Nov. 22 marks 60 years since President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed while riding in a motorcade through Dallas’ Dealey Plaza. But what remains one of the darkest days in our city’s history also stands as one of the most mysterious. This year, the event can be commemorated through film, talks, museum exhibits and art. And we have the roundup here.
1963 Flashback with Texas Theatre:
Our neighborhood’s theater is best known as the site where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested by police after the assassination, and this year, they are offering a unique experience transporting attendees back in time 60 years.
The theater’s first screening of the day will kick off at 1:20 p.m. and will show part of War Is Hell, the film Oswald was watching at the time of his arrest.
At 2:45 p.m. the theater will play Cry Of Battle, which was advertised to play at that time on Nov. 22 in 1963. Screenings of each movie will cost just 90 cents.
A photo exhibit curated by John Slate from The Dallas Municipal Archives will also be on display in the theater’s lobby.
“On Nov. 22, we’ll own the history and we’ll lean into it and we’ll try to make everything as original as possible and talk about that day,” Texas Theatre Co-Owner Barak Epstein told WFAA.
Special Exhibit at Sixth Floor Museum:
The former Texas School Book Depository now stands as the full time memorial to JFK’s assassination, and for the anniversary there will be special exhibits and author talks.
On Nov. 20, the Dallas Jewish Historical Society will host Danny Fingeroth, the author of Jack Ruby: The Many Faces of Oswald’s Assassin, at the museum for a conversation about the book.
A new exhibit, Two Days in Texas, opened Nov. 8 and details Kennedy’s time in Texas leading up to the assassination through eyewitness accounts and his own words. The exhibit will follow Kennedy’s travel through each Texas city he visited.
Admission to the exhibit is included with a museum ticket.
Author Talk at Ridgewood-Belcher Recreation Center:
Journalist and author Darwin Payne will speak about his new memoir, Behind the Scenes: Covering the JFK Assassination, during an event hosted by the Friends of the Dallas Municipal Archives.
The fundraiser event will offer an opportunity to view original Dallas Police Department investigation documents and photographs.
Payne will also sign books at the event, which will take place Nov. 21 from 6-8 p.m.
Archives at Top Ten Records:
At 1 p.m. Nov. 22, City Archivist John Slate and Assistant City Archivist Kristi Nedderman will speak about Oak Cliff’s many ties to the JFK assassination.
Original police documents and photographs will be on display.
Art Exhibit at 500x Gallery:
Dutch artist Henk Lammers was inspired by a photo of Lee Harvey Oswald and created an exhibit titled HE WAS A LOVELY RED which will debut in Dallas this week.
500X Gallery will host the exhibit starting Nov. 24, the anniversary of Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassination, through Nov. 26.
A reception for the exhibit will be held at 500X Gallery Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. and will feature a musical performance by Chocolate Labrador.