There’s a theatrical weekend in store, with several notable productions reaching the end of their run. Additionally, there’s a family-friendly art event, a first-of-its-kind bike ride, and a fabulous festival with local rock royalty headlining. Check it out:
Friday, Nov. 3
Martin Luther is on trial, and he’s being prosecuted by – wait for it – the Devil himself. In the new original play Martin Luther on Trial, Luther’s wife Katie defends him as anachronistic witnesses including Adolf Hitler, Sigmund Freud, Saint Paul, Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope Francis take the stand. This witty evening of theater explores one of history’s most dynamic personalities and the thought-provoking controversies he unleashed. The play runs today and Saturday only. Performances are at the Eisemann Center, right next to Galatyn Park Station.
It’s the last weekend of Pride and Prejudice, the classic comedy about the entanglements of love, family, marriage and money. The playwright Kate Hamill has successfully adapted Jane Austen material before, and she brings an imaginative, irreverent take to the English author’s most famous novel. The show runs through Sunday at the WaterTower Theatre, a short walk from Addison Transit Center.
Saturday, Nov. 4
Festival at the Switchyard is a whole day of fun in Historic Downtown Carrollton. There will be live entertainment, as well as free rides, games and activities – including a zip line and bungee trampolines. Local rockers emeritus The Toadies headline the annual street fair; Everclear and Emerald City Band also will perform. Vendors will be selling food and beverages, arts and crafts, and lots more. The festival takes place just steps from Downtown Carrollton Station.
Dallas Bike Ride is the inaugural event of Dallas’ only closed-road bike ride. It promises fun for the whole family. Beginning and ending at Dallas City Hall – with points of interest along the way – the ride (not race) is 20 miles, with an option to turn off at the halfway mark. There will be great photo opps, musical entertainment and more. The DART System is bike-friendly, with level boarding on light rail vehicles so you can easily roll on and off. Dallas City Hall is about three blocks from Convention Center Station.
The first Saturday of every month means free admission and fun family programming at the Nasher Sculpture Center. Target First Saturdays is a great way to introduce your preschool-to-elementary-school child to the world of creative thinking. The program explores a monthly “Big Idea” through a hands-on craft, a take-home activity and a scavenger hunt. There are also storytellers from the Dallas Public Library, a NasherKids Live! performance and live artist demos showing how sculpture is made. This month, the Big Idea is “Color,” and the art project is “Colorful Me.” Take any DART Rail line to St. Paul Station and walk three blocks north to Flora Street, or catch the D-Link (Route 722).
Nov. 4 Street Food Night Market is one magical Saturday night when Dallas goes global with a vibrant culinary event in Victory Park. Chefs for Farmers, comprised of amazing culinary talents from Texas and around the country, gather for an eclectic pop-up night market. And they’re ready to dish out street food favorites! Top-shelf spirits, local breweries, and select wineries round out this gourmet adventure. Globally inspired, locally sourced, amazing food – prepared by an all-star chef lineup that’s sure to make local gastronomes drool. It’s all at 2200 Victory Ave. Get there via DART Rail Orange or Green line to Victory Station
Sunday, Nov. 5
It’s the last day of Multiple Selves: Portraits in Print from Rembrandt to Rivera, which examines the development of self-portraiture from the 17th through the 20th centuries. The installation at the Dallas Museum of Art presents work drawn exclusively from the museum’s collection; it features artists such as Rembrandt, Renoir, Mondrian and Diego Rivera. Along the way, you’ll see how the invention of photography, the focus on abstraction in modern art, and the emergence of new disciplines such as psychology affected the artist’s approach to the self-portrait. The DMA is a three-block walk from St. Paul Station.