When you start talking about going to the fair in Dallas, what you generally mean is that you're about to spend six hours walking around, drinking beer, eating fried bacon concoctions and risking your life on large metal contraptions supervised by ex-cons. And though this is charming in its own way, it's not really a situation where you are going to learn anything (except how long it takes you to throw up after consuming six beers, four corny dogs and a funnel cake) or find much to truly admire (except for the stunning number of camel toes on display). And since it'll be nine long months before you can experience all that again, why not head to a different kind of fair, one where you're more likely to see mixed-media sculpture than butter statues and where you don't have to watch your step for fear of vomit puddles (unless someone really gets crazy with the Champagne)? The Dallas Art Fair invites you to celebrate visual arts that don't involve an airbrush from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday. More than 30 galleries from around the country will showcase modern and contemporary paintings, prints, photographs and drawings in this inaugural event, held at the Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Ave. Tickets are $20, or $40 for a three-day pass. Visit dallasartfair.com.
Feb. 6-7, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 8, 12-5 p.m., 2009