Category: Off Campus Scene

With finals impending and term paper deadlines looming in the near days to come, please take a minute to read below:

Faithful readers,

It’s been a joy to keep up with all the Art and Entertainment happenings on the University of Dallas-Irving campus and in the greater DFW area for this blog.  I’ve learned a lot and attended most of the events–I hope you have too.  I will be on hiatus at least until January.  My social media class ends, but I will do my best to continue to provide you all with information about events on campus.  If you have feedback, suggestions, comments, criticisms or questions, please comment on my blog or send me an email or Facebook message.

Thanks again,


After having finished a successful run of Fall Senior Studios, the second half of University of Dallas Senior Drama majors try their hand at directing.  Tonight, Tuesday, November 7th from 7:30pm-10:30pm in the Drama Building hear Dylan Key, Amy Pen, and Jesse Beagan’s plays read aloud, a great preview for those wishing to audition in January.  The following plays are being directed by the seniors:

Scapino by Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale
A Way Out by Robert Frost
The Well of the Saints by John Millington Synge

Friday, November 19th, Michael McMahan displayed his photography for sale at a classy evening event at the Into the Glass Wine Bar in Old Town Grapevine.  Mikey’s work varies from chronicling his Rome Semester to artistic black and white photos and even portraits.  Most recently added to Mikey’s portfolio was his engagement photo shoot for seniors, Brigid Lappe and Paul Studahar.

Interested in hiring Mikey?  Go to his website for more details.  Michael McMahan Photography can also be “liked” on Facebook.

In some of my blogging adventures, I’ve realized what a great arts and entertainment scene Dallas has.  I’ve started following the blogs of the pros in hopes of getting ideas on what to cover and how.  I received an email this semester I’d like to share an excerpt of with you from one of those A&E bloggers:

Do you ever post public events that are open for student participation and attendance
(and it’s FREE)?
Check out!

Every Tuesday night at Buzzbrews Restaurant Kitchen on Lemmon Avenue an open mic takes place that features classical music of all kinds; so far it’s mostly SMU grad students. ALL university students are welcome. It’s been hard for the organizers to find the right people to publicize it at differernt schools.
It’s fabulous. This Tuesday they had several vocalists, a trombonist, a pianist, a cellist and a violinist — a wide range of music from traditional classical to avant-garde composition. I KNOW there are UD students who would enjoy the event and be most welcome to participate. Professors, too…..

This excerpt was from Alexandra Bonifield, you can follow her on Twitter or check out her reviews below:

Critical Rant & Rave
NEA/Annenberg Fellow in Theatre Criticism
twitter: @Abonifield
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Love Rockabilly music?  Wondering what the heck Rockabilly music is?  Either way it’s time to shut the books and head over to this week’s Thank Goodness It’s Thursday (TGIT).  November 11th from 9pm to 12am, see the North Texas band, Drop Top Rockets, put on a live show in Haggar Student Center’s Rathskellar (a.k.a the basement, for you non-UD-ers).

I know, I know…’Tis the season for COMPS (comprehensive exams).  As a University of Dallas senior, I am well aware it’s that time of the year–theses, projects, presentations, research, oral exams, written exams…the list goes on.  The season begins late October/early November and lasts through Spring Break, practically.  Even for those students who aren’t seniors, the papers are piling up and the semester is snowballing until the small relief granted by Thanksgiving break.

However, for your own health, I suggest taking a break–even for an hour or two–to let loose, show off those dancing skills, and grab a beer (or soda/pop) this Thursday in the Rat with some of your friends.  You deserve it.  (Plus, then you can find out what’s up with that Rockabilly genre that’s WAAAY under represented on your iTunes play list).

Just a reminder…

TWO Shows Premiere Tonight at University of Dallas

Runs Wednesday, Nov. 3-Nov. 13

The University of Dallas Fall Mainstage, Machinal opens tonight at 7pm.  If you didn’t make reservations for this evening, but you still want to attend, arrive at the Margaret Jonsson Theatre Box Office around 6:30pm.  If students do not claim their reservations by 6:45pm, all open seats will be up for grabs.  To make a reservation for another evening call the Drama Department or do so online.

