14 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, December 13 to 16

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I hope you've done your power lunges, Dallas. I don't want you to pull anything sprinting from one amazing party to the next. There's so much going on: art lectures, screenings of The Jerk and Wake in Fright at Texas Theatre, a beer buffet in the Arts District and a huge silent art auction on Friday night. (Hey, if you can't get to anything else this week, check out Friday's art benefit for Patrick Short. He's done a lot for Dallas, and we take care of our own.)

Now share this list with your fellow Navin Johnsons, and click the event titles for more information. I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one eating pizza from a cup.)

Thursday, 12.13 Wait, we have a local Cirque? -- Yes, oddly, we do! There is Cique-esqu theater right here in Dallas, and tonight the troupe performs a show called Kazoo-la-la. You should check it out -- what if the guy who does your dry cleaning is in it, hanging upside down from a giant hoop? You need to know.

The Jerk in 35mm -- He hates these cans! It's the movie that gave us Optigrabs, bathtubs shaped like giant clams, fancy disco rooms filled with dancing friends, and most of all: it gave you a Special Purpose. Still one of the greatest films ever made, Texas Theatre has selected it for 35mm salute, all weekend long. Screenings begin tonight.

The Art Foundation's Closing Reception and Art Talk -- Join those thoughtful smartypants over at the N. Haskell gallery space, Grey Matters, as they bid farewell to Twain with an artists discussion, featuring Richard Patterson and Shaun "El C" Leonardo. Check it and the 6 p.m. lecture out tonight -- you won't be disappointed.

Panel Discussion at CentralTrak on Co- Re-Creating Spaces -- From the time travel exhibition's curators to its participants, a street gang's worth of artists will discuss the work currently on display, and the show, as a whole. Strap on that space helmet at 7 p.m.

Friday 12.14 F@#K Brain Cancer -- Patrick Short isn't a time waster: he's spent his 26 years providing wisdom and emotional support to the Dallas arts community, both through the passion project artspace, Guerilla Arts and through studio visits with local, emerging talents. He went off to the Yale School of Architecture so he could learn to make better sculptures, but was dropped from the program when he had difficulty focusing on his work.

They soon found the tangerine-sized tumor living in his brain. He lost his student health insurance and the ability to work, but his friends have rallied to help support him during his treatment. Highly collectable pieces of artwork have been donated from Dallas, New York and Boston for Friday night's silent auction. Buy something great and support an artist who supported Dallas. It's happening at Ro2 Art's Downtown Project Space on Akard.

Ralph White and a whole slew of musicians play at Smoke and Mirrors -- The Austin-based musician is a gentle force, who utilizes all kinds or bizzaro instruments to make his distinct style. And while he's played Fort Worth and Denton quite a bit recently, his Dallas visits have been rare. What better place for a show like this than an outsider art gallery like Smoke and Mirrors? It's just $5.

Wake in Fright at Texas Theater -- A lost gem for nearly 40 years, this piece of Australian cinema was recently resurrected and given new life. Called "deeply disturbing" by, well, everyone, it's also the subject of wild praise. We're lucky to get a chance to see it, and even luckier to offer two pairs of passes to see it. For a shot at those, go here. This bad boy plays all weekend long.

Loni Love -- If you dig the upper end of the dial, then you've spent time with comedian Loni Love. She's a Chelsea Lately regular and a VH1 deviant, and this weekend you can spend an evening with her at the Addison Improv.

Saturday 12.15 Santa Rampage -- Be warned Dallas! They'll be loose, clad in velour and numbering into the hundreds -- it's Santas gone wild at Santa Rampage. You can join in the bar-hopping, DART-riding fun as long as you meet a few, tiny demands. See the rules and learn about locations, etc. at the link. Dowdy Studio Wagon's Holiday Party -- Our favorite, giftiest wagon is throwing a holiday party this Saturday! You'll get access to all kindsa adorable crafty things when the parking break is pulled next to Goodfriend from 4 to 9 p.m. Also, there's beer. Yay, beer!

The Great Santa Run 5K -- Suit up Santa, because you've gotta look your holiday best when you're cruising down those Dallas streets. (Suit provided at registration, and this run benefits a great cause: My Possibilities day program for adults.

Holiday Winter Warmer -- Beer, it's like earmuffs for your liver. Help warm that guy up with this sampling buffet: a $45 ticket gets you 12 samples of the best the stouts, porters, barleywines, barrel-aged beers and casks on the market.

Sunday 12.16 Batman Live -- Consider this acrobatic stage spectacular a less-dark, Dark Knight. It's more "Pow!" "Bang" "Smash!" than meditative mental innerworkings. It's happening all weekend long.

10th Anniversary Acquisitions at the Modern -- That glorious building is ten years old, and to celebrate the museum has actively rounded out the collection with new pieces by very famous contemporary artists. Go see the just added Flavin, Nauman and Holzer -- you'll be so happy you did.

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