The fifth annual Soluna Festival spans most of April and features performances by renowned artists like Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, improvisational musician and visual artist Lonnie Holley, and the debut of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s new music director designate, Fabio Luisi. Thursday and Friday of this week, Luisi conducts the orchestra in performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
Dwell with Dignity’s anticipated annual Thrift Studio is officially open. The pop-up shop raises money for the organization by selling donated furniture, home goods, and high-end designer items at a steep discount. It’s open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1250 Slocum Street #550.
The biggest Broadway hit of the decade, Hamilton, is coming to Dallas Summer Musicals at Fair Park, and securing tickets may be a challenge. Luckily, the beloved musical, a hip-hop story of founding father Alexander Hamilton, is in town for more than a month. Shows are select days April 2 – May 5.
The Dallas Museum of Art recently opened the first major solo museum exhibition of lauded contemporary painter Jonas Wood. It’s free to attend as part of the museum’s general admission policy. Read our write-up of the show here.
Monday, April 22
Happy Earth Day! Surprising as it may be, Dallas is home to one of the world’s largest Earth Day celebrations, which happens this weekend in Fair Park. Today is actual Earth Day, though, and there are some smaller ways to celebrate the Great Watery Planet, or whatever it’s called. Local Hub Bicycle Company is hosting an Earth Day ride on the Santa Fe Trail (10 miles at a casual pace) tonight at 5 p.m. The crew will convene at Local Hub for a group stretch led by The Refuge Meditation before heading out at 5:30 p.m. sharp. Sign up here.
The International Rescue Committee in Dallas and GenR are having a screening of the film Brave Girl Rising, a documentary which sheds light on the struggle of young refugee women seeking education. The film starts at 7 p.m. at Texas Theatre and tickets are $10.
Experimental pop group U.S. Girls and local band LLORA are both playing Club Dada tonight at 7 p.m. The show is $15 to attend.
Tuesday, April 23
Comedian and actor Jon Glaser, a dude you’ve definitely seen but may not remember what you’ve seen him in (he was Laird on HBO’s Girls, among other things), is visiting Sons of Hermann Hall on Tuesday night. Tickets are $22.
Soluna continues with a musical celebration of 2019 Nasher Prize Laureate Isa Genzken. Her artworks will be on view at the Nasher Sculpture Center, surrounded by the sounds of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra playing Mozart. RSVP here.
D Magazine and Peace. Love. & Eatz presents Taking Root: DFW Plant-Based Panel at Grow DeSoto Market Place at 6 p.m. A group of local chefs and D Magazine Executive Editor Kathy Wise will discuss how the black community is shifting Dallas’ vegan scene. (Read more about that here.) The panel is free to attend and includes lite bites and refreshments. RSVP here.
Wednesday, April 24
Are you still in your feelings about Dirk Nowitzki’s retirement? Relive the athlete’s incredible career with the new documentary Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot, which includes NBA footage and exclusive interviews with legends like Kobe Bryant, Yao Ming, Steve Nash, Mark Cuban, and Nowitzki himself. The film is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Texas Theatre.
Thaddeus Ford Music is back at City Tavern for Real Jazz Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Go early for happy hour specials.
Ilegal Mezcal is sponsoring a free concert at Ruins on Wednesday featuring Jenna Clark, Bayleigh Cheek, and Nómade. It starts at 8 p.m.