• Cristee Cook

On the art beat: Labor Day Weekend

Updated: Sep 1, 2019

Here are your recommendations for theatre, art, film, and multi-media events in D/FW for Labor Day Weekend 2019:


Stacy Has a Thing for Black Guys

When: Special One-Night-Only screening : Saturday, August 30 at 8 pm

Where: Arts Mission Oak Cliff

Written and Directed by Ruben Carrazana

An independent, feature film shot entirely in Dallas, Stacy Has a Thing for Black Guys, takes an absurd approach to marriage, sex, race, and prejudice. According to the Facebook event, the screening is BYOB, and has been hailed by critics as “fiercely funny in unexpected ways” (TheaterJones). Find all of the event info HERE.



The Great Gatsby Circus: Pop-Up Show

When: Friday, August 30 at 7:30 pm

Where: Lone Star Circus School

Lone Star Circus will celebrate The Great Gatsby in glitzy 1920’s style. This performance is “pay what you can” with doors at 7 pm, show at 7:30 pm.

Second Thought Theatre presents What We Were by Blake Hackler

When: Friday through Monday: August 30 through September 21

Where: Second Thought Theatre

Second Thought Theatre will present the world premiere of What We Were from local playwright Blake Hackler. What We Were tells the story of Carlin, Nell, and Tessa, three sisters who suffered a childhood of abuse. Spanning twenty years, What We Were traces the lives of the three women as they find their way back to each other. Starring local powerhouse actresses Jenny Ledel and Lydea Mackey and directed by the exceptionally talented Christie Vela, this play promises to deliver. Grab your tickets HERE. Added bonus: If you’re staying close to home this weekend or you’re wallet’s feeling light, catch this show at a “pay what you can” showing on Monday at 7:30 pm.



Reflections, Projections, Collections: The Landscape in Review

When: through September 15

Where: SP/N Gallery

This contemporary photography exhibit showcases 5 North Texas artists, along with selected pieces from the University of Texas at Dallas’ Corner Collection and the Wesson Collection. Artists include: Jeff Baker, Carolyn Brown, Dornith Doherty, Debora Hunter, Alisa Eykilis along with collected works of Ansel Adams, James Baker, Russel Chatham, Nicole De Vore, Jody Forester, and David Muench. Curated by Greg Metz, SP/N Gallery Director



Deep Ellum Art Co’s 2-Year Anniversary Party

When: Saturday, August 31st through Sunday, September 1st.

Where: Deep Ellum Art Co.

This multi-purpose venue space is covered with contemporary art, an active gallery wall, and indoor and outdoor stages. It’s one of Deep Ellum’s hidden gems. They’ll be celebrating 2 years of bringing art, music, and wares to the Dallas community and will offer 2 evenings of live music with Grateful Dead tribute band, Forgotten Space.

While you’re there, check out William “Bubba” Flint on the gallery wall. His exhibit, Lounge, is a series of paintings with recognizable figures and images from 1950s and 60s pop culture. Just like any good cocktail, he’s rendered his images with a twist. I found it curious and engaging and thought about his mashed-up icons long after I viewed his work.

Whatever you choose, Deep Ellum Art Co. has something for everyone, and this weekend is a great time to see what all the buzz is about. Grab the party details and ticket info HERE.

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