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16 Awesome Things To Do In Dallas On Labor Day Weekend, August 30 to September 3

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Can you feel it? That long weekend is coming to pluck you out of your cubicle hell and usher you into a three-day run of good times. Los Straightjackets are going to help too; they're playing the after-party for Trees' classic car and hot rod show. There's also a lock-in for aerial dancers, a natural hair foot parade and festival with Grand Marshall Erykah Badu, an Anime Festival and loads of other great things happening around the city. Be a pal and share this list with your friends, then make a party plan. Click the event titles for more information and I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one laying on the hot rod.)

Thursday 8.30 Four Nights, Four Decades -- Video is a young and quickly evolving artistic medium that's got its foothold in the last 50 years. The Power Station wants to teach you all about it in a new lecture series. They're bringing in local artists/professors each Thursday (beginning tonight) for a month to educate on video art through specific decades. Tonight's is all about the experimental, hard and fast 1970s, and it's free. Also, there's free craft beer.

Sharon Needles -- She's bawdy. She's gorgeous. She's dead. Needles snatched the crown last season on RuPaul's Dragrace, and she did it on her own terms. Wickedly funny and wonderfully dark, Needles is a discarded black fingernail in the mimosa of traditional drag and tonight, she'll pop out of a coffin at It'll Do.

Party In The Park -- It's the final pop-up happy hour in the program's month-long run, which has taken us to several parks and green spaces around Dallas. This evening's bash happens at Belo Garden, 1014 Main Street. It goes from 5 to 9 p.m. Chelsea Hood and Friends -- Each Thursday night in August, local funnylady Chelsea Hood hijacked the 9:30 p.m. time slot at Dallas Comedy House. She fills the showcase with a tiny street gang of her favorite local comedians, and tonight is your last chance to bro down with 'em. Friday 8.31 Dallas Symphony Orchestra Plays Frozen Planet -- George Fenton is responsible for more of your happiness than you might know: He's scored the soundtracks for Planet Earth and Blue Planet -- you love those! He's also the man behind the soundtrack for Frozen Planet, the latest addition to the Planet family. Tonight, the DSO will play music from the BBC docu-series while high resolution images (Penguins! Polar bears!) from the show are projected on screens behind them. Also, Fenton will conduct.

AnimeFest -- If you're into cosplay and aggressively accosting animators with "How did you?" questions, this is where you'll want to be this weekend. The fest runs through Monday, so you'll have plenty of time to visit with celebrity guests, shop the collectables booths and own some fools at the arcade.

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