Spring has sprung in the Big D. Warmer weather brings more opportunities to socialize outside - think margs on patios, strolls through flower gardens, and movies in the park.
Catch a Show
The pandemic has forced theater groups to rethink the ways in which it tells a story. None have been as innovative as the Latino Cultural Center with its performance The Cube: An Interactive Experience for the Socially Distanced Era. The new performance piece is a hybrid art installation and theater piece that merges digital and live worlds into a multi-media, immersive performance piece. Each audience is limited to three individuals who sit in a cube and watch the reflective projection screen that surrounds them. The 30-minute show aims to address the isolation the world has felt during the past year as we distanced ourselves from family members and friends.
Shakespeare Dallas presents Movies in the Park every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night throughout the month of March. Pack up the kids, a cooler and a blanket and head to Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre to watch popular classics like Pride and Prejudice, A League of Their Own, The Princess Bride, Hairspray, and Clue. Films on Thursday nights will be based on literature, Friday nights will be cult classics and Saturdays will be family films.
The historic Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff is now a temporary drive-in theater. To continue to show movies in a COVID-friendly manner, owners transformed the parking lot behind the building into the Sunset Drive allowing movie buffs to watch films from the comfort of their own vehicle. Drive up to your parking spot, order snacks from your phone, tune your radio to 87.9 and voila - the parking lot behind the theater is a retro drive-in.
The Dallas Theater Company turns the traditional theatrical experience on its head with the interactive performance of Something Grimm. Audience members immerse themselves into Grimm's fairy tales by taking a self-guided tour around the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. Each stop along the tour unveils a new plot line with the help of video projections, sound effects and visual images. The unique production allows actors and audience members to safely follow socially distanced protocols outside.
Restaurants to Support
Our local restaurants are still struggling to keep their doors open because of the pandemic. Here are three restaurants with great patios to enjoy bites, libations and warm spring weather.
The East Dallas retro cocktail bar Toller Patio is naturally COVID-friendly with its outdoor kitchen and bar. Sip on a spicy margarita, nosh on house made pimento cheese under a palm tree on this massive dog-friendly patio. Sports fans can also catch a Mavs game outside on one of their massive big screen televisions.
Next time you are craving the flavors of Baja California, head to Vantina on Lower Greenville. This outdoor cantina was a popup concept born during the early days of the pandemic when indoor dining was closed. The chef at Desert Racer transformed the restaurant's patio r into a COVID-friendly space serving crispy tacos, poke bowls, shrimp coctel, and margaritas by the half gallon.
The tiny Italian riviera style patio at Beverly's Bistro and Bar just off the Katy Trail will give you all the feels of retro Europe. Sip glasses of bubbly and dine alfresco on the green-and-white striped wrap-around booths.
Check Out This Hotel
The long-awaited Marriott Dallas Uptown is now open. The modern 14-story hotel takes up an entire city block between Cedar Springs and Maple Avenue. The new Uptown hotel showcases the walkabilt of the vibrant area with trendy restaurants, tons of shopping and the scenic Katy Trail all within walking distance.
Other Things Happening This Month:
Throughout March, visitors to the Dallas Museum of Art can view five art pieces by famed Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The four paintings and one drawing that make the Frida Kahlo: Five Works exhibit demonstrates Kahlo's use of metaphorical imagery and her exploration of still life painting. Frida Kahlo: Five Works opens simultaneously with "Devoted: Art and Spirituality in Mexico and New Mexico", which features works from the DMA's Latin American collection. A virtual tour of the exhibit is also available on dma.org.
Dallas Blooms, the largest annual floral festival in the Southwest, continues through March with the theme "America the Beautiful" at the Dallas Arboretum. The spring festival showcases 100 varieties of spring bulbs and more than 500,000 spring-blooming blossoms, thousands of azaleas and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees. Each week, the garden focuses on one of the six U.S. regions with food, music, flowers and special events.