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Eight Dallas JFK Events That Are Actually Worth Your Time

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Friday 11.22 Texas Theatre Oswald's arrest during a screening of War is Hell cemented Texas Theatre's role in the those fated events. (It was also a reminder that sneaking into movies is extremely poor form.) Those history buffs at Aviation Cinemas have decided to tell the story in its entirety, beginning at 1:20 p.m. Friday with a partial afternoon airing of War is Hell, followed by a full screening of Cry of Battle at 2:45. Even the ticket price is charming, with each admission set at 90 cents.

The arthouse lobby converts into a photo gallery for the day, detailing Lee Harvey Oswald's presence in Oak Cliff. The exhibition was curated by John Slate of the Dallas Municipal Archives.

Since Texas Theatre's staff enjoys reaching beyond the projector, they'll perform a staged, theatrical recreation of interviews from the Warren Commission. Happening at 6:30 p.m., the presentation will focus on first-person accounts from ticket taker Julia Postal, concessions operator Butch Burroughs and shoe salesman John Brewer, the man who spotted Oswald entering the theater.

Then, at 8 p.m., they'll show Oliver Stone's Dallas-filmed JFK, in archival 35-mm. (You get the Warren Commission reading and JFK for $10, combined.) This all happens on Friday, November 22 ... and may be the nerdiest thing Texas Theatre's ever done. That's saying quite a bit.

The Artists' Commission at Grey Matters Sally Warren curates this look at mourning, collective denial, identity and celebrity through the work of 20 respected local and national artists. It's a strong showing of talent, with contributions by Mary Walling Blackburn, Susan Teegardin, Christopher Blay, Celia Eberle, Heyd Fontenot, Ann Glazer, Annette Lawrence, Susan Magilow, Louis Mallozzi, Francisco Moreno, Kurt Mueller, Ruben Nieto, Savannah Niles, Laray Polk, Ryder Richards, Vincent Ramos, Carolyn Sortor, Noah Simblist, Terri Thornton and Vance Wingate.

Explore artists' interpretations of the culture trail, splitting from the 50-year event.

(7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 22 at the impossible-to-find Grey Matters, 113 N. Haskell Ave. It's free.)

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Saturday 11.23 #JFKDAY of Service Look beyond the terrible hashtag and be a conduit for the president's legacy of community service. There are more than 2,500 Dallas volunteer slots available on Saturday, November 23, so pick one and pitch in. Choose from the North Texas Food Bank, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas, SPCA, Special Olympics, Salvation Army, Goodwill, cleaning up White Rock Lake or any number of other organized acts of volunteerism. Or, go rogue. Help a neighbor study for their GED, donate bulk food -- whatever, just pan out and look beyond yourself. Get involved here.

(All day, all over Dallas. Saturday, November 23. Free. Visit jfkday.com.)

Soundings: New Music at the Nasher Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of President Kennedy's Death Yellow Barn presents a program by the Brentano String Quartet, clarinetist Charles Neidich and pianist Seth Knopp as part of the Nasher's Soundings series. It's designed to express musically those feelings that remain difficult to discuss.

They'll play compositions by John Cage and Olivier Messiaen, and also premiere a newly commissioned piece by Steven Mackey called One Red Rose. Mackey's latest came to being through joint sponsorship from the Nasher, Yellow Barn and Carnegie Hall.

(7:30 p.m., Saturday, November 23, at the Dallas Performance Hall. Tickets cost $10 to $25. Get them here.)

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Friday, 11.29 Tammi True, Former Dancer at Jack Ruby's Carousel Club, Derobes at 75 I adore this woman.

The subject of a recent documentary by local film company AMS Pictures, True was Jack Ruby's lead dancer back in 1963. She did it to support her children -- and to have a little fun -- but when Ruby shot Oswald, her world crumbled. True is still the sassiest, coolest broad in Texas. She'll prove that on Friday the 29th at House of Blues when she takes the stage with local bombshells Ruby Revue. Don't worry, True's still got her shimmy.

(8:30 p.m. on Friday, November 29, at House of Blues. Tickets range $20 to $40.)

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Jamie Laughlin
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