We start off this week with haute couture!! The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk opens as a much anticipated exhibit the Dallas Museum of Art from November 13th –February 12th. Jean Paul Gaultier, whose early work in the 1970s earned him the nickname “enfant terrible” of fashion, is unquestionably one of the most important fashion designers in recent decades. This is the first exhibition devoted to Gaultier, who draws inspiration from dance, pop-rock, cinema, television, photography, and world cultures. The exhibition highlights Gaultier’s eclectic and vibrant sources of inspiration through a selection of approximately 130 haute couture dresses and ready-to-wear pieces made between the early 1970s and 2011. Dallas is the first of only two U.S. cities on the international tour.

In support of the upcoming film, THE DESCENDANTS, USA Film Festival will be hosting an Alexander Payne retrospective at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas. The screenings of Payne’s previous films including Sideways and Election are will be held through this Thursday and the special screening of THE DESCENDANTS will be held 11/14. USA FF members get in free and ticket prices are $6 for general public. The preview screening will be on a first come basis.

Moving to Ft Woth – the Lone Star International Film Festival kicks off this week at Sundance Square and runs through 11/13. The festival allows ground breaking industry thought leaders to come together, display their work and share ideas about the changing independent film industry. Lone Star 2011 will host more than 40 films from around the world, an opening night red carpet event and a gala for the 2011 Stephen Bruton Award.

They’re back!!! A Tuna Christmas opens Thursday, Nov 10th at 7:30p and will continue thru 11/20 at Casa Mañana in Ft Worth. Hilarious holiday fun ensues in this all-new production when master comedians Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, with their deft comedic timing, trademark characterizations portray all 24 citizens of Tuna, Texas. It’s 24 hours before Christmas and the delightfully eccentric characters are attempting to cope with seasonal traumas such as a disaster prone little theatre production of A Christmas Carol and the sabotage of a yard-decorating contest by a mysterious Christmas phantom.

Bass Performance Hall welcomes Shrek the Musical Nov 8-13th at 8:00p. Nominated for eight 2009 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, this production is based on Shrek’s adventures in the classic William Steig book and Oscar-winning film. Joining Shrek on his journey from the swamp to the stage will be his wisecracking sidekick Donkey, Princess Fiona, Lord Farquaad

It’s a busy week for the arts in North Texas – hope you can get out and enjoy some of these exciting events! See you next week…center stage!