10 Things to Do in Dallas for $10 or Less, December 2-4

Stop by the AT&T Performing Arts Center on Saturday for a free holiday festival that includes a tree-lighting ceremony, fireworks and free photos with Santa.EXPAND
Stop by the AT&T Performing Arts Center on Saturday for a free holiday festival that includes a tree-lighting ceremony, fireworks and free photos with Santa.
courtesy ATTPAC

H. Schenck: Is That Your Father’s Watch?
The Safe Room at Texas Theatre
231 W. Jefferson Blvd.
7 p.m. Friday
Free
The first thing you should know about artist H. Schenck, whose exhibit Is That Your Father’s Watch? closes Friday, is that he creates art out of mud. Why mud? It’s universal, apolitical, communal, essential, accessible and ubiquitous. Our planet is made up of it. We use it, move it, play with it and have religious narratives about it. Because of the nature of the material, its ability to function in diverse ways and our relationship with it, mud can act as an accessible metaphor for a diverse population. — Rachel Williams

Disco Kids
It'll Do
4322 Elm St.
6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday
$5 for kids, free for parents
Ever feel wistful when you look back on your clubbing days? Maybe you don’t miss the pounding hangovers and lingering bad decisions, but man … what you wouldn’t give to throw caution to the wind, toss the DJ a couple of requests and get out on the dance floor and grind. Unfortunately, that endeavor will now cost you $80 for a sitter and your kids will show you no mercy the next morning as the bass lines still jab at your eardrums. Consider it time to pass the torch to the next generation and take your progeny to Disco Kids at It’ll Do, from 6 p.m. until way past their bedtime on Friday. You’ll beam with pride as your toddler tears up that lighted dance floor while your 6-year-old shakes it to some sick beats (played at a decibel level that’s decidedly child-friendly). And if the music really gets you groovin’, it’s not unheard of to see moms and dads out there busting a few moves, too. It's $5 cover for kids, free for parents, and bring some extra scratch for the food trucks. — Jennifer Davis-Lamm

DFW Tamale Festival and Christmas Market

Dallas Farmers Market
920 S. Harwood St.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday
Free
Gingerbread is fantastic. Pumpkin pie is a delight. Dressing is consumable by the bowlful. But the real satisfier, the true Texas Christmas dish, is the tamale. The DFW Tamale Festival and Christmas Market celebrates the stuffed maize concoctions with stories, holiday gift and decor shopping, craft booths, carolers and live music by Jaci Velasquez. But clearly, the best part of the festival, which runs all day Saturday at the Dallas Farmers Market, is the mass of tamales. Learn about the Texas tamale tradition and how they’re made, on top of eating your weight in them and taking even more home. — Merritt Martin

Matt Bagley’s Trans Dimensional Holidaze Get Together
Mighty Fine Arts
419 North Tyler St.
6 to 9 p.m. Saturday
Free
A self-proclaimed “swamp child,” Matt Bagley's imaginative reveries are firmly rooted in the humid backwaters of South Louisiana where he grew up. He’s evolved into an artist and talented printmaker/ archeologist/skateboard activist/theologist/homespun philosopher who somehow manages to channel all of these interests into art that’s at once relatable and unexpected. His unconventionality shines through in “Breussard the Alligator,” about (predictably) an alligator who, after enjoying brief success in the New York fashion industry, returns home to the bayou to make art and invent something called the “Print Frog.” He says to think of it as if Harvey Fierstein was an old Cajun. — Rachel Williams

Upcoming Events

The Tweed Ride
Fair Park DART Station
1121 1st Ave.
12 p.m. Saturday
Free
Colder seasons mean heavier clothing but that doesn’t mean wearing any old potato sack to keep warm. Embrace this most trendy time of year with none other than tweed, the celebrated woolen fabric of 1960s fashion with herringbone and twill structures woven throughout. And do it while pedaling through Dallas on a brisk winter afternoon. The Tweed Ride is a community gathering of cyclists who enjoy the dapper side of life alongside a gentle stroll through the city’s bustling downtown district. It’s easy to keep up, and several area bicycle shops offer rentals for anyone in need of wheels. Once the ride is over, join others for a community picnic but bring cash because hot cider will be available, with proceeds supporting the community efforts of Bike Friendly Oak Cliff. The event will begin at Fair Park Station at noon. — Diamond Victoria

