05.07.11 OAK CLIFF CINCO DE MAYO FREE Jefferson Boulevard will transform into a huge festival, celebrating Cinco de Mayo and the 15th anniversary of the Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts Inc., which promotes arts education. Fittingly, the theme is “La Quinceañera”, and the party starts at 11 a.m. with a parade on East Jefferson at 200 S. Cumberland. It’s billed as the largest Cinco de Mayo parade in North Texas, including marching bands and folkloric dance groups, and draws thousands of spectators. The noon-8 p.m. festival follows at Casa Guanajuato at Brooklyn and Polk, featuring food booths, more dance performances, school groups and other activities. First, second and third-place trophies will be awarded to the best parade floats. 1002 Brooklyn, 214.569.8381.
05.01 DR. STRANGELOVE $8 The Texas Theatre launches a new film series to celebrate Oak Cliff, beginning with a screening of “Dr. Strangelove” to honor Terry Southern. Southern, who wrote the screenplay for the 1964 film with Stanley Kubrick, grew up in our neighborhood and attended Winnetka Elementary and Sunset High School. The theater has dubbed May 1 “Terry Southern Day”. 231 W. Jefferson, 512.936.4639, thetexastheatre.com.
05.05 and 05.08 BLUE DEMON FILM FESTIVAL $9-$12 La Academia de Estrellas, a charter school at Cliff Temple Baptist Church, is raising money by celebrating a famous luchador and movie star. This two-day film festival at the Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson, examines the life of wrestler the Blue Demon, aka Alejandro Muñoz Moreno. Moreno was born in Nuevo Leon and is considered by many a national hero. He died in 2000. The festival includes screenings of a 30-minute documentary, “The History of the Blue Demon”, and a feature film starring the Blue Demon, “The Mummies of Guanajuato”. The wrestler’s son, “Blue Demon Jr.”, has inherited the mask and will be on-hand for Q&A sessions at both screenings. Tickets are $9 for children and $12 for adults. thetexastheatre.com.
05.07 SIDEWALK STORIES $12-$25 Contemporary Ballet Dallas closes its 10th anniversary season with a performance at 8 p.m. at the Texas Theatre. “Sidewalk Stories” includes all original works, examining urban life from different perspectives. Admission is $22 for adults and $12 for students if purchased in advanced. Tickets are available at the door for $25 and $15, respectively. 231 W. Jefferson, contemporaryballetdallas.com.