Here are a few of our suggestions for what to do in Uptown this weekend. All of these things are walking distance from Bailey’s Uptown Inn.
1) Uptown Jazz Dallas Live at House of Blues – If you’re a jazz fan, we recommend you head over to the House of Blues on August 19 for Uptown Jazz Dallas Live, an all-night jazz concert sponsored by Uptown Jazz Dallas, coordinators of the upcoming Uptown Jazz Dallas International Jazz Festival. The night’s headliner will be the Quamon Fowler Quartet. The event will showcase not only jazz but also soul, reggae, funk, salsa, and fusion. The doors open at 9:30 PM. Tickets cost $10 at the door. The House of Blues is located about one and a half miles from Bailey’s Uptown Inn, so we recommend a taxi or car to stay out of the heat.
‘til Midnight at the Nasher – The Nasher Sculpture Center, which usually closes early, will stay open until midnight on Friday, August 19 for live music and a movie. Guests are invited to bring a blanket and sit in the outdoor sculpture garden to watch the sun set over downtown Dallas. The Roof Raisers, a popular party/wedding band in Dallas, will perform live from 7 PM to 9 PM. At 9, the Nasher will show Up, the recent heartwarming hit from Pixar Animated Studios. Admission for adults is $10. Seniors get in for $7, students for $5, and children 12 and under for free.
Crow Collection After Dark: the Mystical Arts of Tibet – A gang of rather unique out-of-town artists will be taking up residency in Dallas for a week starting Friday, August 19. These artists are Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet. The monks will spend their week in Dallas creating a “sand painting.” Sand painting is the art of pouring colored sand and powdered pigments onto a surface to create an image. The Drepung monks will spend a week creating a massive sand painting as a form of spiritual exercise. To celebrate, the Crow Collection is hosting an opening night party, which begins at 6 PM and continues until midnight. Activities will include singing and meditation and there’s free bubble tea, too. Admission is also free.
Victor/Victoria – the Uptown Players are putting on the stage-adapted version of the Hollywood classic Victor/Victoria for three nights beginning on Friday, August 19. Victor/Victoria is the story of a soprano who pretends to be a transvestite in a Paris nightclub act to make ends meet. A Chicago mobster falls for the mysterious performer and drama ensues. Cheryl Denson will direct, with Ashley Puckett Gonzalez as the title character. Also starring are Paul Taylor and Shane Peterman. The show will be put on in the Kalita Humphreys Theater, one of only three surviving theaters designed by famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Shows are at 8 PM on Friday and Saturday and 2 PM on Sunday. Tickets range from $30 to $40.