Feb
20
10:00 am10:00

"Walk The Wall": Tour of Encore Park Sculpture Wall and 508 Park

Encore Park Dallas Executive Director Pat Bywaters will give guided walking tours of Encore Park's Sculpture Wall and 508 Park, sharing Dallas' music and film history that took place in Dallas' formative years and in Encore Park's 508 Park building where Robert Johnson and others recorded in the 1930s. The sculpture wall includes 10 large bronze bas relief panels designed by local artists Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin to illustrate key points in the evolution of our city from its beginnings through the 1930s. The wall features WPA-era mural imagery from the Dallas Municipal Building painted by Jerry Bywaters and Alexandre Hogue in 1934. Jerry Bywaters was the former director of the Dallas Museum of Fine Art at Fair Park and is Pat’s grandfather. 

 

For more on the WPA murals which inspired the Encore Park Sculpture Wall see the video by Mark Birnbaum Productions here: http://artandseek.org/2015/06/22/the-lost-murals-of-dallas-old-municipal-building/

Hour-long tours at 10 am and 1:30 pm

Cost: The tour is free, but advance RSVP is required. 

Family friendly. No pets. Closed toe shoes required.

RSVP via email to:  encoreparkdallas@yahoo.com

 

Nov
19
10:00 am10:00

Cedar Open Studios - The Stewpot's Open Art Studio

We are pleased to announce that The Stewpot's Open Art Studio will be participating in the 14th Annual Cedar Open Studios.

"For the past thirteen years, Cedars Neighborhood Artists have opened their doors to the public for one day to showcase the talent, creativity and vibrant lives of the artists that work and live here. This free event draws thousands of visitors, from all walks of life, to explore the neighborhood studios, learn about art, shop and enjoy local bars and restaurants. Visit the cedars artists in their homes and studios – as independently unique as the individual artwork created within, whether it's glass blowing, photography, painting, sculpture or expressive hula-hoop dancing, you won’t want to miss a single one!"

Oct
27
Oct 30

House Party Theatre Presents: Macbeth

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Something wickedly awesome this way comes, as House Party Theatre breaks their Shakespeare seal with 'ole Billy Shakes' MACBETH!

Join us for HPT's first (but most certainly not last) Shakespeare project October 27-30 at the 508 Amphitheater at Encore Park, and for a very special Halloween treat on October 31st at The Levee for closing night!

Tickets are $15 and go on sale on October 3rd!!!!

Don't miss this chance to #getwicked!!!

runtime: 90 minutes


Tickets - $15 Available on Ticketleap
housepartytheatre.ticketleap.com/macbeth

 

DETAILS
ALL AGES
Outdoor seating provided or bring your blanket.
Small coolers welcome.
No pets or firearms or high heels.
In the case of rain, the event will be cancelled.

PARKING
Parking will be available at the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas flat lot located across the street at 408 Park Ave. Free street parking will also be available along both Young St. and Park St.

Oct
27
2:00 pm14:00

Stewpot Talent Show

Join us for The Stewpot's annual Talent Show. This year's event will be hosted in the 508 Amphitheater at Encore Park Dallas.

Seating provided. 

In the case of inclement weather, the event will be moved into The Stewpot across the street.

Free!
No coolers.
Parking available in the First Presbyterian Church garage located at 408 Park Ave.

Oct
2
6:00 pm18:00

CAPTAIN BLOOD - Warner Bros. Does Dallas

We proudly present "Warner Bros. Does Dallas"

This series will include short and feature-length films distributed by Warner Brothers in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Films will be screened at the Majestic Theatre, Texas Theatre, and outdoors at 508 Amphitheater, a component of Encore Park Dallas in Dallas’ historic Harwood District. 

The series finale!  

Oct -2 - CAPTAIN BLOOD - 1935 - 16mm - 508 PARK AMPHITHEATER - 
Preceded by the Bugs Bunny short - BUCCANEER BUNNY 16mm

6:00 pmTour of 508 building. To RSVP email pat_bywaters@yahoo.com.

