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Events in the Dallas Arts District in January

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The weather may be getting cooler, but the Dallas Arts District is heating up in January with plenty of entertainment you won’t want to miss! From delightful Broadway star Bernadette Peters, famous author and astronaut Captain Scott Kelly and the fabulous dance troupe Delfos Danza Contempranea to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra with Cirque De La Symphonie, the Blue Man Group at the Winspear, and the Magic Treehouse – the Dallas Arts District has something for the entire family! Now let’s begin! Below is a list of events in the Dallas Arts District in January.

Ongoing Activities and Exhibits in the Dallas Arts District

Brilliant Scandinavian sculptors Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset work together to create a variety of social and political statements through their creative work. Texans may have seen their work in the life size sculpture of a Prada boutique inexplicably situated in the small, West Texas, desert town of Marfa. The exhibit at Nasher Sculpture Center, titled Elmgreen & Dragset: Sculptures, is their first major museum showing in the United States. See their unique sculptures through January 5th.

In Texas for the first time, beautiful Hands and Earth, Contemporary Japanese Ceramics will be displayed at The Crow Museum of Asian Art through January 5th. These art pieces were created to honor tradition but also reflect each artists’ unique style.

The Dallas Museum of Art presents an installation of works, C3: Beyond Binaries, with an examination of how gender is communicated in art. View this exhibit through January 5th.

See Sheila Hicks: Secret Structures, Looming Presence at the Nasher Sculpture Center through January 12th, 2020. These textiles are a fascinating blend of loomed, wrapped, twisted and knotted fibers.

The magical beauty of Shen Yun 2020 re-lives the Chinese culture through the years. This heartwarming, historical through January 26th at the Winspear Opera House.

Concentrations 62: Wanda Koop, Dreamline depicts the convergence of modern urbanization and nature. See these paintings at the Dallas Museum of Art through February 2nd.

Sightings: Anne Le Troter is an auditory installation made from hundreds of audio samples from a cryobank, specializing in fertility treatments, with women who hope to become pregnant speaking about family life and visions for the future, while men who have donated discuss their genetic qualities. Experience this unique installation at the Nasher Sculpture Center through February 2nd.

The Great War, WWI, brought the atrocities of war to the American people. A group of artists called the Expressionists used art to boldly reflect this time period. See Violence and Defiance at the Dallas Museum of Art through March 8th.

The Dallas Museum of Art presents Focus On: Alex Katz through March 22nd. This collection of painter Alex Katz’s tremendous volume of works was selected to represent his arts great impact and versatility.

Focus On: Ragnar Kjartansson includes a video installation and a collection of 415 postcards. See the emotional work of this Icelandic artist through March 22nd at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Our senses connect us to the world and these interactive exhibits show us that words and speech aren’t the only ways to communicate. See speechless: different by design at the Dallas Museum of Art through March 22nd.

Drawing from its impressive collection, the Crow Museum of Asian Art presents The Art of Lacquer, through May 3rd.

The Concourse Hall at the Dallas Museum of Art has been transformed with a 153-foot mural covering the walls and ceiling in various shades of blue. This giant exhibit is Sandra Cinto: Landscape of a Lifetime, through July 5th.

The Dallas Museum of Art presents Wearable Raffia from Africa including garments, accessories and textiles made from palm leaves. This interesting collection will be displayed until July 12th.The Crow Museum of Asian Art presents Future Retrospective: Master Shen-Long through August 23rd. A master of the Chinese painting, poetry, calligraphy and seal carving, Master Shen-Long has created new fascinating ways to use ink.

The helmets of the Senufo were created to depict strength against evil. CT scans of these articles reveal the unexpected materials used to create these mystical, powerful masks. See Not Visible to the Naked Eye: Inside a Senufo Helmet Mask through March 21st, 2021 at the Dallas Museum of Art.

The largest public presentation of Islamic Art can be seen at the Dallas Museum of Art with The Keir Collection of Islamic Art Gallery through December 31st, 2022.

What’s New in the Dallas Arts District?

A variety of food trucks arrive in Klyde Warren Park every day in January.

Children will love to create with larger than life soft blocks at Imagination Playground on the Great Lawn at Klyde Warren Park, every day.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Cirque De La Symphonie on January 3rd and 4th. The DSO performs Bizet, Piazzolla and more, conducted by Andres Franco, as wild feats of wonder match the soaring music. Expect aerial silks, cyr wheel, contortion and dance to name a few.

Free First Saturday at the Nasher Sculpture Center is January 4th. Enjoy free entry plus concerts, food and crafts.

The Dallas Museum of Art presents an installation of works, C3: Beyond Binaries, with an examination of ways gender is communicated in art. View this exhibit through January 5th.

Your children will have fun every Tuesday in January with Music and Stories with KidsWorks. Enjoy fun stories, music and movement at the Dallas Morning News Reading and Games Room in Klyde Warren Park.

Use those muscles at Zumba with Gaby, January 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th at Klyde Warren Park’s Muse Family Performance Pavilion.

