It's no surprise that the first weekend of the new year is relatively slow, as many people are still on holiday break. However, you'll still be able to choose from things like the final days of holiday events, a pyramid-shaped entertainment venue, a new local theater production, a melding of acrobatics and classical music, one final holiday concert, and the closing of an art exhibition.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, January 2
Holiday event closings
Now that we're into the new year, it's time for the remaining holiday events to come to a close. Finishing up their runs will be Gaylord Texan's Lone Star Christmas, featuring millions of twinkling lights, lavish large-scale décor, 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice, and more; and The Trains at NorthPark, featuring more than 750 railcars on a 1,600-foot elaborate configuration of tracks and scenes. Both events will end on Sunday.
Imagined by Guy Laliberté, co-founder of Cirque du Soleil, PY1 is a pyramid-shaped entertainment venue that features Through the Echoes, a custom multimedia production for the pyramid, as well as Stella – The time machine journey, a show for the entire family. The experience, taking place in a parking lot just outside of Globe Life Park in Arlington, also features PY1 Nights, a nightlife experience. The special event will take place through March 1.
Junior Players presents The Wild Party
Based on Joseph Moncure March's 1928 narrative poem, The Wild Party is a darkly brilliant show featuring one of the most pulse-racing scores ever written. Lovers Queenie and Burrs, who are in a relationship marked by reckless behavior, decide to throw the party-to-end-all parties in their Manhattan apartment. After the colorful arrival of a slew of guests living life on the edge, Queenie's wandering eyes land on a striking man named Black. But as the decadence is reaching a climax, so is Burrs' jealousy. The production will run through Sunday at Moody Performance Hall.
Friday, January 3
Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Cirque de la Symphonie
Cirque de la Symphonie returns to Meyerson Symphony Center with a program that includes aerial silks, juggling, cyr wheel, quick change, contortion, dance, and strongmen. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will accompany the high-flying action with works by Bizet, Piazzolla, and more. There will be performances on both Friday and Saturday night.
Saturday, January 4
Orchestra of New Spain presents Baroque Christmas Concert
This unique Christmas program incorporates the Orchestra of New Spain’s vast research into the undiscovered music of Spain and the New World, yielding discoveries of the joyful Villancicos — Christmas Carols — that filled cathedrals and village churches throughout Hispanic America. The work of Chilean composer Alfonso Letelier Llona will be featured, along with Christmas cantatas of Francisco Courcelle and the Villancicos of Padre Antonio Soler. The performance will be at St. Philip The Apostle Catholic Church.
Sunday, January 5
Crow Museum of Asian Art presents "Hands and Earth: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics" closing day
Sunday will be the final day to view the Crow Museum of Asian Art's "Hands and Earth: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics," which features works by the country’s greatest ceramicists, including seven artists deemed “Living National Treasures” by the Japanese government. The exhibition showcases significant examples of avant-garde approaches to clay in a range of shapes and glazes.