Grab that Visine and scrub out your eyeballs, because Dallas is ripe for ocular overload. We've got a photography slideshow and potluck dinner at The Power Station, the wonkiest burlesque in the US of A at Lakewood Theater, Richard Lewis looking concerned at the Addison Improv and yeah, the original Red Dawn in 35mm at Texas Theatre. WOLVERINES!
Be a doll and share this list with your adventure gang, make a plan and click those event titles for more information. Then, protect our native soil against Soviet invaders while wearing a letter jacket. I'll see you out there (I'll be the one awkwardly hovering over a radiator).
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Thursday 11.1 Richard Lewis -- He's the king of self-loathing and an example of enthusiasm, curbed. Catch him from Thursday through Sunday at the Addison Improv: He's on his Tracks of my Fears tour.
Busch-Whacked 2012 Mud Run -- This adventure run isn't your standard-issue race. It's a barbed wire slithering, sloppy mud pit crawling feat of endurance, and it goes on from 4 to 10 p.m. on Thursday at the Texas Motor Speedway. (All of your mire-rich sliding benefits the Armed Forces Foundation.)
AltCar Expo Texas -- Welcome to the future, dude. This assemblage of alternative fuel vehicles looks amazing. You'll see the newest innovations in renewable energy cars, and even get to test drive them. Do any run on Hot Cheetos and Takis? You'll have to go to find out. It's free.
Viva Dallas Burlesque! Presents Dirty Politics -- Those saucy dames are closing the curtain on the voting room and embracing those moments you've either loved or hated from elections past in this celebration of skin and wonk. You'll see Russia from your house! You'll respect Michelle Obama for her choice to purchase nipple tassels from J. Crew, rather than from a more expensive designer. And by the night's end, you'll wish you were in all of their oval offices -- high hat, please. Saturday 11.3
Stained With Blood and Whiskey (by Roscoe Korngutt) opening event -- We don't know much about ol' Roscoe Korngutt, save for a searing visual likeness with local outsider artist Clay Stinnett. There will be hooch on hand to aid in the digestion of Roscoe's many points of inspiration, like white trash sex cults, biker bar orgies and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Mercury Retrograde at 500X -- More things get blamed on Mercury's retrograde than babies, dogs and the weather, combined. It's due to its universal intertwining; we're all gelled and destined to shift through this galaxy together -- even during disruptive or unpredictable patches. That state of flux, which some use for thoughtful meditation and others use as a scapegoat, will be the subject of a collaborative show by Fort Worth artists Bradley Brown and Shelby Meier. It opens at 500X on Saturday, and coincides with the final retrograde of 2012.
PB&K opens at Kettle Art -- It's tasty. It's nutritious. It's what everyone feared might one day happen: Fort Worth and Dallas joining forces in the name of art. It's a collaborative effort between "over there"'s Piranha Bear and our own Deep Ellum artistic street gang, the Kettle members. Word has it that there's also an after-party.
Slideluck Potshow -- Drawing from simpler times when friends and neighbors would unify over potluck dinners and share their adventures through slideshows, this event has taken that approach and modernized it for the gallery. Local photographers submitted work, which was reviewed and curated by Stacey Clarkson, Art Director at Harper's, Jamie Wellford, Senior Photo Editor at Newsweek, and local art critic and curator Charles Dee Mitchell. It'll be shown as a multi-media slideshow following a community potluck dinner. Bring a dish or a jar of peanut butter for the Food Bank and get in free, otherwise it's $10. Sunday 11.4
2012 AIA Dallas Tour of Homes -- Now, it ain't your grandma's home tour. This thing takes you to amazing modern residences designed by Dallas architects. (It's happening on both Saturday and Sunday, and looks rad.) We're also giving away a pair of tickets. Find that information here. Red Dawn in 35mm at Texas Theatre -- Yeah, they're remaking this very reasonable story about a group of Midwestern youth who overthrow a Soviet invasion. Why? We'll never know. Before Hollywood ruins every good memory you have of Team Wolverine, go see the original in 35mm at Texas Theatre. (It shows throughout the weekend and again on Wednesday.)
Monday 11.5 The New Nostalgia at Oliver Francis Gallery -- It's a chance to see what the most inventive minds in new media are creating when UNT undergrads present The New Nostalgia, a collaborative exhibition of 16mm film projections and performances. It's one-night only, so don't miss this totally bitchin' exploration of expanded cinema.
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