DanceAfrica from Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Places! Oct. 5-11, 2017

Here's the week's best bets for theater, dance, classical music, opera, comedy, spoken word, cabaret and other performing arts in North Texas.

published Thursday, October 5, 2017

Welcome to Places!, which has a Thursday-to-Wednesday cycle, rounds up our picks for the best theater, dance, classical music, opera, comedy, spoken word/poetry, cabaret and other performing arts on local stages and arts on film in movie theaters. Of all the local print and/or digital publications out there, it's the only weekly list of best bets that covers the range of performing arts—and only performing arts.

This week: Dallas Black Dance Theatre's DanceAfrica celebrates the late Chuck "Baba" Davis; WingSpan Theatre Company does a latter Albee play; there are interesting symphonic entries from the Fort Worth and Richardson symphonies; the opening of the Voices of Change season; plus lots of comedy, divas and more.

This list doesn't have everything happening in this week's cycle, but we've hit the highlights. For more listings, click the red calendar button at the top right of the page, and then you'll see a search function where you can search for events by presenting company, venue, title, description, date range and more options. The list is still growing with the new seasons, and should be full in the next few weeks.

Note: Theater productions that have opened in a previous cycle and are in the middle of the run are not in the list below, but you can find them in the listings (see paragraph above). When a show is in its final weekend, we'll mention it in the "Last Chance" section of Places!

Get out and support the arts!






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DanceAfrica from Dallas Black Dance Theatre


 1  DanceAfrica

Dallas Black Dance Theatre | Moody Performance Hall | Dallas

Dallas Black Dance Theatre always has the great Chuck "Baba" Davis here to celebrate this annual event, but he passed earlier this year, so there's going to be a big celebration. Featuring Bandan Koro African Drumming, and other groups. On Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Dallas Arts District, there will be an outdoor festival celebrating African culture. | 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, plus 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday for outdoor festival

» More info in our listing


Photo: Lowell Sargeant
Occupant at WingSpan Theatre Company


 2  Occupant

WingSpan Theatre Company | Bath House Cultural Center | Dallas

Susan Sargeant's WingSpan Theatre Company is celebrating its 20th season, and they're doing it with one of her favorite writers, Edward Albee. For the big production, we get the regional premiere of his 2001 play about sculptor Louise Nevelson. Constance Gold Parry plays Nevelson, and Sargeant directs. | Oct. 8-21

» More info in our listing

» Our interview with Connie Parry and director Susan Sargeant



Teddy Abrams


 3  Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra | Bass Performance Hall | Fort Worth

The Fort Worth Symphony has Teddy Abrams on piano and conducting, and the group performs Michael Tilson Thomas' Agnegram, Ravel's Piano Concerto in G Major, and Prokofiev's fifth symphony. | 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8

» More info in our listing


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Dallas Symphony Chorus music director Joshua Habermann


 4  A Celebration of Singing

Dallas Symphony Chorus | Meyerson Symphony Center | Dallas

The Dallas Symphony Chorus is 40 years old, and celebrating with a free concert conducted by Joshua Habermann, along with the Booker T. Washington High School Choir and the Carter High School Chorales. They'll perform works by Jake Runestad (a world premiere), Bernstein, Mealor, Haan, Carter, Plain and O'Regan. | 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8

» More info in our listing


Photo: Courtesy
Alexander Moutouzkine


 5  Opening Night Concert

Richardson Symphony Orchestra | Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts | Richardson

Richardson Symphony Orchestra opens its season with works by Bach, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff, and featuring Alexandre Moutouzkine on piano. Clay Couturiaux conducts. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7

» More info in our listing


Photo: Marylene Mey
Composer Missy Mazzoli


 6  Set That on Fire

Voices of Change | Southern Methodist University, Caruth Auditorium | Dallas

Dallas' indispensible new music group opens its season with Charles Wuorinen's Trio for flute, bass clarinet, piano; Arno Babadjanian's Piano Trio; Yuko Uebayashi's Suite for flute, cello; and Missy Mazzoli's Set That on Fire

» More info in our listing


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Roque Cordero


 7  Latin American Music Festival

Texas Christian University School of Music | Ed Landreth Auditorium + PepsiCo Recital Hall, TCU | Fort Worth

