If you wanted, you could camp yourself at Winspear Opera House this weekend and see four wholly different types of events, including a concert, dance performance, a unique film screening, and an appearance by a famous scientist. Other options include two local theater productions, four other concerts, and a well-known comedian.
Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend.
Thursday, January 13
Outcry Youth Theatre presents Pippin
Pippin is the story of one young man's journey to be extraordinary. A mysterious performance troupe, led by the Leading Player, tells the story of Pippin, a young prince in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh, and the intrigues of political power, but nothing seems to satisfy him. After unsuccessfully trying to find happiness in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day, the Leading Player proposes a finale to Pippin's story the likes of which the world has never seen before. The production will run at Addison Conference and Theatre Centre through Sunday.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents "Ehnes Plays Elgar"
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents violinist James Ehnes and conductor Fabio Luisi with the orchestra. Selections for the concert, playing on Thursday and Friday at Meyerson Symphony Center, will include Elgar's Violin Concerto, Adolphus Hailstork's Epitaph for a Man who Dreamed (a solemn orchestral homage to the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.), and Schumann's Symphony No. 1, “Spring.” (Note the DSO's new COVID-related entry requirements.)
Rover Dramawerks presents Love Loves a Pornographer
Lord Loveworthy has a problem. His only daughter Emily is soon to be married, and to an Earl. The only way Lord Loveworthy can afford pay for her wedding is to blackmail the next-door neighbor, who happens to be seducing his wife. But how does a Victorian pornographer commit extortion, without inordinate discord, at tea? Love Loves a Pornographer is a clever homage to classic drawing room comedy that would doubtless please past wit masters Wilde and Coward. The production will run at Cox Building Playhouse in Plano through January 22.
AT&T Performing Arts Center presents Pink Martini featuring China Forbes
Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world, crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop, Thomas Lauderdale founded Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks. They'll perform at Winspear Opera House.
Joshua Radin in concert
Folk rock musician Joshua Radin is the epitome of a music lifer. He earned acclaim in the early 2000s, getting his songs played on TV shows like Scrubs and Grey's Anatomy. But he's never truly achieved breakout status, with his biggest success coming on the Billboard Indie or Folk charts. But he remains undaunted, continuing to churn out music like 2021's The Ghost and the Wall, in support of which he'll play at The Kessler.
Friday, January 14
Deon Cole: "Coleology Tour"
Comedian Deon Cole has come a long way from being a staff writer for Conan O'Brien. He's appeared on ABC's Black-ish and its spinoff series, Grown-ish, as well as the TBS comedy Angie Tribeca. He's also hosted the BET game show, Face Value and had a supporting role in the recent Netflix movie, The Harder They Fall. He'll perform a stand-up comedy show at Majestic Theatre.
TITAS/Dance Unbound presents Ballet Hispánico
Ballet Hispánico fuses Latin dance with classical and contemporary techniques, creating a new style of concert dance where theatricality and passion are at the core. The choreographers represent rich Latinx cultures and nationalities, including Venezuela, Cuba, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia. They will perform at Winspear Opera House as part of their 50th anniversary tour.
Saturday, January 15
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live comes back to Dallas with an all-new production. Emily Connor and the world’s greatest, and only, movie riffing robots, Tom Servo, Crow, and GPC, will take audiences on an rollercoaster ride through the film Making Contact, imposed by Mad Scientist, Mega-Synthia. The event will be at Winspear Opera House.
Sarah Jaffe in concert
Singer/songwriter Sarah Jaffe has been on the verge of stardom for more a decade. After getting her start in Denton, she's gone on to release four acclaimed albums, including 2017's Bad Baby, and has toured with the likes of Norah Jones, The Polyphonic Spree, and Old 97's. Her latest release was the 2019 EP, SMUT. She'll perform at The Kessler.
Sunday, January 16
AT&T Performing Arts Center Presents Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is considered to be one of the foremost astrophysicists in the world. He's become well-known not just for his wide breadth of knowledge about the universe, but for his outgoing and charming personality that makes a deep subject fascinating. In this talk at Winspear Opera House, Tyson will talk about the search for life in the universe.
Bell Biv Devoe in concert with Jagged Edge and Tony! Toni! Toné!
For anybody who came of age in the late '80s/early '90s, R&B/New Jack Swing groups like Bell Biv Devoe, Jagged Edge, and Tony! Toni! Toné! still loom large. Each of their runs to the top of the music world was relatively short, but the impact they had remains to this day. They, along with groups like 112 and 702, will play a special concert at Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie.
Monday, January 17
MLK Celebration Week: Virtual Parade
The 2022 MLK Celebration Week Virtual Parade will be pre-recorded and broadcast on public access channel 16 (over-the-air), Spectrum 16, or AT&T 99. It will feature a compilation of videos and pictures depicting MLK Day parades of the past. There will also be interviews discussing the 2022 theme: “40 Years Strong: A Look Toward the Future.”