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Beyond Netflix: D/FW artists adapt to uncertain circumstances with virtual offerings

Updated: 2 days ago

[Updated Friday, April 3, 2020]

An incredible aspect of humanity is showing up as the globe deals with quarantine, a mysterious virus, and an uncertain future: the arts are our balm. We seem to be rallying around virtual opportunities to soak up the hopeful connection that only the arts can provide.

Luckily, artists are adaptable. Let’s face it, most of the artists I know can take limited resources and create magnificent experiences. These virtual offerings are just that – evolutions to continue creating beauty in the world despite a global pandemic.

Here’s a list of a few select offerings to feed your soul:

Virtual Offering in ART:

Ro2 Art has set up a virtual gallery of their current exhibits: Paintings for A Lost Lover (Erica Stephens) and Sexy Ugly (Barbara Horlander). In Paintings for a Lost Lover, artist Erica Stephens offers exuberant explorations of abstraction and materiality sited in the emotional space of being inspired by and dedicated to a former lover. Barbara Horlander’s Sexy Ugly explores a human hand in the mix with the inclusion of glittery, glistening resin, the artist has created sculptural paintings, which are half ugly, partially yummy. The assembled works contain abstract shapes suggesting human form, both appealing and appalling. They’re soft and hard, dull and shiny, awkward and rhythmic…sexy ugly!

The MAC is offering a high-quality digital exhibition video of Finding Our Way, made visible through a camera lens by Mary Margaret Hansen & Patsy Cravens. Through photographs, letters, personal prose, and historical objects, Finding Our Way documents the personal journeys of two women in the early 1980s during the cultural upheavals generated by the second wave of feminism. Mary Margaret Hansen and Patsy Cravens used their cameras for self-expression, examining their place within their families and society. They captured compelling images of one another in domestic settings and against the rugged backdrop of Cravens’s family farm near Weimar, Texas. Paired with personal reflections and letters, the images and texts provide a first-hand account of women’s roles in recent history. Visit the website for digital exhibition resources:

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum has developed an educational lecture and virtual event series as a response to city closures of non-essential businesses. Check out the opportunities at the museum, including UNDERSTANDING HOLOCAUST HISTORY: CHILD RESCUE DURING THE HOLOCAUST, and A LOOK INTO THE MUSEUM: 10 STAGES OF GENOCIDE. Tickets are free of charge, but space is limited. Peruse the events options and RSVP. Tickets are complimentary, but space is limited.

Virtual Offerings in THEATRE:

Stomping Ground Comedy Theatre is offering a weeknight (M-F at 9pm CST) social group called The Social Connection.

Event Details:

The Social Connection

Tuesday, March 31st - TBD (end of quarantine)

Virtual Sessions

Pay What You Can

Must be 18+ to attend

To register, visit:

Every weeknight until the end of quarantine, Stomping Ground Comedy Theater & Training Center hosts The Social Connection, an online social support group led by therapist Andrea Baum, M.Ed, LPC and a comedian from a rotating group of improv instructors. This online social group is meant to provide an outlet for adults to vent, gain support, connect through empathy, laughter, and gratitude, interactive games, and learning new ways to cope during this period of uncertainty and isolation. Essentially, at a time where society is extremely disconnected and unsure of what is to come, The Social Connection hopes to provide a sense of community and comfort to people who are in similar situations. In order to make the group more accessible for all, The Social Connection is Pay What You Can with a suggested donation of $20 per class. While it is a one-time class, participants are welcome to drop in as many weeknights as they’d like until the end of quarantine.

Stomping Ground Comedy Theater, The Social Connection | Photo: Stomping Ground Comedy Theater

Danielle Georgiou Dance Group is offering live dance classes on Saturday mornings at 11 am. Delivered on Instagram live, the classes are complimentary. Donations welcome via their Go Fund Me campaign. Move your body and learn technique from Dallas’ boundary-breaking dance and performance group.

Kitchen Dog Theater is accepting submissions for their annual Pup Fest. The teen playwriting festival is a co-produced by Kitchen Dog, Junior Players, and Dallas ISD - Playwriting Arts Collective (D-PAC). Pup Fest is part of Kitchen Dog Theater's annual New Works Festival, and will feature 6 world premiere staged readings from local high school talent. Deadline for submission is April 24, 2020. Click HERE for more information and submission guidelines.

Cry Havoc Theater Company, Dallas' socially conscious teen company has launched two exciting programs. The Ghost Light Project - a virutal open-mic night experience is open to all ages (young and the young at heart). Prompts will be released each Monday night. Submit your best two minutes of material - a poem, a song, a monologue, a story - you name it! Then, show up online on Thursday evening and share your work with a live audience. Visit Cry Havoc's website for submission guidelines. If you'd like to participate as a virtual audience member, grab your complimentary ticket here. Art Apart, Together, created in partnership with The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Off the Page in New York, and Metro Theater Company in Saint Louis is looking for young people of all ages to help create a collective script. Visit the project page for more information and submission guidelines.

Ochre House Theater is still here, bringing their unique brand of innovative and creative theatre - even in these crazy times. Beginning this Friday, April 3rd through April 24th, their

previous production, Mrs. Haggardly, written and directed by Artistic Director Matthew Posey, will be available for streaming. Subscribe to their YouTube channel and click the bell icon for

notifications.  See Mrs. Haggardly once again, and if you haven't seen it, now's your chance. Dallas Art Beat had the pleasure of seeing this production live back in February - check out what we thought about it on our reviews blog.

Mrs. Haggardly presented by Ochre House Theater | Photo courtesy of Ochre House Theater

Virtual Screening Rooms (FILM):

Texas Theatre is offering Virtual Screening Rooms of films of BACARAU (opens April 10), AND THEN WE DANCED, and THE INFILTRATORS. Virtual tickets range from $11.50-12, and include a 2 or 3-day rental period, depending on the film. Learn more about each film and get your virtual movie tickets at Texas Theatre's Virtual Screening Room.

The Grand Berry Theater is offering most of this year’s South By Southwest Film Festival’s short films online. The streams are complimentary. The Grand Berry is also offering a wide selection of current releases in their virtual screening room. You can find the complete listing at


If you are a D/FW based artist in Studio Art, Film, or Theatre - please let us know about your virtual events and we will add them to this list.