Wednesday February 9
Black History Month at the Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center
Did you know there is a Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center (5657 Mariner Drive) located at Dallas Executive Airport? It offers a huge collection of WWII nose art, educational exhibits, and artifact collections. It is a diverse collection and among STEM workshops and other programs, it can be a source of inspiration for the public. During Black History Month, NAEC honors black aviation pioneers both through a physical exhibit and on Facebook. Visit in person to learn about the Tuskegee Airmen and others, and keep the curiosities online for historical facts and photos. Admission is $10, available online.
Thursday February 10
Russell Peters’ Act Your Age Tour at Texas Trust CU Theater
It’s kind of weird doing an article on a Russell Peters show. Career Comedian and Star of the Last Year Clifford the big red dog is quite polarizing. Familiar among Netflix’s stand-up special artists, Peters often gets personal, venturing into race — and sometimes racist stereotypes. This has earned him haters, but also fans in the way of “call him what he sees it”. It’s interesting how his punchlines changed as he got older. When he hosted the Juno Awards, they later apologized for his jokes, and he’s also a Joe Rogan apologist (or stand-by-ist, whatever term you prefer). Peters is coming to the Texas Trust CU Theater in Grand Prairie at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 10 with his Act Your Age Tour. Regardless of your take on his previous comedy, it will inspire a reaction, so be prepared and maybe buy some popcorn to watch the audience. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $39.75, via Axs.
ARTCRUSH at CANVAS Hotel
Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday, but ARTCRUSH don’t follow the rules. It’s 6-10 p.m. Thursday, so you can get the party started early at the CANVAS Hotel (1325 Botham Jean Blvd.). The free event, hosted by FGIII Fine Art Productions, is all about heading to this gallery rooftop lounge and feeling the vibes with art – perhaps making eyes on the other side of the roof , then walking around and asking for a commitment. Featured Dallas-Fort Worth artists include Sarah Janese, Chris Brown (not that one), Kenzi Smith, Rambo, Lolita Jackson and others. RSVP on Facebook.
Art Exhibits and Community Roundtable at the Dallas African American Museum
The African American Museum (3536 Grand Ave., in Fair Park) celebrates Black History Month with three exciting ongoing exhibits that examine the Prairie View Interscholastic League in black high school sports during the time of a Texas segregated. These feature Fort Worth’s own Sepia magazine and spotlight Dallas photographer George R. Fullers’ documentation of the struggle against police brutality and discrimination in 1980s and 1990s Dallas. All exhibits run until February 26, 11 a.m. On Thursday, February 10, the museum is organizing a roundtable entitled “From Generational Trauma to Generational Healing”. It’s free, but reservations are required (214-403-5726). To learn more about the museum and its exhibit, visit the website.
Friday February 11
Bare Book Club presents Glamorama at the Margo Jones Theater
The naked literary show you knew as Naked Girls Reading is now Bare Book Club, and that production is all Glamorama – or, in other words, stories of fame and stardom presented through a mix of of acting, literature and sex appeal by Courtney Crave, Kitty Martini, Honey Cocoa Bordeauxx and others.
Doors are 7 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at the Margo Jones Theater (1121 First Ave., in Fair Park). GA tickets are $20 and VIP tickets (with loot) are $30, available through Prekindle. Learn more about Bare Book Club on the event site.
Festival of Laughs at Texas Trust CU Theater
Our favorite anecdote about the “undisputed queen of comedy” is that a Killeen, Texas radio station (MyKiss 103.1 FM) once held a poll asking “Is Sommore too hot for Killeen?” There may very well be nothing we could write that would better prepare any Texan for their stand-up. Also, if you didn’t already know, the answer is most definitely “Yasss, queen”. Queen Sommore is hosting the Festival of Laughs at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 at the Texas Trust CU Theater. She will welcome on stage Arnez J, Don DC Curry, Tony Rock, D. Elli$ and Griff to complete the line-up. Tickets start at $59, available through Axs.
