Wednesday February 16
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: the exhibition at the Irving Mall
Can’t make it to Rome? No worries, Irving Mall (3865 Irving Mall) offers you Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. The 34 frescoes are reproduced through high definition photos and allow spectators to see the Italian masterpiece up close without the plane ticket. While the idea of a photo replica exhibit is somewhat odd, the detail is fascinating. And we can’t fault anything about making legendary art accessible. The exhibition is wheelchair accessible and audio guides are available to supplement the accompanying texts. Adult tickets start at $17.50, available online.
National Geographic Live Speaker Series: Beth Shapiro at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The Perot Museum (2201 N. Field St.) returns with its National Geographic Live Speaker Series and the kids in us who loved ZooBooks are now so excited adults. National Geographic Emerging Explorer Beth Shapiro kicks off the three-part series with “How to Clone a Mammoth” (based on her book of the same name) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16. Shapiro is an evolutionary biologist and DNA researcher who combines field discoveries and laboratory DNA extractions to explore extinct species and the reasons for their extinction to see how our current environments may affect species today. on the edge of the abyss. Tickets start at $49, available online.
Thursday February 17
The Amazing Acro-Cats at Texas Theater
A professional animal trainer combines cat rescue efforts with her talent for clicker training to create a live show that saves lives and astonishes cat lovers. There’s so much more to the Amazing Acro-Cats story, including skateboards and hula hoops, but we only have a short space here to take you to the Texas Theater (231 Jefferson Blvd.) at 19 h Wednesday and Thursday. The final? Tuna and the Rock Cats, the only all-cat band in the world. And not just domesticated house cats, but cool cats – like any rock band worth their salt should have. Tickets are $25 to $55, available online. For obvious reasons, humans only in the audience.
The How To Be Project: Ten Pieces for Racial Justice at the Bishop Arts Theater Center
Bishop Arts Theater commissioned 10 black playwrights to write one-act plays inspired by How to be an anti-racist by Ibram X. Kendi to create The How To Be Project: Ten Pieces for Racial Justice. BAT credits other black authors such as Ta-Nahasi Coates and Nikole Hannah-Jones, who are with Kendi at the forefront of a dialogue about race in America as part of the impetus for the project, which is now become all the more relevant and necessary with the recent discussion of the actual banning of books by all these authors because of their purpose. Directed by Morgana Wilborn, the one-act showcase takes the stage on Thursday, February 17 and runs Friday through Sunday through March 6. The Thursday night preview starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $18, available online.
Friday February 18
Ragtime in concert at the Majestic Theater
Lyric Stage is doing something very cool where they present productions as concerts. In this case, Ragtime in concert. It’s the same music and story from the Broadway production (based on EL Doctorow’s novel) that tackles poverty, freedom and hope, but stripped down with no scenery surrounding the performers on scene. They are accompanied by a 19-piece orchestra and well, you. There’s full choreography, dialogue and staging and plenty of great vocal and instrumental performances, but as the name suggests: a more intimate concert experience. See and Hear the Ultimate American Tale 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 at the Majestic Theater (1325 Elm St.). Tickets are $38. To buy and see other schedules (it runs from Thursday to Sunday), go online.
Saturday February 19
Plano Symphony Orchestra presents Cirque de la Symphonie at the Eisemann Center
“Okay, so it’s Swan Lake, but like… with acrobats? If you’ve ever thought that, the Plano Symphony Orchestra makes dreams come true. At 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 19, the PSO presents Cirque de la Symphonie at the Eisemann Center (2351 Performance Drive, Richardson). The show features circus veterans in jumping, acrobatics, contortion, dancing, juggling and more while the music features over 14 composers. (Yes, Tchaikovsky is one of them. We wouldn’t tease like that). Tickets cost between $33 and $95, available online.
To rent at the Music Hall in Fair Park
Dallas Summer Musicals brings Jonathan Larson’s absolutely adored, award-winning musical To rent at the Music Hall in Fair Park. Seemingly timeless, it follows a year (if you’re a fan, you know how many seconds that is) of struggle and dreams between good art friends. To rent is one of those shows you never want to ruin for someone who hasn’t seen it, so don’t miss this opportunity (but leave 13 and under at home unless you have a open dialogue about sex and other adult topics). The show opens Friday and will run through Sunday. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. each evening and 1:30 p.m. Saturday (ASL performance) and Sunday. Tickets are available at ticket master.
Sunday February 20
Murillo: the image of the prodigal son opens at the Meadows Museum
The Spanish Baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo has only one series, or cycle, intact today. And it’s coming to the Meadows Museum (5900 Bishop Blvd.) in an exhibit called Murillo: the image of the prodigal son open on Sunday February 20 and until June 12. The series was recently restored, revealing information about Murillo’s technique. Two other post-conservation works related to the parable (Luke 15:11-32) will hang in the series. The Meadows is the only American venue to display this important work, so art lovers and historians should jump at the chance to see it. Admission to the museum is available for purchase in line.
THE BLK EXPERIENCE: An ephemeral Black Lives Matter museum at the Urban Arts Center
For weekends in February, curator Jiles King has created a pop-up museum in Dallas proper dedicated to black excellence, black lives and black history. THE BLK EXPERIENCE (807 Hutchins Road in the Urban Arts Center) features eight different ‘gram-able rooms that showcase black culture in different ways, but combine them into one accessible exhibit for all ages. Tickets are $15 for the GA (available online) and the museum is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Monday February 21
Mount Rushmore on ice at the Galleria
It’s really strange. Like, weird even for Dallas. Even for a mall in Dallas. The Galleria Dallas (13350 Dallas Parkway) displays a model of Mount Rushmore on its skating rink in honor of Presidents Day. So, yes, you can skate around the rather controversial South Dakota landmark and under a 600+ square foot American flag in a Texas strip mall Saturday through Monday. And that would be quite strange for us. But there is more. Specifically, the bobble-headed presidential mascots. Sure, you can guess which ones, but they’ll be there with South Dakota Education Teams to give families 4-1-1 on the Mount and more in South Dakota. They’ll give prizes, but we’ll give them awesome props if they talk about the Six Lakota Grandfather Mountain before it’s carved. Visit the Galleria Dallas in line.
Tuesday February 22
Ludwig Schwarz and Ari Brielle at the Conduit Gallery
The Conduit once again opens two strong exhibitions in tandem that create a real conversation between the rooms of the gallery. In the main area, Dallas-based Ludwig Schwarz plays with boundaries and asks the viewer to chew on possibility, scale, and absence. In the Project Room, Ari Brielle, another artist from Dallas, tackles the politicization of the black American female experience through a site-specific installation that is as large as it is intimate. An opening reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 19, but exhibits are on display through April 2. To learn more, visit the Driving online.
The Marauders: Standing Up to Vigilantes in America’s Borderlands Book launch party
Dallas Observer editor Patrick Strickland will publish his new book The Marauders: Standing Up to Vigilantes in America’s Borderlands with a launch party at Deep Vellum Books and an author Q&A by former National Endowment For The Arts master poet Rawlins Gilliland.
The Marauders examines life in communities on the US-Mexico border, the places flooded by border militias and conspiracy theories in recent years, and examines how these groups have sometimes carried out vigilante violence while targeting residents, humanitarian workers and migrants. This may be a sobering topic, but it will be possible to buy alcoholic beverages. It starts at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22 at 3000 Commerce St.