For years, we've brought you an extensive, all-encompassing list of weekend events. These long, unwieldy documents were beginning to feel passé. No one knows the high and low brow of Dallas culture, dining and music better than we do, so we decided to pare down these guides to just the things we will be up to this weekend. With this list in hand, it's far more likely you'll run into us at one of these bars, restaurants or events. See you on the streets.
Texas Theatre 5 Year Anniversary, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Given the way the Texas Theatre has planted itself in the hearts and souls of local cinephiles, it's hard to believe it has only been restored and showing films for five years. This weekend, celebrate with an evening of drinks, conversations and, of course, movies. The party starts at 3 p.m., with a screening of The Royal Tenenbaums at 5 p.m., followed by The Shining and a concert behind the screen. Tickets for the whole day are $20.
Candlelight at the Village, 1515 S. Harwood St.
In many ways the holidays are about historical traditions. Nowhere in Dallas is more steeped in history and tradition than Dallas Heritage Village (1515 S. Harwood St.), a gorgeous park in South Dallas that functions as a preservation ground for the city's history, with historic homes, shops and, well, tradition. This weekend, the Village hosts its candlelight ceremony and holiday event with carriage rides, holiday crafts, performances and festive foods. The event takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday and again Sunday. Tickets are $6-12. More at dallasheritagevillage.org.
RE Gallery Closing Party, 1717 Gould St.
Wanda Dye's sharp eye for emerging talent, and endless taste for the perfectly eccentric, turned RE Gallery into one of the can't-miss spaces in Dallas. Since opening a gallery in her shotgun shack in The Cedars three years ago, she's exhibited some of the most interesting Dallas-based and regional artists. But all good things must end, I suppose. This weekend, she shutters the space for good. She's moving home to Alabama to be closer to her family. First, she's throwing a holiday party and giving visitors one last chance to see the show by Butch Anthony. See the work, have a drink and bring a holiday pie. Stop by from 6-10 p.m. Sunday. Her neighbors Eli Walker and Kelly Kroener will re-open their general store with local goodies as well.
Filament, 2626 Main St.
The newest restaurant in town is Matt McCallister’s joint in Deep Ellum, Filament. The menu features drool-worthy share plates from meat pies to fried catfish to octopus and slightly more traditional items from the grill, like pork chops and a Wagyu steak. Currently the restaurant is just open for dinner, and if McCallister has proved anything to us at FT33, that dining room will fill up quickly.
Rapscallion, 2023 Greenville Ave.
We got the inside scoop on Lower Greenville restaurant, Rapscallion. The chef told us the most popular dish: fried chicken, of course. And his favorites: vuelve a la vida, a bright, acidic Mexican seafood cocktail, and the smoked pork pozole.
Dallas Farmers Market Re-opening, 920 S. Harwood St.
Just check out this list of cafes, shops and restaurants opening at the Dallas Farmers Market this weekend. There's so much mouth-watering goodness there, it's difficult to find an excuse not to be there this weekend. It opens at 11 a.m. Friday.
Midnight Rambler's Winter Cocktail Menu, 1530 Main St.
Recently we geeked out over the woodsy cocktail menu that the bar underneath the Joule Hotel unveiled. There is so much to love it was impossible to pick our favorites. Drink up the winter flavors.
High & Tight Barbershop, 2701 Main St.
There hasn't been a speakeasy bar in Dallas we've loved in a minute. But High & Tight Barbershop is a game changer. It's an old school barbershop at the front, and a dark cocktail bar at the back. If you go late night, you'll likely catch a band on the stage as well.
The Polyphonic Spree Christmas Concert, Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St.
This longtime holiday concert is a mash-up of the choral rock group's original music and traditional Christmas songs. After many years in the Lakewood Theatre, the concert moves to the Majestic Theatre this year for what promises to be its usual festive night. Tickets are $40-70.
Nasher Soundings Concert, 2501 Flora St.
One of the most interesting classical concert series in Dallas is hosted by the Nasher Sculpture Center. This weekend, the series presents the world premiere of A Thousand Cranes: Christopher Theofanidis’ Second Symphony for Strings and Harp. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Montgomery Arts Theater. Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members.
Wild Child, Trees Dallas, 2709 Elm St.
Known mostly for their peppy indie rock, Wild Child's latest release Fools is a bit more gritty. Perhaps a little more wild, and a whole lot less childlike, the band plays Trees Dallas. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 7 p.m. Friday.
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Cinéwilde's Auntie Mame, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Dallas got a little bit queerer when Cinéwilde started programming film nights at the Texas Theatre. And thank the lucky stars for that! This weekend, they haul out the holly for a screening of Auntie Mame on 35mm. Followed, of course, by an ugly sweater cocktail party. There will be prizes for the ugliest sweaters. Doors open at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10.50.
The Master Pancake Xmas Show, 100 S. Central Expressway
No one likes it when you talk during a movie, unless the you in this scenario is a heckler from the comedy troupe Master Pancake. Then, heckle away! This weekend, the dudes come to town for their Xmas Show, an R-rated show with "a blizzard of clips" from some of your favorite Christmas films, specials and footage you've never heard of before. (Christmas porn, anyone?) The show is at Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson at 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15.
Pariah, the artist-run space in The Cedars, hosts a three-person exhibition this weekend with the Dallas-based artists Patrick Romeo and Luke Harnden, alongside Maneesh Raj Madahar, a multi-disciplinary artist currently living here in conjunction with the Chalet Dallas exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center, where he spends most days as the listener. See their work come together during the opening from 7-10 p.m. Saturday at Pariah (1505 Gano St.).