16 Awesome Things To Do in Dallas This Weekend, November 7 to 10

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Texas Theatre drops the needle on Muscle Shoals, beginning Friday.

In Fort Worth the Lone Star Film Festival curates a strong collection, blending new and old cinema into a four-day experience. Tonight in Dallas, the USA Film Festival brings a special screening of Bottle Rocket -- both the original short and 1996's full-length model -- to the Texas Theatre. (Bonus: It tributes our dearest plate-spinning vaudevillian, Kumar Pallana.)

There's more. So much more.

Dallas Contemporary celebrates its anniversary with a free, 35-hour party. (Plus, if you need to sober up around 2 a.m. Saturday, they're showing Superman.) There's also a killer photography show at Kettle, a craft beer party in Fair Park and a visit by David Sedaris.

Now let's dig in. I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one pouring out Darjeeling tea for Kumar.)

Thursday 11.7 Art for Advocacy -- This art auction benefits the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and features work by our city's best, so consider your victory a double-win. We've written a guide of ten artists to stake out.

Bottle Rocket Screening with Matt Zoller Seitz -- Anderson and the brothers Wilson made Bottle Rocket first as a short, and later as a feature over many meetings at Kumar Pallana's Cosmic Cup. The USA Film Fest takes us back to '90s Dallas filmmaking tonight with a special anniversary screening along with a tribute to Pallana. Former Observer staffer and early Anderson adopter, Matt Zoller Seitz, will be on hand, presenting his new book on the director's work.

Shot in Dallas -- For Kettle's latest show, opening tonight at its new Main Street gallery space, the gallery's tapped the talents of local media photographers. You know, folks who can shoot a diner omelet at 2 a.m. and make it look like fine art. Here they get to cut loose and show the personal work that fuels their passions.

Lone Star Film Festival -- Hellbent on improving film culture in Cow Town, the Lone Star Film Society offers up its seventh festival run this weekend. It's loaded with new, unexpected features and also with classics -- like Jean-Luc Goddard's Contempt. They've even brought in larger releases that spur cinematic dialogue, like Nebraska and August: Osage County. It runs now through Sunday.

Friday 11.8 Alive for 35 -- The Dallas Contemporary isn't afraid to age. It embraces a milestone year from Friday (beginning at 1 p.m.) to midnight on Saturday with a mostly-free, 35-hour party. I've written a guide to it.

Welcome to Nut Country -- I'm pretty sure you can get a commemorative JFK Slurpee at 7-11 now, that's how saturated The Event hoopla has become. Escape the sideshow Friday and hear scholarly discussion from historians/professors Michael Phillips, Jeffrey A. Engel and Tom Stone. They'll wring-out the meaning behind it all. It's free at CentralTrak.

Pillow Fighters Release Party -- What happens when Sleepy Dan and Monster Bot get together? Highly collectable, weird resin toys. That's what. They'll be unveiled at ATAMA Friday night during the Pillow Fighter's release party and come boxed in sets of three.

Muscle Shoals at Texas Theatre -- It's the story you've been waiting to hear. We know how things went down at Motown and Stax, but how so many hits came out of Alabama's least likely recording studio has remained a mystery, until now. Immerse yourself in R&B classics -- and do a little chair dancing -- Friday through Sunday.

Saturday 11.9 Continental Gin's 25 Year Anniversary Open Studios -- This Dallas studio is home base for local artists, and has been for 25 years. They open the doors to the public for two visits this weekend -- one on Friday night and another Saturday afternoon. Pop by and see who's making what.

So You Think You Can Dance? -- Ever wish your guilty pleasure television programs existed in three-dimensional space? This one does on Saturday when the touring cast of SYTYCD comes to Verizon Theatre.

Up next: David Sedaris

David Sedaris -- What's to say? If you see Sedaris you're going to have an amazing time. It's assured. It's built-in. He's the Best Guy.

Texas Brewvolution -- What happens when the Big Texas Beer Fest and Untapped get together? They start a Texas Brewvolution. This celebration of craft deliciousness gets you drunk -- one tiny beer at a time -- in Fair Park Saturday. It's the kick-off event for Texas Beer Week: your favorite week of the year.

Bull Game (winner loses action figure) -- The experimental minds of Dead White Zombies have crafted up a new piece of theater rooted in competition, sports and a primordial urge to survive. Plus, there are cheerleaders? See it opening weekend, then stew over the thing for months.

Sunday 11.10 RE gallery's 1 Year Anniversary -- Wanda Dye's residential art space just turned one. In gallery life, that equates to six years in any other business endeavor. She celebrates on Sunday with a big ol' group show, featuring work by Rebecca Carter, Michael Corris, Alex DiJulio, Lily Hanson, Kelly Kroener, Travis LaMothe, Samantha McCurdy, Jack Sanders, Sam Schonzeit, Albert Scherbarth, Benjamin Terry, Joshua von Ammon, Elii Walker, Jeff Wheeler and others. Live Performance of Howard Shore's Score of Fellowship of the Rings -- Listen as the Dallas POPS courageously bears the burden of The Ring this weekend at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Thrill in the hobbity bromanceness of it all and relax knowing you won't reach Mordor. (Not that night, anyway.)

DSO Pops Presents "A Night at the Cotton Club" -- DSO Pops orchestra, with help from tap dancer Ted Louis Levy, trumpeter and singer Byron Stripling, vocalist Carmen Bradford and drummer Bob Breithaupt, brings the iconic Prohibition-era club back to life.

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