• Cristee Cook

On the Art Beat: October 2-6

This weekend offers up a vibrant menu of art, film, and theater. October opens with a documentary film festival at the Angelika, a world premiere play at Kitchen Dog Theater, and a multi-media performance event in a west Dallas warehouse. Here are our recommendations for art & mutli-media, film, and live theatre this weekend in D/FW.



WHEN: Thursday, October 3, 2019

7 pm – 10 pm

WHERE: Angelika Film Center & Cafe - Dallas

With animations, never-before-seen archival footage and soul-raising music, Flannery illustrates the biography of the brilliant, young writer from Georgia. Flannery O’Connor’s story is brought to life with Mary Steenburgen’s voice and through the eyes of Alice Walker, Tommy Lee Jones, Mary Karr, Tobias Wolff, Alice McDermott, Conan O’Brien, Mary Gordon and many more. These artists share their insights about O’Connor’s violent, redemptive work, while musicians—Lucinda Williams and Bruce Springsteen—share their Flannery-inspired music in this feature-length, NEH-funded film. Filmmaker, Elizabeth Coffman will be in attendance. Grab your tickets HERE.


Letter to the Editor

WHEN: Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 2 PM – 3:30 PM WHERE: Angelika Film Center & Cafe - Dallas

Independent filmmaker Alan Berliner considers the power of photography and what may be lost as daily newspapers face extinction, in this documentary exploring his near-lifelong obsession with clipping and indexing photos. For 40 years, filmmaker Alan Berliner has clipped out from the pages of The New York Times photos that caught his eye, keeping them meticulously filed and cross-indexed as a self-appointed archivist and librarian. Driven by his obsession, Berliner has completed the work of nearly a lifetime, transforming and reinterpreting his collection of images into a statement about the nature of humankind. Letter to the Editor is a filmic essay with multiple themes and a stunning array of thousands of photographs from Berliner's collection. At a time when it seems inevitable for the daily print newspaper to go extinct, this documentary "letter" is a clarion call to recognize what's at stake. This screening is part of the Dallas Video Fest Docufest.

Grab your tickets HERE.


DVF32 DocuFest - Documentary Short Block

WHEN: Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 5:15 PM – 7 PM WHERE: Angelika Film Center & Cafe - Dallas

Part of Dallas Video Fest Docufest.

Short Films included:

LILY by Adrienne Gruben (Dallas-LA)

The Piano Teacher by Ryan W Daniels (Fort Worth)

Maria Torres: Neighborhood Artist by Ingrid Price

Gary: The Yard Artist by Daniel Montoya

Shirly and Me _Barbara Hammer

A Film Crew Censors Itself by Bently Brown (Denver, Dallas)

Blind Birdwatcher 1:52 by Morten Andersen (Chile)

Dyketactics by Barbara Hammer

Him by Daniel Montoya (Dallas)

Mr. Zoot Suit by Chan'Cellore Makanjuola (San Antonio)

Visit the DocuFest guide for additional screenings and tickets.



Wingspan Theatre Company Presents Two by Beckett - Footfalls & Not I by Samuel Beckett

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.

Phtoto Credit: Lowell Sargeant, Wingspan Theatre Company


The Shine Play Festival closes at Soul Rep Theatre

WHEN: October 4th – 6th

Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm

Sunday matinees at 3:00 pm WHERE: South Dallas Cultural Center 3400 S Fitzhugh Ave, Dallas, Texas 75210

Soul Rep Theatre Company kicks off its “lucky” 13th season of plays – SOUL TO KEEP - with its rebranded biennial new play festival in memory of the late and celebrated playwright and professor, Dr. Ted Shine. The inaugural SHINE PLAY PLAY FESTIVAL will feature 10 short plays written by local, national, and international playwrights with the theme “Black Men Illuminated,” in addition to a performance of Dr. Shine’s one-act play, “Shoes.” The dynamic play festival is sponsored in part by a generous Cultural Vitality Project grant from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. For tickets and showtimes: https://soulreptheatre.thundertix.com/


Kitchen Dog Theater presents 'a love offering' by Jonathan Norton

WHEN: October 3 - October 27

Thursday through 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.


The Laugh Supper Improv presents HaHaHalloween WHEN: Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 8 PM – 10 PM

WHERE: The Core Theatre 518 W Arapaho Rd, Ste 115, Richardson

Halloween-themed Improve show. Improv comedy for the people, by the people. The Laugh Supper is a short-form Improv comedy experience. And according to their Facebook page, aim to "make you laugh." Established in 2014, members boast decades of improvisational comedy experience. Through a series of lively scenes, they lead audiences on a journey of improvised hilarity. Shows incorporate real-time suggestions and audience participation from enthusiastic volunteers. Grab your tickets and read more about the event HERE.



Artstillery presents Generations of Adam

WHEN: October 4 - November 16

Friday & Saturday at 8 pm

WHERE: 723 Fort Worth Avenue, Dallas

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.


Turtle Creek Arts Festival

WHEN: October 5 and 6 at 11am - 5 p

WHERE: Reverchon Park 3505 Maple Ave, Dallas

Two-Day Arts Festival at Reverchon Park features local and Regional Artists and Crafters, live music, gourmet food trucks, and more. The festival will showcase approximately 100 local and regional artists and crafters of all disciplines at the historic park that is just steps away from the Katy Trail. Festival goers will also have the opportunity to view artist demonstrations, enjoy local food trucks, live acoustic music, hands-on art activities, a children’s area and much more. Free to attend, the festival is open to all ages and dogs are welcome.


Artist Talk with Wendi Ruth Valladres

WHEN: October 5, 2019 at 2 PM – 4 PM

WHERE: Oak Cliff Cultural Center 223 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas

Join the Oak Cliff Cultural Center for an Artist Talk between the creative mind behind Un Medley of Memorias, Wendi Ruth Valladares, and Oak Cliff native artist, Carlos Donjuan. The exhibition Un Medley of Memorias encompasses a collection of 2D prints and installation works focused on the artist’s fascination with the ever evolving Chicano & Spanglish culture in America. Her use of English, Spanish, and Spanglish text, vintage children’s toys, and domestic spaces are used to bring attention on how individuals learn & develop cultural identity. Within her wallpaper patterns she references the Aztec indigenous Mexican culture alongside the present Mestizo Chicano culture. Drawing from her personal life history and experiences, this collection of artwork aims to speak to both the personal and the collective identity, to the English and the Spanish speaker. This event and exhibit are free and open to the public.

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