4/19: Alone in Texas

BOOKLIGHT: Hear Six Feet Under alum Julie White express Sarah Bird's mourning for the departure of her college-bound only son - and for the corresponding part of her identity, lost in the empty nest - in The Goodbye Boy, just one of the pieces to be read tonight at the Horchow Auditorium as part of the Dallas Museum of Art's Texas Stories II. Find tickets here. 7:30PM.

SPOTLIGHT: Bring one dollar to the Backbeat Cafe and Listening Room downtown and do whatever the heck floats your one-person cruise ship at the space's way open Open Mic Night. (The regulars are used to weird jazz, noise, comedy, poetry slam, monologues ... you get it.) 7-10PM.

LIGHTHOUSE: Author and scholar Dr. Matt Bondurant has one final chance to make Moby Dick exciting at the Winspear, as Session 6 of his monthly Ahabian mission to change perceptions of the novel book-club style ends the series tonight. The opera based on the novel opens April 30 at the theatre. The Dallas Opera camp assures comers they don't even have to read the book before attending if they haven't already been forced to (though this go-round tackles Chapter 116 through the Epilogue, so a catch-up would be wise.) 6:30PM. Call 214.443.1044 to RSVP.

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