The Master List: The Best Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend, June 17-19

Wish Nip and Tuck a happy birthday this Sunday.
Wish Nip and Tuck a happy birthday this Sunday.
Courtesy of Dallas Heritage Village

It doesn't matter that Pete Delkus promises it's going to be butt-sweat hot this weekend because, well, it's the weekend. You can't let a little heat ruin a couple of days off from work, especially since it's Father's Day on Sunday and Dad doesn't deserve to be stuck inside watching golf, unless that's really what he wants to do. And we're sure he wants another tie, too.

Start the weekend off right by heading to the Arts District tonight for the Summer Block Party. The Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and Crow Collection are all hosting special activities including concerts, film screenings and workshops. The party starts at 6 p.m. and continues through midnight. Take a dance lesson at the Nasher at 6 p.m., see the Polyphonic Spree perform on Ross Avenue at 9 p.m., and catch the Japanese cosplay fashion show at the Crow Collection at 10 p.m.

The Nasher and DMA are offering discounted admission tonight, and admission to the Crow Collection is free. Visit for the complete list of activities.

For those who need air conditioning like we need Trenta-sized coffees, we won't deny you the fun with no sun. After the jump, see what else is going on this weekend.

Free & Fair with Falling Whistles Friday, June 17, at Centre Falling Whistles, a nonprofit organization that is working to restore peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo, creates cool whistles that make great statement necklaces, and proceeds from sales go directly to war resistance leaders and victims of war in Congo. Tonight, Centre hosts Free & Fair with Falling Whistles with a raffle drawing for free whistles and live music. Enjoy free food and drinks from Urban Taco, Rahr Brewery and Tito's Vodka, among others. The party starts at 7 p.m., and there's an after-party at Cedars Social at 10 p.m. Visit for more information.

2011 Rolling Roadshow Friday, June 17, at the Fort Worth Stockyards and Sunday, June 19, at the Ellis County Courthouse Texas Monthly and Alamo Drafthouse have teamed up again to host the 2011 Rolling Roadshow, a series of film screenings at Lone Star locations where those films were shot. Tonight at 8 p.m., catch a screening of Red River at the Fort Worth Stockyards. On Father's Day, take Dad to the Ellis County Courthouse to see Fort Worth's Betty Buckley in Tender Mercies, or if he's a John Wayne fan treat him to an early Father's Day gift tonight. The Rolling Roadshow will continues through July 1 with screenings in Marfa and Archer City. Visit for the complete schedule.

Bad Teacher Dodgeball Saturday, June 17, 2011 at Backyard Beach Bar It feels like a century since we got pegged with dozens of those red dodgeballs, but we still remember the pain and still hold a grudge against that kid that was bigger and faster than us. If you haven't played that classic grade-school game since grade school, spend your Saturday afternoon reliving P.E. class. We're hosting Bad Teacher dodgeball tomorrow, so bring a few friends to Backyard Beach Bar for the game and some freebies from 3 to 5 p.m. Cameron Diaz's new movie, Bad Teacher hits theaters June 24, and the Observer is lucky enough to have a few advance screening passes for the film. Our Street Team is handing those out and giving the winning team VIP tickets, and of course there are drink specials and other giveaways. To see where else the Street Team will be this weekend, visit

Sunset Screenings: Moulin Rouge Saturday, June 18, at Strauss Square in the Arts District As we mentioned last week, AT&T Performing Arts Center is hosting a summer and fall film series at Strauss Square (which Mixmaster is sponsoring), and the series kicks off tomorrow night with a screening of Moulin Rouge at 8:45 p.m. The screening is free, but you can make reservations for lawn chairs at You can't bring coolers, lawn chairs or any outside food, but you can bring blankets and purchase snacks and drinks from concession stands. The series continues next month with a screening of Amadeus on July 16. See the complete schedule here.

Nip and Tuck's 15th Birthday Sunday, June 19, at Dallas Heritage Village Nip and Tuck, the resident donkeys at Dallas Heritage Village, are celebrating their birthdays with a special day of family activities from noon to 4 p.m. Guests can make party hats and decorate the donkeys' wagon, and there might even by a round of Pin the Tail on the Sheep since the guys aren't so keen on that other birthday game. Admission is $7 for adults, children are free. Visit for more information about Nip & Tuck's 15th Birthday.

Dads & Duct Tape Day Sunday, June 19, at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Chances are Dad's not going to sport a duct-tape tux on Father's Day, but he'll certainly enjoy wearing a duct tape watch or socks if it guarantees free admission to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History from noon to 5 p.m for Dads & Duct Tape Day. The museum is giving all fathers and future fathers free admission if they're wearing one item made of everyone's favorite adhesive fix-it. The museum will also have special activities including a duct tape wallet tutorial and costume contest. Visit to purchase tickets for the kids.

Falling Skies Premiere Watching Party Sunday, June 19, at Angelika Film Center Dallas Steven Spielberg's new sci-fi series, Falling Skies, premiers on TNT this Sunday, and you can watch it on the big screen at Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird Station at a free watching party which starts at 8 p.m. The show stars Noah Wyle as a father trying to locate one of his sons and protect the other two after an alien attack tears his family apart. Visit for more information.

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Downtown Dallas Arts District

5307 E. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75206


Annette Strauss Artist Square

2403 Flora St.
Dallas, TX 75201


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1600 Gendy St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107


Angelika Film Center Dallas

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