Saturday February 12
Jooyoung Choi: Songs of Resilience from the Tapestry of Faith at the Crow Museum of Asian Art
If you haven’t been to the Arts District since the Nasher opened the Harry Bertoia exhibit, this Saturday, February 12 would be a great time to go. Why? To see the opening of the Crow Museum of Asian Art at the University of Texas at Dallas (2010 Flora St.) JooYoung Choi: Songs of Resilience from the Tapestry of Faith as part of an ongoing effort to showcase contemporary Texas-based Asian female artists. This multimedia, Technicolor dream world — the artist actually constructed the fictional land and named it Cosmic Womb — is beyond anything digestible in a single viewing. Comprising painting, sculpture, animation and video, all installed with musical overlay, the details of the Houston artist’s masterpiece seem endless. The themes explore titular identity, trauma, and resilience, but it’s clear that media representation plays an important role. The Crow is free and open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Visit the website for more information.
For the love of the kettle at the Kettle Art Gallery
Beloved owner of Deep Ellum’s Kettle Art Gallery (2650 Main St.), Frank Campagna, described For the love of the kettle as “essentially a competitive shopping event where the queue forms early and a mad rush happens right at 7pm when the doors open” which might be one of the most promising things to say about an artistic event and the future of art. Too much? Certainly not. We love the idea of people claiming each other to get their original 9×12 artwork. With over 120 coins available at $50 each, there’s plenty to be won, but Campagna is right: get in line early on Saturday, February 12. Most coins sell out within the first hour. The benefit doesn’t just mark a work of art, it helps support a community. This one-night fundraiser keeps the Kettle Art Gallery going for the rest of the year, bringing the weird and the beautiful to Deep Ellum. Art wins. Visit Kettle online before you go.
Sunday February 13
The Cara Mía Theater presents Luchadora! at the Latino Cultural Center
Don’t wait; go to the Latino Cultural Center (2600 Live Oak Street) to see the Cara Mía Theater Luchadora! 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 11 (there are other times on Saturday and Sunday if you must). The story is sweet, empowering, and moving as we follow Lupita on her quest to become (you guessed it) a luchadora. But y’all, this is 1960s Texas and girls don’t do that. Or do they? It’s amazing what a pink lucha libre mask can do. Adult tickets start at $20, available online.
Monday February 14
Junk King’s Dump Your Ex’s Stuff Event at Well Grounded Coffee Community
Are you heartbroken or just got some of your ex’s shit that you don’t need to move again? Valentine’s Day is your day, thanks to Junk King Dallas and North Texas. Drop a few items for free and not only will you get much-needed space, but the American Heart Association will receive much-needed donations. For every magician’s hoodie or holster (just a generic example, to illustrate this process, we assure you) you throw away, Junk King donates $1 to the AHA. Join Well Grounded Coffee Community (9219 Garland Road) between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Monday, February 14 and declutter for good.
Heart-Shaped Pizzas at Greenville Avenue Pizza Company
I can’t bear this enough: Eat at home on Valentine’s Day. Now, we didn’t say don’t support local businesses; we just said eat this support from the comfort of your own home. And a particularly delicious and adorable way to do it is with a heart-shaped pizza from Greenville Avenue Pizza Company (1923 Greenville Ave. or 1145 Peavy Road in Dallas and 520 Lockwood in Richardson). GAPCo will form the dough and you can design fillings according to your desires… or better yet, those of your appointment. Or BFF. Or a cat (just kidding, don’t feed your cat pizza). Pre-orders are recommended. Visit online pizza killers.
Tuesday February 15
Arts & Letters Live: Brendan Slocumb at the Dallas Museum of Art
Brendan Slocumb has many gifts. We don’t think that’s a stretch – you don’t become an accomplished violinist, educational consultant for the Kennedy Center, award-winning music teacher, and lauded novelist without great skill and talent. But it’s the combination of it all that makes us so excited for his latest achievement. Arts & Letters Live hosts Slocumb at the Dallas Museum of Art (1717 Harwood St.) at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15 to discuss his thriller The Violin Plot. The Good Morning America Book Club’s choice proves not only a page-turner after her heirloom violin is stolen before a competition, but also an exposure of racism in classical music. In-person tickets start at $30, with virtual at $12, both available online.