7:00 pm:  Live Concert by local act Love rx

8:00 pm: Screening of Buccaneer Bunny and Captian Blood

 

ALL AGES
Doors 6:00pm
Showtime 8:00pm
Tickets - $10 Available on Prekindle
http://www.prekindle.com/promo/id/24545708307834072
Location: 508 Amphitheater | 508 Park Ave. Dallas Texas 75201

DETAILS
Outdoor seating provided or bring your blanket.
Small coolers welcome.
No pets or firearms or high heels.
In the case of rain, the event will be cancelled.

PARKING
Parking will be available in the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas parking garage located across the street on the north side of Young St at 408 Park Ave. The garage will close at 10:30 pm. 

 

Oct
2
2:00 pm14:00

Blessing of the Animals

Join us for First Presbyterian Church of Dallas' second annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony. The ceremony will include a short service and individual blessings for each animal. This event is open to the public, and ALL ANIMALS are welcome accompanied by their human companions.

* Free parking is available in the church's parking garage. 

* All animals should be on leashes or in small carriers.

* The service is short and each animal will be individually blessed.

The 79th Anniversary of Robert Johnson’s Recordings featuring the Stevie James Trio
Jun
19
2:30 pm14:30

The 79th Anniversary of Robert Johnson’s Recordings featuring the Stevie James Trio

  • 508 PARK Amphitheater

Join us Sunday, June 19th, for an afternoon of live music with the Stevie James Trio as part of our celebration of the 79th anniversary of the 1937 American Record Corporation recording sessions which included Robert Johnson.   The concert will take place in the Amphitheater of the historic 508 Park Ave building in Downtown Dallas at 2:30 pm. 

Nov
7
10:00 am10:00

First Annual 508 Park Fiddle Contest: A Part of The Museum of Street Culture Music Series

photograph by Alan Govenar

photograph by Alan Govenar

 

The 508 Amphitheater will soon resound to the music of fiddles, guitars and Western Swing.  The Museum of Street Culture is partnering with the Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association (TOTFA) to create a Fiddle and Western Swing competition on November 7, 2015.

The competition will feature six age divisions for fiddlers to complete in and has special emphasis on our younger fiddler: 8 and under, 9-12, 13-17, 18-39, 40-64, and 65 and over.  There will be a category for the accompanists to compete and show their skills that help the fiddlers sound so good.  To give recognition of the history of the first recording of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, there will be a special category called “The Roots of Western Swing” open to a fiddler or small group of fiddlers.

There is a high level of excitement in the Texas fiddles community for this new competition.  According to TOTFA President Bart Baker “TOTFA had its beginnings in 1973 when a group of Texas fiddlers and musicians decide that an organization to improve the quality and better run fiddle contests in Texas was needed.  We are very pleased to partner with The Museum of Street Culture to help promote and deliver a contest that showcases the fiddling and talent of our musicians and especially our young fiddlers.”

 The competition will start at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 7, at the 508 Park Amphitheater. For more information please contact Alan Govenar (docarts[at]me.com) or Texas Old Time Fiddlers Association (TOTFAinfo[at]totfa.org).

 

  

 

Oct
24
7:30 pm19:30

Lucky Pierres and Friends Sing the Don Law Story

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Come Celebrate Dallas’ Musical Heritage at the Site Where Many Moments Were Made!

At one time in the early to mid-20th Century Dallas was poised to become the center of Western music. Some of the biggest names in early country music made some of their best hits here in Dallas.

From time to time Dallas gets around to looking back at its past, and with a little digging, is rewarded by being reminded of its rich, cultural history. The story of music producer Don Law is a great example.

It was Don Law’s 1937 session that produced bluesman Robert Johnson’s rare recordings on June 19-20 at 508 Park in downtown Dallas. At the same location Law contributed to producing the recording of “San Antonio Rose” by Bob Wills, which went on to sell a million records. Later, Law produced Lefty Frizzell’s classic “If You’ve Got the Money (I’ve Got the Time)” at Jim Beck’s studio on 1101 Ross Avenue and helped to define the hard county sound of Ray Price at Beck’s studio. Law continued throughout his career to help shape the music of Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, and many others.

Longtime Dallas band the Lucky Pierres will celebrate Don Law’s western swing, honky-tonk, and hard country recordings on the very site where many were created. Friends Alan Wooley, from the Dallas bands Killbilly and the Cartwrights, and Erik Swanson and Dustin Ballard, from Shoot Low Sheriff, will also perform some of Law’s legendary productions.

