The Master List: The Best Things To Do in Dallas This Weekend, September 9-11

Still haven't figured out what you're doing for Friday date night? Well it better be something more entertaining than the ABC prime time lineup, because your date's not going to stand for that, and if you're looking for cheap, it doesn't get much cheaper than this unless you want to indulge in the McD's Dollar Menu. You could still do that, but at least take our advice on the entertainment.

See Prospero the magician, his daughter Miranda and the rest of the cast of characters in Dallas Theater Center's production of The Tempest for pennies or dollars. It's your choice how much you'll spend on tonight's performance of the Shakespeare classic because it's pay-what-you-can night at Wyly Theatre. To see spirits, monsters and power-hungry kings, head on over to the AT&T Performing Arts Center when tickets go on sale at 6 p.m. You can also purchase tickets online dallastheatercenter.org right now. The show starts at 8 p.m., and performances run through October 9.

Bernie Taupin: Beyond Words Friday, September 9, and Saturday, September 10, at Wisby-Smith Fine Art He's written Elton John's bestselling hits including "Rocketman," "Tiny Dancer" and "Candle in the Wind," but Bernie Taupin's creativity extends beyond songwriting. Elton John's longtime writing partner is in town for an exhibition of his paintings that is on display and available for purchase through tomorrow. Taupin paints abstract works that are rich in texture and bold colors, and he will personally greet art lovers who come to see Bernie Taupin: Beyond Words from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight and Saturday at Wisby-Smith Fine Art. Admission is free. We're not responsible if "Benny and the Jets" is now stuck in your head. Visit wisby-smith.com.

Brick House Bandits Art Exhibition and Block Party Saturday, September 10 at Gallery Bomb A new gallery opened in Oak Cliff called Gallery Bomb, and they reportedly had a good turn out for their first block party last month. This time around the works of artists Joe McSween and Steven Lopez are featured at tomorrow evening's Brick House Bandits art exhibition and block party. McSween is color blind, but you wouldn't be able to tell from his realistic paintings, and Lopez's works are often inspired by jazz and blues culture. Enjoy the art, food and music tomorrow night from 6 to 10 p.m. at Gallery Bomb. Admission is free. Visit gallerybomb.com.

Assassination City Roller Derby "Bloodsport" Double Header Saturday, September 10 at Dad's Broadway Skateland There are few times when we'll encourage throwing elbows in a competition, but this is one of them. The Assassination City gals are back for the "Bloodsport" double header, and this time they're taking on their rivals from the Bayou City. The Special Ops team, the best of Assassination's best, take on Houston Roller Derby's Hard Knocks team, and we're hoping the ladies from Houston are ready for a few more blows. After the main event, there's a mash up bout between the The Van Dammes and The Seagals. Doors open at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Dad's Broadway Skateland in Mesquite. Tickets are $15 and available at acderby.com.

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Saturday, September 10 at Winspear Opera House Swan Lake and The Nutcracker aren't usually on our radar, but add some of the most talented performers in the Southwest and some modern moves to any ballet and you've got us interested. The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet company brings contemporary ballet to Dallas for one night only, and you don't want to miss this unique performance. The show starts at 8 p.m. tomorrow night at the Winspear. Tickets are $19 to $65. Visit attpac.com for tickets and more information.

September 11: The 10th Anniversary Sunday, September 11, at various locations Many local universities, churches and museums are commemorating the 10th anniversary of September 11 with memorial services, exhibitions and other events. 343 firefighters from four states are gathering for the Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb to raise money for the National Fallen Firefighters Association by climbing the stairs of the Renaissance Dallas Hotel beginning at 7 a.m. Sunday. SMU also has a number of events scheduled this weekend including the Service of Remembering at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Dallas Hall. Visit our September 11: The 10th Anniversary page for more events to mark the anniversary.

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