13 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, November 15 to 18

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There's a rock 'n' roll puppet party with spaceship art at Webb Gallery on Sunday!

Brace yourselves, Dallas. This weekend is loaded up with visits from famouses, homegrown art, and oodles of oddball things falling somewhere in between. There's a sci-fi costume party celebrating the military at an Arlington piano bar on Friday, auditions for Wheel of Fortune all weekend long, and a celebration of spaceships and puppets at Webb Gallery on Sunday. Also: Val Kilmer will be here, getting an award from the Dallas Film Society on Friday! It's a good time to make your weekend gameplan, so share this list with your favorite people and click on the event titles for more information. I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one dressed as a Wookie.)

Thursday, 11.15 MacHomer -- You've said it a million times: Shakespeare is would be so much better if it referenced beer, donuts and nuclear power. Oh, hey, guess what? MacHomer does exactly that. It's a one-man gig that laces the famous Bard work with Bart, Homer and the rest of Team Simpson. It's one-night-only.

Oak Cliff Foundation Fundraiser -- Yes, most of you are jamming econo so this event may not suit your bankroll. That said, the OCF is raising cash to perform needed repairs on the Texas Theatre, and you love that place. There's an 80 year-old plumbing leak to mend, a balcony to restore and other aches and pains to address inside that wonderful, historic building. Tonight, $1,000 gets your name on any seat in Texas Theatre, $500 gets your name on a chair in the back of the house and $100 gets you a goodie bag and high fives galore.

Jokers Wild Comedy Night -- It's a freebie night of comedy at the House of Blues. Yeah, free. That's because they love you and want you to check out Bobby Friske, Brad LaCour, Jeffrey Jay, Dominic Harris, Yony Arce and Chelsea Hood without any financial obstacles. That's a comedic full house, so go play a winning hand with zero buy in. Friday 11.16 Art of Film with Val Kilmer -- The annual fall fundraiser for the Dallas Film Society is being held at the Hall of State of Friday. And it's going to be crazy because the group honors Val Kilmer, in the flesh. You know him from his work in Top Gun, Top Secret! and Real Genius. The rest of the world loves him for all of those "important" movies he made, two of which (The Doors and Batman Forever) will screen on Saturday at the Angelika. There will be red carpet arrivals, dinner and lots of cinematic schmoozing.

DaVerse Lounge's Giant Spoken Word Bash -- For the last 8 years, DaVerse Lounge has built a reputation as a safe place -- a night when personal expression and creativity are credited, accompanied and applauded. For its big birthday on Friday, the community unites for celebration. There'll be art stations by ArtLoveMagic, sets by famous poets Joaquin Zihuatanejo, Will Power and Natasha Carrizosa and scratch workshops with DJ Killtron. It will be amazingly empowering, so go support and throw props at poetry.

Memory Jugs at Oil and Cotton -- Our favorite salvage-slinging eccentric, Bruce Lee Webb, teaches a class at Oil and Cotton on Friday that's sure to blow open some ancient seals. The class will make memory jugs, artfully decorated mason jars used to honor spirits of loved ones. Hey, you need one of those!

Starfleet USO Party -- A group of Arlington Star Trek enthusiasts are giving props to the military on Friday evening at an officially sanctioned USO bash at -- wait for it -- Louie Louie's Dueling Piano Bar. (Klingon sing-along, anyone?) It's a costumed affair and Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca, will be there. Semigloss. Magazine Opening Party -- In a city of excess and constant gallery glamor shots, it's strange that their aren't more niche publications focusing on the Metroplex Art Scene. A group of artists/writers noticed that same gap and decided to fill it though a self-published release called Semigloss. Magazine. There are great names populating the masthead (Cassandra Emswiler, Bradley Brown, Arthur Peña, and a half dozen others) and the coverage will bend towards experimental subject matter. The release party happens from 8 to 11 p.m. at Oliver Francis Gallery. It's a limited pressing, so don't miss your chance to buy one.

Saturday 11.17 Wheel of Fortune Auditions in Dallas -- YES. It's finally time to show this world your highly-advanced hangman skills. The Wheelmobile, a rock 'n' roll tour van of opportunity, will be at two different Dallas locations this weekend, prowling for onstage talent. Go make us proud.

Co- Re-Creating Spaces -- From our interior neural transmissions to the exterior world we populate and move through, we're exploring infinite channels and pathways, most of which are our own design. What if we rearranged them? Ripped 'em down. Rebuilt or re-described how they interact with each other and also us? What if we became the experimental architects of our own space? That's the theme of this layered art opening happening at CentralTrak on Saturday night.

City Lights Opening Night -- Main Street gets a magical holiday overhaul on Saturday at City Lights, with outdoor markets and crafts, face painting for the elves among us and musical performances to amp up the jolly ambiance. You'll also see our flagship Neiman Marcus unveil its annual window treatments under the glow of twinkling, glowing downtown.

Sunday 11.18 The Art of Esther Pearl Watson, and Miss Pussycat at Webb Gallery -- It's a perfect pairing: Dallas Fort Worth native Esther Pearl Watson returns to charm the pants off you this Sunday with her glittery, loving ode to eccentric childhood, and swamp superstars Quintron and Miss Pussycat have a million tricks up there felt-tipped sleeves to throw in the mix. Watson's work captures her upbringing, when an inventor father built spaceships in the yard. New Orleans gem Miss Pussycat shows off her photography and puppets, while double-timing as musical accompaniment with the always rockin' Quintron. It'll be the best day ever.

Cliff Fest -- A celebration of life over the bridge, Cliff Fest showcases the food and art of its namesake community. There will be chili. You love chili.

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