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16 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, December 5 to 8

You were sweating in a tank top yesterday, which means freezing ice on Dallas roads this weekend. LET'S GIVE IT UP FOR TEXAS!!!

There's plenty going on this weekend -- weather be damned -- and because we like you, we're keeping you (mostly) indoors with gallery shows, films, temperature-raising burlesque, theater, John Hughes dance parties, holiday parties, holiday parties for pets and even a progressive supper that tours you through some of Dallas' most exciting art studios.

Now, let's bundle up and do a thing. I'll see you out there. (I'll be the hot toddy drunk, claiming "Snow Chains" is just some "hot new rapper.")

Thursday 12.5 Prohibition Night at the Alamo, with Lawless -- Celebrating Prohibition's repeal is a great excuse for Southern cinema and lots of booze, a fact the Alamo proves tonight during an action-packed screening of Lawless. There's a chat with Matt Bondurant, author of the historical novel the film was adapted from, The Wettest County in the World, and the cinema's bar is serving up that sweet, sweet moonshine.

16 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, December 5 to 8

Enter the Void at Texas Theatre -- Enter the Void is sort of a "cinema dare." Can you make it through that drugged-out, neon-soaked Tokyo hellshow? Find out tonight when Texas Theatre screens the deep cut at 8 p.m., as part of its three-year anniversary celebration. If you need a breather, the bar will be open.

CANCELLED: Stephen Lapthisophon and John Judd at the DMA -- Friends. Collaborators. Artists. Lapthisophon and Judd go back nearly 40 years, and tonight you can hear the talented pair in conversation at the DMA. It'll be like a live version of Interview Magazine featuring people you actually care about. Plus, it's free, so get in there.

Friday 12.6 Cancelled The Seven, by Will Power at SMU -- Will Power's been serving an artist-in-residency at SMU, and tonight Meadow's students pull from his playbook to present Power's take on the Grecian tale Seven Against Thebes. Power is known for infusing his works with hip-hop, gospel, spoken word and other modern forms of communication, and you'll see that Friday as SMU presents The Seven, directed by Tre Garrett.

Viva Dallas Burlesque Presents Festivus Follies -- Those broads at Viva will give more than great face Friday night at Festivus Follies. The show's a fundraiser for Home for the Holidays, which helps unite our neighbors with AIDS to their families. Also, there are boobies. You love those.

Pretty in Pink, and Songs from the Edge of Forever After Party -- Whenever I watch Pretty in Pink, I always wonder why she put so much work into making that hideous dress. Gather your lady gang for this '80s classic, then stick around for a dance party featuring music from, and inspired by, the films of John Hughes. It's at Texas Theatre.

ex mus Presents the wulf at DFW -- If you're into contemporary composers, ex mus is the series for you. This install features experimental works out of Los Angeles-based the wulf, which describes itself as both a physical space and community for exploring new music. (Keep a Facebook watch on this one. CentralTrak has already canceled tonight's lecture due to tittie-freezing weather.)

Postponedamalgam d(8) -- Over in Denton a hot little group show has formed. A bunch of emerging artists working across the medium dial present their best at Imagine Gallery, a little space near the square. It's one to check out.

 

Saturday 12.7 Blue Yule at the MAC -- Every year the MAC throws a big ol' holiday party to help offset its programming costs. Blue Yule is that party, and it's a blast. While the evening centers around the artist ornament sale, there are also food, drinks, entertainment and a silent auction to keep you warm.

Creative Differences: 35 Years at 500X -- Thirty-five years is a looooooong time for an artist-run gallery to survive. That milestone gets honored on Saturday at this 500X group exhibition, featuring some of the now-big names who got their start at that Expo art space. Tom Orr, Nic Nicosia, Simeen Farhat, Frances Bagley, Randall Garret and others will collaborate to hijack those walls. It's free.

Bob Newhart at Bass Hall -- Younger folks know him as Elf's dad, but the rest remember Newhart through his longstanding role as America's favorite innkeeper. Everyone will get to know him better on Saturday when Newhart charms the pants off his Fort Worth audience. (No word on if the brothers Darryl will be in attendance.)

Cancelled: Pet Expo and Fair Park Holiday -- Traveling for the holidays? Make sure your pet's vaccinations are up to code before you drop him off at his lodgings. The Pet Expo at Fair Park has low-cost vaccinations. (Also, free nail trims -- assuming your dog won't freak the eff out in all that chaos.)

Holiday Presence IX at Kettle -- Each year Kettle Art Gallery steps in to solve your gifting needs, thanks to its annual holiday sale. It's happening on Saturday and you'll want to get there early. Most of the goodies cost less than $100 and all are below $200, so things get competitive.

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Sunday 12.8 Dallas Marathon -- Listen up, guys: Your brunch plans are about to get jacked up. Sunday is the annual Metro PCS Dallas Marathon, so unless severe freezing ice sparks a cancelation, trouble-shoot your neighborhood's ins and outs now. Or succumb to your trapping and cheer on the runners, which sounds more neighborly, but also really freaking cold.

Raise the Arts Holiday Party and Supply Drive -- The Deep Ellum Community Association and Life in Deep Ellum join forces on Sunday to collect art supplies for MLK Learning Center and Uplift Luna Prep. There are free food, music and good people doing good things. Be one of them.

S.C.A.B Progressive Supper -- Putting the words "S.C.A.B." and "Supper" in the same title is pretty ballsy. Once you learn that this progressive supper is prepared by Garden Cafe's Mark Wootton, and that it takes you into the homes and studios of exciting emerging names in the local arts community, you'll relax a bit and buy a damn ticket.


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