Tickets are free but please reserve them here: http://www.prekindle.com/promo/id/24116491636583029

 

Who: Lucky Pierres & Friends
What:
Sing the Don Law Story
Where: 508 Park Amphitheater, Encore Park, Corner of Young at 508 Park Ave., Dallas
Parking: Available in First Presbyterian Church’s garage across the street at 408 Park Avenue.

 

Oct
24
10:00 am10:00

Stewpot 40th Anniversary Celebration

Community Ministries 40th Anniversary Celebration

The Community Ministries program of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the beginnings of The Stewpot with a day-long program highlighting the past, present, and future of this multifaceted community resource.  Presentations will feature: the Children, Youth, College Scholars and Family Programs; the Dallas Street Choir and the 27th Annual Stewpot Talent Show; Stewpot Art Sidewalk Sale of the Open Art Program; Encore Park Community Garden Open House; Encore Park Sculpture Wall landmark guided tours; Stewpot Signature Chili and Cornbread shared on “One World-Family City Block-Long Table”; “First Light” of historic 508 Park exterior Sconce Lights; Dallas Winds “First Light Chili Serenade”; First Presbyterian Chancel Choir Gospel Spirituals; and music by Lucky Pierres in a Salute to 508 Park’s great producer Don Law

10 a.m. to 12 noon:   Encore Park Amphitheater

Children, Youth, College Scholars, and Family Program Celebrations.

“First Seeds Planted”-recognition of the visionary work of the Presbyterian Women’s adoption of City Park Elementary and their support of the school’s teachers.

Highlights and participant stories of building futures through community: Saturday School Kid’s Club, Summer Day Camp, Summer Visiting Youth Program; Junior Crew, Venturing Crew, Community Ministries College Scholars, Family Stabilization Program, ESL Classes.

Noon to 2 p.m.:          Community Garden and Sculpture Wall

Encore Park Community Garden Open House.

Sculpture Wall guided walk-“Walk the Wall” buttons and t-shirts

2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.:   Amphitheater

Dallas Street Choir performance

27th annual Stewpot Talent Contest ($1,500 cash prizes), entries in six categories (each category award 1st, 2nd and 3rd cash prize).  Art, Poetry, Performance, Essay, Costume and “On the Spot” Sculpture Creations.

 5:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.:   Park Avenue center lane

Celebration of the 8 million meal feast of community compassion:

Stewpot Meal Services Signature Chili and Cornbread free one-bowl meal served and shared on the one world-one family city block long table.

First Light Ceremony of 508 Park Sconce Lights and the music of Dallas Winds.

Evening:           Celebration of sounds past and sights to come

6:00 to 7:00 p.m.:      508 Amphitheater

First Presbyterian Chancel Choir performance

Update by Project Committee on Encore Park

7:30 p.m.:                   508 Amphitheater

Lucky Pierres Salute Don Law, 508 Park’s legendary musical producer

 

 

 

Oct
4
7:00 pm19:00

508 Park Movie Night: Dallas


Join us for Dallas, the 1950 western film and box office hit starring Gary Cooper and directed by Cecil B. DeMille.  The movie will air after Bunny Hugged, a 1951 short film. 

At 7 p.m., University of North Texas professor Dr. Michael Wise, who teaches on the history of the American West will give a short talk on western films. 

The event, co-sponsored with Texas Theatre, is free, but RSVP to secure a spot here: http://www.prekindle.com/promo/id/24116491633715380


PARKING FREE with security guard

Garage closes at 10:30pm

First Presbyterian Church of Dallas Parking Garage

Corner of Park and Young

408 Park Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

DETAILS

Outdoor seating provided or bring your blanket

Small coolers welcome

No pets or firearms or high heels

Bottled water available

Oct
4
2:00 pm14:00

Blessing of the Animals

The Blessing of the Animals will be at October 4, at 2 p.m. at the 508 Amphitheater. Held in conjunction with St. Francis of Assisi Day, the Blessing of the Animals involves individual blessings of each animal who comes to the outdoor service by one of the ministers of First Presbyterian Church. All animals (on leashes, please) and their human companions welcome.

