Here are a few things happening in Uptown, just a stones throw from Bailey’s Uptown Inn.
1) Jewish Arts Festival – Head to the Morton H. Meyer Symphony Center on Sunday, August 28, for the Jewish Arts Festival. The festival, which is sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Dallas, is returning for its 13th year after a two-year hiatus. The event will include an arts and crafts exhibition and sale, which features traditional Jewish crafts as well as artwork by local and internationally recognized Jewish artists. The festival will also feature stand-up comedy by Elon Gold, who has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Chelsea Lately, as well as musical artists Joshua Nelson and Rick Recht. Nelson is a self-proclaimed “Kosher Gospel” singer, while Recht performs “Jewish rock.” The festival is catered and kosher. Admission is $15 for adults.
2) Wet – Wet is an exhibition at the Turner Carroll Gallery that takes water as its inspiration. In light of this summer’s exhausting heat, looking at pictures of water inside might be safer than actually swimming in it. The exhibition features three artists: the painter Eric Zener from California, and the painter Conrad Kern and sculptor Geno Miles, both from New Mexico. The gallery, which is attached to and owned by the Hotel ZaZa, is open seven days a week from ten ‘til six and admission is free. Stop by the ZaZa’s Dragonfly bar after visiting the gallery for a trendy drink. The gallery is located just down McKinney Ave. from Bailey’s.
3) Twilight Safaris – The Dallas Zoo is one of the best in the Southwest. Head over there on Friday or Saturday after 7:00 PM for Twilight Safaris. If you’ve ever wondered what zoo animals get up to after the zoo closes (hint: they don’t talk), then this tour is for you . Twilight Safaris are offered beginning in the late summer each year and run through the fall. Because Dallas has been so abnormally hot this summer, going to the zoo after the sun sets is really the only way to go. The tour will take you through most of the animals, and you’ll even get to see some of the education animals up-close. Groups are allowed to range from 4 to 40 people, and each group tour costs $20 per person. The safaris end at 10 PM. Getting to the zoo from Uptown will require a rental car or taxi.
4) The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato – Some things are best left buried. Other things are best dug up and put on display. The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato purports to fall into the latter category, but you’ll have to actually check out the exhibit to decide if that’s true. Scientists are not sure why 1 in 100 bodies buried in the Mexican city of Guanajuato naturally mummify, but they do, as cemetery workers discovered (much to their surprise, I am sure) in 1865. The exhibit features 36 mummies, ranging in age from newborns to the elderly. Forensic scientists have performed thorough examinations of each mummy, and have presented theories about who they were and how they died. The exhibit also delves into the Mexican culture’s relationship with death and funerary customs. The exhibit is located in the West End, a ten minute car ride from Bailey’s. Tickets are $15 per person.