Five resident studio artists at Rail Station Studios will be demonstrating their art processes during ArtFest. The artists are Gene Dillard (portrait demo from live model), Linda McCarley, (encaustic), Don Dillard (watercolor landscapes), Barb Keilson (pet portraiture), and Ginger Cruickshank (colorful expressionism).
Additionally, there will be exhibits on display of new works created by the artists. Drawings for door prizes will be held throughout the event.
The exhibits will begin Saturday evening at 5 p.m., while the demonstrations will take place on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Come visit the Arts District in Historic Downtown Plano for the free Live and Local Concerts at McCall Plaza. Bring a chair and enjoy the cool evening and amazing local talent on the third Friday and Saturday of each month.
Black Dog Friday has been many things. With a full band, the sound can only be described as progressive southern rock & soul. With bluesy strums and twangy rhythm, there’s bound to be a song, style, tempo or feeling to make everyone get right. With inspirations spreading from the popular (Kings of Leon, Johnny Cash, Black Crows, The Go Getters) to the obscure (The White Buffalo, Kaleo, Jeff Buckley, Dave Fenley & The Good Deal).
Over the years Black Dog Friday has been able to enjoy some of the best things about being in a musical metropolis like Dallas. From headlining shows at Gas Monkey, Curtain Club and The Prophet Bar, to being supporting acts for artists/bands such as Ryan Starr, Thriving Ivory, Bryce Bangs, Carter Winter and Jason Castro.
In 1936, an anti-drug propaganda film called Reefer Madness was released, portraying the disasters that ensue when some teenagers decide to try “marihuana” — otherwise known as the devil’s drug. In the 1970s, the film was rediscovered and became a cult classic due to its over-the-top portrayal of the alleged dangers of smoking weed, which include death, destruction, madness and … [gasp!] jazz. Inspired by the original film, this tongue-in-cheek musical comedy takes the fun to a “higher” level, memorializing the melodrama in songs that range from Broadway-style show-stoppers to swing tunes. It would be a big mistake to (puff, puff) pass on this Art Centre Theatre production of Reefer Madness: The Musical. Age 18 and older, please.
Special performance at 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 20th! Runs three weekends at the Art Centre Theatre, April 14 – 29. Tickets available here.
Nothing is sacred in this raucous send-up of small town vice, politics, and religion. Welcome to the best, ah, "pleasure palace" in the great state of Texas, the Chicken Ranch (in business since the mid-1800s!). This crazy look into the inner workings of Miss Mona's bordello and her panoply of patrons - mayors, senators, governors ... entire football teams, along with the machinations of the ever-watchful Watchdog, who doggedly uses his righteous television cameras to try and expose the institution, is a laugh a minute with some clever and catchy tunes. Dance a little sidestep to Art Centre Theatre!
$15. ACT member discounts apply if you buy in advance using their online system. Tickets available here.
The Celebrating Asian American Heritage Foundation (CAAHF) and the Dallas Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Association (DCCPA) are hosting the 2017 Plano Asian Art Exhibition as part of the 14th Annual AsiaFest. The Asian Art Exhibition will be held at the Courtyard Theater from April 10 to May 15, open Monday-Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. The opening reception for the exhibition will be held on April 13, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Courtyard Theater.
Approximately 40 artworks of Chinese calligraphy, Chinese brush painting, oil painting, engraving or wood block art, watercolor painting, illustration art, designs, and other genres will be on display. Besides works of artists from the DCCPA, there will be works from the North Texas Asian Photographers’ Association (NTAPA) and other artists with diverse backgrounds.Join us in celebrating Asian Art!
Theatre Britain presents this Carey Jane Hardy play. Amy cares for her Aunt Sylvia who has Alzheimer’s. She is so devoted to her aunt that she finds herself seriously tested when she meets and falls in love with Gregory. So begins a touching love story in which Amy begins to see that a different, happier life is possible. Runs April 7-30 at the Cox Building Playhouse. Tickets available online at Theatre Britain Tickets. Rated PG.
Fridays at 8:00 pm
Saturdays at 2:30 pm and 8:00 pm
Sundays at 2:30 pm
"Free Flow" is the inaugural exhibition at the ArtCentre of Plano's new home in the Saigling House. The exhibition features over 50 pieces of beautiful new artwork by Jean Ellis Newman. Don't miss it! Visit www.artcentreofplano.org/ for more information.