At UD Wednesday, Nov. 3

University of Dallas Campus Ministry and the Church of the Incarnation present Vianney, a live production by a UD dad who is a professional actor, director, and owner of St. Luke Productions.  The performance begins at 7pm and should last until about 8:30pm.  Vianney is asking for an at-will offering, instead of an admission price.  If you can’t make tonight, don’t forget to check out alternate performance dates for the Dallas area.

University of Dallas presents director/actor, Leonardo Defilippis of St. Luke’s Productions in Vianney, a play about the life of St. John Vianney at the Church of the Incarnation, Wednesday evening at 7.

Defilippis is the father of University of Dallas senior, Mary, and freshman, Johnny. Here is an invite from Mary, herself:

My dad will be performing VIANNEY at UD on November 3rd at 7pm in the Church of the Incarnation. It is a one-man performance on the life of St. John Vianney. It is the beautiful story about the very simple and humble priest who transformed an entire village and whose life inspired the world!

St. Luke's Productions presents Vianney

St. Luke's Productions presents Vianney

Please come!!! Admission is free!

Can’t make Wednesday’s showing? Here is a list of all the shows in the Dallas area:

Diocese of Dallas

Wednesday, November 3 @ 7:00 p.m.
Church of the Incarnation at University of Dallas
1845 East Northgate Dr.
Irving, TX 75062
Admission: Free-Will Offering – Suitable for Ages 9 & Up
Information: Denise Phillips, 972-721-5168 or
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Thursday, November 4
Private Morning Performance for John Paul II High School, Plano
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Monday, November 8 @ 7:00 p.m.
St. Ann Church
180 Samuel Blvd.
Coppell, TX 75019
Admission: Free-Will Offering – Suitable for Ages 9 & Up
Information: Julie Wehlage – (972) 393-5544 ext 1111 or
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Tuesday, November 9 @ 7:00 p.m.
St. Rita Church
12521 Inwood Rd
Dallas, TX 75244
Admission: Free-Will Offering – Suitable for Ages 9 & Up
Information: Deacon Denis Corbin (972) 934-8388 or
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Wednesday, November 10
Private Morning Performance for Bishop Lynch High School
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Wednesday, November 10 @ 7:00 p.m.
St. Pius X Church
3030 Gus Thomasson Rd
Dallas, TX 75244
Admission: Free-Will Offering – Suitable for Ages 9 & Up
Information: Alicia Mendoza (972) 279-6155 x119 or
Sponsored by: Diocese of Dallas, Office of Vocations

Think you’re better than the network commentators?

Show your skills, tune in for the LIVE CHAT: University of Dallas watches Game 1 of the World Series.

The Social Media & Journalism class will host a live chat during the Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants game Tuesday night. Join students Gabbi Chee, Laura Victor, Quanisha Lewis, Molly O’Connor, Michelle Bauman and Rachel Healey to get reaction from around campus.

Send us your comments during the game.

6:30 p.m Wednesday

As a part of the Stark Creative Writing Series, University of Dallas hosts guest poet for a poetry reading this Monday night at 7pm in Lynch Auditorium, lectures in open junior poet (Lyric Study I) classes, and public lecture on Poetry and Pilgrimage Tuesday, October 26-also in Lynch Auditorium at 7pm.

An excerpt from the University of Dallas Website:

Poetry and Pilgrimage

Peter Campion is the author of two poetry collections, Other People (2005) and The Lions (2009), both from the University of Chicago Press. The recipient of a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship at Stanford University, a Pushcart Prize, a Theodore Morrison Fellowship at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he is an Assistant Professor of English at Auburn University and editor of the journal Literary Imagination, published by Oxford University Press.

Both events, made possible by the Stark Fund for Creative Writing at the University of Dallas, are free and open to the public.
For more information, visit or contact Andrew Osborn at or (972) 721-4087.

Tuesday at 7pm, the UD Art History Department hosted a showing of Invisible Children, a documentary on the effects war has on children in Africa.  If you missed this showing, University of North Texas is also opening its showing to the public on October 10.

This film forces you to come face-to-face with victims on the constant tribal warfare.  Not only does this film show children affected by these tragedies, but also sheds light on children forced into battle as soldiers.

See the website for more information on DFW area showings and how you can learn more and help the cause.