Sep
20
7:00 pm19:00

508 Park Movie Night: Casablanca

Who hasn't wanted to watch this incredible movie out-of-doors? Join us on September 20 in the evening for our second 508 Park Movie Night at the 508 Amphitheater, cosponsored by the Texas Theatre.

The evening will open with a concert from Goodspeed, an eclectic band featuring vocal harmonies and subtle acoustic arrangements, at 7 p.m. Yes, you'll get a chance to hear "As Time Goes By!"

At 8 p.m, the 1943 short Wise Quacking Duck will begin our movie watching experience, followed by Casablanca. Enjoy Humphrey Bogard, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and many others on the big screen right in downtown Dallas! 

The event is free but RSVP to secure a spot at http://www.prekindle.com/promo/id/24116491633715381

"This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" when Encore Park and the Texas Theatre present Casablanca!

"This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" when Encore Park and the Texas Theatre present Casablanca!

PARKING FREE with security guard

Garage closes at 10:30pm

First Presbyterian Church of Dallas Parking Garage

Corner of Park and Young

408 Park Ave, Dallas, TX 75201

DETAILS

Outdoor seating provided or bring your blanket

Small coolers welcome

No pets or firearms or high heels

Bottled water available

Sep
12
3:00 pm15:00

Open Art Studio Art Show and Sale!

When we complete our renovation of 508 Park, The Open Art Studio will move into the second floor and the first floor will house a permanent gallery. Right now, you can find both on the second floor of The Stewpot. Come on down and enjoy looking at (and buying) works by the talented artists of the Open Art Program. Don't miss this rare sale! 

Sep
6
8:00 pm20:00

508 Park Movie Night: Robin Hood

Encore Park Dallas and Texas Theatre present the 1938 feature film The Adventures of Robin Hood, which received three Academy Awards in 1938 for musical score, art direction, and editing. This free event will be held at Encore Park's 508 Amphitheater.

The event is free but RSVP to secure a spot http://www.prekindle.com/promo/id/24116491633715382

"Only the rainbow can duplicate its brilliance," boasted original Warner Bros. publicity for the film.

"Only the rainbow can duplicate its brilliance," boasted original Warner Bros. publicity for the film.

The Errol Flynn swashbuckler is known for being one of the bestfilms lensed in glorious 3-strip Technicolor. 

6:30 Ampitheater Gates open, grab your spot

6:45 508 Park building Tour (limit 30 people)

8:00 approximately (dusk) Short Cartoon - Cinderella Meets Fella (1938)

8:20 approximately (after short) Feature Film

Outdoor seating provided or bring your blanket

Small coolers welcome

No pets or firearms or high heels

Bottled water available


Aug
15
8:00 pm20:00

Robert Johnson Revue with Steven Johnson

Mississippi-born Steven Johnson is the grandson of Robert Johnson.  Robert Johnson’s only recordings were produced by Don Law and Art Satherley of the American Record Corporation (Brunswick and Vocalion).   The first half of Johnson’s songs were recorded at the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio in 1936 and the second half at 508 Park in Dallas in 1937.   Johnson died in 1938.  Johnson’s music was rereleased by Columbia in 1961 as “King of the Delta Blues Singers,” influencing musicians around the world.  Steven returns to Dallas to celebrate and perform his grandfather’s music at 508 Park, the location where history was made.

 

Join us for a great night of music. The Dallas Street Choir will be the opening act!

Get your tickets here:

http://www.prekindle.com/promo/id/24009424793993825

Jun
19
12:00 pm12:00

Free Blues Concert to celebrate Juneteenth and Robert Johnson's recordings at 508

  • 508 Amphitheater

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth and the 78th anniversary of Robert Johnson recording at 508 Park with a free, public lunchtime concert featuring acoustic blues musicians Rev. KM Williams and Joel Foy. Williams is a modern version of Old School Texas Country Bluesmen like Lightnin’ Hopkins and Blind Lemon Jefferson. Foy has shared the stage with a variety of blues artists including traditional artists like R&B piano legend Floyd Dixon, blues guitarist Lowell Fulsom, B.B. King’s organist Duke Jethro, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and more.  

Bring your lunch and join us for a wonderful celebration!

 

RSVP here: it's free, but we'd love to know you are coming!

http://www.prekindle.com/promo/id/24009424793264480