The Master List: The Best Things To Do in Dallas This Weekend, August 12-14

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It's almost time to send the kids back to school, and we're sure their favorite part isn't getting a new locker or pencil bag. When we were kids, "back to school" meant a trip to the mall for new shoes and a snazzy outfit for the first day of school.

Kids today are way too cool for the bedazzled shirts and acid-washed denim of our day, which is why we're glad Galleria Dallas hosts the Fashion Camp Back to School Show. A select group of talented teens has been participating in the mall's Fashion Camp all week, learning everything from runway styling to marketing and merchandising.

The teens will show off the results of their week at camp when they style models with clothing and accessories from Galleria stores for the Fashion Camp Back to School Show. The runway show happens at 4 p.m. Saturday on the first level of the Galleria. Prior to the Fashion Camp show, the mall will host the Trend Fashion Show at 2 p.m., so you stylish moms can pick up some new duds for yourselves before spending way too much on those fashionable teens. Both shows are free. For more information, visit galleriadallas.com.

Hamlet Friday, August 12, at McKinney Avenue Contemporary "To be or not to be, that is the question." That famous line begins Hamlet's soliloquy in Act Three of Shakespeare's beloved historical tragedy, but the oft-quoted play is probably one that many of us haven't revisited in years. If you haven't seen the classic in years or decades, head to McKinney Avenue Contemporary for a one-night performance of Hamlet. The University of Texas has a program that caters to students with an affection for Shakespeare, and students from the Shakespeare at Winedale program will be performing one of the bard's biggest hits at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Tickets are $20, $10 for UT students with ID. Call 512-471-4726 or visit utexas.edu.

Tremors and the World Premiere of Meat Friday, August 12, 2011 and Saturday, August 13, at Inwood Theatre Midnight Madness is always our go-to weekend event, but this weekend there's even more madness as Ryan Kline premieres his new short, Meat, the story of a couple of high school kids that fall in love, except the chick butchers people and sells their flesh to cannibals. Yeah, we didn't realize there;s a black market for that. After the screening of the 15 minute film, the Inwood will show the 1990 cult classic Tremors. The campy film stars Kevin Bacon and Reba McEntire as members of a small town trying to protect themselves from giant underground creatures causing havoc. See Tremors and Meat tonight and tomorrow at midnight at the Inwood. Tickets are $10. Visit landmarktheatres.com.

50 Fest Saturday, August 13, at Amon Carter Museum It's been said there's no such thing as a free lunch, but there is such a thing as free museum admission, which Amon Carter Museum has been offering for decades to visitors who want to gaze upon some of the greatest masterpieces by American artists Charles M. Russell and Fredric Remington, among others. The museum is celebrating its golden anniversary, and they're throwing a party to commemorate the milestone. From 5:30 to 9 p.m. tomorrow, create your own works of art, enjoy ice cream and hot dogs and listen to music from Del Castillo and Marshall Ford Swing Band. To learn more about 50 Fest, visit cartermuseum.org.

Discover Construction Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14, at the Museum of Nature and Science Folks at the Museum of Nature and Science are really excited about their new digs, The Perot Museum, which is currently under construction in Victory Park. They're so excited that they've dedicated this weekend to all things construction-related. Take the kids, big and small, to Discover Construction, the final event in the Discovery Days series, and build your own skyscraper or help construct a candy-encrusted dome under the supervision of members from The American Society of Engineers. Representatives from the Dallas Zoo and Urban Honeybee Guild will also show visitors how construction works in the animal kingdom. Make sure to check out the Dallas CityScape exhibit while you're there. The fun kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Museum of Nature and Science in Fair Park. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors (62 and up) and for students (12 to 17), $7 for children (2 to 11) and free for the little ones under 2. Visit natureandscience.org.

Silhouette Portraits with Karl Johnson Sunday, August 14, at Peek ... Aren't You Curious It's not every day your kid can be immortalized by the same man who has created portraits of Beyoncé, Drew Barrymore and Tom Cruise, but this Sunday your kid can be a lil' celeb when silhouette artist Karl Johnson visits Dallas. Johnson told us his break into the celebrity art world came when Mayim Bialik, who you might remember as Blossom from the 90s TV show of the same name, had him create silhouette portraits of friends at a party a few years ago. Now, Johnson is the silhouette artist to the stars, and he's in town for six appearances at various retailers. His first stop is 10 a.m. Sunday at Peek ... Aren't You Curious in NorthPark Center, and if you'd like Johnson to create a masterpiece of your child you might want to make a reservation. Portraits at all locations are $30, and you can see the complete list of Johnson's appearances here on our website. Call 214-987-2537 to reserve a spot at Peek ... Aren't You Curious.

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