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11 Awesome Things To Do This Week: May 10 to 15

Somebody queue the Wilson Phillips! Hold on for one more day, you guys. Things will go your way. Just look at this list of amazing events: Brian Posehn is at Hyenas, Green Day made a Broadway musical, somebody combined your two favorite words at Beerfest and Diorama-O-Rama is back. You've been such a trooper this week; go out there and live it up. Share this list with your crew, and click the titles for background information.

Thursday 5.10 American Idiot -- Yep, Green Day have gone Broadway. This stage adaptation of Billy Joe's Grammy-winning album has been selling out stages across the country; now it's our turn to hum along.

This American Life Simulcast Nerds, listen up. Everyone else, move on. Ira Glass is doing another one of his genius maneuvers tonight and simulcasting a live show to movie theaters across the country. It's screening right here in Dallas, so you can go highbrow and eat popcorn while letting your eyes take in what you've become accustomed to just imagining.

Friday 5.11 Art This Week Turns Three -- Dallas houses many of art's biggest cheerleaders, and local website Art This Week shakes its pom poms louder and faster than anyone else. By interviewing our favorite creative types, ATW gives us a more human look at the visual arts. Come celebrate the group's birthday at CentralTrak, they'll have cake (!!!) and a special appearance by performance artist Slik Stockings.

Social, at Kirk Hopper Gallery Opens -- This show's gonna be hot, like TNT, highly combustible, dusted in gunpowder, hot. In his new exhibition, Sergio Garcia explores the various meanings of "heat" by painting neon Air Jordan's and accenting them with gunpowder.

Madea Gets a Job -- Tyler Perry didn't let last week's pesky fire at his Atlanta studio/office/compound slow him down, not a bit. He's still sending Madea our way, but this time she's employed. I know what you're thinking: "Who on Earth would hire her?" As if America's senior citizens don't have it hard enough, Madea's taken a gig at an old folks home.

Saturday 5.12 Brian Posehn at Hyena's -- You know this guy even if you don't know his name. Think: large nasally comedian who frequently dons heavy metal T-shirts, was one half of the gay couple on the Sarah Silverman Show and a former Mr. Show cast member. Also, think: Awesome dude that you should spend an evening with.

Beerfest -- Do you love a good sample buzz? Same here! This celebration of all things hoppy is bigger and drunkier than ever before.

Diorama-O-Rama -- It's the third installment of this fundraising art show series, and we're more excited than ever. Founded by a small group of local women to raise cash for different organizations around town, this celebration of the nerdly arts (diorama making) auctions off the mini worlds to the highest bidder. Funds generated go to Cafe Momentum, an organization that teaches culinary skills to at risk youth.

Sunday (Mother's Day) 5.13 Ernesto Neto at the Nasher -- This new exhibition uses woven textiles interactively, so you can climb and explore Neto's work. It's called "Cuddle on the Tight Rope" and since its opening celebration weekend collides with Mother's Day, the Nasher is having a big affair with brunch and music. Check it out.

A Few More Ideas For Mom -- If you really want to step up your game this year, try one of these. There's Chihuly at the Arboretum (mom loves flowers), a three-course meal on a boat with tons of entertainment (Mom loves luxury) and a fancy chamber music event in a private mansion with tapas and cocktails (Mom loves voyeurism).

Tuesday 5.15 Oral Fixation -- If you haven't checked out this storytelling series yet, remedy that on Tuesday. This installation, titled "Cooking with Gas," is the last of the season, so it's bound to be extra hot (and possibly a bit greasy). If you miss it, you'll be forced to wait months to hear folks reveal their most intimate tales in front of a room full of strangers.

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Jamie Laughlin
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