The sixth-annual Oak Cliff Mardi Gras masquerade ball features the music of Johnny Tone of Club Wood and Ice House Band. Tickets cost $60 and include a 7-8:30 p.m. buffet from Alligator Café.
The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis, 214.272.8346, thekessler.org
‘Pay 2 Play’
John Ennis’ 2014 documentary about “our Monopoly-inspired system of government” is the February installment of the free first Tuesday social justice film series.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, 3839 W. Kiest, 214.337.2429, firsttuesdayfilms.org
Dash for the Beads
Oak Cliff Mardi Gras kicks off Saturday morning with a 5k run. The run begins and ends at Kidd Springs Park, and the after-party includes barbecue, beer and wine, live music, a bounce house and costumes.
Llewellyn and Fifth, dashforthebeads.org
The Dallas Neoclassical Ballet presents “The Turning Point,” a 1977 fictional film about at the real-life friendship between ballerinas Isabel Mirrow Brown and Nora Kaye. The company performs three pieces at 6 p.m., prior to the movie. Tickets cost $15.
The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson, 214.948.1546, dallasneo-classicalballet.com
Mardi Gras parade
The 4 p.m. Mardi Gras parade is the largest event in Oak Cliff, drawing thousands of revelers to our neighborhood. The route starts at Rosemont Avenue and runs east on West Davis to the Bishop Arts District. West Davis is closed from Rosemont to Bishop from about 3-5 p.m. gooakcliff.org
Feb. 19-March 1
New play competition
Six local playwrights produce original one-act plays in this annual competition. The winner receives $1,000, and audience members get to vote for their favorites. Tickets cost $15.
Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler, 214.948.0716, tecotheater.org
Buffy Sainte-Marie, a singer/songwriter, artist and political activist since 1962, performs an 8 p.m. show at the Kessler Theater. The show is presented by WordSpace and sponsored by The Arts Community Alliance and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. Tickets start at $25.
The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis, thekessler.org
B. Randall hosts “Verse & Rhythm,” a free poetry night at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center starting at 7 p.m.
Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson, 214.670.3777, dallasculture.org/oakcliffculturalcenter