Texas Christian University does a festival of Latin-American music, with performances Oct. 8-12. This year's event pays homage to the life and music of Roque Cordero, the most influential Panamanian composer and one of the most prominent Latin American composers of the 20th century, on the 100-year anniversary of his birth. All concerts and recitals are free and open to the public. The highlight of the festival will be the world premiere of one of Cordero’s most ambitious pieces, “Cantata para la Paz.” The piece, commissioned in 1979 by the National Endowment for the Arts but never performed, pays tribute to four men who spoke of peace but were victims of violence – Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. The composition also honors all men and women who have fought for peace. The 42-minute piece will be performed by the TCU Symphony, the TCU Chorale and a bass-baritone soloist. | Oct. 9-12 at various venues on the TCU campus

» More info in our listing


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The late Dick Gregory


 8  Downtown Dallas Comedy + Life, Lessons and Laughter: A Tribute to Dick Gregory

The Black Academy of Arts & Letters | Clarence Muse Café Theatre | Dallas

Lots of good comedy doins at the Black Academy this weekend. On Friday and Saturday nights, there's a lineup of local standups that includes Dez O'Neal, Dexter Givens, Luis Juarez, Jasmine Ellis, Bryan Stamps, Kelanna Spiller, Simply Courtney and Saffy Heffron; then on Sunday, there's a tribute to the late, great comedian, actor and Civil Rights leader Dick Gregory. | 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 & 7; 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8

» More info


Photo: Angela Ross
Lindsay Goldapp of Stomping Ground Comedy Theater


 9  Laughing Matters

Stomping Ground Comedy Theater | Arts Mission Oak Cliff | Dallas

Stomping Ground Comedy Theater, a new non-profit with a love for all kinds of improv and sketch comedy, has a benefit performance for, well, Stomping Ground, at Arts Mission Oak Cliff. | 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7

» Our feature on this event and company


Photo: Jason Johnson-Spinos
Bat Boy the Musical at Outcry Theatre


 10  Bat Boy the Musical

Outcry Theatre | Addison Theatre Centre, Studio Theatre | Addison

Outcry Theatre takes on the Laurence O'Keefe, Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming musical based on the Weekly World News headline about a half-boy, half-bat creation. Performing in the Studio Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre. | Oct. 6-15

» More info in our listing


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Ian Ferguson and Michael Federico, playwrights of Parables


 11  Parables (for sleeping in daylight or dark)

The Drama Club | Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Theater campus | Dallas

The Drama Club is back with a staged reading of a new musical by Michael Federico (book, story) and Ian Ferguson (music, lyrics, story), which follows a young woman named Eveline whose birth signaled a great change in the world! At least that’s what she tells us. In reality, as Eveline loses her connection to her family and friends, her grasp on the real world slowly slips away. From the press release: "With songs spanning styles from contemporary musical theater to Abba-esque disco pop to intergalactic punk, Parables brings its audience along with Eveline’s comedic and sometimes heartbreaking saga as the boundaries between her waking life and her far-flung reveries fall away." | 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8; and 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9

» More info in our listing



 12  The Wal*Mart-ians

Texas Woman's University Theatre | TWU, Redbud Theatre | Denton

TWU presents the regional premiere of associate professor and local playwright Steven Young's apocalyptic comedy set in small-town Iowa. | Oct. 11-15

» More info in our listing








Dallas VideoFest changes its format this year, opening with a weekend of 16 documentaries, all at one theater on one screen, and includes docs about Hedy Lamarr, Thelonius Monk and more. | Oct. 5-8

» Our preview story

» Bart Weiss's Film Notes column about the work of Alan Govenar


The Great Love Debate with Brian Howie

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Oct. 5

» More info


Robert Powell

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano. | Oct. 5-7

» More info


Jerry Rocha

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth. | Oct. 5-7

» More info


Rod Man

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Oct. 5-8

» More info

Aries Spears

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv.  | Oct. 5-8

» More info


The Trip to Bountiful

Horton Foote's drama, presented by One Thirty Productions at the Bath House Cultural Center. | Oct. 5-15

» More info in our listing


Titus Andronicus

The Shakespeare Dallas production moves to Addison Circle Park. | Oct. 5-15

» More info in our listing

» Our review from the Samuell-Grand Park location




Dueling Divas

Jubilee Theatre opens its season with a concert with some of its favorite singers, performing Broadway, gospel, R&B and more. | 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6-8

» More info in our listing


Steve Hirst

The comedian is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas. | Oct. 6-7

» More info


Inferno! Fire at the Cocoanut Grove

The Core Theatre in Richardson brings back James Hansen's play for the third time. | Oct. 6-29

