Things To Do

The Master List: The Best Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, October 7-9

Well, folks, it's that wonderful time of the year when hoards of college football fans invade our fair city, and chances are a bunch of those fans will be tossed into a cab outside a bar in Uptown, which isn't as bad as spending the entire weekend in the Lou Sterrett drunk tank with your school's century-long rival. So, have a cab on speed dial or, better yet, find a sober friend so you can truly partake in the weekend-long frat party that is the AT&T Red River Rivalry.

Not everyone can afford a ticket to this year's Texas-OU game. For those alumni, college kids of drinking age and fans looking to party with others who bleed burnt orange, the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Exes game watching party is at two locations, Knox Street Pub and Brick House Tavern and Tap in Plano. Knox Street Pub is opening at 8 a.m. for those UT fans who like to start their pre-game festivities early. Stay after the game for $4 you-call-its from 9 to 11 p.m. and $3 Jello injectors all night. They go in your mouth, not in your arm. Visit

Sooners fans are also in luck because there are three Oklahoma alumni watching parties in the metroplex sponsored by the OU Club of Dallas. ThreeSheets opens at 9 a.m. Saturday with $3 import drafts, $2 domestic drafts and $1 off liquor all day, and Texas Theater will open its doors at 10:30 with its nacho and taco carts running for hungry patrons and happy hour specials all day for the thirsty ones. Over at BlackFinn in Addison, OU fans can guzzle down $13 buckets of beer and beer towers and $2.50 domestic draft pints. No matter who wins or loses, at least everyone can be sufficiently inebriated by the end of the game. Visit for more information. For more Red Rivalry festivities and specials, check out our Texas-OU page.

International Gem and Jewelry Show Friday, October 7, through Sunday, October 9, at Dallas Market Hall You'll need sunglasses to shield your eyes from all the sparkly pretty things at this year's International Gem and Jewelry Show this weekend. With over 250 vendor booths featuring emeralds, rubies and all other things that the wife will want, with some at deep discounts, you won't find this many jewels in one place, unless you live with the Queen of England. Plus, you can actually make money while you're there buying your wife's new gems. Sell all that unwanted gold you've been hoarding to pay for the new bling. We know that means digging up the backyard, but it's worth it, especially when admission is $8 (discount tickets are $6 online). The show runs all weekend. Visit

Sixth Annual DanceAfrica Friday, October 7, and Saturday, October 8, at the Majestic Theater If you're like us, your dance moves consist of a little hip action and maybe a two-step move here or there, but even all the dance instruction in the world couldn't turn us into the dancers you'll see on stage at DanceAfrica. See traditional African performances, along with gospel and Greek line dance infused with African elements, at Dallas Black Dance Theatre's sixth annual celebration of dance and music. Performers from Atlanta's Glwayen Meta company and Dallas' Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble team up with DBDT for two performances at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday. Tickets start at $10 and are available at There's also a DanceAfrica marketplace at Annette Strauss Square tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit

High Heel Workshop Saturday, October 8, at Move Studio Confession time: Those five-inch stilettos that make our legs look super slender are more painful to wear for five minutes than a day spent doing leg lifts at the gym, and that's why we prefer flats and sandals, thank you very much. If only someone could teach us how to glide gracefully in those stilettos, we'd gladly retire our more orthopedic-friendly footwear and jump on the sexy-shoe bandwagon. Here's where Move Studio comes in. The fitness center is offering a High Heel Workshop that teaches the fundamentals of walking like Carrie Bradshaw and not falling on your ass. You'll learn the Feldenkrais Method, a mind and body technique that focuses on movement awareness, which is probably something all of us who text and walk at the same time should learn for the sake of those trying to park at Whole Foods on a busy Saturday. Bring your heels and your two left feet to Move Studio from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow. Register online for $40 or $50 at the door if there are spaces left. Call 972-732-0206 or email [email protected].

How to See Art with Your Eyes Closed Saturday, October 8, at Dallas Museum of Art October is Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month, and if you've ever imagined what it would be like to experience art without the instruments of the body that usually make art so appealing, head to the Dallas Museum of Art for a special family workshop that teaches you how to appreciate art without vision. Artist Leslie Ligon, who creates gorgeous Braille jewelry, leads How to See Art with Your Eyes Closed, a class that teaches folks to "see" art with the other four senses. After the workshop, stay for the craft class, and bring the whole family because it's free for museum members and only $10 for families that aren't members. The workshop starts at 11 a.m. tomorrow, and call 214-922-1312 for reservations (required). There are more Art Beyond Sight workshops and events at the museum this month, including the Meaningful Moments workshop on October 18 for those in the early stages of dementia and the Carnival of Creativity Family Celebration on October 30. Visit for the complete schedule.

Fiesta Latinoamericana! Sunday, October 9, at Downtown Dallas Arts District Peru, Argentina and Mexico are just a handful of countries represented at the fifth annual celebration of Central and South American cultural at Fiesta Latinoamericana! along Flora Street from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Dozens of dance performers and companies including Ballet Folklorico Mexico 2000 and Ballet Folklorico de Fort Worth will grace the dance stage, but if you don't know the pasa doble from danza, you can brush up on your own dance skills at one of the workshops offered at the festival. Mariachi bands and Aztec clowns will stroll around the Arts District entertaining families, and make sure to bring your appetite for the traditional Latin American food. Admission is free. Visit for more information.

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