What’s happening in and around town in Arts/Entertainment.
As part of the Addison Art Program, beautiful artwork by local artists is on display at the Addison Conference Centre. Stop by anytime the Conference Centre is open to see them hanging on the walls or call 972-450-6241 to make an appointment. Learn more at visitaddison.com/actc.
Help the Dallas Area Fiber Artists (DAFA) celebrate their 50th anniversary by seeing their work displayed at the Addison Conference Centre. DAFA is a dynamic and progressive organization with a long-standing presence in the Dallas community promoting all media of fiber art through education, workshops and exhibitions. DAFA is a nonprofit organization whose members range from established and emerging artists to nationally known fiber art educators and exhibitors who employ a diverse range and combination of fiber processes. They incorporate combinations of traditional, contemporary and experimental techniques, including surface design, thread and fabric paintings, paper making, wearable art, mixed media collage, fiber jewelry, altered books, felting and weaving. Learn more at dallasfiberartists.org.
In 2020, people have realized more than ever how much we need other humans. After social isolation, we’ve realized the importance and value of other people. That’s why Valley House Gallery is hosting a new exhibition, On Being Human. Valley House artists and other figurative artists were invited to this exhibition that showcases wonderful works of art that depict people seen through the artist’s eye. The exhibition is held in memory of Lu Ann Barrow (1943-2020), as “her paintings enriched our lives with uplifting parables on being human,” according to Valley House. This will be on view every Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through October 31.
When he isn’t making in-person audiences laugh, you can catch Moses Storm on NBC, where he appears in “Sunnyside.” He has also appeared in “I’m Dying Up Here” on Showtime, “Arrested Development” on Netflix and “This is Us” on NBC. He’s also appeared in movies, including the Netflix film, Father of the Year, starring Adam Sandler. But he truly lights up while on stage. Tickets are available online, starting at $40. improvtx.com/addison.
Calling all artists and appreciators of fine arts: the Urban Artists Market is returning this month, this time online! This new online market will feature regionally sourced art, pottery, ceramics, digital art, photography, printmaking, fiber art, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, painting, drawing, sculpture, assemblage, wood, leather and novelty that are handcrafted and presented by the local artisan community. Attend for 20% off all art. Learn more at urbanartistmarket.com.
Enter the post-apocalyptic vision of a 2,500-year-old play by the Greek tragedian, Sophocles, this November by watching a live-streaming of Antigone, produced by Outcry Youth Theatre. In a city ravaged by a civil war, a young woman named Antigone defies the decree of King Creon and buries her traitorous brother. She is sentenced to death — even though she is betrothed to the King’s son, Haimon. When King Creon refuses Haimon’s pleas for mercy, the King receives an ominous visit from the blind prophet, Teiresias, warning of the danger of executing Antigone. Tickets are available at outcrytheatre.com.
Operation Kindness is hosting the 28th Annual Canines, Cats and Cabernet VIRTUALLY on November 14, 2020. Canines, Cats and Cabernet is the shelter’s largest fundraising event of the year, which enables them to help animals in need of life-saving medical care, companionship, and most of all, a forever home. Guests will “party in place” while supporting the homeless pets of North Texas and will be bidding on the animal organization’s live and silent auctions from the comfort of their home. We may not be able to gather in person, but the animals are still in need of support; the generosity provided by the community will continue to provide lifesaving care to pets in need.
Sparkling Christmas lights hang from the trees. Magic is in the air, as Vitruvian Parks turns into a holiday wonderland for the highly anticipated Vitruvian Lights! This year, the lighting ceremony will take place on November 27. After the lightning ceremony, the dazzling lights will be turned on daily from 5-11 p.m. daily Admission is free! Visit udr.com/Vitruvian-park/ for more information.
Celebrate the holiday season with A Swinging Christmas, featuring the music of Ella Fitzgerald! This new holiday show features the music of one of America’s most beloved performers, who sung hits like “Cheek to Cheek” “Dream a Little Dream of Me” and “Bewitched,” as well as Christmas classics like “O Holy Night,” “Angels We Have Heard on High” and “Silent Night.” This will be presented via video on demand. Learn more at watertowertheatre.org.
Sweet, sticky syrup drips from your fork and all over your hands. You are eating a delicious stack of pancakes that you deserve — after you just finished a 5k race in the chilly January morning! Hotcake Hustle is one of the best 5k runs! It starts at the Addison Conference Centre, where participants can run, jog or walk 5k or 10k. Afterward, put on your free long-sleeve T-shirt, drink free beer, coffee and hot chocolate, listen to live music, and enjoy a delicious stack of hotcakes! Find out more at runproject.org/events/hotcake-hustle-race.
Ever since he was 16, Preacher Lawson has been writing his own jokes. After a bet with his mother, he started performing live — and loved it! He’s won several awards, including Funniest Comedian in Florida in 2015 and Seattle International Comedy Competition winner in 2016. He’s also appeared in TV shows and was in the top ten on “America’s Got Talent” in 2017 and two years later returned for “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” where he finished in fifth place. If his Instagram account is any indication, Preacher’s got some hilarious jokes stored up for us. Tickets are available at improvtx. com/addison.
Christina P does it all. She’s a stand-up comedian, writer, TV personality, podcast host of “Your Mom’s House” and a wife and mother. She’s also hosted two Netflix specials, “The Degenerates” and “Christina P; Mother Inferior.” Oh yeah, and she’s super funny too. Catch her at Addison Improv as part of her Ride or Die Tour in February, where she is sure to make you laugh with her relatable anecdotes about home life, humorous pop culture commentary and the things we can all relate to about getting older. Get tickets at improvtx.com/addison.
This intriguing, dramatic play will draw you in from the very start. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a 2015 Tony-winner, which tells the story of Christopher, a 15-year-old with an extraordinary brain, who lives with his dad in a working-class town west of London. When Christopher finds himself under suspicion of murdering his neighbor’s dog, he takes it upon himself to solve the mystery. It will absolutely captivate you! This ground- breaking contemporary play is based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel of the same title. Buy your tickets at watertowertheatre.org.
Happy anniversary, WaterTower Theatre! Take a look back at 25 years of WaterTower shows, featuring North Dallas’ favorite performers and musicians who have brought the glamour of Broadway to Addison over the years. WaterTower Theatre has thrilled North Texas audiences with over 170 groundbreaking plays and musicals since its inception in 1996. They will be rolling out the red carpet and toasting this enormous Preacher Lawson at Addison Improv accomplishment! Secure your spot at this glamorous evening by visiting watertowertheatre.org