So Jerome, Labor Day weekend’s just ahead. For us that means the beginning of the Fall arts season. Hundreds of performances and exhibits ahead. Let’s talk about the highlights. How about theater?
Another rarity is a revival of the Gershwin musical, “Of Thee I Sing.” It was the first musical to win the Pulitzer Prize – in 1931. It’s not revived often because it’s a political satire. But it’s a political year. So Lyric Stage is kindly going to revive it – a concert version – three days before the November election.
Earlier this year, we learned Dallas Symphony’s conductor Jaap van Zweden is going to be leaving for New York in 2018. What’s he doing until then?
And while we’re in classical music, the Dallas Opera has got it’s own big gun coming. They are bringing back “Moby Dick.” They premiered that bad boy in 2010 to incredible praise.
How about visual arts?
If your taste is for more contemporary work, right across the street from the Kimbell, the Modern Art Museum will have a major show of the New York artist who calls himself KAWS – he specializes in giant toy figures, pop art and graffiti.
And then there’s the Nasher Prize….
But what about you? What are you most excited to see.
Well, I’m really interested in two shows that are going to give us different ways to think about issues along the Texas and Mexican border.
The first is a play from Undermain Theater. It’s called “So Go the Ghosts of Mexico.” Now, this is the first in a trilogy of plays by Mathew Paul Olmos. And all three will be exploring the drug wars in Mexico and the US. This particular one is inspired by Marisol Garcia. You may remember this story. She’s the young woman who stepped up to be the police chief of her little town when no one else would. Primarily because the last police chief had been decapitated by the drug cartels.
So I’m interested in that, but I’m also curious about an exhibition at the Amon Carter Museum called “Border Cantos.” Photographer Richard Misrach takes big pictures of the landscape along the border. And artist Guillermo Galindo makes musical instruments out of things things like clothes or tires or shotgun shells. These will all be on display, along with videos of Galindo actually playing the instruments he made.
So that’s what I’m interested in. What’s a personal pick for you?