The Ultimate Guide to Your Weekend, August 12-14

Cartoons will come to life at AnimeFest at the Sheraton Hotel.EXPAND
Cartoons will come to life at AnimeFest at the Sheraton Hotel.
Kathy Tran

Do This!
Show your love to a sport that dates back to Ancient Egypt on Saturday at Bowlmor AMF lanes.
It’s National Bowling Day, and if bowlers at AMF lanes collectively knock down a million pins, Bowlmor will donate half a million meals to Feeding America. Show up to an AMF lane between 10 a.m. and noon for a free game, and contests, giveaways and food prizes till the lanes close. Locations include Bowlmor Dallas at 3805 Belt Line Road and AMF Garland at 1950 Marketplace Drive. Visit nationalbowlingday.com to see a complete list. 

Girls will teach boys how they party on Saturday at Don't Call Me Baby, a show celebrating the work of women at Shipping and Receiving (201 S. Calhoun St., Fort Worth). Beginning at 6:30 p.m. there will be an art exhibit featuring work from over 60 local artists; then at 9:30, indoor skateboarding, live graffiti, food trucks and music from female-led punk bands Period Bomb, Bitch Bricks, Party Static and the Bralettes will all get going. Tickets are $12 at Eventbrite.com, and a portion of proceeds will go to organizations that support women, such as the Women Center. 

In the West, we tend to reserve animation for kids' movies, but in places such as Japan, animated shows and movies, called anime, represent every subject and genre imaginable. Join AnimeFest, a convention celebrating the art form Friday through Sunday at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, 400 N. Olive St. There will be designers, animators and voice actors from the most popular series, charity auctions, workshops, screenings, panels and cosplay contests. Get a pass for $65, a schedule and more info at animefest.org

It's not prime soup dumpling weather, but in freezing air conditioning you won't know the difference.
It's not prime soup dumpling weather, but in freezing air conditioning you won't know the difference.
Kathy Tran

Eat This!
Tostilocos is a Mexican street snack made by cutting open a bag of tortilla chips and adding fruits, nuts and other sweet and salty toppers. You can find them at shops all over DFW, such as Fruteria Cano (1133 N. Zang Blvd.). Matthew Martinez breaks the ingredients down and explains why you'll want to try them together

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Carbone's (4208 Oak Lawn Ave.) is one of the best Italian restaurants in Dallas, and when you go, be sure to order the Italian sausage tortellini. The pasta, filled with rich and herb-heavy sausage, is tossed in a vodka sauce made with red sauce, heavy cream and liquor. Food editor Beth Rankin calls the dish "downright memorable," and one of her favorites of the year.

Fortune House in Irving (8150 N. MacArthur Blvd., No. 190) does dumplings right, and none better than the xiao long bao, or soup dumplings. Once you puncture the doughy exterior a delightful, savory broth fills your mouth, and the flavor profile is only improved by dipping in vinegar and ginger. Pretend it's winter this weekend and try some. You can even watch them being made in the kitchen.

Order up a Blood and Honey now in case the recipe changes.
Order up a Blood and Honey now in case the recipe changes.
courtesy Revolver Brewing

Drink This!
The s'mores crunch cocktail at NYLO Las Colinas (1001 W. Royal Lane) sounds kind of disgusting if you ask us, but it's no doubt someone's cup of tea. The campfire rendition of a white russian combines whiskey with heavy whipping cream, chocolate syrup and pumpkin spice Kahlua over ice. The rim is then lined with crushed graham cracker and garnished with a toasted marshmallow. You can make one at home following this recipe, and toast your 'mallow just the way you like it

MillerCoors recently bought local brewer Revolver, so now might be a good time to stop by their headquarters in Granbury (5600 Matlock Road), or any of numerous local bars serving their beer, to order up a Blood and Honey. That way you'll have the before part of a before-and-after comparison nailed down. Reactions to news of the sale have been mixed.

Gwen Stefani visits Gexa Saturday.
Gwen Stefani visits Gexa Saturday.
Courtesy the artist

Hear This!
Does Gwen Stefani age? Ever since No Doubt in the '90s, the pop singer has always seemed to stay relevant, no matter how Top 40 changes around her. Perhaps that's because of exacting standards: She reportedly scrapped an entire album recently. See her on her first tour in 7 years, where she'll be sticking mainly to songs from This Is What the Truth Feels Like, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gexa Energy Pavilion (1818 1st Ave.). Tickets are $19.95 to $149.95 at dallaspavilion.org.

Kristian Nairn, the actor who plays Hodor on Game of Thrones, is also a progressive house DJ of international repute. Fans of the show may be disappointed he's not playing at Dallas' The Door as planned. But although the joke is ruined, hopefully they'll be consoled that Nairn is instead bringing his DJ skills to The Bomb Factory (2713 Canton St.) at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 to $80 at ticketfly.com.

House venues have a short lifespan; neighbors tend not to like it when loud music and tons of kids and parked cars infiltrate their neighborhood. Such is the case with North Dallas' The coOompound, which has become one of the most popular DIY venues over the last year. But they'll go out with a bang Saturday, with a day show that will include an LP release by Field Guide, as well as performances from a mix of local and touring bands including Prior Panic, Native Fox and Dead Mockingbirds. A $10 donation is requested. To find the location, under wraps, see Facebook.

No elephants this time, but the circus still has plenty to offer.EXPAND
No elephants this time, but the circus still has plenty to offer.
Courtesy Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

See This!
Those suffering from coulrophobia, aka fear of clowns, stop reading now. Everyone else, consider checking out Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Circus Xtreme this weekend. The company recently did away with elephants, and for good reason, but there are still plenty of silk aerialists, tigers, dancing poodles, and yes, clowns to entertain your whole family. (One of the clowns is even an SMU grad.) Tickets to the show at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave., are $15 to $99 at ticketmaster.com

Seven-time Oscar winner Lawrence of Arabia is considered one of the greatest films of all time. But have you really seen it? Be honest. It can be hard to find 216 minutes to watch the beast of a film, but consider making it Sunday, when the Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., screens it at 3 p.m. You won't be sorry you watched Peter O’Toole in the epic, true(ish) tale of British badass T.E. Lawrence and his experiences acting as a liaison in the Arabian Peninsula during World War I. Tickets are $10 at thetexastheatre.com.


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