Local Events in Art, Film, and Theatre to Catch in December
by Cristee Cook
December has arrived and as we inch closer to a sense of normalcy, audiences are returning to live events. Dallas Art Beat received a unique mix of press releases for events in Film, Art, and Theatre this month, and despite the local enthusiasm for traditional Christmas decorations and events, the season we are in is diverse and eclectic. In that spirit, here is Dallas Art Beat’s list of events to include in your holiday season.
The 3rd Annual KnowBox Dance Film Festival: Dance Outside the Box is screening December 11th-19, 2021 with events in Dallas and online. The official kNOwBOX dance Film Festival 2021 selection features 24 dance films that are experimental, multicultural, and technological representations of dance. The films take the kNOwBOX dance tagline “say NO to the BOX” to unexpected places and offer stunning landscapes, emotional narratives, and thought-evoking reflections that invite the viewers familiar and new to dance and film to think outside of the box. The Dallas premiere of the festival kicks off December 11-12 Q&A’s and meet & greets, creative movement classes for kids, workshops, networking events with live music and vendor booths, screenings, and more. For tickets and passes, visit: https://www.knowboxdance.com/film-festival.
Ro2 Art is proud to present Uncommon Thread: Candace Hicks, Bumin Kim, and Erica Stephens, an exhibition featuring new interpretations in the medium of textile art. The show will run through January 8, 2022, at Ro2 Art in The Cedars. Each artist in this group show reinvents textile art through parallel universes, memory, and pushing the limits of materiality. Candace Hicks creates works that simultaneously pull from pop-art and quantum physics. Bumin Kim investigates the healing properties of thread with painterly color. Erica Stephens collapses past and present through quilted abstraction. For more information and gallery hours, please visit: http://www.ro2art.com.
Bishop Arts Theatre Center presents Black Nativity. Directed by Zetra Goodlow & Albert Wash II, this handclapping, toe-tapping, finger-snapping theatrical wonderment, inspired by Langston Hughes retelling of the Nativity story, returns to the BATC stage for its 17th anniversary. Black Nativity is a holiday favorite enjoyed by the entire family. Masks and proof of vaccination are required. Performances are December 2-18, 2021. Visit https://bishopartstheatre.org/theatre-series/ for tickets.
Urban Arts Center (UAC) continues its 2nd season with a female focused adaptation of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. Set in the heart of South Dallas, An Oak Cliff Carol follows the journey of Elana Scrooge, a self-made businesswoman, as she is shown the err of her ways. Filled with all the familiar characters, Dickens’ story is adapted by UAC Producing Artistic Director Jiles R King II, and is filled with R&B, soul, and gospel music. Performances are December 16-24, 2021, and tickets are available here: https://urbanartscenter.ticketlocity.com/
Let the holidays begin in awe with A Merry Cirque, presented by Lone Star Circus. Audiences can look forward to thrilling daredevils, electrifying jugglers, mesmerizing acrobats, hilarious clowns, and endearing four-legged performers. This holiday show is packaged for the whole family to enjoy. Performances are December 17-19, 2021, at the new Coppell Arts Center. Tickets are available here: at www.CoppellArtsCenter.org, or call the box office at 972-304-7047.
Soul Rep Theatre continues their 2021 season opener with online/virtual performances of Shay Youngblood’s Shakin’ The Mess Outta Misery. Directed by Anyika McMillan-Herod, this dynamic play is an ensemble piece, set in the mid-20th Century. It explores a tapestry of Black southern women who unite to help raise an orphaned girl. The streamed performances will take place December 20-26, 2021. Dallas Art Beat had the opportunity to see a live performance of this heartfelt story. For tickets and more, visit www.soulrep.org.
Pegasus Theatre presents the World Premiere of the 21st Harry Hunsacker adventure, Prime Time for Murder! at the Eisemann Center in Richardson beginning December 29, 2021. The play takes place in a television studio where the program Mystery Theater is broadcast live. The year is 1950 and television is in its infancy. Harry, Nigel, and Lt. Foster are hitting the small screen, but when the television show goes live, someone ends up dead. Will our trio solve the murder before their feed gets cut? Don’t touch that dial! The December 31st performance includes New Year’s Eve festivities after the show, including champagne, cake, and noisemakers. For tickets and more information, visit: https://www.eisemanncenter.com/events/v/calendar/m/12/y/2021.