It’s a three-day weekend for many, and there are several DARTable ways to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. You’ll also find some great theater and museum exhibits on this warm (for January) weekend in North Texas.
Friday, Jan. 17
Late Nights at the DMA kicks off the 20s by taking you back to the ’20s – the Roaring 20s, that would be, an era of big band music and swing dancing. Both will be happening at the Dallas Museum of Art, along with tours, free admission to special exhibitions and more. Dress in your finest 1920s attire, and you’ll get in for $5. The museum is about a 4-minute walk from St Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines.
Mandy Patinkin: Diaries is an eclectic evening of music ranging from Broadway show tunes to the American songbook, plus numbers from the likes of Randy Newman and Rufus Wainwright. Catch the powerful vocalist at the Eisemann Center, just across the plaza from the Red Line’s Galatyn Park Station.
Saturday, Jan. 18
The Garland Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade and March is a festive event in Garland hosted by the NAACP. It begins at 10 a.m. with a parade that starts at Dairy Road and Garden Drive, near Embree Park. The parade heads north on Dairy Road to State Highway 66, where it then turns left (west) and ends at 330 N. Fifth St. After the parade, don’t miss the special commemorative program at the Granville Arts Center. You can get to Embree Park by DART Bus Route 378; Granville Arts Center is right next to Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.
Sunday, Jan. 19
Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind is yet another must-see at the always-excellent Perot Museum of Nature and Science. You’ll see fossils of two recently discovered ancient human relatives – Australopithecus sediba and Homo naledi. Bonus: Unlike the relatives you saw over the holidays, they’re too polite to discuss politics at the dinner table. The exhibition is a big deal; the discovery is on a par with the famous “Lucy.” It runs through March 22. Get to the Perot Museum by walking about 9 minutes north from Akard Station on all four DART Rail lines.
City of Irving Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance takes place at the Irving Arts Center, and features a variety of music and dances performed by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. The event starts at 6 p.m. You can get to the venue by catching Bus Route 401 from North Lake College Station on the Orange Line.
Monday, Jan. 20
The 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration March/Parade is Dallas’ annual observance. It features approximately 250 entries from various community organizations, church groups, youth groups, nonprofit organizations, band/drill teams, colorful floats, and much more. The parade starts at Holmes Street and MLK Jr. Blvd. promptly at 10 a.m. It then proceeds down Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to Fair Park.