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Dallas Celebrates Art In October

By Maddie Grussendorf
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October marks the start of a new season of performances, plays, exhibits, and adventures in the Dallas Arts District. October also marks the anniversary of the opening of both the AT&T Performing Arts Center and the Nasher Sculpture Center.  To help commemorate the old and introduce the new, the Dallas Arts District brings us ‘Art in October.’

‘“Art In October’ is a celebration of the Dallas Arts District, spotlighting the district’s organizations, venues, and programs with a variety of events, including street performances, art activities, and a few surprises,” says Veletta Forsythe Lill, Executive Director of the Dallas Arts District.  “The month-long celebration is a way of highlighting the diversity of experiences we offer to the community.  There is truly something for everyone in the Arts District neighborhood.”

Below is a quick look at events happening this month:

On October 8 the Dallas Black Dance Theatre will present their 6th Annual DanceAfrica Marketplace in Annette Strauss Square, the 128,000 sq ft outdoor performance facility in the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Chuck Davis, DanceAfrica founder, will be choreographing the event with guest artists including: Illstyle & Peace Productions, a Philadelphia multicultural dance group; Bandan Koro, Dallas’ African Drum and Dance Ensemble; Dallas Black Dance Theater ll and students from Booker T. Washington’s African Dance Ensemble. Enjoy African movement and music for free as well as indulging in the food, art, clothing and jewelry of the marketplace from 10a.m. – 5p.m.

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(credit: Dallas Black Dance Theatre website/dbdt.org)

The 5th Annual Fiesta LatinoAmericana! begins on October 9. The AT&T Performing Arts Center is partnering with Guadalupe Cathedral and the Dallas Black Dance Theater to showcase the only cultural festival of the Americas you’ll find in the metroplex. Flora Street will turn into a cultural festival of the Americas to capture the “traditional plaza” feel of a real Fiesta. There will be with mobile musicians, dancers and drummers, clowns and balloon vendors and a Dance Pavilion. There will be food vendors, three stages of music and dance workshops and other hands-on activities for everyone in the family from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Take a tour of the sacred spaces of the arts district on October 27. St. Paul United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church have more to offer than a Sunday service. Learn about the history and the architecture of some of the oldest buildings in the city.

Aurora 2011, a free public art show, takes place on October 28.

‘Art in October’ ends with the closing celebration on October 30 with costume-themed festivities and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Monsters of Film. Again museum admission will be free to all as will the street performances, tours and activities. The night will end with a “Zombie Walk,” and all participants are invited to dress up and join in the march.

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