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Lone Star sounds: Dallas gets artsy by design

Posted 2:23pm on Wednesday, May. 01, 2013

Music, theater and the visual arts will collide in Dallas this weekend.

Spacegrove Productions is teaming up with local playwright Jenny Ledel and musical man about town Paul Slavens to present a series of events at the Greenzone in Dallas’ Design District.

At 8 p.m. Friday, a staged reading of Ledel’s debut full-length play, Theresa Alice, will be held at the Greenzone. Directed by Michael Federico, press materials describe the play as “a woman plagued by poor life choices ... plunged into a fairytale ‘wonderland’ populated by a brutish King Henry VIII, a cross-dressing gossip, a pop-singing Cleopatra and a monstrous hawk named Brian.” Among the actors is Home by Hovercraft’s Seth Magill. The reading is “pay-what-you-can,” but seat reservations are recommended. Those can be made via Prekindle.com. At 8 p.m. Saturday, musician Paul Slavens will perform his original score for the 1923 silent film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Slavens will play alongside fellow local musicians, including members of Home by Hovercraft. Tickets for the screening are $12, and available via Prekindle.com.

Austin’s Soul Track Mind celebrates the release of its new and largely Kickstarter-funded LP Friday at the Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge. ... Fort Worth quartet We’rewolves ( Austin Adams, Colin Cashman, Rob Hine and Riley Knight) celebrates the release of its self-titled debut album Saturday at Lola’s Saloon. They’ll be joined on the bill by Un Chien, We the Sea Lions and Frisky Volcanic. The cover is $10, and also gets you a digital copy of the record. ... Green River Ordinance, one of the bands slated to perform at this year’s Concerts in the Garden, will release its new album, Chasing Down the Wind, June 18. GRO will make its debut appearance at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden June 14.

The Fort Worth Music Festival isn’t too far away, and festival organizers have announced a pair of “aftershows,” scheduled to take place at the Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge. Mingo Fishtrap will take the Live Oak stage May 17, with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk setting up on the Near Southside on May 18. Each show is free to attend with a Fort Worth Music Festival ticket, and there will be other shows at Lola’s Saloon, the Grotto and Magnolia Motor Lounge, which have yet to be announced. ... Fort Worth’s Titanmoon kicks off its European tour Tuesday in London. The band also plans stops in Milan, Paris, Berlin and Cannes, where, on May 16, it will screen its new documentary, Churches, Salons & Bars (about the making of new LP Bang Bang), at the Cannes Film Festival.

Speaking of European jaunts, local singer-songwriter Keegan McInroe is also visiting the other side of the pond. He’ll start a three-month European tour Monday in London (wonder if he’s on the same flight as the Titanmoon gang?), before making his way to Paris, Amsterdam, Budapest, Prague, Belfast and Edinburgh. If you’d like to chip in a few bucks to make sure he stays fed and warm, there’s a donation button on McInroe’s website (keeganmcinroe.com), where you can also download all of his albums, including last year’s A Thousand Dreams.

Preston Jones, 817-390-7713 Twitter: @prestonjones

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