Things To Do

A Few Awesome Things to Do in Dallas Thanksgiving Weekend

Friday, Nov. 27
Cinéwilde's La Cage aux Folles
If you’re in the mood for a madcap comedy that was originally an award-winning musical, head to Texas Theatre for the one-night-only showing of La Cage aux Folles. It’s the story of two gay men, Georges and Albin, who run into a bit of trouble when Georges’ son, Jean-Michel, decides to get married and then brings his fiancée’s super-conservative parents for a visit. It’s all made even more complicated by the fact that ol’ G and A own the drag bar that’s directly under their flat. If you’re thinking to yourself, “Wait a second, this sounds really familiar,” congratulations, you didn’t destroy all of your brain cells! The movie The Birdcage was adapted from La Cage aux Folles, which was adapted from a musical, which was adapted from a play. SO MANY ADAPTATIONS! Catch La Cage aux Folles at Texas Theatre (231 W. Jefferson Blvd.) at 9 p.m. Friday for a measly $10.50. - Nikki Lott

Ebenezer Scrooge at Pocket Sandwich Theatre
Even among all the elves, snowmen and Grinches that have populated our Christmas consciousness over the years, it’s an all-too-human character that remains the most enduring and inspiring figure. Charles Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge is the literary embodiment of redemption, giving us a little perspective each and every Christmas season — and Pocket Sandwich Theatre’s presentation of the musical Ebenezer Scrooge is a crowd pleaser for exactly those reasons. This year’s run of the holiday tradition — its 34th consecutive outing — consists of shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12-$30 by phone at 214-821-1860 or at the box office at 5400 East Mockingbird Lane. - Jennifer Davis-Lamm

A Christmas Carol at Dallas Theater Center
Is resting Grinch face already your new normal? Work, financial strain and the parking at NorthPark can make this a tough season, but there’s also joy to be found — and an evening at Dallas Theater Center’s production of A Christmas Carol just might help you uncover it. Their musical version of the timeless Dickens tale has it all — love, loss, redemption and Christmas spirit in spades — and it’s at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St., for the next month. Turn that Grinchy grimace upside down starting at 7 p.m. Friday; the show runs Tuesdays through Sundays until Saturday, December 26. Tickets are $18 to $100 at - JDL

Texas Christkindl Market
Not all holiday markets are created equal. They all have their merits (not being in a mall, namely), but the Texas Christkindl Market sets the bar high for open-air shopping. At this German-inspired bazaar, which sets up every year in Arlington, vendors let loose with Deutsch wares like cuckoo clocks, beer steins, nutcrackers, glass ornaments and delicacies like strudel and brats. Beyond shopping and food, the market at Globe Life Park, 1000 Ballpark Way, offers a giant snow playground, where actual snow is trucked in and unloaded for frolicking fun Fridays through Sundays, and a lantern parade at 6:30 on Wednesday nights, December 2 through the 16th. Santa will be on the premises daily, and there’s even a gingerbread house workshop for junior decorators. The market will be open 5 until 9 p.m. this Friday, and then from noon until 9 p.m. Sundays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturdays through December 23. Admission is free, though there are costs associated with some activities. See for more. - JDL

Saturday, Nov. 28
Carlos Donjuan: Everything Means Nothing 
Carlos Donjuan continues to explore themes of illegal immigration and fear in his latest solo show. The subjects of his paintings are adults and children, either masked, covered with color patterns that almost resemble static, or with faces turned away from the viewer. Some are hybrids of people with animals, toys or geometrical shapes. Donjuan uses soft colors and at first glance his work conjures memories of cartoons and toys, things anyone can relate to visually. But one can quickly see there are unsettling undercurrents. Donjuan considers the term “illegal alien” to be pejorative and it is clear that being a father has also had a substantial effect on his work. Everything Means Nothing opens at Kirk Hopper Fine Art (3008 Commerce St.) at 6 p.m. Saturday and runs through December 30. Donjuan’s paintings are very personal, visual accounts of his upbringing with references to family and friends. He has a focus on redefining common perceptions of illegal immigration within the context of his paintings. For more info, visit - Jeremy Hallock

Howdy Doodles Coloring Book Launch Party
The adult coloring book craze is a great escape from the scourge that is adulthood. But to truly save us, the activity needs to be a little more engaging than taking some Crayolas to our kiddos’ Anna and Olaf coloring pages — which is why Howdy Doodles: A Coloring Book of Southern Drawls and Drawings is so very appealing. Comprised of high-quality Texas-centric illustrations from Dallas artists Will Heron, Shamsy Roomiani, Lily Smith-Kirkley and Rob Wilson, this nifty little book will keep you occupied adding artful shading to Lone Star bottles and cowboy hats. Pick up your copy (and a few more for gifting purposes) during the Howdy Doodles Coloring Book Launch from noon until 3 p.m. Saturday in the gift shop at the Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St. You can meet the artists, browse for stocking stuffers and sip on the toasty, warm beverages the Nasher folks will have on hand for visitors. This event is free, though regular admission applies to enter the sculpture center. See for more information. - JDL

Deep Ellum Mimosa Walk for Small Business Saturday
You’re a good person. At least, you like to pretend you are, and who’s going to tell you otherwise? Pretend all the way to Deep Ellum to support your local shops while sipping Champagne at the Deep Ellum Mimosa Walk on “small business” Saturday. Grab your glass for $10 at Life of Riley (2650-B Main St.) and pick up a map to really explore the neighborhood. The walk lasts from noon-4 p.m. More at - LS

Sunday, Nov. 29
Bob Birdnow at Texas Theatre
Sometimes motivational speeches can seem so stuffy and, well, uninspired. This is not the case for the main character in Eric Steele’s Bob Birdnow’s Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self. Performed first as a one-man play by Dallas actor Barry Nash, Bob eventually became a feature film about a man invited to speak to a struggling sales team, only to have his speech go off course. The film premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2013 and now makes its way to Dallas for a screening at the Texas Theatre (231 W. Jefferson Blvd.), where Steele is one of the managing partners. Grab a cocktail at the bar and cozy up in your seat at 7 p.m. Sunday for this free screening. It will be preluded by a short film called Cork’s Cattlebaron at 6:45 p.m. More information at
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