Friday, November 15, 2013
5 JFK events you shouldn’t miss in Dallas
If you didn't snap up tickets to the city's main event, you can see it simulcast at several other venues in Dallas.
DALLAS Dallas residents will honor the legacy of President John F. Kennedy, who on November 22, 1963, was assassinated in Dealey Plaza while riding in a motorcade that had taken him from Love Field through downtown. The president was 46 when he died at Parkland Memorial Hospital. The city’s official Dealey Plaza observance of the Kennedy assassination, The 50th: Honoring the Memory of President John F. Kennedy, will take place on November 22 at 11:30 a.m.
Alas, the approximately 5,000 free tickets have long ago been scooped up, via a random computer-selection process. The event is planned as “serious, understated and respectful,” according to an event press release.
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It’ll include church bells tolling throughout the city and a moment of silence at 12:30 p.m., the time when Kennedy was shot; a performance by the 73-member U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club; readings from Kennedy’s speeches by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough; and prayers and a benediction by area religious leaders. A ceremonial flyover will conclude the event, which will last about an hour.
Now you really want to go, right? Here’s the good news: Even if you didn’t get a ticket, you can still view the commemoration: Free, live, closed-captioned outdoor broadcasts will take place at several downtown venues: AT&T Plaza at Victory Park-American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave.; Annette Strauss Square, 2403 Flora St. (next to the Winspear Opera House); and the JFK Memorial Plaza- Founders Square area, one block east of Dealey Plaza, on Market Street between Main and Commerce streets.
WATCH THE CEREMONY: The Dallas Morning News’ website, dallasnews.com, will provide a live stream of the city of Dallas’ commemorative event in Dealey Plaza. The live stream will begin November 22 at 11:30 a.m. and run through the conclusion of the program. The event will also be shown on television; check your local TV listings.
GETTING AROUND: Navigate Kennedy sites downtown and in Oak Cliff via D-Link (Route 722), DART’s free shuttle service. DART light-rail and regular bus service will also be running, and numerous parking sites are available downtown. We recommend using public transportation if at all possible. See dart.org for general information, and dart.org/dlink/dlink.asp for a D-Link map. D-Link maps are also available on shuttle buses and at the DART office at the light-rail Akard station.
Note: The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza will be open on Nov. 22 after the official observance, from 3 to 8 p.m. All museum tickets for November 22 are $10 (audio guides will not be included, in an effort to accommodate as many visitors as possible). Advance ticket purchase via jfk.org is highly recommended.
Also, in chronological order, here are our top five recommendations for ticketed JFK events over the next two weeks.
1. JFK in Dallas: Stories from November 22, 1963: A panel of storytellers and musicians will share their memories of Kennedy’s murder and its impact on culture. There’ll also be music tied to the “Camelot” era. Participants are expected to include radio announcer Andy McCollum; singer-songwriter Lu Mitchell, who watched the motorcade near Love Field; Dr. Bob McClelland, one of Kennedy’s attending physicians at Parkland Memorial Hospital; Jim Jenkins, who skipped his fifth-grade classes that day to wave at Kennedy’s motorcade; Traphene Hickman, a storyteller who was waiting for Kennedy’s arrival at the Trade Mart; Poor David’s Pub owner David Card, who has a family story about the original tombstone from Lee Harvey Oswald’s grave and his attempts to recover it; and Pat Hall, granddaughter of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald’s landlady (Hall still owns the Oak Cliff boardinghouse where Oswald was staying in 1963). The event is presented by the Dallas Storytelling Guild.
Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at Poor David’s Pub, 1313 S. Lamar St., Dallas. $15 at the door or $16.50 in advance through Front Gate Tickets. Optional food and drinks will be available. dallasstorytelling.org.
2. Dallas Symphony: President John F. Kennedy Memorial Concert: Music director Jaap van Zweden will conduct the DSO in a program featuring the world premiere of Conrad Tao’s The World Is Very Different Now (a DSO commission for JFK50), as well as Sibelius’ Violin Concerto with Joshua Bell, Milhaud’s Murder of a Great Chief of State and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica.
Nov. 21-23 at 8 p.m., Nov. 24 at 2:30 p.m. at the Meyerson, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. See website for prices. 214-692-0203. dallassymphony.com.
3. Noah's Ark: Award-winning actor Martin Sheen will star in a staged reading of Ginny Cunningham’s new play, revolving around a CIA-military adviser who is tortured by the thought that he may have been unwillingly complicit in the JFK assassination. Several local actors are also cast in the show. Sheen and others will participate in an audience talk-back following the 90-minute reading, which is a benefit for the Dallas Peace Center.
Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. at Unity Church of Dallas, 6525 Forest Lane, Dallas. $15. 214-683-2493. Tickets through teatroddallas.tix.com.
4. Texas Theatre Commemoration: The theater where Oswald was captured on November 22, 1963, will screen the two movies that were showing that day: War Is Hell and Cry of Battle. There’ll also be a 35mm presentation of Oliver Stone’s 1991 film JFK and a theatrical re-creation of the Warren Commission’s interviews with Texas Theatre employees who were on duty that day — Julia Postal, Butch Burroughs and John Brewer, the man who noticed Oswald going into the theater.
Nov. 22, with doors opening at 12:45 p.m.; showing of War Is Hell at 1:20 and Cry of Battle at 2:45 (tickets cost 90 cents each, which is what they cost in 1963); free lobby tours and photo exhibit, 12:45 to 6; staged reading of Warren Commission interviews at 6:30 and JFK at 8, tickets $10 for both. 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. in the Oak Cliff neighborhood, Dallas. 214-948-1546. thetexastheatre.com.
5. In Memoriam: As part of its Soundings: New Music series, the Nasher Sculpture Center will present the Brentano String Quartet, Charles Neidich on clarinet and Seth Knopp on piano. The program will feature works by Oliver Messiaen and John Cage, as well as One Red Rose, a new work by Steven Mackey co-commissioned by the Nasher with the Yellow Barn chamber-music center in Putney, Vt., and New York City’s Carnegie Hall. The title comes from a blood-soaked red rose that fell from the bouquet that first lady Jackie Kennedy was carrying when her husband was fatally shot.
Entire program: Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas. $25, $10 for students with ID. 214-242-5100. nashersculpturecenter.org.
One Red Rose encore and discussion: Nov. 24 at 2 p.m. at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, 411 Elm St., Dallas. $15. 214-747-6660. tickets.jfk.org.
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