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18 Awesome Things to Do This Weekend, September 18 - 21

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Thursday, September 18 Art 21: Exclusive Private Screening ART 21 is one of those gems of public television. This PBS show explores the contemporary art world through interviews with the world's most interesting working artists. For the season seven kick off, Susan Sollins - the show's executive director and curator -brings a special, exclusive screening to Dallas, where she collaborates with the Goss-Michael Foundation to show the season premiere at Texas Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday. See the first episode and stick around for a conversation between Sollins and KERA's Jeff Whittington afterward. Tickets are free, but you must RSVP to [email protected] Art 21 airs on KERA TV, channel 13 at 10 p.m. Tuesdays starting October 28. More information is available at

Martinis, Manicures, and Mammaries How about a little charity with your pampering? Head to Beauty Bar, 1924 North Henderson, at 7 p.m. Thursday for the Martinis, Manicures and Mammaries event. Drink, pamper, drink, repeat. Oh, and part of the proceeds will be donated to Basser Center for BRCA (which focuses on prevention and treatment of breast and ovarian cancers related to the BRCA mutation) The fundraising continues nightly through Friday, October 31 as $2 from every Nailtini product sold will go to the Basser Center. For more information, contact Beauty Bar at 214-841-9600.

Mesa's Flamenco Night Spend a "Night in Spain" without leaving Oak Cliff. Mesa's Flamenco night features music, dance, and a great plate of food. The night costs $10 to get in, plus whatever you spend on the copious amount of wine you will drink. Call 214-941-4246 for reservations.

Tim & Eric You don't even have to be up on your comedy game to know their names. Tim & Eric have a special brand of funny and they bring it Dallas at 8 p.m. Thursday to the Majestic Theatre (1925 Elm St.). Oh, and if that weren't enough, Dr. Steve Brule (aka John C. Reilly) will be there. Tickets cost $37.50 and are available at

North Texas Giving Day This isn't an event, so much as a reminder. Do you have a favorite non-profit? Give 'em some money. Today there are competitive matching grants and a lot of other monetary goodies up for grabs, so scroll through to that favorite theater company or art space and give, give, give! Details at

Tete a Tete with Christopher Blay The first installment of CentralTrak's conversation series is with Christopher Blay, whose spent much of his career in Fort Worth. He'll be discussing his work and the importance of place with Anthony Mariani of the Fort Worth Weekly. The talk is free and starts at 7 p.m. Thursday. More information at

Friday, September 19

The Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival Hannibal Buress, Jeff Ross, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K., need I say more? The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival returns to the Gexa Energy Pavilion (1818 First Ave.) at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $35-$99.75 at

Strangling Brother's Haunted Circus Every Friday and Saturday through November 1, and Wednesdays and Thursdays in October, prepare to be scared by zombies and other spooky creatures. Tickets are $30 and it is suggested that you prepare yourself for an "overall physically demanding environment." The maze is located at the Irving Mall (3880 Irving Mall), just south of Dillards, for more info visit

Plano Balloon Festival It's like that movie Up, but better! For the entire weekend, balloons fly over North Texas and you can be there for the action. Tickets are $5 for adults, free for kids under 36 inches, and $4 for seniors. Gates are open from 4 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday. Visit for more.

Dance Africa Celebrate traditional African dance with Dallas Black Dance Theatre this weekend. The show features all five of Dallas Black Dance Theatre's performing companies, and rings in their 38th season. See it at 7:30 p.m. Friday or Saturday at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, 2501 Flora Street. Tickets are $25-$40 and available at

Two Story: a video installation by Frank Mosley and Lee Luna In the Safe Room at the Texas Theatre, the winter film in the Mosley and Luna's Four Seasons Quartet will be screened on loop starting at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

See also: The Safe Room Screens Two Story, the Winter of Frank Mosley's Four Season Quartet

Thor Johnson: Fair Game The inaugural exhibition for Midway Gallery is a series of photos and videos by Thor Johnson, curated by Lee Escobedo. A staple in the local arts scene, Johnson documented the State Fair of Texas from 2004-2008 and in keeping with Midway Gallery's focus, the photos will be displayed as window projections. His photos serve as a portrait of the Fair, waffling between whimsical portraits of the kaleidoscope of fair-goers and more poignant snapshots of the humanity on display.

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Lauren Smart
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