19 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, September 11-14

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It might be difficult to believe this, but there is an entire generation of adults who have not necessarily seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's about time these young whippersnappers learned the "Time Warp" and I can think of no one better to teach them than the Dallas Theater Center. Previews for the stage version of this cult classic - just called Rocky Horror Show - open Thursday night, with a run that stretches through October 19. Grab your tickets to see this gender-bending madhouse of a show about transvestite aliens at dallastheatercenter.org.

Thursday, September 11

Sour Grapes Crew Known collectively as Sour Grapes, the work of Oak Cliff artists Arturo Donjuan, Carlos Donjuan, and Miguel Donjuan takes over Kettle Art Art Gallery this weekend. See the exhibition in an opening reception from 7-10 p.m. Thursday. It runs through September 27. More information at kettleart.com.

September Surrender When you read "opening ceremonies attire" on the September Surrender event description, think latex. Latex, whips, dog collars, and anything else that you'd find in the kink section of your favorite sex shop. If you're not part of that community, it will be unlike any party you've ever attended. This four-day event is part convention, but it's mostly a giant party for the sexually experimental or anyone who's just a little bit curious. Most of the event takes place at the The Night Hotel (2645 Lyndon B. Johnson Fwy), although some events will be held at nightclubs including The Lizard Lounge (2424 Swiss Ave.). One-day passes start at $89. Take a peek at the full schedule of events at septembersurrender.com.

Friday, September 12

Inaugural Exhibition at Cydonia The first show at the Design District's newest gallery invites nine artists from across the world to focus on the topic of manhood. Cydonia calls it a reaction to three waves of feminism and hopes to present a new perspective on what it means to be male today. See it at the opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday, September 12. More information at cydoniagallery.com.

Confetti Eddie's Magic and Burlesque Show Confetti Eddie is back with more magic this weekend. This time with guest host Justin Locklear and performances by Magician Trigg Watson, Singer Lyric Laveau, Sideshow Performer and Sword Swallower Jai Le Bait, and of course Confetti Eddie and The Lovely Karleena. Show starts at 8 p.m. Friday, with tickets for $20, available at sidetour.com.

4th Annual Dallas Pride Performing Arts Festival Uptown Players' Pride Festival kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday. The first show in the line-up is The Last Session, which is a musical about a pop star battling AIDS. The nine-day festival is an arrangement of staged readings and fully produced plays that explore topics related to the gay experience. See the full line-up and learn more about each show at uptownplayers.org.

Rewind The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's new composer-in-residence Anna Clyne presents her work rewind, which was "inspired by the image of analog video tape rapidly scrolling backwards with fleeting moments of skipping, freezing, and warping." See it at 7:30 p.m. Friday or Saturday, or 2 p.m. Sunday. More information at fwso.org.

MoMIX TITAS kicks off its season with MoMIX, a company that returns to the Winspear Opera House after a wildly popular stint here four years ago. See the newest work, Alchemia at 8 p.m. Friday or Saturday at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $12-$135.

Saturday, September 13 The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio If you have a romantic vision of what life as an architect would be like, you can live vicariously through the work of British designer Thomas Heatherwick at the Nasher Sculpture Center this fall when the space gives his impressive oeuvre its first North American exhibition. Get to know both the work and the creative process in what promises to be an insightful peek into the man whom The New Yorker once called, "the next Leonardo da Vinci." See it on Saturday when the exhibition opens, or hear from Heatherwick himself as part of the 360 Speaker Series at 2 p.m. More information at NasherSculptureCenter.org.

René Treviño at Erin Cluley Gallery One of the newest galleries on the scene -and certainly the most hyped - is Erin Cluley's eponymous space that opens this month in Trinity Groves. The inaugural show in the space is native Texan and Baltimore-based René Treviño's Estrellas. His work includes paintings and sculptural installations, with an interest in heroism. See the art and the gallery in its opening reception at 6 p.m. Saturday, September 13. More information at erincluley.com.

See also: Erin Cluley Didn't Need a Psychic to Tell Her to Open a Gallery, But That's What Happened

Jeff Gibbons' 11:11 Jeff Gibbons can't stop, won't stop. Currently a Central Trak artist in residence, Gibbons consistently churns out thought-provoking art installations throughout the city. See his latest work 11:11 at Two Bronze Doors during the opening from 8 -11 p.m. Saturday. We think you'll be wishing for just an ounce of his motivation.

Bruce Wood's Lovett + More You will love to love the Bruce Wood Dance Project after this weekend's show of some of the company's most popular dances. Lovett + More is the first production under the direction of long time Bruce Wood Dancer and Acting Artistic Director Kimi Nikaidoh. See it at 8 p.m. Saturday or 2 p.m. Sunday at the Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St.. Tickets are $15-$100 and available at attpac.org.

Community Cast Party Nothing is better than partying for a good cause. You drink, you eat, you dance, all the while knowing that your very presence supports something valuable. Take the Community Cast Party, for example. From 7 p.m. - midnight Saturday you can support WaterTower Theatre by eating good food, entertainment from some of the city's best performers and mingling with actors and theater lovers. The party happens at WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Rd. You can grab your $50 ticket at watertowertheatre.org.

Dallas Observer's Brewfest The math on this is super simple: Beer + music + more beer = Perfect Saturday night. The only real equation you're going to have to work through is how much beer can you drink from 7-10 p.m.? Tickets are $45 and available at ticketfly.com.

Aziz Ansari This weekend, one of the country's funniest foodies stops in at the American Airlines Center. Aziz Ansari brings his latest comedy tour, Modern Romance, to town at 8 p.m. Saturday night and according to him it's so dope, he wants to give the tickets away. Tickets at tour.azizansari.com.

Ben Terry at RE Gallery Denton-based artist Ben Terry's new show at RE Gallery, the unconscious mind, opens at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Gala Concert & After Party at the Meyerson Symphony Center 8:45 p.m. Gala Concert in the Meyerson, with DSO conducted by Jaap van Zweden and with a special performance from Itzhak Perlman. Tickets at mydso.com. 8:45 p.m. Free Simulcast in Klyde Warren Park of the Gala Concert 10 p.m. DSO Gala Concert After Party is a Space Odyssey theme with futuristic space-themed décor, an LED dance floor with galactic videos and "out of this world" dancing to music spun by DJ Lucy Wrubel. Tickets available from $49 at mydso.com.

Sunday, September 14 Isa Genzken: Retrospective When it was at the MoMA, this exhibition twisted and turned throughout numerous galleries, each more fascinating than the last. Genzken is an impressive artist. You'll see work you recognize - even if you don't know her name - and I'm betting this display will be just as magical in Dallas as it was in New York City. See it early, because this exhibition will get crowded in its later days. Admission to this exhibition is free and will be open through January 5, 2015.

Ailyn Perez & Stephen Costello See the stunning young opera couple sing songs from their newest album Love Duets at The Eisemann Center, presented by The Dallas Opera. They will sing everything from Broadway duets to La bohème and La traviata. Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase by visiting eisemanncenter.com.

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