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14 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, October 2 - 5

This weekend presents a hodgepodge of activities from a Tim Burton themed burlesque show to some world class musicians.

Thursday, October 2 The State Fair of Texas In case you forgot it was happening, the State Fair is in full swing. From pig races to trick roping, to drinking gallons of funnel cake ale (which is delicious, by the way), you'll find plenty to do this weekend if you decide to make a trek to Fair Park. Admission is $17. More info at

Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Emanuel Ax We could make a pretty good case for the piano as the world's most beloved instrument. It's one of the few instruments that so easily transitions from jazz to classical, from group to soloist, and they a beautiful grand piano can be a marvelous work of art. But we're not here to argue favorite instruments, but to talk about one Emanuel Ax who will be playing striking the keys this weekend at the Meyerson Symphony Center. He'll be playing the Mozart Piano Concert No. 14 with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The program also includes Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8. Tickets start at $19. More information and tickets available at

In the Heart: Downtown Photography from around the Globe Dallas-based photographer Richard Andrew Sharum recently performed what he calls a social experiment, in which he uses "photography to observe life and light in downtowns around the world." He placed prints around downtown Dallas to force viewers to reexamine their city, or see it -often literally - in a new light. He did the project throughout other downtowns as well and will display the resulting photographs at Kettle Art Gallery. The opening reception is from 7-10 p.m. Thursday. Also on display in the gallery are the images chosen from the 7522-Pix: The Deep Ellum Photo Challenge. More info at

Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s See this exhibition at The Modern in Fort Worth. It's a huge display, well curated and well worth your time. We saw it last week and have glowing things to say about it.

Friday, October 3

Burton Burlesque Our writer, Merritt Martin, pointed out that this rendition of burlesque themed around Tim Burton's aesthetic and films has a high possibility of being unsexy, but maybe in the best way. Those 18 and up will have to attend to find out. Starts at 8 p.m. Friday at Lakewood Theater, 1825 Abrams Pkwy. Tickets are $20-$180, and advanced purchase is highly recommended. Visit

The Winter's Tale, with Sigur Ros music Sundown Collaborative Theatre presents Shakespeare with a side of mood music. It opens in Denton at 8 p.m. Friday at the Green Space Arts Collective (529 Malone St.) and spends a weekend there before parking at Rockin' Rehearsal (1430 Regal Row, Set #340) next weekend. Tickets are $10. More info at

Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed In a partnership with National Geographic, Irving Arts Center opens up an exhibition of the ancient art of Peru. See Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed on display at the Irving Arts Center (3333 N MacArthur Blvd, Irving) opens October 3 and runs through December 31. Tickets and additional information available at

Mortgage Fun House Theatre and Film returns with a send up of the modern musicals, casting kids in the roles of 20-somethings struggling toward adulthood. Mortgage opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday and runs through October 12. If you've never been to a Fun House show before, you're in for a treat.

See also: At Fun House Theatre and Film, Comedy with Kids Isn't All Fun and Games Saturday, October 4 Fall for the Arts The second-annual installment of Fall for Arts brings a day of performances from some of the city's leading performing arts organizations. Learn the "Time Warp" from the Dallas Theater Center's Rocky Horror Show cast or take in performances from Booker T. Washington students. Make a day of it at Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway with a fest that lasts from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Cottonwood Arts Festival If you're feeling like getting out of the loop, head north to the Cottonwood Arts Festival, where 240 artists will display their work in the all-weekend fest of art, food and music. It opens from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free; visit for more information.

Free First Saturday at the Nasher Sculpture Center This is the perfect time to catch the Thomas Heatherwick exhibition. There's yoga in the garden at 11:30 a.m. and Storytime with the Dallas Public Library begins at 12:30 p.m. Entry is free from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday.

Advanced Style Rethink your ideas of Mom jeans and old lady clothes for an up close look at some of the most fashionable grannies who continue to prove that fashion knows no age limits in Advanced Style. Texas Theatre (231 W. Jefferson Blvd.) kicks the night off with cocktails at 7 p.m., the film at 8 p.m., followed by deejay sets from Ariella Villa and Claudia Grassl. Tickets are $10. More information at

See also: Texas Theatre Screens Advanced Style, Which Teaches Us Fashion Has No Age Limits

Sunday, October 5

Art talk with Erica Stephens and Julon Pinkston The two artists behind Luscious at RO2 Art will talk about their art 4 p.m. Sunday at the gallery. It's probably the only art I'll get to call "lickable" this year.

Alessio Bax & Lucille Chung A music power couple, who both happen to be dynamic pianists in their own rights, happen to teach part time at SMU. This means that the University Park campus gets treated to world class piano concerts from time to time. This weekend, the two take the stage in the Caruth Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $7 to $13. Visit for more information.

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