Best Bets • 02.26.16

Friday 02.26—Saturday 02.27


Black Academy of Arts and Letters presents 12th annual Festival of Black Dance Weekend

Jamaica’s Stella Maris Dance Company returns to Dallas to share the spotlight with Atlanta Dance Connection, in it’s first Dallas appearance, at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters’ 12th annual Festival of Black Dance. The Stella Marris company will perform the specially commissioned spoken word piece, “My Language,” written by Curtis King.

Naomi Martin Main Stage
605 S. Griffin St. 8 p.m.
Tickets are $10

Saturday 02.27


‘Real Housewives’ star performing Saturday at The Brick

With six consecutive No. 1 dance hits under her belt and a new album due out this spring, Erika Jayne is sure to get you in the mood to move. Dannee Phann Productions presents the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star at The Brick, 2525 Wycliff Road. Doors open at 9 p.m.; the show starts at midnight and will be followed by
a meet-and-greet with Jayne.

General admission tickets are $20 in advance.
VIP table for three packages are $150, and table seating only is $30 per person.

Thursday 03.03


Dallas Theater Center and Alley Theatre present All The Way

Dallas Theater Center presents, in a co-production with Alley Theatre, a “Texas-sized” production of All The Way, Robert Schenkkan’s fascinating portrait of Lyndon B. Johnson, from the moment of his accidental presidency in 1963 to his landslide election a year later. Directed by DTC’s Kevin Moriarity, the show features actors from both DTC and the Alley Theatre in Houston.

It opens Thursday in Dallas after a successful run in Houston, and continues through March 27.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 26, 2016.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

GIVEAWAY: Tix to Festival of Black Dance and to Brian Stokes Mitchell with Lea Salonga

We’re doubling up on you today with tickets to two major events coming up.

The Black Academy of Arts & Letters (TBAAL) is offering Dallas Voice readers the chance to win tickets to Friday (opening) night of its 8th Annual Festival of Black Dance. The show will feature Jamaica’s Stella Marris Dance Company, the Dallas-based Happy Nia Dance Theatre and the Djely Kunda West African Dance and Drum Ensemble. The festival will be held at the Naomi Bruton Main Stage, 650 S. Griffin St. at 8 p.m.

We’ll keep this one easy. Just send an email my way with “Dance the night away” in the subject line and your name and phone number in the body. TBAAL has been pretty generous so please state if you prefer one or two pairs of tickets.

Broadway fans can rejoice because we also have tickets to the upcoming show Do You Hear the People Sing at American Airlines Center. The showtune extravaganza will feature Broadway stars Brian Stokes Mitchell and Lea Salonga headlining with the Dallas Pops Orchestra performing signature tunes from Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, The Pirate Queen and more.

To win a pair of tickets to this epic-sized show, send your email here with “SING” in the subject line as well as your name and number to contact winners.

The show is scheduled for March 23.

—  Rich Lopez