A variety of food trucks will be on hand for hungry people at Arts District Pride. (David Taffet/Voice of Dallas)
The museums offer an evening of a wide variety of entertainment options to celebrate Pride
DAVID TAFFET | Senior Writer
Pride will be celebrated in the Arts District tonight (Friday, June 17) with live performances, a Nasher Garden Dance Party, film screenings, art, dancing, games, tours of galleries, drag shows and more. And if the last pre-pandemic Pride event in the Arts District was any indication, roughly the same number of people will attend tonight’s event as they did in Fair Park for the parade.
What is missing from Arts District Pride? The blazing sun. The event begins at 6 p.m. and continues until midnight downtown in and around the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and Crowe Museum of Asian Art and along Flora and Harwood streets.
It also lacks banks, insurance companies and other companies. The list of sponsors instead includes organizations like the Texas Commission on the Arts. The North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce and Dallas Voice are about as commercial as the list of sponsors.
The community stage at the corner of Flora and Harwood streets will be an entertainment center. Uptown Players will take the stage at 7 p.m. with a medley of music from some of their shows. This is followed by the Abounding Prosperity set promoting the Dallas Southern Pride and Juneteenth events taking place throughout the weekend, a performance by Dezi-5, and a grand finale with Jada Pinkett Fox.
More entertainment takes place in the galleries of the DMA where Flexible Gray Theater Company will be established Bridges: Texas and Tfourth in a series of interviews featuring transgender and non-conforming actors.
Films include Hollywood hits like Victor, Victoria at Nasher and, at DMA, No Straight Lines on the rise of five queer comics. Jeannette, presented at 10 p.m. at Horchow Auditorium, tells the story of a competitive bodybuilder and queer single mother struggling to cope with trauma after surviving a mass shooting.
Stacey Lizotte of the Dallas Museum of Art said the museums are ramping up all of their programming, including late-night events, and this year’s Art District Pride will feature both new programming and some of the most successful parties. previous events.
Museum tours will be led for the first time by members of the DMA’s Teen Advisory Council. These tours include one that explores post-war abstraction and another that visits works from the collection that include images of dogs and cats. A tour explores the unconventional materials used in various pieces from the collection of Basquiet, Rauschenberg and Bochner. Pride and self-expression gives participants an overview Lady Godiva by Anne Whitney, the tea towels of Bamana and the canvases of Monet The Water Lily PonD.
A self-guided guide to five queer artists from the DMA collection can be picked up at the Guest Services desk. It’s an interesting way to approach the museum’s massive collection by looking for specific paintings or other artistic creations rather than just going from painting to painting, room to room.
Arttitude will be back with new artists, poets, dancers and visual artists, Lizotte said. They will present a showcase of African American women speaking out on issues of identity, culture and social climate and honoring Juneteenth. B. Randall welcomes Lyrik Hunter, Haley Colbert, Lyrique Jaye, Danielle Ellis and Shukee.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Kiki Ball Resource Center,” continued Lizotte. To make it more participatory, spectators will be invited to come on stage and parade themselves.
And new artistic groups will be part of the activities. This year, the Dallas Opera joins Arts District Pride.
Librarians from the Dallas Public Library will be on hand with books and recommendations. They promise to be radical librarians who don’t believe in banning books but believe in making proper recommendations.
Although admission to the DMA is free, tickets will be required to access the current Cartier fine jewelry exhibit.
Lizotte recommended that those interested spend time admiring and examining the detail work and craftsmanship of Cartier’s masterpieces collected from around the world for the exhibition. Tickets are $25.
At Nasher, the Pride Dance Party starts at 6 p.m. with Johnny B33. Pride After Dark begins at 8 p.m. with periodic live performances. Or if you prefer to watch the dance, Anita Martinez Ballet Folklorico opens the evening on the Community Stage.
Gallery tours will be offered hourly from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and admission to Nasher is free for the evening.
The Crowe Museum partners with the University of Texas at Dallas to present a program at 7 p.m. Coming Out: Living Authentically as an LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Coming out for AAPI people “may require a different approach due to cultural norms or traditions that emphasize duty to family and community” which can make the coming out process complex to navigate .
Take pictures with Temoc, UTD’s mascot. Or participate in Xone, “a handcrafted, love-driven zine designed and curated by queer people of color.”
Outside of the Crowe, Common Ground Games will teach new board games while offering mocktails.
And visit the Crowe and Nasher collections.
Along the streets there will be food trucks, a drink station and vendors. And Abounding Prosperity and Resource Center will have their HIV and STD testing vans in front of the DMA entrances.
“You can register to vote inside and outside,” Lizotte said.
On Sunday, in conjunction with Arts District Pride, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is offering free admission to permanent and special exhibitions as well as screenings of the film Harriet.