Friday 08.31

Second City takes on Dallas at DTC
The Dallas Theater Center begins its new season and, for the first time since moving to the Wyly, it’s not Shakespeare. Not even close. Instead, local actress Liz Mikel joins members of Chicago’s Second City comedy troupe for this hand-crafted show that pokes fun at Texas and Texans (tailored by some Second City writers, pictured, who visited the city for grist this summer).

DEETS: Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St. In previews through Sept. 6; full run until Sept. 30.


Thursday 09.06

Cliburn launches 50th concert series
We were all shocked this week by the news of Van Cliburn’s cancer diagnosis, but that only makes the new season of the historic 50th anniversary of the Cliburn Concert Series all the more poignant. Four gold medalists from his acclaimed quadrennial competition, including Haochen Zhang, pictured, will perform along with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.

DEETS: Bass Performance Hall, 435 Commerce St., Fort Worth. 7:30 p.m.


Thursday 09.06

Black’s ‘8’ opens Pride Festival
Dustin Lance Black, pictured, is cute, he’s smart, he’s famous and he’s an Oscar winner. He’s talented and he’s gay. But the main reason we love him is: He puts all those skills to good political use. His play, 8 — which dramatizes the Prop 8 debacle — was a critical hit nationally last year, and now it launches Uptown Players’ second annual Pride Performing Arts Festival with a one-night-only staging, directed by Rene Moreno.

DEETS: Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. 8 p.m.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 31, 2012.