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Ten Awesome Things To Do This Week: March 22 to 27

Hey Dallas, ain't it beer-thirty yet? (Sound of can cracking open... *fizz*) Let's tease our hair and hit the town! There's a whole mess of great things happening, like three astounding art shows on Thursday night, a pinball convention all weekend and the Dallas Comedy Festival next week. So don't you dare stay home and hide your light under some bushel -- nope, let it shine. If you see something you like and want to know more, just click the red title.

Thursday 3.22 In The Heights at AT&T Center This is your last weekend to catch the Tony and Grammy-award winning production In The Heights before it blows the Arts District a farewell kiss. Taking direction from Broadway's greatest talents, like Stephen Sondheim, Lin-Manuel Miranda drafts the script for this piece of theater. But Miranda doesn't dwell on the past, he keeps it modern, adding in youthful liveliness, hip hop and even a salsa-inspired street dance scene.

Three Amazing Gallery Shows In One Night Oh my lord this night is going to be amazing! The MAC is setting the table with complimentary drinks and snacks and also opening up its home for a free viewing of Bill Haveron and William Powhida's newest works. Roll over to Magnolia Gallery (inside the theater) for a show by outsider artist Bruce Lee Webb, then zap yourself a couple streets down to Tractorbeam, where a party for Dallas/New York graffiti artist, Tony Bones is in effect.

Friday 3.23

Texas Pinball Convention I think we've all waited long enough. It's finally here: 15,000 square feet of pinball machines all set on free play and waiting to be ravished! (Elvira, I'm coming for you first.) You'll find tournament play, famous game designers and even a raffle for a Transformers pinball machine! Who cares if you live on the third floor of your apartment building? You will hire movers if you win.

Organic In The City Fashion Show You don't have to poison the earth to dress like a walkin' talkin' felony. Check out up-cycled looks today at Texas Discovery Gardens during the Organic in the City Fashion Show. Besides, it feels good knowing that nothing was brutalized so you could buy yet another blazer.

Saturday 3.24 Paws on the Patio at Dish By the time Saturday rolls around you feel terrible: your poor puppy has been stuck in his kennel all week while you were at the office. The last thing you want to do is leave him at home all weekend, too. So don't. Take him our for a cocktail date benefiting Paws in the City (a no-kill rescue group) at Dish. $10 gets you access to complimentary nibbles and discounted drinks. Plus, all of the dog canoodling that you can handle.

Truckstock More than 15 food trucks are taking over a parking lot at 1818 Sylvan Avenue this Saturday and they're bringing along a bunch of musicians, too. Take yourself out for a progressive food truck supper and then dance it down to make room for more.

Martyrs Of The Alamo With Music By The Invincible Czars It's going to be a regular klezmer hoot night when Austin's Invincible Czars pour into Texas Theatre on Saturday night. They'll add a specially crafted live score to the silent film Martyrs Of The Alamo, so take a sit, wouldja? It's going to be a helluva time.

Sunday 3.25 Festival Of Balloons Put down that safety pin and let's talk this out. This bizarro festival brings together balloon artists from all over the world to create sculptures, vignettes and even wearable fashions entirely out of inflatables. (Press materials showed an 18' tall sculpture of a white knight on a horse attacking a dragon!) It's only $5 to get in, and free if you're a kid.

The Midwest Trilogy Written by Texas Theatre's Eric Steele, this production is one-part play and two-parts film (though Steele made the whole damn thing). An eccentric look at business travel life in the Midwest, you'll see all sides -- from the loneliness that creeps into economy class to the smiling face affixed for sales calls. We've been told that the lobby will even be decorated like a business hotel with coffee and bad cookies.

Tuesday 3.27 Dallas Comedy Festival Kicks Off! Yes! This six-day fest by Dallas Comedy House has everything you need to fracture your funny bone. Entertainers from Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as from right here in Dallas, will teach and perform sketch comedy, stand-up and improv. Double up on the underwear in case you get leaky.

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Jamie Laughlin
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