While some people will be standing outside Target and Walmart at midnight next Friday, waiting to stock up on gifts for the kids and relatives, we'll be relaxing at home with bellies full of turkey and presents already wrapped. It's easy to get the shopping list done early this year because there are plenty of fun and unique gifts to find at three events this weekend. But don't put up the tree or inflatable snowman just yet. You don't want to be that neighbor.
If you've got a long list of friends and family to shop for, check out the Chi Omega Christmas Market at the Dallas Convention Center. 175 vendors are selling everything from women's clothing and accessories to edible gifts, and the market benefits local organizations including Make-A-Wish, the Child Abuse Prevention Center and Mercy Street in West Dallas. Shop today until 6 p.m., or visit tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Santa will be posing for photos with the kids from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $15 at the door. Visit chiomegaxmas.org.
Some people are hard to shop for, but who wouldn't want glossy gun soaps or a giant plush turkey? Those are two of the items you'll find at this year's Jingle Bash, and you can scoop up lots of handmade art and accessories from over 60 local Etsy designers tomorrow at The Palladium. Dowdy Studio, Kessler Craftsman and Sheepish Knitting and Crochet are among the vendors, and you can make your own crafts, enjoy cocktails and listen to live music while you shop. Get crafty from 1 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, parking is $5. Visit handmadebash.com.
It's a good weekend to get out to White Rock Lake, and if you stop by the Bath House Cultural Center you'll be able to do a little shopping. The Winter Art Mart and Silent Auction is happening this weekend, and there's more than paintings and photographs for sale. You'll find ceramics, jewelry and sculptures from local artists throughout the center, including on the lower level, which is home to an underground art market this year. Admission is free, and the event is open from noon to 6 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Visit dallasculture.org/bathhouseculturecenter.
Beaujolais & Beyond Wine Festival Friday, November 18, at the Omni Dallas Hotel In Europe one of the hottest imports right now is Californian wine, and over here there's excitement, as there is annually, for the new crop of Beaujolais wine from France. The local chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce has a tradition of celebrating these wines right after they are released to the general public on the third Thursday of November each year, and this year's Beaujolais & Beyond Wine Festival is a celebration of varietals from France, California and even Lubbock. Sample the 2011 Beaujolais Nouveau from Mommessin and Georges Duboeuf, as well as Pinot Noir from Oregon and a Grenache-Syrah blend made in West Texas. Dozens of local restaurants and food purveyors, including Parigi, Cadot Restaurant and Scardello, are providing samples to accompany the wines. The festival runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. tonight. Purchase tickets online for $60 or at the door for $65. Call 972-241-0111 or visit faccdallas.com for more information.
3rd Friday Art Crawl Friday, November 18, at the Dallas Arts District It's starting to seem like there's a party every weekend in the arts district, and we're glad that's the case because we love late nights in the museums. Tonight's 3rd Friday Art Crawl, sponsored in part by the Observer, opens at 5:30 p.m. on Flora Street, between Pearl and Olive, and Ruthie's Rolling Café, Greenhouse Truck and Cup Cakin' Man are among the trucks that will line the street. Ishi will take the stage at 7 p.m., and there will be DJ sets before and after the performance. The DMA and Crow Collection will be open until midnight, so stay late to view some art and sneak into the Gaultier collection to try on couture gowns. But don't blame us if you get arrested. Admission to 3rd Friday and the Crow Collection is free, DMA admission is discounted. Visit thedallasartsdistrict.org for more information.
Opening Receptions of Spongello Sea Purse and Interior Recesses of an Untitled Circus Saturday, November 19, at Ro2 Art Downtown and Ro2 Art Elm Street Expansion The opening of Ro2 Art's new gallery space at 1414 Elm Street, just across the street from their Akard Street location, is a good indication that the Downtown 360 plan might work. The new location is opening tomorrow with a reception for Mary Benedicto's Spongello Sea Purse, an exhibition of bright, abstract collages that resemble sea creatures. Stop by the new gallery tomorrow from 7 to 11 p.m. to see the exhibition, and head across the street for the opening of Interior Recesses of an Untitled Circus, a collection of paintings and ceramics from Letitia Eldredge. Admission to both events is free. Visit ro2art.com.
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Sunset Screenings: Walk the Line Saturday, November 19, at Strauss Square Before Joaquin Phoenix ordered hookers and did a bunch of blow in that awful mock documentary I'm Still Here, he scored an Oscar nomination for his role as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line. The film chronicled Cash's music career and personal struggles, and you can see it all again when Walk the Line screens at 7 p.m. tomorrow as the last film in the Sunset Screenings at Strauss Square. Admission is free, and there will be food trucks in the Arts District providing snacks and dinner. Admission is free, and you can reserve a chair on attpac.org if you don't feel like sitting on a blanket.