» More info in our listing


The Little Foxes

Theatre Coppell presents the Lillian Hellman classic. | Oct. 6-22

» More info in our listing



Artisan Center Theater in Hurst does the Maury Yeston/Arthur Kopit musical based on The Phantom of the Opera novel. | Oct. 6-Nov. 4

» More info in our listing


Take One Improv

Take One Improv performs the late night shows at Pocket Sandwich Theatre. | 11:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7

» More info





Ayuda Para Mexico: Pop Up Fundraising Event

This event raises money for Los Topos, a group providing aid to the victims of the Mexico City earthquake. Performers include Dallas Poetry Slam Team, plus music, DJ, food and drink, at Top Ten Records in Oak Cliff. Suggested donation $10. | 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7

» More info


Dallas Playwrights Collective

Metamorphosis: A living theatre hosts a new local playwriting group, at the South Dallas Cultural Center. | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7

» More info



Catch the Metropolitan Opera's production of the Bellini opera on the big screen at several local theaters: Movies 16 Grand Prairie, NorthPark Center 15, Cinemark 17 with IMAX, and Cinemark 13 in Mansfield. | 11:55 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7; and 1 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11

» More info






Arlington Improv Open Mike

Free comedy open mike on Wednesdays at the Arlington Improv.  | 7 p.m. Wednesdays

» More info


Backdoor Comedy Open Mike

The Backdoor Comedy Club at the Doubletree Hotel in Dallas has weekly open mike stand-up. | 8:30 p.m. Thursdays

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Broadway on a Tuesday with K-Marie and Friends

Kimberly Oliver hosts this weekly showcase (#BOAT) of musical theater peeps and other vocalists singing showtunes and more, at Alexandre's Bar, 4026 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas. | 8 p.m. Tuesdays

» More info


Dallas Area Open Play

The Allegro Guitar Society has an open classical guitar session 4-6 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month at Dunn Brothers Coffee Shop, 3725 Belt Line Road in Addison.

» More info


Dallas Comedy House

The Dallas Comedy House in Deep Ellum has improv and sketch performances by local and regional troupes at various times on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, with free improv jam sessions and stand-up open mikes on Tuesdays. Closed Sundays and Mondays.

» More info


Denise Lee Onstage Cabaret Series

Denise Lee presents monthly cabaret nights at two venues in town:

  • Two Corks and a Bottle in the Quadrangle in Uptown Dallas, 7:30 p.m. third Tuesday of the month
  • Women's Building in Fair Park, 7:30 p.m. fourth Tuesday of the month

» More info


Fort Worth Poetry Slams Open Mike

Host Michael Guinn leads this weekly open mike; participants earn points to see who makes it to Cowtown's award-winning national slam team. You can also just go to watch and listen. | 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 22

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Four Day Weekend

Fort Worth's popular, long-running improv company has four performances every weekend at the Four Day Weekend Theater, Fort Worth. | 7:30 and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Mama's Party

Amy Stevenson hosts a musical theater open mike event at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie. | 7:30 p.m. on select Mondays

» More info


Liz Mikel's Entertainer's Showcase

Dallas Theater Center company member Liz Mikel leads a jazz, R&B and show tune open mike every Monday at the Balcony Club, above the Lakewood Theater in East Dallas. | 9:30 p.m. Mondays

» More info


Open Classical

Bring an instrument (including your voice) and participate in this weekly classical music open mic. Events are in various locations in North Texas:

  • 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Buzzbrews Kitchen on Lemmon Avenue, Dallas
  • 8 p.m. second and fourth Mondays at Button's in Fort Worth

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Open Mic Nite at Central

The Dallas Public Library Central Branch presents an open mic for musicians, poets and other performers. At the J. Erik Jonsson Library in downtown Dallas. | 5:30-7:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month.

» More info


The Rose Room at S4

The Rose Room is a cabaret club within the dance S4 in Oak Lawn, Dallas, that has drag shows at 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; and at 11 p.m. Thursdays. 

