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Feb. 9 Dash for the Beads
Throw on some beads and celebrate Mardi Gras early with a 5k run, one-mile walk, costume contest and festival. A new route this year begins and ends at Kidd Springs Park. Proceeds benefit Fido Oak Cliff’s efforts to bring a permanent dog park to our neighborhood.
Bishop Arts District, dashforthebeads.org, $15-$30
Feb. 2 ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’
An “internationally ignored” rock singer from Communist Berlin tries to make it in the U.S. in this 35-mm print of the movie, inspired by an off-Broadway musical. The screening begins at 9 p.m. and an after-party follows with costumes, sing-alongs and DJs. A drag show intermission features Nikki Trash. Viewers must be 18 or older.
The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson, 214.948.1546, thetexastheatre.com, $12
Feb. 9 Jazz night
Enjoy complimentary drinks and spend an intimate evening with musicians David Benoit and Paul Taylor, who perform at 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. for the TeCo Theater jazz series.
Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler, 214.948.0716, tecotheater.org, $57.50-$62.50
Feb. 9-10 Mardi Gras
The neighborhood Mardi Gras festivities continue with the OCarnivale Masquerade Ball — the “best dance party in Dallas of the year,” according to the website. The party includes prizes, complimentary Cajun treats, themed drinks and more. The ball benefits Go Oak Cliff. Tickets are available online and range from $25 for general admission to $600 for a suite. On Sunday, Feb. 10 from 4-6 p.m, a Mardi Gras parade makes its way down Davis.
Bishop Arts District, mardigrasoakcliff.com
Feb. 12 ‘Moonwalking with Einstein’
Read this month’s book, Joshua Foer’s “Moonwalking with Einstein,” and join in the book club discussion at 6 p.m.
North Oak Cliff Library, 302 W. Tenth, 214.670.7555, dallaslibrary2.org, free
Feb. 15-16 ‘Audacity: A Celebration of American History’
See a spoken word performance about African-American history makers including Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Jesse Owens, Ella Fitzgerald and others. Stick around for a question-and-answer session following the performance along with a discussion with visiting speaker and history professor Derek Catsam, who will discuss the lasting impact of the 1961 Freedom Rides. Tickets are available online and by phone.
Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler, 214.948.0716, tecotheater.org, $10 in advance, $20 at the door
Feb 15-17 ‘The Playroom’
In this movie, four children in an attic make up a story while their parents do the same downstairs. The screenings begin at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 and 16, and at 5 p.m. on Feb. 17.
The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson, 214.948.1546, thetexastheatre.com, $8-$9.50
Feb. 20 John Denver tribute
The Kessler Theater welcomes a 15-city tour honoring the legendary musician in “John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert.” Former members of Denver’s band and a string section perform as vintage video plays. Doors for the concert, at the Dallas City Performance Hall, open at 7 p.m. and the show kicks off at 8 p.m.
Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora, 214.272.8346, thekessler.org, $20-$40
Feb. 23 The Pin Show
This showcase of independent fashion designers, founded by neighbor Julie McCullough, moves to West Dallas this year. The show, which also is produced by Brian Embry and Mike Thompson, features a runway show from 22 designers, music from the Danny Church Band, plus “street-style food” and a designer marketplace.
The green warehouse, 2900 Bataan, thepinshow.weebly.com, $15-$250