On January 9th, enjoy Dallas Museum of Art’s Second Thursday with a Twist titled Starman and featuring the unique David Bowie. The C3 Theater will show music video and performances. Activities will include learning to write poem a la Bowie, decorating a vinyl record, experiencing the film Labyrinth and transforming into a Bowie character using makeup. In the evening, DJ Yeahdef features Bowie.

Fabio Luisi Conducts Scheherazade & Julia Wolfe’s Fountain of Youth on January 9th through 12th at The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The music is reminiscent of 1001 Arabian Nights, so prepare to be swept away to another time.

Start your Saturday morning with Tai Chi with Tribe Wellness at the Muse Family Performance Pavilion at Klyde Warren Park on January 11th, 18th and 25th.

On January 11th, 18th and 25th, experience an energetic 45-minute Body Mountain Bootcamp in the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn at Klyde Warren Park.

Enjoy yoga in the park led by Yoga with Dallas Yoga Center on the Ginsburg Family Great Lawn at Klyde Warren Park on January 11th, 18th and 25th.

Learn by observing the skyline with Skyline 360 Tours of Dallas with AD EX, in Klyde Warren Park, on the 13th, 20th, and 27th.

You may not entirely know what you’re getting into, but you will love Blue Man Group at the Winspear Opera House on January 15th through 19th. This unexplainable, zany, musical, delightful comedy will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s crazy good fun!

Slide By depicts the awkward, scary, confusing week at Columbine after the shootings, through the eyes of a former student turned substitute teacher. This emotional play is offered January 16th through 26th at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

On January 16th through 18th, the Morton H. Meyerson hosts Gil Shaham Performs Dvorak’s Violin Concerto. Jader Bignamini conducts the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Musical selections include Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony, Dvorak’s Carnival Overture and Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini.

This impressive play stars David Payne as the brilliant C.S. Lewis as he hosts American writers in his home. Magical, thoughtful and humorous, An Evening with C.S. Lewis is at the Wyly Theatre on January 16th through 19th.

’Til Midnight at the Nasher on January 17th features a free evening of musical performances by local artists followed by an outdoor movie in the Nasher Sculpture Center Garden.
Join The Artisan on January 18th for Jazz Set, hosted by Uptown Jazz Dallas! Jazz Set features incredible views of the Dallas Arts District, hand-crafted cocktails and chef-prepared tapas on the terrace in a clear, heated “tent” on the rooftop.

You’ve seen them on TV, now you can see them in person. PJ Masks Live! Save the Day! performs at the Winspear Opera House on January 20th. This is a fun, musical, active show featuring the heroes you love – and the sneaky villains, too. Purchase tickets for an after-show Meet and Greet.

Captain Scott Kelly, retired U.S. Navy captain, U.S. astronaut, and author of Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey to Mars, will speak at the Winspear Opera House on January 23rd. This heroic American inspires us all to dream big.

Bernadette Peters in Concert comes to Dallas on January 24th through 26th at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The incomparable Bernadette Peters, star of Broadway, Golden Globe recipient, Tony Award winning actress performs various musical numbers to dazzle and charm.

You won’t want to miss Jazzmasters at the Artisan on January 25th! Enjoy a chef-prepared dinner and an incredible live jazz performance while you take in rooftop views of the Dallas Arts District.

On January 25th, the Dallas Museum of Art presents Hallam Family Concerts: Tales of the Macabre. This free, one-hour concert celebrates the birthday of Edgar Allan Poe with his most chilling short stories. Drama is doubled by the PLUS Quartet, a Dallas Symphony Orchestra string ensemble adding chills and thrills to the story with their unnerving, spine-chilling music.

The Dallas Opera presents the Titus Recital Series, an eclectic selection, sung by the amazing Angel Blue. You won’t want to miss this intimate concert on January 26th at the Moody Performance Hall.

Yes, The Magic Treehouse and Shakespeare DO go together, and in a fun, hip hop way. Don’t miss Magic Tree House – Showtime with Shakespeare, A New Hip Hop Musical Featuring Jack and Annie at the Wyly Theater on January 30th and 31st.

Dallas is proud to welcome Mexico’s premiere contemporary dance company, Delfos Danza Contempranea. Cuando los Disfraces se Cuelgan (When the Disguises are Hung Up) focuses on the different faces we wear as we navigate our world, at the Winspear Opera House on January 31st.

Fabio Luisi Conducts Salome at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on January 31st through February 2nd. This dramatic and heart rending opera-in-concert by Strauss is haunting.

The Artisan is located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District at the KPMG Plaza. Our market-style restaurant offers a stylish and fun environment where guests can enjoy fresh, locally sourced foods prepared on-site daily by our incredible culinary team.

The Terrace Bar is the perfect setting to enjoy handcrafted cocktails, premium wines, and local craft beers with an incredible view of the beautiful Dallas Arts District.

Our beautiful event spaces at the Terrace Bar and Sculpture Walk host upscale gatherings for our corporate clients, social events, and the arts community. Experienced event planners available through G Texas Catering. Supplies available through The Party Resource.