While the majority of events around Dallas have either been postponed or canceled, there are a few that have popped up to offer the masses some entertainment while still adhering to the social distancing necessary during the coronavirus pandemic.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. While they're not all outside of the house, they all promise to provide a nice distraction from the everyday life.
Thursday, July 23
Dallas Children's Theater presents Andi Boi
Dallas Children’s Theater will present the online release of Andi Boi, a groundbreaking play about a transgender teen. Originally presented on stage in February 2020, the video-on-demand production also includes a talkback with members in the LGBTQ community. The play is about Andi, a transgender teen entering his first day of high school identifying as a male. Told with a sensitivity toward Andi, it uses wit, heart, and warmth to help audiences find their way to greater compassion and awareness. The play will be available for streaming for the foreseeable future.
Friday, July 24
City of Garland Parks & Recreation presents Made Fresh & Local
The City of Garland is not able to host its traditional outdoor Sounds of Summer Concerts at the Square this year, so they are bringing a true Garland Fresh & Local concert experience straight into living rooms. Viewers can get a front-row seat every other Friday night on Facebook Live. This week will feature a performance by La Pompe Dallas. Viewers can comment live during performances, using the tags #OnlyinGarland and #MYMGarland.
Saturday, July 25
Dallas Pride Weekend
As part of a weekend of celebration to allow the LGBTQ+ community and its allies to participate in an inclusive way, Dallas Pride 2020, “The Pride of Texas,” will present a livestream through DallasPride.org and via the Dallas Pride social media channels on YouTube and Facebook. The virtual celebration will feature entertainment, interactive experiences, and more. Hosted by Ron Corning and Del Shores, the event will include Big Freedia, David Hernandez, Kristine W, Rayvon Owen, Ty Herndon, Brody Ray, Adrian Lea of PRIMADONNA, and CrisDee, as well as messages from community members and special surprises.
MainStage Irving-Las Colinas presents An Act of God
The full-length, three-person comedy An Act of God is a side-splittingly funny and critically acclaimed play that creates a space for The Almighty (with the help of two devoted angels) to answer the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. The play will be available to stream starting at 7:30 pm July 25, ending on August 1. Once purchased, links will be available to stream for 48 hours.
Encore Drive-In Nights: Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins
The Encore Drive-In Nights series will launch with an all-new performance by country star Blake Shelton, along with special guests Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins. The concert will be pre-recorded, and will also include interviews and storytelling. Screening locally at both The Star in Frisco and Town East Mall in Mesquite, the event is selling tickets that admit one passenger car, truck, or SUV, with up to six people per vehicle allowed, as long as everyone has a seatbelt.
Klyde Warren Park presents Movies in the Park
On various Saturday nights throughout the summer, Klyde Warren Park is presenting screenings of family-friendly movies. The screening this week will be the 2011 film Dolphin Tale starring Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Morgan Freeman. In addition to the movie, there will be food trucks onsite for dinner options.