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Five (Blissfully) Non-Holiday Events This Week

This time of year, you're either deeply enamored with all the holiday music and Christmas lights, or trying to figure out how to put your head in a vise so it will all just go away. If you fall into the latter camp, finding something to do during the holiday season is pretty difficult. If you'd rather not see A Christmas Carol for the four-thousandth time, you might feel like the only thing you're able to do is sit at home and watch all the non-holiday movies on Netflix.

But fortunately, not everything this time of year is Christmas-themed. They may be few and far between, but there are a few things to do in Dallas this week that will take your mind off the holidays, at least for a few hours. Or, if you're trying to butter your theater snob boyfriend up for a better Christmas gift, take him to one of these six events.

Zoot Suit by Cara Mia Theatre Latino Cultural Center December 6-21, 2014 $12-25 The Zoot Suit Riots were a transformative event in Mexican-American culture, and this Broadway musical by Luis Valdez is widely considered to be one of the best depictions of the riots. Based on riots surrounding anti-Hispanic racism in 1943 Los Angeles, Zoot Suit tells the story of Henry, a teen who is arrested and wrongfully convicted of the murder that in part sparked the actual Zoot Suit Riots. In the hands of director Rodney Garza, a member of El Teatro Campesino's 25th anniversary tour, Cara Mia describes the show as "high energy" and "thought provoking," something that "Jingle All The Way" has never been accused of.

Once The Musical Winspear Opera House December 17-28, 2014 $30-150 Based on a feature film and the musical compositions of Glen Hansard, Once The Musical is a Best Musical Tony winner (and seven others, notably) that will make you cry actual tears. The story revolves around a romance between a Dublin street musician and a young woman who becomes infatuated with his songs, and of course, him. The story is romantic without being overly sappy, making it perfect for a weeknight date.

Deep Ellum Wine Walk Deep Ellum December 18, 2014 Free, $5 for wine glass

This monthly event combines two of most basic bitches' first true loves: wine and shopping. With the purchase of a $5 glass, you can enjoy wine tastings at some of Deep Ellum's best venues and shops, including Kettle Art Gallery, Dallas Pin-Up, and Lula B's. Even though you're not trying to think about the holidays, you could probably still get some of that shopping you're procrastinating done on this Thursday night.

Sunset Boulevard Garland Civic Theatre December 4-27, 2014 $23-27

If you want theatre that doesn't involve Santas and snowmen, you're going to have to drive out to Garland for a dose of something different. The Garland Civic Theatre's production of Sunset Boulevard, an Andrew Lloyd Weber musical about a past-her-prime silent film star, may feel a little too relevant considering the venue. The film on which Sunset Boulevard is based is largely considered to be one of the best movies about Hollywood, so it's at least worth a stop in that regard.

Feral Majesty: Wildfire LuminArte Gallery December 20, 2014 Free, donation suggested If you're looking for something that doesn't even look remotely Christmas-y, you might consider heading to LuminArte Gallery's presentation of Feral Majesty: Wildfire. This "organically formed wolf pack" of performers in wolf masks. The project combines dance, music, and visual art, and will certainly be interesting enough to talk about around the dinner table. Admission is free, but a donation to the St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary in Montgomery, Texas is requested.

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Amy McCarthy

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