• Cristee Cook

On the Art Beat: September 18-21

This weekend offers celebratory festivals in art and film, and a few transitions in the live performance calendar for theatre as shows close and new work opens. Don't forget - Thursday, September 19th is North Texas Giving Day. This is a chance to support your favorite organizations and art groups with a donation - find your favorites and donate HERE.

Here are our recommendations for your art fix in D/FW this weekend, September 18-21, 2019:


Women in Film Dallas presents

Topaz Film Festival

WHEN: September 19-21

WHERE: Various Venues – check the festival calendar for tickets and showtimes.

Celebrating it’s 18th year, this year’s festival will span 3 days with screenings of short film blocks and a centerpiece feature film. The Festival kicks off at Media Tech Institute with a free Screening of Membership Showcase, Student Shorts Block & North Texas Giving Day FUNdraiser. Enjoy food,drinks, games, live music, door prizes and films! For more information about the films, the festival, showtimes and tickets, please visit Women in Film Dallas.

Red Carpet Matinee of ‘The Unafraid’

WHEN: Saturday, September 21st – 2 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. For more information, visit the event on Facebook.


Red Chariot opens at Undermain Theatre



Wednesday, Sept. 18 @ 7:30 pm - $10 preview performance

Thursday, Sept. 19 @ 7:30 pm - $15 preview performance

Friday, Sept. 20 @ 7:30 pm - $15 preview performance

Saturday, September 21st @ 7:30 pm – Opening night.The playwright will be in attendance.

WHERE: Undermain Theatre 3200 Main Street, Dallas

Undermain Theatre opens its 36th season with the world premiere science fiction thriller Red Chariot by James Tait Black prize winner Gordon Dahlquist. Red Chariot takes place amid the downfall of civilization after the Internet has created a mysterious Tarot Deck that can actually affect the past, present, and future. Directed by Undermain company member Blake Hackler, Red Chariot takes us on a journey through time as we explore the chaotic effects of new technological advancements and the role humans have, or haven’t, played in stopping that chaos. For tickets, visit Undermain online or call the box office at 214-747-5515.

Cara Mia Theatre Co Presents Flores Y Calaveras

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22 at 1 pm

WHERE: Cara Mia Theatre Co at SPARK 1409 S. Lamar St, Dallas

Cara Mia Theatre Co. will present Flores Y Calaveras at SPARK this weekend. Utilizing masks, visual imagery, movement, and physical comedy, this play tells the story of a Mexican-American girl learning about the Mexican Day of the Dead tradition from her deceased uncle. Inspired by the engravings of Jose Guadalupe Posada. For tickets and more information, visit the Facebook event.

Closing weekend of What We Were at Second Thought Theatre

WHEN: Thursday, September 18 at 7:30 pm

Friday and Saturday, September 20-21st at 8 pm

WHERE: Second Thought Theatre – Kalita Humphreys Campus 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas

Catch it before it’s gone – final performance on September 21st

What We Were was recognized as one of the ‘Outstanding New Play or Musical’ by the DFW Theater Critics Forum. This “bold,” “astonishing,” and “explosive” play follows the life of 3 sisters as they find their way back to each other after the shattering effects of family abuse. Running Thursday at 7:30 and Friday and Saturday at 8, don’t miss this magnificent drama. For tickets, visit Second Thought Theatre online.

Closing weekend of US/Them at Echo Theatre

WHEN: Friday, September 20 / 8pm 

           Saturday, September 21 – 2 pm and 8 pm

Catch it before it’s gone – final performance on September 21st

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

Critics and audience members are raving about the new 1-act that 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. For tickets and showtimes, visit Echo Theatre Dallas online.


Deep Ellum Open Studios

WHEN: Saturday, September 21st – 12 – 7 pm

WHERE: Deep Ellum - Districtwide

Get a behind the scenes view of Deep Ellum studios, galleries, and the historic neighborhood’s unique creative spaces. Deep Ellum Open Studios is a one day, non-stop event thatwill celebrate the artistic soul of Deep Ellum through visual arts, artist tours, an artisan market, and live muraling.

Open Studios - Districtwide

Outdoor Market - 3300 Commerce Street & 100 North Crowdus Street

Artist-led Mural Tours - starting at 3300 Commerce Street

Live Muraling - 3300 Commerce Street and 2600 Main Street

For more information, or if you’d like to volunteer, visit the Facebook event.

The Other Art Fair Dallas

WHEN: September 19th - 22nd:

Thursday September 19th, Private View: 6pm-10pm

Friday September 20th: 3pm-10pm || Friday Late Evening: 6pm-10pm

Saturday September 21st: 11am-8pm

Sunday September 22nd: 11am-6pm

WHERE: Dallas Market Hall 2200 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas

Presented by Saatchi Art, The Other Art Fair Dallas offers up a wide variety of over 120 independent artists all in one place. Carefully curated, the selections include something for everyone and for all budgets. In addition to the art selections, this interactive event will include workshops, live DJ sets, conversations wtih well-known artists, and a full bar. For tickets and event information, visit Eventbrite.

Robert Deyber – Meet the Artist

WHEN: Saturday, September 2 - 6-8 pm

WHERE: Martin Lawrence Galleries - Dallas Galleria 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas

Martin Lawrence Gallery presents new works by contemporary artist Robert Deyber, along with a meet and greet with the artist on Saturday evening. Hear him share about his influences and the techniques used in the creation of his whimsical paintings. Featured work: House of Cards. To RSVP for this event, call ‭‭(972) 546 - 2988.

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