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The World is a Carpet

The Wild Detectives : 7:00 p.m. July 30

Dallas journalists have it easy. Our First World problems range from a crappy cup of coffee to an unreturned phone call, while halfway across the world, writers like Anna Badkhen write about life in war zones or impoverishment. Badhken has covered wars in Asia, Africa and Europe, chronicling... More >>

Oak Cliff & South Dallas Literary Events

One Man Show: Rated (R)awlins

The Kessler Theater : 8:00 p.m. July 31

Think about this night at the theater like you would any other one night stand. Except perhaps this time you'll have wiled away the hours with a lively, charming man you won't regret in the morning. For years, Rawlins Gilliland was a welcome voice on public radio, telling stories with poetic... More >>

Oak Cliff & South Dallas Spoken Word

Cabernet & Cabaret

Sammons Center for the Arts : August 1

In need of a holiday? Lucky you—because, as the old song goes, life is a cabaret, old chum--and nothing will take you away faster than a singer with a songbook of showstoppers. Also, wine helps. Such is the allure of Cabaret and Cabernet, a decadent escape that doubles as a fundraiser for... More >>

Uptown & Oak Lawn Cabaret

Ben Kweller

Granada Theater : 8:00 p.m. August 1

Ben Kweller has a long and storied past in North Texas. As one of the founding members of Radish, a Greenville band that sat just on the cusp of buzz­band status before fading into oblivion, Kweller and his bandmates did plenty of rocking around Dallas and greater North Texas. As a solo... More >>

East Dallas & Lakewood Music

Nausicaa

The Modern Art Museum : August 2

It’s not very often that an artist gets something right on first try. But Hayao Miyazaki may be the exception. Many critics regard his debut film, Nausicaa, to be his masterwork. Certainly, it redefined the possibilities of storytelling in animated films, creating a landscape that was... More >>

Fort Worth Film - Art House

Ray LaMontagne, Belle Brigade

Music Hall at Fair Park : 7:30 p.m. August 2

Although he’s often compared to such heavyweights as Otis Redding and Van Morrison, singer- songwriter Ray LaMontagne is much more akin to folks like Steven Stills and Tim Buckley. Such a distinction is crucial. Where Redding and Morrison made transcendent music that crossed genre lines... More >>

Fair Park Music

Da Mafia 6ix The Outfit, TX, TUNK., Word Life

Dada : 8:00 p.m. August 2

It’s been an eventful year for the former members of prescient hip­hop crew Three 6 Mafia. Juicy J made it big with the dance­hop album Stay Trippy. Co­founder Lord Infamous passed away with a heart attack. And, triumphantly, DJ Paul reunited most of the group, renamed them... More >>

Downtown & Deep Ellum Music

Sarah McLachlan

The Winspear Opera House : 8:00 p.m. August 3

Listen, you're going to see Sarah McLachan at the Winspear Opera House because you love puppies, '90s movies with Nicholas Cage, the Cinder Calhoun character from Weekend Update, and the 2010 Winter Olympics. All joking aside, McLachlan is a 26­-year veteran of the music business and has... More >>

Downtown & Deep Ellum Music

The History of Future Folk

The Kessler Theater : 8:30 p.m. August 5

Blue Moon Men of Kentucky What do folk music and aliens have in common? Well, nothing. At least they didn’t until The History of Future Folk, the movie about two aliens who visit Earth and decide to save the planet because they’ve fallen in love with — among other things... More >>

Oak Cliff & South Dallas Film - Events

Monty Python Live (Mostly)

Alamo Drafthouse : 7:25 p.m. August 6

At this point in the lives of the remaining members of Monty Python, you have to wonder: Is that a bit from the Ministry of Silly Walks he's doing, or does John Cleese have a touch of lumbago? Oh, it'll be hilarious either way; it's just nicer to laugh with a clear conscience. No such worries... More >>

Richardson & Vicinity Film - Events

YES

Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie : 8:00 p.m. August 6

Here's what I want to know about people who hate Yes: Is it because you don't like the music, or is it because the band replaced, Steel Dragon's style, singer and founding member Jon Anderson with the singer of a Yes tribute band? If you hate Yes for the latter reason, does it bother you even... More >>

Grand Prairie Music

Big Thought, Big Night

Dear Clark, Hair Studio : 7:00 p.m. August 7

What’s that screwy motto for the City of Dallas? “Live Large, Think Big” or did they change it to “Big Things Happen Here?” It seems we’re hellbent on letting the outside world know that Dallas is a big city that does, well, big things. But big is such a... More >>

Uptown & Oak Lawn Arts, Activism

Attach/Detach

Ash Studios : 8:00 p.m. August 8

Like a fine wine and a good cheese, no one complains about pairing art and music. What could be better than wiling the hot summer hours away in an artist’s studio, listening to some jams, and sipping on a cold beer you picked up from the corner store. Sound like your kind of Friday night?... More >>

