• Cristee Cook

On the Art Beat: October 10-13

Updated: Oct 10, 2019

As we inch closer to Halloween and the start of the insane holiday season, we're recommending a horror film at the Alamo Drafthouse, a 1990's themed interactive theatre experience at Sweet Tooth Hotel, a high-quality studio art exhibition at Erin Culey Gallery, and the continuing run of top-shelf theatre productions at Kitchen Dog Theater and Wingspan Theatre Company. Be sure to check out all of our recommends in theatre, film, art, and multi-media - and get your art fix for October 10-13th in D/FW.


The Alamo Drafthouse Premieres Under ConTROLL

WHEN: Friday, October 11th at 7 pm

7 pm – 10 pm

WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse Dallas / Fort Worth (Cedars)

1005 S. Lamar St., Dallas, Texas 75215

Synopsis: Construction work in the German city of Baden-Baden unleashes an evil troll that has been encased in stone since the 15th century. The troll possesses the body of a young woman and goes in search of virgin blood and a book of spells that will open a portal to a magical prison. Lead actors George Hardy (Troll 2, Best Worst Movie) and Eva Habermann (Lexx) will be in attendance for a live introduction and Q&A. For tickets, visit https://www.drafthouse.com

Common Desk Addison presents a screenwriting class: The Format Chat - #formatchat

WHEN: Saturday, October 12th at 11 am

WHERE: Common Desk Addison 14555 Dallas Pkwy Dallas

The goal of this workshop is to breakdown the technical and creative aspect of formatting a script. When one reads various scripts, it becomes clear that many writers break "rules" and layout things that work best for their script and story. It's deeper than just "using the software." Formatting matters. Join us to discuss the basic rules and regulations of formatting a screenplay as well as the subjectivity and contradictions that make screenwriting fluid -- and a little frustrating. #FormatChat Hosted by Henry Ansah. Grab your tickets on Eventbrite.

God Loves Uganda Screening

WHEN: Saturday, October 12th at 8 pm

WHERE: Community Unitarian Universalist Church of Plano 2875 E Parker Rd, Plano

Synopsis: How did American evangelical missionaries working in Uganda spread a gospel of anti-LGBTQ sentiment that resulted, in 2014, in a law that made being homosexual punishable by death? That law was later annulled on technical grounds, but even now so-called “carnal knowledge against the order of nature” is a crime resulting in life in prison.

Rev. Mark Kiyimba, founder and leader of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Kampala, Uganda, hosts this free screening and discussion. This event is FREE and open all, however the film is not appropriate for children. Childcare available by reservations in advance at cuuc-office@communityuuchurch.org.


'Two by Beckett - Footfalls & Not I' | Photo: Lowell Sargeant

Wingspan Theatre Company continues Two by Beckett - Footfalls & Not I

WHEN: October 3 - 19, 2019

Thursday through Saturday at 8pm

Saturday matinees at 2 pm

WHERE: Bathhouse Cultural Center 521 E Lawther Drive, Dallas

These two hauntingly beautiful and chilling One Acts investigate the “undiscovered country” that Beckett and his characters yearn for. In Footfalls - a woman paces up and down a corridor outside her mother’s sickroom to the metronome beat of her own pacing footsteps. The unseen mother, describes the loneliness of her daughter’s life, and commiserates with her daughter that there are more years to endure in her life.  The mother/daughter fusion is a compelling duet of how we must all “Go On.”  In Not I, a disembodied female voice speaks of itself in third person, recalling and releasing her vocal velocity in a tempest of whirling language. These fragments of disjointed memory weave themselves in a revealing mosaic of longings, doubt, and the frailties underlying the human condition. Grab your tickets HERE.

Check out our feature article about Wingspan Theatre Company HERE.

Dallas Art Beat reviewed this production. See what we took away from this masterful production HERE.

