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20 Awesome Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend, September 20 to 23

This is Eric Trich's "Augmented Reality" and you'll play with it on Saturday night at W.A.A.S. gallery.

If you've ever fancied yourself an artsy type, this is your weekend. Saturday night is a full-on assault of creative activity: there's Eric Trich's iPhone interactive experiment, "Augmented Reality" at W.A.A.S.. An immersion experience with danishes in the West Village. Two art walks. A freaky cone of light and fog at Angstrom, and most importantly, K8 Hardy's new show at the Dallas Contemporary. Don't worry, it's all in here. Time to hit up your friends, share this list and make a plan! (You can click the event titles for more information.) I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one making shadow puppets in a light cone.)

Thursday 9.20 Four Nights: Four Decades at the Power Station -- The third floor of the Power Station has been and educational video art playground for the last three weeks. Tonight is the final installment of the series, and it will focus on important work created in the aughts. If you haven't gotten over there yet, do it now. Then, pop into Angstrom Gallery on Saturday to see the Power Station project Anthony McCall's trippy '70s work, "Line Describing a Cone." (See Saturday.)

"I Can See Myself" at Kettle Art -- This group show gives artists a chance to answer two questions: "When you look in a mirror, what do you see?" And, "How do you feel others see you?" Find out what comes from all that real talk at Thursday's opening reception.

Friday 9.21 KOOZA -- If you haven't experienced a Cirque tent show, they're very different from their stadium cousins. KOOZA is intimate and has a parlor room vibe to it, but it's also totally weird. (It's Cirque, after all.) This installment is also kinda sexy, so go on a date.

Party Mouth at Ochre House -- It's the latest play by avant garde stage wizard, Matthew Posey. Our theater critic Elaine Liner has this warning: "Expect outrageous humor, Japanese Bunraku puppets, live music, dancing and Warholian weirdness." Done. Tickets are $15, but if you go on Monday it's pay-what-you-can.

Addison OKTOBERFEST! -- Beer! Dancing! Dachshund races! Bier-barrel bowling! A German Idol yodeling contest! It's Oktoberfest, y'all and it's going on all weekend in Addison. Maybe rent a hotel room?

Salute to Supernatural -- I don't watch this show, but apparently A LOT of you do or they wouldn't have made an entire convention around it. If you are hooked on the adventures of the Winchester boys, you'll get a chance to mingle with them at this nerdly mash-up party. It goes on all weekend.

Last Day To See The MTV: ReDefine Collection at Goss-Michael -- It all gets auctioned off on Saturday night at the glamor-heavy philanthropy affair, MTV: ReDefine. You can't afford that party. The cheapo tickets start at $350 dollars, which is more than you spend on groceries in a month. Here's my thought: Go visit the art now while it's free, then make a donation to the Staying Alive Foundation online. Just give a little. Non-rich folks can help too.

Art Uprising in the West Village -- This three-day event kicks off Friday with an art walk and auction, with proceeds benefiting EASL. The local non-profit acts as a financial safety net for visual artists in emergency situations. Saturday and Sunday is when Uprising goes party-style (I suggest you read more about it and view the band line-up here.) It's a big ol' art fest, y'all. There will be 18 bands, work by 50 local artists (pick some up, it goes to a good cause), and food and drink vendors. Also, you can bring your dog on Sunday.

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Jamie Laughlin
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