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10 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend: June 21 to 24

Here's some quick math to help you get through any given week: If you view the weekend as starting on Thursday, it makes it four days long. By that logic, the work week is only three days long. Totally doable. Let's toast to math and pour a little weekend whiskey in our coffee, shall we? Cheers!

It happened: Summer got here. As you officially roast like carnival corn, cool down with a sweet party at the F.O.E., free drinks and air conditioning at the Dragon Street Galleries and bottomless mimosas at drag queen brunch. Also, parties for dogs, movies and rooftop fashion shows -- all to chill you out. You'll want to roll deep this weekend so share this list with your friends and click the event titles for more details. Now, go topple an empire.

Thursday 6.21 Royal Wags Pawty -- Is your dog's imaginary human voice British? Do you often imagine him as a Dickensian street urchin, begging for food through dusty windows? A.) Speak to more humans, you're spending too much time with your dog. B.) Meet said humans at the Royal Wags Pawty, an English-themed party for pups.

DC9 at Night Crawl -- Make sure your belly has a solid food foundation before starting on this bender adventure. It kicks off at 6 p.m. at Single Wide where you'll hear soul/funk/psychedelic beats by DJ Heavy Sigh (AKA, the Observer's music editor, Audra Schroeder). Next, the party moves to that Killer Mike show at the Granada, and closes up at Beauty Bar where DJ Sober drops a sonic detonation.

Young Frankenstein in 35 mm -- This Wilder/Brooks classic is timeless comedy. I dare you to find something better made in 2012. Texas Theatre went down into the cobweb-riddled lab to yank out this 35mm, old school film edition and screen it for you. See Gene Wilder, Cloris Leachman, Peter Boyle and Gene Hackman at their finest.

Friday 6.21 Marc Ryan -- Crack a few beers with fellow Texan funnyman Marc Ryan this weekend at Hyena's. He leans on Southern topics without resting on hard cliches. You will spit laugh.

Jo. Yon Fashion Show -- This rooftop bash is a great excuse to perch with a few cocktails, look out over the city and gawk at fun new fashions.

Saturday 6.22

WET at FOE -- You don't need another reason to visit the F.O.E., but today you get a whole mess of 'em. DJs, karaoke, and a dance party? In.

Big Art Opening Night on Dragon Street -- These are the best evenings in Dallas, says me. This neighborhood of eclectic galleries works together and has their openings on the same night; for you that means sprinting from gallery to gallery, chugging wine and learning about fascinating new artists.

Grand Re-Opening of Smoke and Mirrors Gallery -- Here's the deal, guys: Smoke and Mirrors is a gem. This former Dolly Python neighbor supports outsider, primitive, underbelly art by our local favorites, but recently it closed. Our hearts broke. Now, it's reopening at 406 Art Space on S. Haskell and the celebratory bash is going to be off, like, 50 chains. There's artwork by 10 to 15 great artists and a set by DJ Hammertimez. Also, booze. It goes late, so do Dragon Street then close the night here. (There's a tiny cover if you arrive after 8, so bring some cash. All artwork costs less than $100 bucks.)

Sunday 6.24

Drag Brunch at Dish -- I'd be hard-pressed to find a better hangover cure than this. Rehydrate with bottomless mimosas. Absorb the swishy belly mess with some carbs. Relax as our city's best illusionists pump out the Tina Turner, Robyn, or whatever else they want to cover. It's their show, they can do whatever they want. Bring cash to tip the divas.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat -- This weekend is the launch of this classic Webber and Rice score is the completely accurate retelling of the famous Old Testament tale, complete with a Charleston number.

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Jamie Laughlin
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