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20 Spookily Awesome Things To Do in Dallas This Weekend, Oct. 24 to 27

"Birth of the Living Dead" Trailer from Rob Kuhns on Vimeo.

Texas Theatre pries Night of the Living Dead's coffin lid open with Birth of the Living Dead, a perfectly unexpected documentary. Catch it all weekend long. The Symphony's giving an all-Hitchcock show and Philip Freakin' Glass channels Bela Lugosi in Fort Worth on Tuesday.

Not your style? All right. How about comedy by Whitney Cummings, Dylan Moran, Paul Varghese, @DadBoner and Kathleen Madigan? There's also a War of the Worlds parody, a Halloween visit by Master Pancake, great art shows, opera, barbecue and even a filmmaking competition.

Let's do this.

Click on the event links for more information and share this list with your undead party posse. I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one covered in fake blood, tapping on your passenger window.)

Thursday 10.24 Dallas Observer Comedy Pub Crawl, with Paul Varghese and Friends -- Consider this an experiment. We've gotten together with Varghese to take you on a totally free, drunk tour of stand up through Deep Ellum. He and two other comics will each do a quick set at The Green Room (8 p.m.), then unplug the mic, grab the stool and take it to Anvil. From there we'll stumble to Twilite, ending at Three Links -- with new material performed at each spot. There's no cover, just pay your bar tabs. You're welcome.


@DadBoner And Friends, You Guys -- The Twitter handle of pop culture commentator, blackout drunkard and all-around fictitious guy Karl Welzein, @dadboner isn't afraid to get meta in 140 characters or less. And his not being real -- "Welzein" is the creation of comedian Mike Burns -- didn't stop @dadboner from publishing his ruminations in a book called Power Moves: Livin' the American Dream, USA-Style. Burns, Matt Braunger with local comic Clint Worth and Granada's Chris McDonald and Gavin Mulloy all grab the mic at Sons of Hermann. It's a Parade of Flesh gig. Tickets cost $15.

Dylan Moran -- This legendary Irish comic sells out every venue across the pond and saw the same with this recent U.S. tour of "Yeah Yeah." He's famous for lots of reasons: Co-writer and star of Black Books, for one. Ditto with those Simon Pegg films. But it's his stand-up that's catapulted him to superstardom.

That '60s Show at Kettle Art -- The second exhibition in its new location, Kettle dips back into an era of moon exploration, civil rights and The Pill in its front gallery. There are more than a dozen artists showing in this group endeavor, so check it out from 7 to 10 p.m.

Birth of the Living Dead, at the Texas Theatre -- This look inside the making -- the cinematic entrails, if you will -- of Night of the Living Dead is perfectly fascinating. Learn how, on a frayed shoestring budget, a bunch of friends up and made a film. They lit each other on fire. Experimented with bootleg pyrotechnics. Had a butcher/producer drop off some animal guts. And in the end, created a cornerstone horror classic. Bonus: You'll fall in love with Romero, who gets generous camera time. He's a dude you want to have eight beers with.

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Jamie Laughlin
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