Tangled Up in Blue

Barry Whistler Gallery
315 Cole St., Suite 120
6 p.m. Saturday
Free
Bob Dylan just won a Nobel Prize in Literature, so it’s safe to assume that a lot of people like him. But Dallas art gallery owner Barry Whistler likes him A LOT, so much in fact that he’s dedicated his forthcoming 12-artist exhibition after a Dylan song. Tangled Up in Blue opens Saturday at Whistler’s gallery in the Design District, and he says the show will serve as a nod to Dylan’s recent feat. The artists were assigned to use sculpture, painting and drawing to create different interpretations of the hue. The participating artists are Max Ernst, Martha Groome, Luke Harnden, Terrell James, Otis Jones, Ellsworth Kelly, Tom Orr, Andrea Rosenberg, Lorraine Tady, John Wilcox, Danny Williams and Mark Williams. — Rachel Williams

Reliant Lights Your Holidays
AT&T Performing Arts Center
2403 Flora St.
5:30 p.m. Saturday
Free
Yes, you’re going to drive through some neighborhoods with shockingly good lights and gorgeous decorations. But before you do that, kick it off with Reliant Lights Your Holidays Concert and Fireworks Spectacular at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in Sammons Park. The family-friendly event lights up the AT&T Performing Arts Center campus and trees with scads of LED holiday lights and offers live performances by A.B. Quintanilla y Elektro Kumbia and RaeLynn. Kids of all ages can snap free photos with Santa Claus and enjoy a sky lit up with fireworks, starting at 6:50 p.m. The festival is free, but RSVPs are requested. Those who RSVP are registered to win a family four-pack to Lightwire Theater’s A Very Electric Christmas. — Merritt Martin

Michael Sieben, The Thing Within
{neighborhood}
411 N. Bishop Ave.
Saturday through Jan. 1
Free
On his website msieben.com, Austin-based designer and illustrator Michael Sieben includes a 2014 photo of a mural he painted on a small building on Singleton Boulevard. Commissioned by Dallas Contemporary, the heavily lined image of two human-like bird figures facing one another was to "to remain on view until the building falls apart or the apocalypse occurs. Although there’s a distinct possibility that those two events could coincide," the website says. Sadly, the mural was across the street from Trinity Groves, sitting in the path of gentrification. So score one for the artist's prescience. Luckily, the skatepunk-inspired Sieben is back in Dallas with a new collection of works in an exhibition titled The Thing Within at {neighborhood}. The show opens Dec. 3 and continues until Jan. 1 or the apocalypse. Given the way things are going you might want to hurry by. {neighborhood} opens at 11 a.m. daily except Mondays. — Patrick Williams

Family Friendly Comedy Show
Dallas Comedy House
3025 Main St.
6 p.m. Saturday
$10
Now that the holidays are coming up, that means the little ones will actually be home and you’ll have to find stuff to do together if you don’t want them turning your furniture into jungle gyms or your new HD TV into a dry-erase board. Unfortunately, there aren’t many entertainment options for parents who don't care to expose their kids to foul language, gratuitous sex scenes and violence. The folks at the Dallas Comedy House (2645 Commerce St.) know this problem exists and have come up with a novel solution: a comedy show that doesn’t try to shock you into laughing. Their weekly Family Friendly Comedy Show at 6 p.m. Saturdays features a group of improv comedians making up scenes and jokes on the spot that anyone of any age can enjoy without fear of having to explain what “getting a home run” means on the ride home. Advance tickets are $8 and general admission and box office tickets are $10. — Danny Gallagher

Board Game Night
Alamo Drafthouse
100 S. Central Expressway, Richardson
5 p.m. Sunday
Free
We may have the most advanced video gaming technology in the history of the medium, but the board game will never die. They're way more immersive than an Oculus Rift headset can ever hope to be, and the most inclusive form of friendly competition. A board game can be deceptively simple and become ridiculously complex in a matter of minutes. Alliances are tested and rivalries are formed. Of course, booze always makes the experience better. That’s why Glass Half Full bar and restaurant at The Alamo Drafthouse hosts a free, regular board game night at 5 p.m. Sunday. Players can enjoy a game of Munchkin, Settlers of Catan, Say Anything! or Arkham Horror, or play a game from their private collections. — Danny Gallagher


Sponsor Content

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send:

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >