Best Things to Do in Dallas this Week

Chow down and cheer on your favorite chef at Iron Fork.
Chow down and cheer on your favorite chef at Iron Fork.

There are no more excuses for staying home. Tornados won't stop the fun that's scheduled for this week. Grab your best friend, slather on some lipstick and leave behind your night of Netflix. You can turn into a homebody next week.

Vultures A magical, complicated little show has its closing night at the Basement Gallery at 9 p.m. Monday. It's a theatrical collage packed with perspectives and reflections on contemporary America. I shared a few thoughts on the work and the playwright here. Tickets are $10.

O'Keeffe! Georgia O'Keeffe. She's one of those artistic household names. But she's also got an interesting story. This makes her the perfect focus for a one-woman show. At least that's what actress and playwright Lucinda McDermott thought. See her new piece in the Studio Theatre at WaterTower Theatre in its opening night at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets range from $22-$27.50.

Sight of Sound Competition Classical music meets video in this annual competition from Dallas Chamber Symphony. Artists submit what are effectively music videos for classical pieces (think Fantasia), and then the audience votes on their favorite. The competition kicks off at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the City Performance Hall. Tickets run $19-$49.

Open Classical at Buzzbrews We're head over heels for this casual classical music night. You wear your jeans, you sip your beer and some of the city's finest musicians play an open mic night with their violins and operatic voices. It starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Buzzbrews on Lemmon Ave. Free entry.

Dog Days A world premiere of a post-apocalyptic opera is the centerpiece of the FW Opera Festival taking place this week. Dog Days is about a young girl who befriends a man living as a dog. It's a story about people losing their humanity, which is exactly the kind of dramatic fodder that makes a good opera. See it in performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets start at $17.

Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen created some of literature's most beloved women. The Dashwood sisters are no exception. At the center of this romantic story, their push and pull relationship has charmed readers and audiences for generations. If you love period piece retellings, you'll love the season closer for Dallas Theater Center. See it in preview performances Tuesday-Thursday this week. Tickets as low as $18.

Pop-Up Park on Crowdus Ave. You know what Deep Ellum needs? A park. A green space. An oasis. A lawn. Somewhere you can drag your Uncle Uber's sandwich and lounge the day away on a blanket. Do you agree? Well, some visionaries are planting a park along Crowdus Street. this week and they're inviting you to join in on the parking. The pop-up plaza is planned to install Wednesday and remain on Crowdus through Saturday. Free.

Iron Fork It's Iron Fork week. You know the drill, er, the utensil. This huge food and booze event takes over Centennial Hall with a plethora of samplings and a big chef-off as the highlight of the night. It takes place from 7 - 10 p.m. Wednesday. So, grab your spoons, I mean your wallet, and snag tickets now starting at $45.

Trivia at Ten Bells Tavern There are few trivia nights in Dallas quite as charming as the weekly pub quiz at Ten Bells in Bishop Arts. You sit outside under the stars, sip on a cold beer, chow down on some delicious food, and let your teammates fill in the answer sheets. Trivia starts at 8 p.m.; sign-up starts at 7:30 p.m. Entry is free; winning is priceless.

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