The Ultimate Guide to Your First Dallas Weekend of 2016

This, but dripping over a Champagne flute.
This, but dripping over a Champagne flute.
Melissa Hennings

The party's over. You've welcomed the New Year with a glass of Champagne or with a big dose of vitamin sleep. For some of you, it was just a typical Thursday night. So maybe you're asking, now what? Well, here's what. Plenty of things to do this weekend to keep the party alive, or start the party. Welcome to 2016. 

Do This! 
Happy Nude Year wants you to kick off 2016 with some sexy performances and a little bit of striptease from the ladies of Viva Dallas Burlesque. This New Year's themed show features crowd pleasers including Honey Cocoa Bordeuxx, Vivienne Vermuth and more. Tickets are $20 at prekindle.com

If you're looking for the darker side of Disney, head to Fort Worth to check out the Joyce Pensato exhibition at The Modern. She uses a street art aesthetic to transform recognizable cartoon characters into large, dark creatures, disfigured, yet eerily recognizable. It's an interesting exploration of the darker side of the Disneyfication of commercialism. See the work through January 31. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Admission is $10. More at themodern.org.

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Eat This!
Newcomer to Bishop Arts District Parker Barrow's Drafthouse and Deli may take its name from two outlaws, but there is nothing unlawful about devouring a Texas-smoked pastrami sandwich or slugging a vintage cocktail. 

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Sometimes you live in a city for decades without trying all the culinary delights it has to offer. If you haven't tried local favorite The Grape, then let this be a reminder to do so. Alice Laussade talks to chef Sarah Snow about her favorite dish on the menu and the most popular dish on the menu. 

What's that? You're going to be alone this weekend? No need to sound grim. Our expert loner put together this list of best places to eat and drink when you're flying solo. From tacos to burgers to Cuban sandwiches, we've got your culinary heartbreak covered. 

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Drink This!
There is a pretty good chance that Champagne you're drinking isn't Champagne at all. It's far more likely to be Prosecco, or as Michelle Kessler points out, Cava. After detailing exactly what Cava is and why it's a delicious, and cheaper, alternative to champs, she details a few places to pick up a good bottle. 

If you're craving the finer things in life, how about a big glass of wine? Our boozy writers pulled together this list of the Five Wine Bars to Drink at Right Now to use as your guide. 

You made it through Christmas, which means you owe yourself a little present. Our gift guide for the Texas beer lover still holds up a few days after the gift giving season has technically come to a close. Nobody survived the holidays quite like you did. 

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Watch This!
If you remember the Chauvet caves from art history class, you won't want to miss the next installment in Films about Art. Werner Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams, which focuses on the paintings found in those caves dating back to 30,000 BCE, will be screened at Texas Theatre in collaboration with the Nasher Sculpture Center. See it at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5. More information at thetexastheatre.com.

At the Dallas Theater Center, holiday shows are out and Clarkston is in. The latest play from award-winning Samuel D. Hunter is set somewhere you've likely spent a bit too much time lately: Costco. But don't let that scare you away. See it at 8 p.m. Friday or Saturday or 7:30 p.m. Sunday this weekend.

A boatload of artists in Dallas are making short films. Don't believe me? The artist-run space in Expo Park, Beefhaus, plans to show works by 20 artists, a good number of them based in Dallas, Sunday evening at BeeFlix. See the films by artists including Carolyn Sortor, Jeff Gibbons, Kate Yoland, Pierre Krause, Lauren Woods and more. The free event will run from 6-10 p.m. Sunday at Beefhaus (833 Exposition Ave.). More at artbeef.blogspot.com.

Party Static plays a stacked local bill Saturday night.
Party Static plays a stacked local bill Saturday night.
Jason Janik

Hear This! 
Party Static, Moon Waves and Daniel Markham share a bill Saturday night at Three Links thanks to the one and only King Camel. Get to know some of the best local bands and shake your butt this weekend at the Year of the Camel show. Tickets are $8.

It's OK to like country music a little bit. Or even a lot. We're not here to judge you. In fact, we're writing to inform you that the Eli Young Band and the Josh Abbott band are sharing a bill this weekend at Billy Bob's. Friday night head out to funky town and get your boot scoot on. Tickets are $18-$30.


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