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Third annual Dallas Arts Week kicks off Friday 17

What could possibly connect a workshop on basic upholstery, a Jewish film festival, dozens of art openings, theater performances and the first Sleater-Kinney concert in Dallas in a decade?

Dallas Arts Week —make that #DallasArtsWeek. The third annual community outpouring of visual, fine and performance art will take place April 10 through April 18 with events all throughout the city in venues, large and small or not in any building at all. The Art&Seek team created a comprehensive calendar to serve as your source for all Dallas Arts Week events, some of which are free.

Here are just few highlights from the nine-day takeover:

April 10

Dallas Arts Fair

The Dallas Arts Fair takes place at the Fashion Industry Gallery next to the Dallas Museum of Art. The fair invites more than 90 well-known art dealers and galleries from around the world to Dallas. However, you don’t have to purchase art to enjoy the fair, which offers free tours. Enjoy various exhibitions of painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video and installation from Friday until Sunday

April 11

April 12

April 13

Creative Conversation: Music Edition

Mayor Mike Rawlings and Robert Wilonsky of the Dallas Morning News will host this panel discussion with participants from the arts, including Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Play ‘N Skillz, producer John Congleton, local favorite Sarah Jaffe and “Dallas’ number one soul man Bobby Patterson.” The event is free and open to the public, but you have to reserve a ticket here.

April 14

8th Annual Dallas Arts Advocacy Day

In conjunction with Arts Advocacy Day, the Latino Cultural Center luncheon will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants will learn more about advocacy, currents arts issues and opportunities with remarks from Mayor Rawlings and a keynote talk from Nigel Redden, director of the Spoleto Arts Festival. Get your tickets here.

April 15

Film Screening: Shigeru Ban

The Dallas Center for Architecture is screening the 2006 film, Shigeru Ban: An Architect for Emergencies and other related short clips featuring interviews with Ban, an innovative architect with conservationist interest. Get to know Ban better with this 2013 TED Talk:

April 16

April 17

April 18


Wrapping up Dallas Arts Week, the Business Committee for the Arts will put on the sixth annual ARTsPARK at NorthPark Center. NorthPark is already known for its impressive displays of art along its walls, but during this daylong event artists and cultural organizations come together to give live performances, programs and demonstrations to mall-goers from 1-5 p.m.