Star-crossed lovers, struggles for truth and justice, lifelong learning, and tearing down barriers. There’s a lot to love in this week’s picks from the Art&Seek calendar.
In Fort Worth, Theatre TCU and Black And Making It hosts a staged reading of the new original play, “For Bo: A Play Inspired by the Murder of Botham Jean by Officer Amber Guyger.” Through a fictional narrative, “For Bo” explores the issues that lead to Jean’s death and how society grapples with the resulting trauma. Following the reading, there will be a panel discussion to promote cross-cultural understanding that is moderated by Dr. Stacie McCormick from the TCU Department of English.
Also in Fort Worth, head to Fort Brewery and Pizza for Paint Night. A musician will play an acoustic set, while an artist guides you through painting the Fort Worth Skyline.
And, “Madame Bovary” opens tonight at Undermain Theatre in Dallas. Adrienne Kennedy adapted the classic novel for the stage and tells the story of Madame Bovary and her quest for romantic fulfillment, no matter what the cost.
Before Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson, there was Roland Hayes. African-American Repertory Theater presents the regional premiere of “Breath & Imagination: The Story of Roland Hayes” at El Centro College in Dallas. The musical by Daniel Beaty tells the story of the first world-renowned African American classical vocalist.
In Denton, head to Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio for Truth in Comedy, a show that combines storytelling, stand-up comedy, and art. Three people will tell true personal stories that a comedian will then adapt for the stage at the event.
And in Fort Worth, see how a brother and sister used spray paint and a printing press to join the Nazi resistance in the play, “Hans & Sophie” at Amphibian Stage Productions.
Hear the classic movie line “Love means never having to say you’re sorry,” tonight at Palace Arts Center in Grapevine. The 1970 award-winning film “Love Story” will be screened. It tells the story of star-crossed lovers from different backgrounds fighting to stay together only to be struck by tragedy.
There’s more than bugs in the air at Texas Discovery Garden in Dallas. In honor of Valentine’s Day, come learn about the often bizarre world of procreation in bugs and their relatives. There will be wine and hors d’oeuvres at the event that is appropriately titled, “Love is in the Air.“
There’s a Galentines Ballet Class at Arts Mission Oak Cliff in Dallas. The beginners’ level class will feature the music of Beyonce and wine!
Tommy Terrific Celebrates Black History at the Summerglen Branch of the Fort Worth Public Library. The educational magic show focuses on famous “Black Cowboys of the Old West” and continues through tomorrow.
Don’t miss Theatre Arlington’s production of “A Raisin in the Sun.” Set in the 1950s, the landmark play follows an African-American family’s struggle to improve their way of life after an insurance payout. It’s on stage weekends through March 8.
The Neil Diamond tribute band Nearly Diamond performs Saturday at the Granbury Opera House. Hear over 25 of the legendary singer’s hits.
Also on Saturday, Keith & Margo’s 30th Annual St. Valentine’s Massacre continues at the Omni Hotel at Park West. The murder mystery dinner brings together an improvisational comedy show, and a dance nightclub complete with a disc jockey.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Cultural Awareness this weekend at the Wyly Theatre in Dallas. The performance features traditional and contemporary gospel music, dance, and spoken word.
Stop by the Brazos Gallery at Richland College for “You, Them, They, We,” an exhibition by contemporary artist Rob J. Phillips. The inaugural show features life-size photographs of people across diversities. It’s on view through March 6.
Jeffrey Siegel brings Keyboard Conversations to the Eisemann Center in Richardson. The internationally renowned pianist will play a full concert with some lively conversation mixed in.
The Davis branch of the Plano Public Library holds Storytime Around the World. The bilingual storytime introduces children to basic Arabic vocabulary words through stories, songs, and movement activities. All ages are welcome.
Time is running out to see “Texas Cartoonists Exposed!” at Keller Town Hall. The cartooning show features work from 11 artists including cartoonist David DeGrand, whose work has been featured on “SpongeBob Squarepants,” “Garfield,” and “The Simpsons,” and more.
“Cultura del Vaquero” continues at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. The show takes over 9000 feet of gallery space and features art that embraces the spirit and theme of western-based artwork.
The Dallas Museum of Art hosts the latest installment of Arts and Letters Live! Actor and New York Times bestselling author Tembi Locke will discuss her book “From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home.”
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