» More info


Tuesday Tease

Sue Ellen's presents an evening of Queer variety every Tuesday at the bar at 3014 Throckmorton, Dallas. | 10 p.m. every Tuesday

» More info






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Luke of the Lake and Will of the Woods at Hip Pocket Theatre


Bus Stop

The William Inge classic at Rover Dramawerks in Plano. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert

New York's Fellowship for the Performing Arts presents Max McLean as C.S. Lewis, in the Bank America Theatre at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts in Richardson. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing

Luke of the Lake & Will of the Woods (a cartoon fantasy)

Presented by Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


The Marvelous Wondrettes: Dream On

Presented by Granbury Theatre Company at the Granbury Opera House. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Smile and Smile: An Evening of Booze and Villains

Presented by Dragstrip Courage as the annual Shakespeare in the Park(ing Lot) production at Arts Fifth Avenue, Fort Worth. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing






  1. Stage West presents Aaron Posner's Life Sucks, freely adapted from Chekhov's  Uncle Vanya | Oct. 12-Nov. 12
  2. Teatro Dallas presents An Evening with Two Giants | Oct. 13-Nov. 4
  3. Amphibian Stage Productions presents the world premiere of David Davalos' A Lost Leonardo | Oct. 13-Nov. 5
  4. WaterTower Theatre presents Kate Hamill's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice | Oct. 13-Nov. 5
  5. House Party Theatre presents Claire Carson's Shadow Woman at the Underground at the Bath House Cultural Center | Oct. 14-28
  6. The Eisemann Center presents Anna Carrerre Piaf! The Show | Oct. 14
  7. Sherry Jo Ward's Stiff is performed at Stage West | Oct. 17-31
  8. The tour of Rent comes to Bass Performance Hall | Oct. 17-22
  9. Circle Theatre presents Application Pending | Oct. 19-Nov. 18
  10. Uptown Players' season opens with The Full Monty | Oct. 20-Nov. 5
  11. Brick Road Theatre presents The Secret Garden at the Courtyard Theatre in Plano | Oct. 20-29
  12. Amphibian Stage Productions presents a New Play Festival | Oct. 21-Nov. 5
  13. Kitchen Dog Theater presents Ironbound at the Trinity River Arts Center | Oct. 26-Nov. 12
  14. Our Productions Theatre Company presents Haunted at MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville | Oct. 26-29
  15. Prism Movement Theater presents Lear at Theatre Three's Theatre Too! | Oct. 26-Nov. 19
  16. Resolute Theatre Project presents Ordinary People at Amy's Studio of Performing Arts | Nov. 3-12
  17. Casa Mañana presents Evita | Nov. 4-12
  18. Undermain Theatre presents John | Nov. 8-Dec. 3
  19. Jubilee Theatre presents Saturday Nights, Sunday Mornings: The Story of Al Green at the Scott Theatre | Nov. 10
  20. The tour of Irving Berlin's White Christmas comes to Bass Performance Hall | Nov. 14-19



  1. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance presents Big Bad Wolf and Les Fairies in the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project in the Sixth Floor Studio Theatre at the Wyly Theatre, Dallas | Oct. 19-21
  2. The Bombshell Dance Project debuts at Sammons Center for the Arts | Oct. 20
  3. TITAS brings Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company to Moody Performance Hall, Dallas | Oct. 27-28
  4. TITAS brings Malpaso Dance Company to Moody Performance Hall, Dallas | Nov. 10-11



  1. The Dallas Symphony's Remix series presents Dvorak's American Suite at Moody Performance Hall | Oct. 13-14
  2. The Dallas Chamber Music Society season opens with The Danish Quartet at Caruth Auditorium | Oct. 16
  3. The Dallas Chamber Symphony presents a new score to the Buster Keaton film The General at Moody Performance Hall | Oct. 17
  4. The Dallas Opera season opens with Saint-Saëns' Samson et Dalila at the Winspear Opera House | Oct. 20-Nov. 5
  5. The Dallas Opera presents Verdi's La traviata at Winspear Opera House | Oc. 27-Nov. 12



  1. Eddie Izzard is at the Majestic Theatre | Oct. 13
  2. Bill Bellamy comes to the Arlington Improv | Oct. 20-22
  3. Rhett & Link's Tour of Mythicality comes to the Majestic Theatre | Oct. 21
  4. Bill Engvall comes to the Winspear Opera House | Nov. 2
  5. Colin Quinn comes to the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff | Nov. 16


» For complete listings of what's happening on North Texas stages, click on the calendar icon at the top right of the page. Once there, you can click the red "Search the Calendar" box, and search for listings by dates, performance type, the presenting company, titles or descriptions. For instance, type "Shakespeare" into the description field, click SEARCH and you'll find a host of performances (theater, dance, music, etc.) by, adapted from or about the Bard. Thanks For Reading

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Here's the week's best bets for theater, dance, classical music, opera, comedy, spoken word, cabaret and other performing arts in North Texas.
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