• Cristee Cook

On the Art Beat: September 12-15

Whether you're looking for laughter, drama, live theatre, or a new film, D/FW is offering vibrant opportunities to get your art fix. Here are our recommendations for your weekend culture.


Stage Reading – 3 Seconds

WHEN: September 12th – 7pm

WHERE: Union - 3705 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas

3 Seconds, a new play by local playwright Nicole Neely will have a staged reading at Union on Thursday evening. The play approaches the fact of death as part of life and explores how different people react to and cope with death. Guests are invited to bring a brown bag dinner starting at 7 pm, with the staged reading starting at 7:30 pm. They will offer a small group discussion after the staged reading for anyone who would like to join, and will have trained facilitators to hold space for the conversation. Visit the Facebook event for more info.

Summer Script Slam

WHEN: Friday, September 13th – 7 pm

WHERE: Stomping Grounds Comedy 1350 Manufacturing St #109, Dallas

Got a short script you need to workshop? Are you an actor looking to develop your chops in a casual setting? Summer Script Slam, hosted by Speak Easy Theatre Co. and Common Thread Entertainment, is a public open mic for script writers. Have your script read and performed in a group of like-minded artists. This event is Free and BYOB. Be sure to arrive on time and get signed up as readings are first come/first serve. http://stompinggroundcomedy.org/calendar/

US/Them presented by Echo Theatre

WHEN: Friday, September 13th at 8 pm

Saturday, September 14th at 2 pm and 8 pm

WHERE: Echo Theatre – BathHouse Cultural Center 521 E Lawther Dr, Dallas

Critics and audience members are raving about the new 1-act play presented by Echo Theatre: US/Them, which bravely addresses terrorism from the point of view of children. Based on the Beslan School Siege in 2004, the play addresses the emotional toll of violent acts like terrorism and how we cope. Talk-backs after each performance will include a licensed trauma counselor. You don’t want to miss this one. Reserve your tickets HERE.

The Core Theatre's The Foreign Student Experience

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, September 13th - 14th at 8 pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2 pm.

This is a limited engagement – one weekend only!

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

James Hansen Prince at The Core Theatre has created a unique theatrical experience that guides the audience through an empathetic journey. Working together with UTD students from Taiwan, Kenya, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria, the audience will experience the students’ process of coming to the United States and getting permission to attend our universities. Reserve your tickets for this limited engagement HERE.

First Date opens at Stage West

WHEN: Sep 12 through Oct 13 Thursdays 7:30 Fridays & Saturdays 8:00 Sundays 3:00

WHERE: Stage West 821 W Vickery Blvd, Fort Worth

A co-production with TCU, this musical is about an awkward blind date between an unlikely pair. It sounds funny, hopeful, and human. The Book is by Austin Winsberg with Music & Lyrics by Alan Zachary & Michael Weiner. Stage West is a pillar in the D/FW Theatre community. You can’t go wrong with this one. Make your reservations HERE.

All the Feels Stand-Up

WHEN: Saturday, September 14th - 9 pm

WHERE: Dallas Comedy House 3036 Elm St., Dallas

Featuring: Peng dang, Paulos Feerow, Arun Rama, and Latrice Wilkerson, and hosted by Marissa Nieto, this event’s title says it all. Current events got you down? Exhausted from your Mom/Dad life? Just over it completely? Come laugh it all out with a talented group of stand-up comedians. Check out the Facebook event for additional details.


Filming: Episode 3 & 4: What's Your Story, with Sarah Marcopolos

WHEN: Sunday, September 15th – 12:30 – 3:30 pm

WHERE: 4101 McEwen Rd, Dallas

What’s Your Story with Sarah Marcopolos is a talk-show filmed in front of a live studio audience. Guests are from all walks of life, and they chat about the creative process: inspirational moments, challenges they overcame, and how they became a success in their trade. Former audience members have described the experience of being in the studio audience as “engaging,” “amazing,” and “touching.” Each show includes live music at the end of the filming. Stay updated and grab your tickets to the live taping HERE.

Screening of The Unafraid

WHEN: Saturday, September 14th – 6 – 8:30 pm

WHERE: White Rock YMCA 7112 Gaston Ave, Dallas

This feature length documentary follows the journey of Alejandro, Silvia and Aldo as they pursue their dream of education. The film takes an intimate look at issues facing DACA recipients, specifically students in Georgia, where the state charges DACA students international tuition and banned them from attending the state’s top universities. An after-screening discussion will be held. Hosted by Justice for our Neighbors Dallas/Ft. Worth.

RSVP for the screening HERE.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch showing at Texas Theatre

WHEN: Friday, September 13th – 8 pm

WHERE: Texas Theatre 231 W Jefferson Blvd, Dallas

Enjoy the classic rock & roll musical about the life of lovable Hedwig. Playing at the Oak Cliff cinema house Texas Theatre, the film will be followed by a Behind the Screen show with: New Fumes, Net, and The Good Dr. No No. The movie is at 8 pm, then Behind the Screens at 10 pm. Grab your tickets HERE.


Sculpture Artist Ariel Bowman | Photo Credit: Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Sculpture Artist Ariel Bowman | Photo Credit: Ft. Worth Community Arts Center

Rising Star 7 at The Turner House

WHEN: Sunday, September 14th - 1-5 pm

WHERE: The Turner House 401 N. Rosemont Ave., Dallas

Now in it’s 7th year, this unique art exhibit is also a fundraiser. Rising Star exhibits undiscovered talent, while also raising money for restorations to the historic Turner House. Elected by a small group of galleries, each asked to nominate one promising artist, this year’s show includes 14 artists from 14 galleries. Tickets include live music, hors d’oeuvres and a variety of wines and signature cocktails.

Ariel Bowman Artist Talk

WHEN: Friday, September 13th – 6 pm

WHERE: Fort Worth Community Arts Center 1300 Gendy St, Fort Worth

Sculpture Artist Ariel Bowman will be at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center for a free artist talk. Her recent exhibit, Wonderous Creatures, is described as, “...explores wonder as an inspiration and a bridge between art and science through ceramic sculptures of prehistoric animals. The contrast between extinct animals and human history raises questions about our relationship to nature in the past, present, and future.” (Fort Worth Community Arts Center)

Bowman will discuss her inspiration, process, and motivation for Wonderous Creatures. Join the artist and fellow audience members for what promises to be an intriguing and inspiring conversation. Admission is free.

RESPECT Dallas: Recycled Art and Fashion Show

WHEN: Saturday, September 14th – 7:30 – 10:30 pm

WHERE: 4 The Culture Studio 115 n Carroll Avenue, Dallas

This fashion show will highlight the opportunity to create beauty out of recycled items. Part fashion show, part environmental awareness, the fashion show will include live music and DJs, wine, and City of Dallas representatives offering resources, education, and solutions to recycling in our city. Hosted by 4 The Culture Studio, this event is free.

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