.D. Elizabeth Cantwell will read from her collection Nights I Let the Tiger Get to You, which was just released last month on Black Lawrence Press. I’m occasionally hard-pressed to recommend poetry readings. As much as I respect the form, quality is an evasive art for the modern poet. But it’s Black Swan, so you’re in good hands either way. The event begins at 8 pm.

We’re currently in the midst of two different art camps for teens, although they couldn’t be more different. The Nasher is offering an opportunity for instructor-approved students at the high school level to gather some valuable insider info from key figures in the local art scene, along with a curriculum that mines from the center’s rich archives. You can get more info by calling 214-242-5100.

On a different end of the art spectrum, the Dallas Contemporary—which proudly boasts of being the only area museum that specializes in contemporary art—is offering a class on street art. The camp will allow attendees to not only learn the history of the form, but also to give it a shot themselves

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