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MESQUITE: Dec. 1-31 Teachers of Mesquite ISD Art Exhibit This art show features works from the art teachers of the Mesquite Independent School District. Mesquite Arts Center Main Gallery, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444
MESQUITE: Dec. 2-3 Mesquite's Christmas in the Park celebrates 31 years on Dec 2 & 3 – Christmas in the Park is Mesquite Parks and Recreation's largest annual event to kick off the holiday season. The event will be held at Westlake Park, 421 Gross Road, on Saturday, December 2, and Sunday, December 3, from 1 - 6 p.m. This family-friendly event grows each year and will include new décor, performances and activities.
This year participants can look forward to free carnival games at Rudolph's Reindeer Games, enjoy a larger assortment of concession choices at Buddy's Buffet and participate in the Ugly Sweater and Name that Carol contests. Children can visit the new Winter Woodlands village for a variety of free make-and-take crafts.
Returning this year is the "Here Comes Christmas" parade, which includes festive, lighted floats. The parade will proceed through the center of Westlake Park each evening at 6 p.m. Many traditional activities will return such as the hayride, live nativity, and pictures with Santa.
Christmas in the Park is designed to be a low cost event for families to celebrate the holiday season. Many of the attractions are free such as roasting marshmallows on the yule log, Mrs. Claus' story time, cookies with hot cocoa and character pictures. A fireworks finale will end the day's event at the conclusion of the parade on both days.
MESQUITE: Dec. 2 Mesquite Community Band Concert Enjoy a free concert performed by the Mesquite Community Band. Mequite Arts Center Concert Hall, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquitecommunityband.com 972-216-6444
MESQUITE: Dec. 8 Dallas Chamber Choir Mesquite Arts Council presents this chamber ensemble of professional musicians, music educators, and solo performing artists from North Texas performing diverse programs of choral literature. Get into the holiday spirit with this free concert. Mesquite Arts Center Concert Hall, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquiteartscenter.org 972-216-6444
MESQUITE: Dec. 9 Florence Ranch Homestead Tours Presented by Historic Mesquite Inc., tours are held on the second Saturday of every month. Florence Ranch Homestead, 1424 Barnes Bridge Road. historicmesquite.org 972-216-6468
MESQUITE: Dec. 16 Mesquite Symphony Orchestra Concert: Music of the Season Mequite Arts Center Concert Hall, 1527 N. Galloway. mesquitesymphony.org 972-216-8127
DALLAS: Through Jan. 7 "Sopheap Pich" A solo exhibition of Cambodia's most internationally prominent contemporary artist. The exhibition will feature his large-scale sculpture, Rang Phnom Flower, Pich's largest and most ambitious single-form sculpture to date. Measuring 25 feet in length, its complex construction is composed of hundreds of strands of rattan and bamboo. This exhibition will also feature the loan of an original French 19th-century, hand-painted botanical dictionary with illustrations of this plant species from the Botanical Research Institute of Texas. Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St. crowcollection.org 214-979-6430
DALLAS: Through Dec. 31 "Neighborhoods We Called Home" A collaborative exhibit with Dallas Jewish Historical Society, Dallas Mexican American Historical League, and Remembering Black Dallas Inc. exploring the historic neighborhoods of Dallas that served as strong, supportive communities for Jewish, Hispanic, and African-American Dallasites from the early 1900s and beyond. Materials will be installed in three corresponding structures: a Victorian house the Village has dedicated to the presentation of Jewish history; the railroad section house, as railroad work attracted many workers of Tejano or Mexican heritage; and the Shotgun House, originally located in Dallas' largest freedman's town. Dallas Heritage Village, 6501 Crawley Dr. dallasheritagevillage.org
DALLAS: Through Jan. 7 "Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony" The exhibition centers on an immersive environment representing Sachs' distinctive reworking of chanoyu, or traditional Japanese tea ceremony—including the myriad elements essential to that intensely ritualistic universe. During the course of the exhibition, the Nasher will present a series of public demonstrations in which Sachs or a colleague will perform the tea ceremony for a few guests. The walls of the tea house will be removed for the occasion, enabling visitors to watch the ceremony as it unfolds. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. nashersculpturecenter.org
DALLAS: Through Dec. 17 "Invisible Cities" An exhibition and screening series showcasing more than 20 contemporary video works by renowned and emerging artists from China, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam. These pivotal works represent recent key developments in moving image art in Asia. Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St. crowcollection.org
DALLAS: Through Feb. 4 "Paper into Sculpture" Even as the shift to digitized images, virtual reality, and social media has been said to herald its obsolescence, paper nonetheless remains inescapable in our daily lives. The artists—Noriko Ambe, Marco Maggi, Joshua Neustain, Nancy Rubins, and Franz West—play on tensions between commonly held understanding of sculpture and what paper can and cannot do when pushed to its physical limit. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. nashersculpturecenter.org
DALLAS: Through May 6 "Journey to Space" The exhibit features a full-size simulated International Space Station, robotics, water rockets, Neil Armstrong's helmet and gloves, plus a space-inspired playspace for young cadets. Perot Museum, 2201 N. Field St. perotmuseum.org 214-428-5555
DALLAS: Nov. 5-Dec. 31 Holidays at Galleria Dallas From the iconic 95-foot Christmas tree to Missile Toes—the ice-skating Santa who shoots fireworks from his skates—the holiday celebration is much like the shopping center (and Texas): big and bold. The holiday season at Galleria Dallas kicks off in early November with the decorating of America's tallest indoor Christmas tree, which features nearly a half million lights, 10,000 ornaments, and a 100-pound, 10-foot-tall LED star. The festivities continue throughout the season with live entertainment and other holiday events. Galleria Dallas, 13350 Dallas Pkwy. galleriadallas.com
DALLAS: Nov. 8-Jan. 7 Holiday at the Arboretum Presented by Reliant, an NRG Company, the events feature the return of the magnificent 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit as well as a special collection in the historic DeGolyer House. Throughout the garden, more than 500,000 lights illuminate the night, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 Garland Road. dallasarboretum.org 214-515-6500
DALLAS: Nov. 17-Dec. 23 "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and friends are back at DCT by popular demand. Rediscover the true reason for the season while sharing laughs with the Peanuts gang along the way. As a live combo fills your heart with music, merriment, and warmth, Charles Schulz's classic special recalls days gone by. Dallas Children's Theater, 5938 Skillman St. facebook.com/dallaschildrenstheater
DALLAS: Nov. 17-Dec. 23 "Frosty and Friends" Presented by Dallas Children's Theater, Kathy Burks' celebrated troupe melts hearts with the endearing tale of Frosty, a lonely frozen figure hoping to make a difference during the season of giving. Frosty is sad when his elf friends Barry, Surly, and Zoe become too busy to even play in the snow. Fortunately, Frosty meets a kind snowy owl and a friendly reindeer who are more than happy to spend the cold winter days with him. Revel in the joy of the holidays as this spirited musical comes to life. Dallas Children's Theater, 5938 Skillman St. facebook.com/dallaschildrenstheater
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