11 Awesome Things To Do This Week: June 14 to 17

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kicks off this weekend's Oak Cliff Film Festival/rocks your socks.

Like the Supermoon or Venus in transit, the universe is highlighted with tremendous points of confluence. So are weekends. This next stretch in particular is so loaded with amazing options and possibilities that it's on par with the most spectacular of celestial anomalies. Basically, this weekend is goddamn glorious: There's Craft Cocktail events, the Oak Cliff Film Fest's screenings and parties, the galleries are opening up for a special run on Saturday (and giving out beer!), and Medieval Times has a Father's Day special (FALCONS!). Start strategizing now. You'll need a solid game plan to tackle this one, so share this list with your pals and click the event titles for more information.

Thursday 6.14 Oak Cliff Film Fest Kicks Off -- Put on by those scamps at Aviation Cinemas (Texas Theatre), this four-day fest has a croquet party, a Lee Harvey Oswald bicycle tour, panels with Directors, really bitchin' films and an excuse to visit some of Oak Cliff's most beautiful venues. For a complete weekend guide to OCFF, go here.

Craft Cocktails Weekend Begins -- Catered to the most honored members of our service community (saluting), our bartenders, this instructional weekend is a chance to try new things and learn a bunch of tricks. You don't, however, need to be a bartender to buy a pass and participate. You just have to love drinking and hanging out with lots of bartenders (#wetdream).

Friday 6.15 Annual Summer Block Party in the Arts District -- Coinciding with "Late Nights" at the Crow, DMA and the Nasher, this family-friendly bash also gives you a sneak peek at the Dallas Opera's new performance of Aida, storytelling for the kiddos and a Twitter scavenger hunt. (Here's the deal with that last bit: If you compete in that Twitter scavenger hunt, you'll probably win. Last month the prize was memberships to all three museums!)

DSO Plays Music from Final Fantasy -- Wha-wha-what? That's right, nerds. Get excited. Don't sit at home, stroking your console. Venture out into the world, plop yourself down at the Meyerson and take in one of gaming's most acclaimed soundtracks, as told by the Dallas Symphony.

Live Score of Sunrise Performed by My Education -- Directed by F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu), this 1927 silent film is cree---ee--eeeepy. Add in a haunting live score by the experimental Austin band, My Education, and you've got a movie that'll rattle you in your bones. Don't miss it.

Saturday 6.16 East Dallas Gallery Day -- It's the first of its kind: An opportunity to see what nine different daring galleries have been up to lately, without having to sprint from location to location. Most will be open from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, there's goodies for the first few at each spot and free beer until it runs out! Also, art. Lots of innovative, boundary-pushing art. Summer Beer and Burger Tour -- You had me at "beer."

Dallas Furniture Showcase -- If you salivate over craftsman-created furniture, designed by local artists, like this totally rad chair ===> by Springer Design Studios, this is the show for you. Also, wipe that drool off your chin. It's unflattering.

Comedians of Chelsea Lately -- Watchers of Handler's late-night gab fest know Josh Wolf, Jen Kirkman, and Brad Wollock as her Greek chorus. Hear them solo tonight as they hijack the stage at House of Blues.

Sunday 6.17 Father's Day Special at Medieval Times -- Why? Because Dad loves falcons, that's why. Also, there's a "souvenir stein," which is presumably better than those disposable steins you've been using up until now.

Thrash'd Swag -- It's a skateboarding competition and a hip hop show, and it's only $5.

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