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18 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas this Weekend, March 13-16

Your weekend probably revolves around the drunken parade Saturday. We're not here to judge. The forecast calls for rain that day, and we have plenty of plan B's for you. Yes, just like Walgreen's. Speaking of which, Masami Teraoka's new exhibit at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary gives the Catholic Church a little bit of sex ed. He paints his daydreams into classic religious triptychs, imagining a world in which the victim becomes the victor. Geishas visit the the Vatican and they bring a bit of leather play. The opening reception for his exhibit is 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, rain or shine.

Thursday, March 13 BYOB Art History You know what your college electives were missing? Alcohol. Just imagine if you were sitting in Astronomy 101 with a tallboy or Skinnygirl margarita in hand. It would've been infinitely more interesting. Kettle Art Gallery knows this and wants to redeem your college experience. Starting tonight the Deep Ellum spot is hosting a series of monthly "classes" to which you're encouraged to bring notepads, original thought and beer. BYOB Art History takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Annual Irish Exhibition Every year in the month of all that is green, Alan Barnes Fine Art hosts its Annual Irish Exhibition. This year the lush landscape paintings of David Gordon Hughes take the walls of this Lemmon Avenue gallery. Thursday's opening reception includes a visit from the artist, paintings and wine.

Friday, March 14

Dallas Arts District Spring Break Block Party The words "spring break" don't mean much to me anymore, outside of the fact that this week all of my friends who teach are willing to stay out past their bedtimes. But I can get behind the words "block party" in almost any context. Friday, the Dallas Arts District shuts down Flora Street, parks some food trucks and keeps the museums open late. Nasher Sculpture Center's 'Til Midnight features music from The Decades at 7 p.m. and a screening of Labyrinth at 9.

Banana Bar Crawl If you're walking along McKinney Avenue and you see a swarm of human-size bananas, don't be alarmed. If you're one of the bananas, godspeed. We've got full details on the Cyanide & Happiness Banana Bar Crawl here.

Welcome to Night Vale If you were lucky enough to get tickets before it sold out, we're envious. Close second was talking to the show's creator. We asked if Mesquite is Night Vale.

The Fortress of Solitude Based on Jonathan Lethem's stunning novel, The Fortress of Solitude is a musical journey through 1970s Brooklyn, as two friends, obsessed with superheroes, grow up believing they can fly. This is the can't-miss show of Dallas Theater Center's season and you have through April 6 to see it.

Heaven, Hell + Margo Jones Comes Home A comedic take on the afterlife mounts at Fair Park's Margo Jones Theatre this weekend. Heaven, Hell, and that Burning Place of Firegives the place below a mirthful treatment. On Friday, the show is paired with a reception that welcomes a portrait of the legendary Miss Jones, who founded her theater company in Fair Park more than 50 years ago. Nosh starts at 5 p.m. followed by the play at 9. Info here.

Chamber Music International A stunning concert with world-class musicians. Chamber Music International's performance at Dallas City Performance Hall features selections from Brahms, Tartini, Schumann and Prokofiev. Musicians include violinist Clara Jumi-Kang, violist Atar Arad, pianist Chih-Yi Chen and cellist Norman Fischer. Swing by the block party first and then head to the Performance Hall down the street. I mean, that's what we'll be doing.

Artists for Animals If the SPCA commercials make you tear up, or your favorite Super Bowl spot this year was the puppy that befriended the Clydesdales, then you should just go ahead and purchase a ticket to this fundraiser. Artists for Animals takes place at the Addison Conference Center and benefits Operation Kindness, North Texas' oldest no-kill animal shelter.

Saturday, March 15

St. Patrick's Day Parade Around 11 a.m. Saturday, dust off your green wig and drag your Irish-for-a-Day ass to Blackwell Street and Greenville Avenue for the 35th Annual Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade. (Good luck finding parking. You should most definitely take DART. Or parachute in). There will be green beer. There will be women yelling, "WOOO!" and laughing as their faces hit concrete. There will be a St. Patrick's Day Concert featuring Ludacris. There will be green strollers with tiny crying leprechauns in them. There will be more than 125,000 people there, plus you. You will love all of it. You will remember none of it. Your mom wants you to get a cab. For more info, visit -Alice Laussade

Brides of March Always a bridesmaid, never a bride? Not this weekend. Grab that white wedding dress you inexplicably own and head down to the Brides of March pub crawl. It's as much a photo shoot as it is a pub crawl, so bring your pearly whites as well. It culminates as a big dance party in Cedar Springs.

Things and Places Last weekend, I visited Ware:wolf:haus for the first time to see the current exhibit and Randy Guthmiller's Shapes got me thinking. You should go too. Plus, the gallery is zero seconds from the restaurant amusement park Trinity Groves.

Common Sense Sometimes all a gallery exhibition needs is a backdrop of thunder or a quick burst of explosions. Sound promises to make the new exhibition at The Reading Room more exciting. Marfa-based artist Nicolas G. Miller's sound and sculpture installations in Common Sense include a "soundtrack" he derived from low-frequency effects tracks of Stephen Spielberg films. The opening reception is Saturday form 6-9 p.m.

Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition On Saturday, the Dallas Opera Guild presents its 26th Annual Vocal Competition at the Winspear Opera House from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. The semifinalists have a chance to sing for a panel of judges and an audience (that's you) to take home cash prizes.

Sunday, March 16 Voices of Change Concert The moon serves as an inspiration for a lot of art. On Sunday, music, poetry and dance come together as one organic performance, all inspired by the sun's reflection in the night sky. Tickets are $25 and available at

Closing day at RE Gallery Closing days for exhibitions at RE Gallery are just as fun as opening. Gallery owner Wanda Dye opens up her gallery for a BYOB cookout at 6 p.m. for the last day of Lily Hanson's show, a little bit exactly like. RSVP here.

Diary of a Badd Hairstylist Hair styling becomes an art form at Diary of a Badd Hairstylist, a quirky new event at the Quixotic World. At 5 p.m. Sunday seven stylists demonstrate their skills live, there's a fashion show, a local dance troupe and a DJ. Admission is $25.

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