Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Nov. 21—23

Rock Lottery puts on a benefit for Parkland; Brian Books Moving Company is at City Performance Hall; Sundowner opens at Circuit 12.

A scene from last year's Rock Lottery. Credit: Andi Harman.
A scene from last year’s Rock Lottery. Credit: Andi Harman.

Friday 

I’m curious to see how Brian Books Moving Company will attempt to bend the somewhat modest stage of Dallas City Performance Hall to its will. The troupe performs over the next two nights and they’re known for their extremely elaborate installations. I’m sure they’ll pull it off, and it only adds an extra bit of intrigue to the proceedings.

The Texas Theatre will host a rather quirky event known as the Found Footage Festival. The lost trash of the VHS era is now on display as a sort of traveling museum of the absurd. That’s at 8 pm this evening. Consider a lovely dinner at Mesa first, which last night was the site of a watch party, centered around the President’s historic executive order.

Saturday

Sundowner is the name of the vast new group show at Circuit 12 in the Design District, which includes a number of local and international artists, including Jesse Morgan Barnett, Jeff Gibbons, and the Power Station’s Gregory Ruppe. The show will eventually travel to both Hiroshima and Zurich, and if only this were the 1980s, then maybe someone could justify the cost of me attending both of those openings. If only. Peter Simek had a recent review that thoroughly attempted to dissect the nature of Barnett’s recent show in an East Dallas house, and just today posted a special story focusing on the upcoming Art Prize event that is making its way to Dallas sooner than later. You can read that over on FrontRow and peruse the rest of Mr. Simek’s art opening picks by going here.

Rock Lottery is the name of the semi-regular benefit held in Denton over the past two decades, which has now seen chapters in both New York and Seattle, although an associate recently complained that we don’t get the kind of star power at our local event than the residents of those two rather spoiled cities. I contended that what we have is still special because ours came first. The idea is simple: On a Saturday morning, the names of two dozen musicians are drawn out of a hat, who are then assigned brand new bands that are formed that day. Each band is expected to come up with a set of music by the time doors open at Dan’s Silverleaf that evening. The results are always highly entertaining and the event is an undeniable good time. This year’s proceeds benefit Parkland Hospital’s HealthPlus Program, which enables Dallas County residents who are in a pinch to pay for healthcare costs. $15 gets you into the show, but $20 will get you free breakfast and a chance to see the bands have their names drawn.

Sunday 

Finally, this is your last chance to see Danielle Georgiou Dance Group’s Nice, and what better day than a Sunday to see some experimental dance with a heavy dose of social commentary? That’s at 2 pm at the Wyly.

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