TEEN SCENE: Dallas Children’s Theater’s new musical, Teen Brain, spends a Friday with eight high schoolers as they ride the up and downs of adolescence. The book is by Linda Daugherty, who’s written many plays for DCT; music and lyrics by Nick Martin. And he says that teenage life – and all its drama – is the perfect setting for a musical. “I think things are harder for them today,” he tells theaterjones.com. “They’re being bombarded more by media and social media, there’s more to grapple with. Standardized tests are more important than they were. I thought it was hard when I was a teenager, and now it seems like there’s more stuff to deal with.” Catch Teen Brain through Sunday.
LISTEN UP: Yesterday, we linked to a nytimes.com profile of Dallas R&B and Gospel group The Relatives. In the story, The Relatives’ sound is described as, “a burning gospel refracted through the lens of psychedelic rock, heavy R&B and 1970s funk. Their riffs and drum grooves owe as much to Jimi Hendrix and Sly and the Family Stone as to the Rev. James Cleveland and Shirley Caesar.” Intrigued? Then get over to texasmonthly.com, where the group’s entire new album, The Electric Word, is streaming for a limited time.
GRAB A SEAT: Maybe you’ve heard that the Oscars are this Sunday. Are you all caught up on the nine best picture nominees? No? Well, you’ve still got the weekend. And where you decide to watch ’em plays at least some role in how much you enjoy ’em. To help you navigate your many choices, dfw.com is conducing a poll to find out which theaters are the best in North Texas. We’ll report back when the ballots are counted.