These are the 10 best things to do in Dallas this weekend
While many events in and around Dallas were either postponed or canceled during the coronavirus pandemic, organizations have focused on virtual or socially distant events to keep the crowds entertained when we need it most.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. Although not every event takes place outside the home, they all promise a nice distraction from everyday life.
Thursday April 8th
The Ocher House Theater presents Ghosts in the Kitchen: Supernova Leftovers
As part of Ghosts in the Kitchen, a series of virtual theater storytelling as written and narrated by members of the core company, the Ocher House Theater presents Supernova Leftovers that takes viewers through the rabbit hole of wonder, denial, and self-discovery . What can we expect at the end of a long journey? Supernova Leftovers is a nuclear harvest reaping the profound functions of the self. There’s always something left in the kitchen. The production can be streamed at any time until April 18th.
Theater Drei presents love and kindness in a time of quarantine
Theater Drei presents Love & Kindness in a time of quarantine, a compilation of songs and monologues about life during the coronavirus pandemic curated and directed by Regina Taylor. The collaborative production with new pieces by local artists offers a perspective in a time of uncertainty. Through a mix of songs and monologues, this warm and compassionate new work will introduce nationally acclaimed writers and local Dallas artists. There will be daily performances until April 18, with each performance being available 24 hours from 6 p.m.
The Undermain Theater presents Whither Goest Thou America: A Festival of New American Plays
The Whither Goest Thou America New Work Festival will be a virtual event led by David Rabe’s new solo piece from his short story Suffocation Theory, which will be on view anytime through April 25th. The festival will also have virtual readings of three new pieces: Second Hand Conversations with Irene by Teresa Marrero (viewable April 14-18), Bright Boys by Blake Hackler (April 21-25) and Feeding on Light by Lenora Champagne (April 28th to May 2nd).
Friday April 9th
The Maverick Theater Company presents the Spring Awakening
Based on the German piece from 1891, Spring Awakening is a rock musical that criticizes the hypocrisy of institutional doctrine as a means of controlling young adults and promoting abstinence. Despite the tough topics of suicide and sexual abuse, the message of the musical is to rage against the status quo to protect individual expression and thinking. The production can be streamed until April 12th.
Dallas Opera presents the Welcome Back Song Series: John Holiday
As part of their song series “Welcome Back”, the Dallas Opera presents the countertenor John Holiday with the pianists Kevin J. Miller and Neeki Bey. They will perform a number of hits by composers from a variety of genres, including Stevie Wonder’s “You Are The Sunshine of My Life,” George Gershwin’s “Summer Time,” Thelonious Monk’s “Fly Me to the Moon,” and more at Winspear Opera House.
The Ballet Ensemble of Texas presents “A Celebration of Dance”
The Ballet Ensemble of Texas presents its annual “A Celebration of Dance”. The mixed repertoire program includes George Skibine’s Firebird; Swan Lake, Act 2, with guest artists from the American Ballet Theater; Gerald Arpinos Confetti; and two premieres by resident choreographers Jenny Johnston and Tammie Reinsch. There are two shows, a Friday and a Saturday, at the Irving Arts Center.
The Mesquite Arts Theater presents the Belle of Amherst
The Belle of Amherst is a quirky one-woman show based on the life of Emily Dickinson. Based largely on Emily’s poems and letters, the piece is a living, breathing autobiography of a true nonconformist. Emily Dickinson is brought to life through a stream of conscious poetry and reflection in front of her audience. There will be performances at the Mesquite Arts Center every Friday-Sunday through April 25th.
Saturday April 10th
Dallas Opera presents “Garden Serenades”
The Dallas Opera and members of the Dallas Opera Orchestra are presenting Garden Serenades, a series of free weekend chamber concerts in a variety of outdoor settings celebrating spring and the return of live performances. The series begins Saturday and Sunday at the Dallas Museum of Art with members of the Dallas Opera Orchestra. The program includes Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Vivaldi’s “Spring” from The Four Seasons and additional arrangements for opera selections. There will be performances in different locations every weekend until May 2nd.
Jackopierce in concert
Jackopierce – a folk-rock duo made up of Jack O’Neill and Cary Pierce – is an original from Dallas, who released their first album in 1990. Since then, they’ve gone through the usual rock band ups and downs, including splitting up for around five years to explore solo options. But they kept attracting each other, and their final album is 2018’s Feel This Good. You will be playing at Trees in Deep Ellum.
Sunday April 11th
The Dallas Arboretum presents the final day of Dallas Blooms: “America the Beautiful”
Although many flowers will be in bloom in the coming months, the Dallas Arboretum’s annual Dallas Blooms Festival will end on Sunday. Last day activities include a country western dance performance by the Richardson High School Desperados, live music by guitarist Dave Lincoln, and a concert by the Quibble Brothers.