12 Awesome Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend, September 6 to 9

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Attention, this is not a drill: Hall and Oates plays in Allen, TX on Monday. Get excited and visit our sister blog

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for the full scoop. Also, would somebody please cue the sax solo? ...There it is. Thank God.

Okay gang (cracks knuckles), I hope you're ready. Tonight is the biggest shopping event of the year! Translation: free champagne, everywhere. (You might call in sick for tomorrow, today.) The rest of the weekend's got an Annie Hall look-alike party, a new boutique opening with celebrity guests and one whopper of a tomato fight! Since friends share, be a doll and pass this list on to your pals, then make a game plan. Click the event titles for more information, and I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one cheering for Hall, not Oates.) Thursday 9.6 Fashion's Night Out -- This evening is not for the weak of heart, liver or ankles. You'll see many women fall in 8-inch heels tonight, like gazelles being picked off in the Serengeti. Stay strong and sprint: I've written you a guide to all of the best parties.

Four Nights, Four Decades Part II -- If you're more into learnin' than shoppin', and you don't shy away from really interesting things, you'll want to be at the Power Station this evening at 7:30. This series teaches you everything you've ever wanted to know about video art, broken down into decades and taught by local college educators. Last week our brains were turned to psychedelic tapioca as we explored the crazy and colorful 1970s; tonight you'll get a look at integral players from the greediest decade of them all, the 1980s. There's free craft beer, guys! Friday 9.7

Annie Hall Look-Alike Party and Screening -- Those vests. Dear Lord those pants. And can we discuss the ties? You can at Texas Theatre on Friday. Our favorite little art house is screening this classic Woody Allen flick in 35 mm and they're having an Annie and Alvy costume contest! Ladies: wear a tank top, underwear and hold a joint. Men: racquetball outfit.

Southern Fried Chickie -- It's a one-woman show about the South, drinking and Uh-merica. Also, you get served a proper Texan-style dinner! It's at Sons of Hermann for one-night only.

Rob Schneider -- Yeah, he does stand-up. Who knew?

Josh Alan Friedman -- He's a hometown boy, known for singin', songin' and writing awesome comic-based books. Check him out on Saturday.

Saturday 9.8 Dragon Street Gallery Openings -- It's like trick-or-treating for art. Basically every gallery on Dragon, and a few that exist beyond the fray, will open and air out their newest collections. Also, there's wine and beer. (Check back soon. Mixmaster will have a proper guide for you.) Untapped Festival -- Oh Lordy. You'll find more than 50 brewers at this sudsy celebration, and they're serving up more than 120 types of beer. Givers, Antlers, Burning Hotels and others will provide the soundtrack to your day, and inevitably, to your early bedtime.

Texas Tomato Fight -- It seems like our whole lives have been merely a build-up to this day. Yes, it's one giant tomato fight and it's happening in Fair Park. Go marinara those closest to you and release your rage through over-ripened 'maters.

Magdalen House Garage Sale -- If you're going thrifting or garage sale hunting this weekend, why not swing by one that's for a great cause? The Magdalen House is a non-medical detox center for women struggling with alcoholism, so the money you blow on bric-a-brac directly benefits the organization.

Pink Lucy Boutique's Grand Opening -- I met this gal in line during auditions for America's Next Fashion Star, and she had really great, sexy stuff. She also had ambitions of opening her own shop, which she's put into action. This Saturday you can check out our newest local designer, Tiffany Walker, and see the clothing she's created for celebrity clients Shaunie O'neal, and JC Jones of Glee. There will be complimentary manis by ICON, and JC Jones will be at the opening, so you can do a little star gazing while you shop,.

Sunday 9.9 Dallas Home and Garden Show -- Ahh, nesting. Go take a look at the newest and greatest advancement in decor technology.

Now stretch. You don't want to sprain anything at Hall and Oates on Monday.

Have a great event coming up that should be included in this list? Email me @ Jamie.Laughlin@dallasobserver.com. I'll take a peek, promise.

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