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5 Totally Free Arts & Culture Events This Week

After the tragedy, mayhem and chaos of the last week, most of us could use a good and engaging way to get our mind off of how bad the world sucks sometimes. Fortunately, immersing yourself in arts and culture is an excellent way to refocus worries about terrorism and the economy and other global woes into positive energy. Perhaps even more fortunately, this week you won’t have to pay a dime to make that happen.

We’ve rounded up the best free culture events this week, and it’s definitely a doozy. Choose from art, poetry, film and even shopping for a sort of escape that will both enrich your mind and pry you away from the 24-hour news cycle.

Pegasus Reading Series
Wednesday, November 18
Kettle Art

The Observer’s Best Local Poetry Night just keeps serving up the hits. This Wednesday, Kettle Art will play host to three poets from Dallas and beyond, each with their own unique voice and experience. Austin’s Griselda Castillo, DaVerse Lounge founder Will Richey and “social practice artist” Darryl Ratcliff will each read excerpts from their assorted works.

A R C Screening
Wednesday, November 18
The Angelika Theatre
Free (Suggested $10 donation)

Local filmmaker Mitch McLeod will showcase his second feature film, A R C, at The Angelica on Wednesday night. The film centers around the “story of Ben and Naomi, two friends each trapped in failing relationships” — subject matter that most of us can relate to. After the screening, McLeod will discuss his work, and before, you can mingle with local artsy types and filmmakers. The $10 suggested donation will help McLeod place his film into film festivals.

La Farmacia De La Ñ
Thursday, November 19
The Wild Detectives

If you have any interest in poetry, you probably spend most of your time consuming the art form in English. For those looking to expand their horizons, Thursday night’s La Farmacia De La Ñ reading at The Wild Detectives is an excellent introduction to the world of Spanish language poetry. Poets and short story writers from Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala and Peru will read their works in Spanish, making it a great opportunity for Spanish speakers (and lovers of Latin American poetry) to enjoy a rare local reading that isn’t totally in English.

Jackson Pollock Late NIght
Friday, November 20
Dallas Museum of Art

In celebration of the Dallas Museum of Art’s recently opened Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots exhibit, the Museum will host a Late Night that is totally themed around the king of splatter painting. If you buy a ticket, you can be one of the first to experience the Blind Spots exhibit, or if you’re really broke, just wander around the museum and enjoy the free talks, tours and live performances. Either way, you’re going to have a good time.

Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash
Saturday, November 21
South Side Music Hall

You should probably go ahead and get a jump-start on that holiday shopping, and what better way to support your local crafters and knock out most of your gift list than checking out this weekend’s Handmade Jingle Bash hosted by Etsy Dallas? Here, you’ll be able to find handcrafted wares from dozens of vendors both from Dallas and afar. You can also make free DIY crafts to take home, imbibe cocktails from the bar and enjoy free live music. Sounds like a pretty sweet way to spend a lazy Saturday.

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Amy McCarthy