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15 Awesome Things to Do This Weekend, May 22-25

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Saturday, May 24 A Gentleman's Agreement Emerging from the grungy 90's, the 21st century saw young men pulling their pants up, styling their hair and pressing suit jackets to wear with designer jeans. From Pharrell's infamous hat to Justin Timberlake's suit and tie, today's rockstars pay homage to Hollywood's golden age of gentlemanly sex appeal. For men searching for a way to adopt the classic lifestyle of a well-groomed, well-dressed man, Studio 410 (410 W. Davis St.) and Caviar Club are throwing you a welcome party. At 6 p.m. Saturday, head to A Gentleman's Agreement for a close shave, a "menicure," and a new pocket square, or five.. The evening features the debut of Daniel Perez's men's accessories line, Caviar Club Menswear. Women are also invited for the evening's free toast to testosterone, because everyone appreciates a man in a suit. For more information visit facebook.com/caviarclubdallas.

Primordial Mirror Catch some video art in the final show of the spring season at the experimental art space in Trinity Groves, Ware:Wolf:Haus (425 Bedford St). The night kicks off with the premiere of Dallas composer David Karsten Daniels' new piece, The Four Immeasurable Minds. Los Angeles based artist Julie Weitz's three-channel HD video will be accompanied by a live musical score by Michael Perkins. Check out the Facebook event for more info.

National Polka Festival If you've ever wanted to polka non-stop (no judgment), this is your weekend to do it. Head out to Ennis for the 48th Annual National Polka Festival, for Czech food, dance, and, of course, accordion grinding. If you're a polka pro, you may be crowned the king and queen of the dance floor. Need more convincing? Performances from Brave Combo and kolaches. The party starts at 7 p.m. Friday and doesn't end until Sunday night. Activities downtown are free, and admission to the three participating music halls ranges from $7 to $17.

T.J. Griffin's Animal Instinct at RO2 Art There's a certain whimsy to TJ Griffin's work. In this series he explores cartoonish imagery to combine ancient symbolism and animalistic figures. RO2 Art (110 N. Akard St.) marks its final day in the gallery with a closing reception at 6 p.m. Saturday. More information at ro2art.com.

Deep Ellum Windows We've sung the praises of these DIY pop-up galleries all spring. So, we couldn't let this weekend go by without letting you know that this Saturday is your last chance to wander into the pop-up exhibitions in vacant Deep Ellum buildings. The organizers have invited a handful of talented local artists, including Christopher Blay, Sally Glass, among others. For the full list of participating spaces, visit the Facebook event page.

Sunday, May 25

National Tap Dance Day Block Party Whip out your shim, sham, shimmy and celebrate a traditional American dance form. It's the 25th anniversary of the official holiday, plus it's a day to celebrate the storied dancer, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. Stop by Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth for the annual block party, with special guest Tommy Tune. Check out even more dancers and more family fun for free, beginning 7 p.m. Sunday on the outdoor stage at Arts Fifth Avenue, 1628. Ave., Fort Worth. Visit artsfifthavenue.org.

The Spanish Gesture If your stomach growls when you read Hamburger Kunsthalle, I'm right there with you. But we're not talking about a Dutchman's beef sandwich. In fact, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is one of the Germany's most important art museums. And it's sending paintings our way. The Spanish Gesture: Drawings from Murillo to Goya in the Hamburger Kunsthalle arrives at the Meadows Museum Sunday with 86 works by leading Spanish artists from the 16th-19th centuries. Stop by the stunning museum that sits at the entrance to Southern Methodist University's campus through August 31 and glimpse the work of these Spanish masters. Entrance to the Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Blvd., costs $10. Visit meadowsmuseumdallas.org for more information.

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Lauren Smart
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