03.05.11-03.06.11 OAK CLIFF MARDI GRAS $0-$50 The Bishop Arts District will be crawling with neighbors decked in Mardi Gras outfits for two days of celebrations. First up, Dash for the Beads. The 5k and 1-mile costumed run begins at 9 a.m. March 5 at Bishop and Davis. Registration is $15-$25 with all proceeds benefiting beautification projects at Lake Cliff Park. For details, call 214.943.5793 or visit dashforthebeads.org. Later that evening, partiers will gather for the OCarnivale Masquerade Ball at 8 p.m. at the Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis. Admission is $40 at the door and $50 in advance. On March 6, the Mardi Gras Parade will make its way through the B.A.D. at 4 p.m. on a 1-mile route. Afterward, there’s a Crawfish Boil — one pound of crawfish for $15. For more details on any of these events, visit mardigrasoakcliff.com.
THROUGH 03.03 BEE MOVIE $8 Where would we be without bees? They are a vital part of agriculture, but bee colonies are declining worldwide. “Queen of the Sun” is a documentary examining the global bee crisis through the eyes of beekeepers, farmers and philosophers. It screens at the Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson, March 1-3 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact thetexastheatre.org or 214.948.1546.
THROUGH 03.12 TEXAS SCULPTURE FREE The Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson, presents an exhibition with the Texas Sculpture Association featuring a variety of sculptural work. Gallery hours are 3-9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call 214.670.3777 or visit dallasculture.org.
03.05 TRINITY RIVER LEVEE RUN $10-$25 To see the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge from a different perspective, register for the Trinity River Levee Run, which starts at 9 a.m. at Trammell Crow Park, 3700 Sylvan. The race includes 10k and 5k runs along the river, taking participants to experience the final stage of the bridge’s construction. There’s also a 2-mile fun-run/walk. Awards will be given to first-, second- and third-place winners overall in male and female categories and to the top three finishers in each age group. Registration costs $10 for Dallas Running Club members, $20 for the general public and $25 for everyone who signs up on race day, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Pre-registration closes March 2. For more details, visit dallasrunningclub.com.
03.10 TURNER HOUSE SALON SERIES $10-$15 As part of the Spring Salon Series at Turner House, classically trained chef Claudine Martyn will speak about the slow food movement locally and internationally. Oak Cliff residents Chris Tuck and Jim Shade of the Dallas Slow Food Chapter also will present. The event is at 7:30 p.m. at Turner House, 401 Rosemont. Admission is $15 for non-members and $10 for members. For details, visit turnerhouse.org.
03.12 FESTIVAL OF TABLES $20 The Oak Cliff Women’s Club, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, hosts its 15th annual Festival of Tables beginning at 10 a.m. at the group’s clubhouse, 3555 W. Kiest. The event features 17 tables decorated with different themes, such as “garden party” and “life is a cabaret”. Julie Johnson and Steve Barkus will perform. The event includes a raffle, two tickets for $5. Proceeds benefit the Genesis Women’s Shelter. For details, call 214.948.7941.
03.19 RAY WYLIE HUBBARD $25 Storytellers at the Kessler this month brings us the prolific singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard. Hubbard moved to Oak Cliff as a kid and graduated from Adamson High School in 1965, so we expect lots of good stories along with his distinctive brand of Texas music. For more information, contact thekessler.org or 214.864.1748.