• Cristee Cook

On The Art Beat: October 16-20 in D/FW

Our weekly article, On the Art Beat, is designed to promote unique art events throughout the D/FW area. This week in Theatre we're recommending some interactive experiences, adapted history, and spooky parties. In Film, check out two cult classics and an art documentary. In Art, we've got a workshop, media installation, and new art openings. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram, where we post daily art happenings in our story and highlight a variety of events you might not have heard about.


Arts Mission Oak Cliff and Sweet Tooth Hotel present Disturbance: An Immersive Theatrical Experience

When: Friday and Saturday at 8 pm

Where: Sweet Tooth Hotel

Synopsis: Let’s party like it’s 1999. 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.

Bishop Arts Theatre Center presents Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party

When: Friday and Saturday at 8 pm

Where: Bishop Arts Theatre Center

215 S. Tyler Street, Dallas

2019 TCG Peter Zeisler Memorial Award Recipient Bishop Arts Theatre Center presents The Wild Party, a steamy prohibition tale, by Andrew Lippa. Directed by Adam Adolfo at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center, The Wild Party runs October 10 through October 27.

Synopsis: Decadence and excess are the life of the party in this jazzy 1920’s musical juggernaut. Based on Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 steamy love triangle of the same name, this darkly brilliant show features one of the most exciting, pulse-racing scores ever written. It’s the party to end all parties with a slew of colorful guests living on the edge in Prohibition-era Manhattan. A hard-boiled Jazz Age tragedy full of love, jealousy, and violence. This show is recommended for mature audiences only. Tickets available online.

Rover Dramawerks presents Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll & Hyde Play

When: Oct 17, 2019 - Oct 26

Thursday through Saturday at 8 pm

Saturday matinee at 3 pm

Where: Rover Dramawerks

221 W. Parker #580, Plano

Rover Dramawerks continues their 19th Season with the dark yet farcical comedy Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll & Hyde Play by Lauren Wilson. A darkly comic adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a fast-paced romp about men and women tightrope walking the line between aristocracy and depravity, and between the twin spectres of good and evil. Tickets available online at www.roverdramawerks.com.

Amphibian Stage Presents She-Wolf

When: Wednesday and Thursday at 8 pm ('Pay What You Can' Previews)

Friday and Saturday at 8 pm

Sunday at 2 pm

(Dates for October 16 - 20 ONLY)

Where: Amphibian Stage

120 S. Main Street, Fort Worth

Adapted by Stephan Wolfert and Dawn Stern. From Shakespeare's Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 and 3 and Richard III.

Despite being taken prisoner of war, then ransomed off by her father to the feckless king of a foreign country, Margaret of Anjou went on to command armies. William Shakespeare was so entranced with her that he included her in four of his plays. Playwrights Stephan Wolfert (best known at Amphibian for Cry Havoc! ) and Dawn Stern will spotlight Margaret's story by adapting Shakespeare's work to focus on this remarkable queen. 

There are two "pay-what-you-want" performances on October 16 & 17 at 8pm. These are dress/technical rehearsals that are open to the public. These tickets can only be purchased over the phone or at the box office by calling 817-923-3012. All other dates can be reserved online. Performances through November 10th.


Bride of Frankenstein in 16 mm showing at Majestic Theatre

Where: Majestic Theatre

1925 Elm Street, Dallas

When: Sunday, October 20th at 5 pm

Majestic Theatre will offer their Sunday Spooky Show with James Whale's masterpiece The Bride of Frankenstein (Originally screened at the Majestic in 1935). Also showing: Special Short Subjects including James Mason in the animated Tell Tale Heart/Casper the Friendly Ghost + a classic Betty Boop. Full program to be presented on 16mm courtesy of Analog Projectionist Maestro Jim Reid. Reserve tickets HERE.

Little Shop of Horrors - 35mm + Oak Cliff Gardeners Party at Texas Theatre

When: Sunday, October 20th at 3 pm

Where: Texas Theatre

231 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas

Frank Oz's Mean Green Mother From Outer Space - 1986's Little Shop of Horrors comes to Oak Cliff in 35mm. Our friends at Oak Cliff Gardeners will be showing off the new front garden of the Texas Theatre. Come early at 2pm to hang out, shop for your own carnivorous at The Texas Triffid Ranch's table in the lobby, and sing 'Somewhere That's Green' with the Garden Crew. Movie at 3pm. For tickets, visit thetexastheatre.com.

Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost now playing at Angelika Film Center Dallas

When: Wednesday, October 16th at 2 pm

Where: Angelika Film Center & Café - Dallas 5321 E. Mockingbird Ln Suite 230, Dallas

Gauguin in Tahiti: Paradise Lost traces the legendary life story of Paul Gauguin who left France for Tahiti, feverishly in search of deep immersions into lush nature, for feelings, visions, and colors, ever purer and brighter. Audiences join this journey from Tahiti to American museums including New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, National Gallery of Art in DC, and Boston's Museum of Fine Arts where Gauguin’s greatest masterpieces are now preserved. Tickets available at https://www.angelikafilmcenter.com.


Art House Dallas hosts Anniversary party

When: Thursday, October 17th at 7 pm

Where: The Hall on Dragon

1500 Dragon St Ste. D, Dallas

Art House Dallas, an arts non-profit serving Dallas & Ft Worth, is celebrating their 9 Year Anniversary with special guests, The Slades featuring Isaac Slade, of the band The Fray on Thursday, October 17 at The Hall on Dragon in the Design District. Tickets include a silent auction, plated dinner, open bar featuring wine, beer from 3 Nations Brewery, whiskey from Balcones Distilling and a VIP pre-show with Isaac Slade at 6:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show starts at 7:00 pm. Complimentary valet.

Art House Dallas works to cultivate creativity for the common good. This work is done through  programs, curated events, community partnerships, and artist care in order to inspire everyone to live more imaginative, meaningful lives. Embedded in the Art House Dallas mission and embodied in its work is the call and challenge to care well for relationships, resources, and community. Purchase your tickets at: https://www.arthousedallas.com/calendar/9th.

Creative Mornings Dallas with Candy Zantea

Where: NEP Studios

211 N. Ervay suite 900, Dallas

When: Friday, October 18th at 8:30 am

Poet and Performer Candy Zantea will be the featured guest on Friday morning. Hosted by Creative Mornings Dallas, this workshop series is designed to connect people with passion and creativity, purpose, and engagement. Tickets https://www.creativemornings.com

The Kennel/Emmar Grant

When: Saturday, October 19th at 12 pm

Where: 500X Gallery

500 Exposition Ave, Dallas

The Kennel presents animal cages, filled with video holographic animal/people, sealed in playpens for their own protection. The viewer is cast as an onlooker, but also as one who is there to enjoy the presence of furry animal companions. The inhabitants of the cages have many opinions about this. Emmar Grant has built a new media installation, grappling with compartmentalization, and how daily repression of identity can affect the psyche. For more information, visit http://www.500x.org.

Steven Charles and Harry Geffert exhibits opening at Cris Worley Fine Arts

When: Saturday, October 19th at 5:30 pm

Where: Cris Worley Fine Arts

1845 E Levee St # 110, Dallas

Cris Worley Fine Arts presents two exhibitions, both opening Saturday, October 19th, with a reception from 5:30 - 8:30pm. Steven Charles: Sewn to the Sky and Harry Geffert: The Paper Works will be on view through November 16th. For more information about Steven Charles: Sewn to the Sky, visit https://www.crisworley.com/exhibitions/steven-charles2.

For more information about Henry Geffert: The Paper Works, visit https://www.crisworley.com/exhibitions/harry-geffert-1934-2017.

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