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18 Awesome Things to Do This Weekend, May 29- June 1

Sure, it started late, but this week has felt like a never-ending hangover from the three-day weekend. Maybe I'm just getting too old for Memorial Day Jell-o shots. It's been a slow slog to Friday, but it's finally arriving. You've barely touched your work this week, why start now? Let's plan your weekend instead. If you're looking for the concerts, head over to the music blog, DC9 at Night.

Thursday, May 29

John Waters: This Filthy World It's no question that John Waters sees the world differently than the average person and that his perspective has in turn altered the world as we know it. He's been shocking audiences for decades and we expect his one-man show at the Kessler Theatre (1230 W. Davis St) will be no different. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $45-60. If you're not ready to sit through it yourself, we'll have the full report tomorrow.

Quebe Sisters Band There's not much better than a good 'ol fashioned Texan hoedown, especially one from the likes of the Quebe Sisters Band, especially when it's free. Soak in the last cool breeze of the summer at 8 p.m. at Klyde Warren Park (2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy) tonight and listen to the fiddle-playing, three-part harmonies of this Denton trio. Visit for more info.

Relatively Speaking If you weren't an only child, then you surely understand the realities of relatives in family dynamics. As the middle child, I fell between the first child strictures and the spoils of being the baby, which means I was allowed to date, but not given a car to drive to meet the foolhardy boy. This, of course, means he was faced with the terrifying prospect of meeting my father. Those interactions were fodder worthy the wit of Woody Allen. In the trio of short plays, collectively titled Relatively Speaking, three of theater's greatest wits tackle aspects of the family tree. Allen, Ethan Coen, and Elaine May's work premiered together on Broadway in 2012 to rave reviews. See a local take on the plays at Pocket Sandwich Theatre (5400 Mockingbird Lane) at 8 p.m. Friday or another performance through June 21. Tickets are $18 and available by calling 214-821-1860. For more information visit

One by One Your Instagram feed is a work of art. You've spent hours perfecting it, getting the perfect angle for that shot of your breakfast or of the puppy you recently adopted. Everyone needs to see your adoption story. Hashtag puppy. Hashtag look how good I am. Hashtag down with puppy mills. The local Instagram organizers, @InstaDFW, believe in the artistic integrity of the smart phone app -- so much so, they've organized a free exhibit of favorite grammers from across the country. Check out One by One at One Arts Plaza (1722 Routh St.) through June 22. Visit

Matthew Mahon Talk You might have a lot of questions for photographer Matthew Mahon after you see his exhibit at The Public Trust (2919 Commerce St.), in which he pays prostitutes their service fee and instead asks them to pose for photographs. Luckily, he'll answer any questions you've got Thursday at the artist talk. Stop by the gallery at 7 p.m. and satisfy your curiosity.

Staged Reading of Rooting Get a taste of Kira Rockwell's writing in the staged reading of her play Rooting, which chronicles a family as they travel across America in an RV. See it at 8 p.m. Thursday at Margo Jones Theater (1121 First Ave). The event is pay-what-you-can at the door, and is BYOB. There will be a talk back after the reading moderated by producer Clay Wheeler.

Friday, May 30

Art and Science A telltale sign of a hypochondriac is their need to one-up stories of sickness. You had pneumonia? They've had it twice in the past six months. You've had knee surgery? They're quite certain they're walking around on a broken femur. The flip side of this psychological dilemma is the skeptic who refuses to visit doctors. Take Robert, the main character in Art and Science, for example. Even after he has suffered a paralyzing stroke, his status as a Christian Scientist would be in jeopardy should he rush to the emergency room. When a former student arrives for a visit, he grows concerned with the state of Robert's health and tries to coax him to the hospital. What unravels is a play about the conflicts of art, science and the crippling realities of old age. See the play in Frank's Place at the Kalita Humphreys Theater (3636 Turtle Creek Blvd.) at 8 p.m. Friday or in another performance through June 15. Tickets are $18 and available at

Rob Schneider Movies, television and stand-up comedy. Rob Schneider does it all. He's been on SNL, starred in the Deuce Bigalow movies and now he brings his stand-up to Dallas. Well, Addison. See him at the Addison Improv, 4980 Belt Line Road, this Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $35-$45, and Friday's shows are at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

Swan Lake Our dance writer, Danielle Georgiou, recently explored the love-hate relationship dancers have with the eternal swan. See the ballet in which Prince Siegfried is duped into falling in love with the wrong Odette when Texas Ballet Theatre mounts Swan Lake at 8 p.m. Friday at the Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth. Friday's performance begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15-$175. There also will be matinee and evening performances Saturday and Sunday. More information and tickets are available at

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