This weekend: music, movies, the Mexican Revolution, Elvis

Elvis was born 76 years ago Saturday.

Happy New Year, and thank goodness the holidays are over, but the party never ends. There’s a lot of stuff going on in Oak Cliff this weekend.

Tonight, Jan. 6, from 6-10 p.m. is the first, first Thursday of the year in the Bishop Arts District. Several retailers are having clearance sales.

The Gourds play at the Kessler Theater Friday. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Dallas-based folk/bluegrass band The O’s perform Saturday. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

On Friday at 7:30 p.m., the Texas Theatre is screening “Border Bandits”, a documentary from Oak Cliff-based director Kirby Warnock. UNT history professor Richard B. McCaslin will give a lecture, starting at 6:30 p.m., about the Texas/Mexico border. That’s all in companionship with the Oak Cliff Cultural Center’s current photo exhibit, “La Gente de la Revolución”, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. The lecutre and the photo exhibit are free, and the movie is $8.

The Texas also starts its Jaques Tati director series Saturday with a 2 p.m. screening of “Playtime”. Another movie, which Tati wrote but never produced, “The Illusionist”, has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards. It is screening in New York and Los Angeles now, and it comes to the Angelika in Dallas Jan. 28.

Saturday is the King’s birthday. Elvis would have been 76 years old this Jan. 8. El Ranchito’s annual Elvis tribute nights start next week. The first is Wednesday, Jan. 12, and a second is Jan. 19. Make reservations or get there early because the place will fill up fast.


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