We are on the second full week of December, and holiday activities are in full swing. If you have not planned a traditional Christmas entertainment outing for your family yet, check out my art events’ review from last week. Most of the shows run through the month of December, and you can still find a time and date that suit your personal schedule. This week I would like to focus on other events, some of them less traditional, and most non Christmas related.
Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition
The first on my list and a must-see for those who have not been to the Vatican in Rome is Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition. Presented at the Women’s Museum Building in Fair Park, the exhibition is a meticulous recreation of the ceiling paintings from the Sistine Chapel via state of the art technology. The masterpieces are reproduced in their original sizes and allow the viewers to fully immerse in the experience of the magnificent space. The exhibit has been running since September 30th, but it is soon coming to a close (January 8th, 2017), so don’t miss out.
The seventh season of Soundings: New Music at the Nasher
Another special event is happening on December 15th at the Nasher Sculpture Center. The seventh season of Soundings: New Music at the Nasher brings to life rare works by Schulhoff, Reich and Wagner. The most notable piece of the program is the notorious Sonata Erotica by Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff; the composition artistically depicts a woman’s sexual climax through musical means. Featured performers are Parker String Quartet, Liza Sadovy, Roger Tapping, Natasha Brofsky, and Melanie Henley Heyn. Come and experience a night of exquisite music in the uplifting surroundings of the Nasher center. I expect it will be a real treat.
December 7th starts the run of the theatrical production “Gloria” by the Dallas Theater Center at the Wyly Theatre. The production focuses on the life of editorial assistants at a Manhattan magazine, who must fight to survive and get on top. This hilariously dark play promises to be on par with the infamous “Devil wears Prada”. If you liked the film, you should check out the play too. Fame, fortune and a book deal – what is the cost of success? Let’s find out. Not appropriate for those under seventeen.
A John Waters Christmas
Continuing in the spirit of adult humor, I should mention another show that is coming to Dallas next week. Writer/director John Waters will perform his critically acclaimed one man show “A John Waters Christmas” at The Kessler on December 14th. In this cult classic, the famous filmmaker will poke fun at the holiday season with adult-appropriate humor and unapologetic attitude of the left. If you want warm and fuzzy, this one is not for you, otherwise, enjoy!
Cirque Musica Holiday Show
Another artistic offering for the Dallasites comes from Cirque Musica, that will be presenting its stunning Cirque Musica Holiday Show at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco on December 17th. This breathtaking performance will offer more razzle-dazzle than any other holiday show on the planet. In their own words, the production promises to “bring audiences on an unforgettable journey into a world of high-flying adventure featuring amazing acrobats, aerialists, hilarious hijinks and holiday cheer.” Not your typical Christmas cheer, but why not?
Last on the list, but definitely not least in my book, is the presentation of seldom-performed “Pericles” – a staged reading of the Shakespearean play produced by Shakespeare Dallas and AT&T Performing Arts Center, and shown at Hamon Hall of Winspear Opera House. The readings will take place on December 18th and 19th. This performance is one of the series of readings of complete works of William Shakespeare produced by this collaboration. The tickets are only $10, so don’t miss out.