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The Things You Must Do in Dallas This June

Juneteenth, Pride Month, and the official beginning of summer. Get your shot and get out there.
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Complexions Contemporary Ballet
Winspear Opera House

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

June 18, 8 pm | Winspear Opera House

Started in 1994 by choreographers Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions, the first multicultural ballet in the nation, returns to TITAS. The revolutionary dance company performs Woke, a ballet inspired by current political and social themes of human rights, and Love Rocks, a performance synced to the music of Lenny Kravitz.

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Juneteenth Hip-Hop Festival

June 19 | Curtis Culwell Center

Hosted by K104 radio personality and DJ Mr. Hit Dat, the Juneteenth Hip-Hop Festival at the Curtis Culwell Center brings chart-topping musicians, including Lil Durk and Yung Bleu, to town. Presented by T3 Entertainment, the lineup also includes Pooh Shiesty and Mooski.

Juneteenth Celebration, March & Festival

June 19 | Fair Park

The Elite News and The Blair Foundation host this inaugural celebration, honoring the anniversary of the date (June 19, 1865) when Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army announced the end of slavery in Galveston. A full day of events kicks off at 10 am with a 3.5-mile march beginning at William Blair Jr. Park (named for Elite’s founder) and ending at noon inside Fair Park. There, attendees can find the Rangers-sponsored Negro Baseball League exhibit, the Dallas Historical Society museum, a hair show, vendor village, dancing contests, and domino and card tournaments, as well as participating fairground exhibits, all open until 8 pm. There will be food trucks on site, and you can eat while being serenaded by musicians. The celebration closes with a performance by Grammy-nominated singer Lyfe Jennings. All events are open and free to the public.

Dallas Pride

June 4 & 5 | Fair Park

Dallas Pride returns with two days of in-person events and programming at the Band Shell at Fair Park. (For those unable to attend, the ceremony will be streamed online.) Local and regional performers, such as The Fly Queens, Kennedy Davenport, and Sister Helen Holy and Anton Shaw, are the featured talent for Saturday night’s variety show, hosted by drag queen Marsha Dimes.

Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas

June 20–Oct. 10 | The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

“The Shape of Ideas” looks at Scully’s almost-five-decade career by exploring the connection between his various approaches to abstraction, including painting, printmaking, drawing, and pastels. The exhibition was organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Mic Drop: The Culture of Christian Hip-Hop

June 19, 7 pm | Granada Theater

Mic Drop: The Culture of Christian Hip-Hop, Darius West’s directorial debut, aims to chronicle the history and culture of Christian hip-hop through commentary from the genre’s most popular artists, including Chris Cooper, Dynamic Twins, and Fred Lynch (of P.I.D.). The documentary is the first archival project to document the grassroots musical movement.

An Expanding Vision: Six Decades of Works on Paper

Through Aug. 22 | Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Current and former staff, curators, and directors collaborated on this exhibition, which honors the 60th anniversary of the Amon Carter’s founding, to reflect the museum’s growth into one of the most respected collections of art in the nation.

Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society

Through Sep. 5 | Kimbell Art Museum

Assembled between the 1940s and the 1970s, the metalwork, ceramics, and bronzes in this exhibition show both the range of the Rockefellers’ collection and the leaps made in Asian art over two millennia. Almost 70 pieces are here, including beautifully delicate vases and playful bronze sculptures.

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Primus: A Tribute to Kings Tour

June 11, 7 pm | The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

Primus—the California experimental funk-metal band led by bassist Les Claypool—comes to Irving with its tribute to Canadian icons Rush. The setlist includes the group’s interpolation of A Farewell to Kings, Rush’s signature 1977 album.

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June 4 & 5 | Winspear Opera House

Ballet North Texas stages a production of the fairy tale classic, accompanied by Prokofiev’s musical arrangements. The performance illustrates Cinderella’s journey as a young woman, determined to craft her own path, in spite of mistreatment by her family. The three-act narrative ballet is one of the most popular renditions of the Grimms’ fairy tale.

Alonzo King/LINES Ballet

June 12, 8 pm | Winspear Opera House

Alonzo King, one of the most recognized choreographers in ballet, strives to produce heartful and thought-provoking conversations through dance. LINES Ballet, his company, utilizes elements of nature, spirit, and various classical forms to explore the relationship and philosophy between human movement and music. This performance is affiliated with TITAS/Dance Unbound, a series that supports touring dance companies.

5 Seconds of Summer

June 12, 7 pm | The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

The Australian pop band will play a set that pulls from a fairly deep catalog of hits, such as “Youngblood,” “She Looks So Perfect,” and bestselling singles like “Want You Back,” “Easier,” and “Teeth.”

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Frida Kahlo: Five Works

Through June 20 | Dallas Museum of Art

These lesser-known paintings depict a transition in Kahlo’s style of painting, chronicling her journey from personal expression to an emergent form of refinement. The works on display are on loan from an art collector in Mexico.

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