Format: 12/6/19

Selected Shorts

Saturday, February 1, 7:30 p.m.

Promotional Partner: KERA

As one of the premier reading series in New York City, Selected Shorts comes to the DMA with an evening of O. Henry Prize–winning stories. The prestigious anthology recently celebrated its 100th anniversary and continues to publish short stories by a mix of celebrated names and new, emerging voices. A selection of award-winning stories—“Midrash on Happiness” by Grace Paley, “Nayla” by Youmna Chlala, “A Permanent Member of the Family” by Russell Banks, and “Oh Shenandoah” by Maura Stanton—will be brought to life on stage through readings by acclaimed actors.


The Legacy of Little Women

Monday, February 3, 7:30 p.m.

In partnership with Dallas Theater Center 

Enjoy a sneak peek of performance highlights from the Dallas Theater Center’s Little Women before it opens to the public, as well as an in-depth discussion about the play, the iconic novel, its influence, and its legacy. Sarahbeth Grossman (Artistic Producer, DTC) will moderate a conversation with Anne Boyd Rioux (author of Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters) and the director of the DTC production Sarah Rasmussen, who commissioned the play from award-winning playwright Kate Hamill in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the classic novel.


Gallery Talk: Focus On: Ragnar Kjartansson and Focus On: Alex Katz

Wednesday, February 5, 12:15 p.m.

Join Hilde Nelson, the DMA’s Curatorial Administrative Assistant for Contemporary Art, for a lunchtime talk about two exhibitions focused on Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson and American painter Alex Katz. While distinct, both exhibitions highlight work from Dallas collections and explore the theme of autobiography in the artists’ work.


Letters Aloud

Monday, February 10, 7:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand, but with a new themed performance for Dallas audiences, Letters Aloud presents real letters by real people, read by great actors in a two-hour performance. Love Me or Leave Me features letters of loving, longing, and leaving. From awkward courtship to horrible breakups to loves of a lifetime and lifetimes of love, Letters Aloud has it all in missives that range from steamy to sweet from the likes of Mark Twain, Frida Kahlo, Charles Bukowski, George Carlin, Virginia Woolf, Napoleon Bonaparte, and a nice kid who grew up to be Slash. “Reality TV’s got nothing on us!”


Tembi Locke

Tuesday, February 18, 7:30 p.m.

Tembi Locke is a Hollywood actor, TEDx speaker on resilience, advocate, and New York Times bestselling author of From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home, which was a Reese Witherspoon Book Club x Hello Sunshine pick and is being adapted into a Netflix series, directed by Witherspoon. Author Laila Lalami praises it as “a marvelous memoir about taking chances, finding love, and building a home away from home. In From Scratch, Tembi Locke writes movingly about loss, grief, and the healing miracle of food.” The book includes 16 recipes from Locke’s summers in Sicily. 


Texas Bound

Monday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.
Compelling stories and passionate acting, all literally from the heart of Texas.”
Southern Living   
Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Allison Tolman of Fargo and Emergence will read “Museum” by Naomi Shihab Nye and “And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane” by Jenny Lawson. Christie Vela, Associate Director of Theatre Three and a Kitchen Dog Theater company member, will read “Puro Amor” by Sandra Cisneros. Ruben Carrazana, acclaimed actor, director, and writer, will read “Art of Translation” by Benjamin Alire Saenz. Directed by Tina Parker, Co-Artistic Director, Kitchen Dog Theater.

Make & Take: Mosaic Plaques

Thursday, February 27, 5:30 p.m.

Add sparkle and shine to any space with a handmade mosaic plaque. Learn the basics about this traditional art form that incorporates color and intricate design to enhance flat forms and surfaces.




Moveable Feast Book Club: Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters

Friday, February 28, 11:45 a.m.

Join fellow book lovers for lunch in the DMA’s Cook Boardroom as you enjoy the opportunity to delve more deeply into Anne Boyd Rioux’s examination of the enduring legacy of Little Women in her book Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters. The conversation will be facilitated by Dr. Randi Tanglen, Associate Professor of English, Director of the Gender Studies Program, and Director of the Robert and Joyce Johnson Center for Faculty Development and Excellence in Teaching at Austin College. Please note that this is a book discussion, not an author event.


Hallam Family Concerts

Saturday, February 29, 3:00 p.m.


Experience the lush harmony and beautiful colors of three extraordinary British composers—Bliss, Britten, and Bax.


Louise Erdrich

Sunday, March 8, 7:00 p.m.

In The Night Watchman, a new novel based on the extraordinary life of her grandfather, National Book Award–winning author Louise Erdrich explores themes of love and death with gravity, depth of feeling, sly humor, and elegant prose. Thomas Wazhashk is the factory night watchman who carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, DC. Fellow Chippewa and plant worker Pixie Paranteau is saving every penny to support her mother and brother; she makes the fateful trip to Minnesota to search for her sister, Vera, who has disappeared. Erdrich’s memorable characters grapple with the worst and best impulses of human nature.