Fair Park Art - Openings and Events

Creative Arts Center of Dallas Juried Show

Mary Tomas Studio Gallery : August 9

The Creative Arts Center of Dallas (CAC) will present its annual juried membership show at the Mary Tomás Gallery in the Dallas Design District. CAC is a nonprofit community arts organization and school of visual arts geared toward beginning, emerging, and working artists, and the... More >>

Downtown & Deep Ellum Art - Openings and Events, Art - Galleries

Oak Cliff Cultural Center's 4th Anniversary Party

Oak Cliff Cultural Center : 3:00 p.m. August 9

For the past few years the Oak Cliff Cultural Center has been working hard providing outreach and education programs for Oak Cliff residents and neighbors. The staff at the Cultural Center provides a wide array of activities intended to foster community engagement and it’s time to... More >>

Oak Cliff & South Dallas Parties and Receptions, Outdoors

Lifetime Personal Fantasies, LLC

Beefhaus : 7:00 p.m. August 9

Sure, Dallas might be at a disadvantage without easy access to the coasts, but it’s smack dab between Los Angeles and New York, which for this weekend proves lucky. A two-part exhibition, Lifetime Personal Fantasies, LLC, features the work of LA-based artist Keith J. Varadi and NY-based... More >>

Fair Park Art - Openings and Events

Summer Mockbusters: Armageddon

Granada Theater : 7:00 p.m. August 9

Armaggedon Michael Bay cannot be mocked enough. His films deserve to be taken down with an unrelenting spray of scorn and ridicule and not just because they are among some of the worst, highest-grossing movies to come out of Hollywood. They should be the only movies during which it's OK to talk... More >>

East Dallas & Lakewood Film - Events

Fashion Arena

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens : 2:00 p.m. August 10

The word arena might usually conjure images of tall men in brightly colored uniforms, dribbling an orange ball down a court. Trade the men for women, the uniforms for outfits, and just ditch the balls entirely, and you’ve got a pretty good idea of The Fashion Opera’s next event,... More >>

White Rock Lake Area Fashion and Style

Ricardo Paniagua-Retrospective: 2004- 2014

Latino Cultural Center : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 30

For Ricardo Paniagua, the canvas is sculpture and his sculpture is a canvas. He uses vivid colors to reconfigure recognizable shapes, suggesting interests in geometry and psychedelia, and to talk to Paniagua is to talk to someone inspired. His self-taught artistry and varied creative outputs... More >>

East Dallas & Lakewood Arts

Richard Phillips/ Julian Schnabel

Dallas Contemporary : 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until August 10; 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until August 10

There aren't many artists with the balls to install a set of neon Playboy bunny ears on the side of the road. That's exactly what Richard Phillips did out in the wild West Texas town of Marfa. Of course, it encouraged the rest of the world the to debate the fine line between advertisement and... More >>

Downtown & Deep Ellum Art - Openings and Events, Art - Museums

Stay Up All Nite

Red Arrow Contemporary : 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri. until August 31

The art world seems to be crazy about screen printing these days. From T­shirts to tote bags and now fine art, the once obscure practice of silk screening has had a major comeback in recent years, and of course, it's huge in Austin. Well guess what? Now you can enjoy the majesty of some... More >>

Downtown & Deep Ellum Art - Galleries

The World's Largest Dinosaurs

Perot Museum of Nature and Science : 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until September 1; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until September 1

A few weeks ago, a lone scientist calculated that civilization as we know it is a mere 15 or so years from implosion. Thanks to our earth-destroyin’ ways, the end is fairly nigh according to him. If that’s the case, it’s a pretty sad showing for humanity, who will have lasted... More >>

Uptown & Oak Lawn Museum Exhibits and Events, Family Events

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist

Amon Carter Museum : 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Fri., Sat. until September 7; 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. every Thu. until September 7; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until September 7

It’s difficult to know why Archibald John Motley Jr. never received the recognition he deserved during his lifetime. This modernist painter depicted African-American life in his native Chicago, exploring race, gender and sexuality with a voyeuristic perspective. His paintings cast light... More >>

Fort Worth Art - Museums

The Museum is History

Dallas Museum of Art : 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Tue., Wed., Fri., Sat., Sun. until November 15

As if the act of walking through the Dallas Museum of Art wasn't already a trip through time, their current exhibition The Museum is History, is a celebration of the past (and perhaps even the future) of art. The exhibition features over thirty works, spanning from the 1950's to the 90s',... More >>

Downtown & Deep Ellum Art - Museums

Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style

George W. Bush Presidential Library : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat. until October 5; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. every Sun. until October 5

It doesn’t sound like there are a lot of perks to being First Lady: the President’s wife can only be passionate about what’s politically correct and has to deal with being called FLOTUS, which sounds an awful lot like some sort of menstrual malady. But one perk that the First... More >>

Park Cities Art - Museums
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