We know, we know — it has rained. A lot. It is probably raining right now as you read this, which only makes you more likely to give into your hermit instincts and refuse to leave the house until the Trinity River looks normal again. Looking at the forecast for this week, things are only going to get wetter.
Apparently, we didn’t get the memo that the apocalypse was beginning last week, because this week is full of great free and cheap culture events. Even though you’re probably going to have to dig the galoshes, rain coats, and umbrellas out of the closet, you’re not going to want to miss what Dallas has planned for this week. Buy a canoe if you don’t already have one, and head out to these five can’t-miss culture events.
Contract City Reading & Signing
The Wild Detectives
Tuesday, May 26
The popularity of YA literature isn’t just limited to young adults, at least not anymore. Local author Mark Falkin will read from and discuss Contract City, a YA novel set in a dystopian Tulsa, Oklahoma. Like many other novels of this genre, Contract City features a strong female protagonist, and tackles a host of important issues, from sex to divorce. If you’re a not-so-young adult who appreciates this genre, Falkin’s talk is a must this week, if only to pick up something to read at the pool this summer.
High Fidelity Presents: The Town Hall
Off The Record
Tuesday, May 26
As part of this Deep Ellum bar-slash-record shop’s continuing High Fidelity lecture and discussion series, Off The Record will host some of the most influential minds in the Dallas hip-hop scene for a town hall-style discussion on the state of hip-hop in our city. Moderated by Vanessa Quilantan, the discussion will host producers, promoters, and writers who are all passionate about the growth of Dallas’ robust hip-hop scene.
Pegasus Block Party
Wednesday, May 27
The original Pegasus, a symbol of Mobil Oil and one of the most recognizable features of the Dallas skyline, is finally getting a home at Downtown Dallas’ Omni Hotel. The magical red horse “flew” over Dallas for 60 years before being removed due to damage, until real estate company Matthews Southwest paid $200,000 to have it restored. Wednesday’s block party will host mayor Mike Rawlings, who will officially re-light Pegasus, along with food trucks and live music from Reckless Kelly and Hayes Carll.
La Mala Educación Screening
Friday, May 29
As part of the ongoing CineWilde LGBT film series, this screening of Pedro Almodovar’s La Mala Educacion will focus on the film’s topics of gender, race and sexuality. Before the screening, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will discuss Latino culture, representation in media, and Spanish media. Once the film is over, DJ George Quartz will play a set of Spanish tunes. Snacks will be provided by Oak Cliff fave El Padrino’s.
Tango In The Park
Klyde Warren Park
Sunday, May 31
If you’ve always wanted to learn the seductive art of Argentine tango, you’ve finally got your chance. This weekend, local tango masters will host a free outdoor tango class at Klyde Warren Park, which means that you have no excuse to not go and work those hips. Once the class is over, you can check out a tango performance from people who are already good at this classic dance, enjoy a DJ set and plenty of dancing, and grab snacks from the food trucks and restaurants nearby. Kids and dogs are welcome at this event, but you’ll probably want to make sure both are leashed.