Friday 05.03


Alvin Ailey returns to Dallas after 30 years
In the world of modern American dance, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has stood for more than 50 years as something special, with a freedom and evergy to the movement of its dancers that set the tone for many companies since. It’s been 30 years, though, since the company performed in Dallas, but this weekend North Texans actually have three chances to see the troupe perform, with opening night on Friday, followed by matinee and evening performances on Saturday. You don’t want to wait another 30 years to see them.

Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora St. May 3–4.

Saturday 05.04


Cottonwood Arts Festival opens
Springtime in Dallas means a lot of things, but one of the certainties is: It’s outdoor art festival season! And one of the best is the Cottonwood Arts Festival in Richardson. Hoards of artists and artisans — including this year’s featured talent, Michelle Mardis, whose colorful dog portraits can melt your heart — set up booths with varied selections of items from crafts and leather to paintings and sculpture. Plus there’s live music and snacks available. And parking and admission are free. That’s an art movement everyone can appreciate.

Cottonwood Park
1321 W. Belt Line Road, Richardson.
May 4, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., May 5, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Sunday 05.05


Film version of gayish play ‘The Soul Gatherer’ screens
Dallas theater impresario Mark-Brian Sonna has been writing, directing, producing and/or acting in plays with his theater company for years now, and almost all have a queer bent. Now, one of his better plays, The Soul Gatherer, has been made into an indie film. Sonna himself co-stars in the feature, which will get its first  public screening (along with cast and crew on-hand) on Sunday at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. It’s a sneak peek at the moody, sexually charged drama.

Texas Theatre
231 W. Jefferson Blvd.
7 p.m. $7.50
(tickets available in advance at

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 3, 2013.