'a love offering' by Jonathan Norton | Photo: Jordan Fraker

Kitchen Dog Theater continues a love offering by Jonathan Norton

WHEN: October 3 - October 27

Thursday - Saturday at 8PM

Sunday matinees at 2pm

WHERE: Trinity River Arts Center 2600 N. Stemmons Fwy, Ste. 180, Dallas, TX 75207

Kitchen Dog Theater kicks off its 29th season of theater with the world premiere of a love offering by celebrated local playwright Jonathan Norton. T’Wana Jepson has been bit before. And scratched. And kicked. And punched. And called every dirty word in the book. But so has her coworker and play-mama, Miss Georgia. It comes with the territory as a nurse’s aide caring for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. But after T’Wana is attacked by the patient in E 204, something happens that threatens the bonds of trust and friendship. KDT Co-Artistic Director Tina Parker directs this stunning new play that exposes how caring for others can be as bruising as it is healing. Tickets and showtimes HERE.

Check out our interview with playwright Jonathan Norton HERE.

Dallas Art Beat reviewed this production. See what we took away from this pertinent and urgent story HERE.

Disturbance: An Immersive Theatrical Experience continues at Sweet Tooth Hotel

WHEN: October 11th - 26th

Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm

WHERE: Sweet Tooth Hotel 2316 Victory Park Lane, Dallas

Synopsis: Let’s party like it’s 1999, you’re invited to countdown to Y2K New Year with the permanent residents of l. All guests checking into the Sweet Tooth Hotel experience everlasting beauty, immortality and the promise of being escalated into the upper echelon of social media influencer society. Make sure to dress to impress, we’ll only allow guests adorned in cocktail attire to attend. Do you have what it takes?

Sweet Tooth Hotel and Arts Mission Oak Cliff present an interactive adventure for fans of theater, dance and mystery. This collaboration will transform the Sweet Tooth Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights in October to present a show where the audience strives to discover if they can alter the ending or become trapped in never-ending enigma. Disturbance will allow audiences to move freely throughout the Sweet Tooth Hotel at their own pace, uncovering different pieces of the puzzle and immersing themselves in one of the most innovative theater experiments in Dallas. Doors 8:00pm | Show 8:30pm-9:30pm, late entry will NOT be admitted. Grab your tickets HERE.


Artstillery presents The Generations of Adam

WHEN: October 4 - November 16

Friday & Saturday at 8 pm

WHERE: 723 Fort Worth Avenue, Dallas

The Generations of Adam is an immersive performance installation, conceived and produced by Artstillery. Installations include original narratives from community members, performers in a warehouse space, projection mapping, puppets, sound design & pre-recorded video scenes all combined to tell a story of institutional trauma and healing from the perspective of three families. This production looks at the domestic, spiritual, and political structures that exist to create and maintain control of environments where abuse occurs. Beyond these structural institutions of abuse, the concepts of victimization, shame cycles, the meaning of the term patriarchy, and how those things participate in the perpetuation of those power structures. Advance tickets are recommended.

Mary Vernon: New Work

WHEN: On Exhibit now through October 26th

WHERE: Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden 6616 Spring Valley Rd, Dallas

Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden is pleased to present the exhibition "Mary Vernon: New Work." This solo exhibition includes over 40 paintings on Yupo created over the past two years. Mary Vernon recently retired as Professor of Art at Southern Methodist University where she began her 50-year teaching career in 1967, now giving all of her time to her second career in the studio. Born in Southern New Mexico, Vernon was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, and The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. This is Mary Vernon's seventh solo exhibition at Valley House Gallery.

Nic Nicosia Exhibition at Erin Cluley Gallery - Opening Reception

WHEN: Saturday, October 12th at 5 pm

On exhibit through November 16th

WHERE: Erin Cluley Gallery 150 Manufacturing Street, Suite 210, Dallas

A solo exhibition by Nic Nicosia, two thousand seventeen, eighteen, nineteen.

Through personal experiences, Nic Nicosia realized life is full of bugs. They take the form physically, psychologically, financially, with relationships as well as mechanical and technical bugs all of us face each and every day. The subjects of two thousand seventeen, eighteen, nineteen reference these daily bugs, originating from Nicosia’s conscience or semi-conscience states as he experiences and realizes them– whether drawn with pencil or ink, sculpted with clay or wood, small or big, or within a photograph. The exhibition will feature approximately 70 new works by the artist, all which have been produced over the last three years. Additional details available on Facebook.

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