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17 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas this Weekend, June 13 to the 16

He always kept his promises and never followed through on his threats, and for that reason you'll do something nice for dad on Sunday, right?

A--a-a-a-nd it's the weekend! If you dig boxing, burlesque, art, smarty pants lectures, theater, homing pigeons, juggling, throw-back cinema, naked ladies with literary passions, bucking bulls or resin toys, then we've got the parties for you. Check out the complete list, make a plan with your most adventurous friends and click on the event titles for more information. We'll see you out there. (I'll be the one tying dirty jokes to the homing pigeons.)

St. Marks School Photography Auction for Tornado Relief -- Ready to feel humbled? Check out the absolutely stellar photography being auctioned off by local students. We looked ahead, and the quality of art for sale is phenomenal. Humbling thing number 2: All art auction proceeds go directly to Granbury tornado relief efforts. Yep, these kids have already out-accomplished the rest of us.

TED Global Simulcast, at SMU -- Attending these doses of intellectual oration has become oddly hip, especially in Dallas where SMU has fully embraced them. Since many of us can't fly out to TED Global, the local Methodist institution brings the talks to us, via simulcast. It's free, nerds.

The Taming of the Shrew -- It's unclear why we stage Shakespeare in the summer -- the costumes look unbearably hot and filtering the Queen's English when we're dreaming of pool parties seems counter-productive. Still, we've collectively decided this is what we do, so catch one of the Bard's most mimicked works, the Taming of the Shrew, in Fort Worth this weekend. First Launch: "Relationship Status" by Devon Nowlin -- A survey of work by Fort Worth talent and Homecoming! Committee member Devon Nowlin opens on Craighead Green's walls Thursday night. Friday 6.14 Nasher XChange's City-Wide Public Art Announcement at the Audubon Society -- We're excited about Nasher Xchange, October's massive public art takeover being organized by our local sculpture museum. Also, we like free admission to the Audubon Society, homing pigeons, owls and hikes. Get all of that, plus learn the identity of one of the ten pieces of art by its creator, Los Angeles artist Ruben Ochoa.

ATMA Opens its new Location -- Resin lovers, heads up: That go-to shop for all things collectable reopens in Mockingbird Station on Friday. It's appropriately taking over the old Kid Robot storefront, and celebrates with the release of the 2013 Dunnys.There will also be free beer and appetizers to inspire your creative side. Party runs from 7 to 9 p.m.

Naked Girls Reading Banned Books -- Yep, that sums it up. A legion of derobed, well-read dames feed you excerpts from previously banned literature -- and possibly cake, on Friday night. Warning: These women are charming and will leave you fantasizing about... library cards.

The Safe Room's Second Show, "Same Roof" -- Husband/wife artists Titus O'Brien and Raychael Stine share the tiny gallery's close quarters in a new duo show. Raychael takes control of the walls, filling them with the languages, tactics, strategies and histories behind her investigated images. Hubby Titus presents one piece, positioned center stage, that's being described as an "energetic apparatus.".[Insert 'energetic apparatus' joke here. Also acceptable: 'been there dated that," joke, or 'that's what she said.']

City of Angels at Theatre Three -- Staged in a wash of magnificently shifting time and hue, this new offering by Theatre Three hits you right in the noir. It's a little bit detective, a dash of Hollywood glam and a wallop of time-hopping plot.

 

Saturday 6.15

CHAOS! Ro2 Arts -- This one's appropriately named. A frenetic mash-up of smaller works, this show rides deep in local talent. Way deep. Like, more than 80 artists on the roster, deep. They range in notoriety, style and execution and many are currently MFA candidates.

26th Annual Black Invitational Rodeo -- This long-running, hard-bucking staple returns to Fair Park on Saturday, so grab your Sissy and live out all of those Urban Cowboy fantasies.

HBO Boxing After Dark -- The rumble gets rowdy at American Airlines on Saturday when undefeated WBO featherweight champ Mikey García defends his title against the 33-2 Juan Manuel López, and Alejandro Sanabria tests the promising 20-0 Terence Crawford.

Nouvelle Burlesque Review -- If you like your burlesque with a heavy hand of ambiance, you'll plop down at Texas Theatre on Saturday and adore the beautiful dames of Nouvelle Review. Before and after the show, play my favorite game: count the fedoras.

World Juggling Day -- Quite possibly the world's most undercelebrated holiday, World Juggling Day explodes in coordinated energy at Ripleys on Saturday afternoon. They'll provide the juggling demonstrations, stilt walkers and sword tossing. You bring the banana peels, small tin of Acme oil and a book of cliches. It's free to watch.

Hot and Sweaty 2 -- Last year's Hot and Sweaty unjuried show was so popular, so excitable, so ... much stuff, that 500X brings it back this summer for a rematch. See if this year's contributing talent keeps up the abbreviated legacy.

Sunday 6.16 FATHER'S DAY Party with Dad -- Consider this your reminder: There's still time to overnight a card or take your dad somewhere unpretentious that doesn't require reservations. Still stumped? We put some ideas in the link.

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar -- It's another dose of ol' Shakes, and this time "tragedy" is right in the name. Watch empires fall in Fort Worth.


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