Best Things To Do in Dallas This Weekend

Ben Rector is in town this weekend.
Ben Rector is in town this weekend.
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Winter in Paris is not the Gallic paradise we typically visit in our Francophile daydreams. It’s a little too soggy, gray and frigid for patio drinking sessions and Instagram-worthy twirls in front of the Eiffel Tower. Oh, we wouldn’t turn down the ticket if it landed in our lap, but we’re also happy to settle for warmer months in which to visit, especially since the French-American Chamber of Commerce DFW can hold us over with their annual Taste of France event from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday. Roll out your best French accent and suit up in wine-proof couture for an evening of fashion, food and drink at the Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Ave. Channel your inner Parisian as you sip reds, whites and rosés; sample pâtes, macarons, fromages and other signature French dishes; and enjoy fashion-forward entertainment. During the silent auction, you can also bid on trips to France or fine dinners that are the next best thing. Tickets to this thoroughly European excursion are $75 each, or $70 per person for groups of four or more. Purchase online at faccdallas.com. Merritt Martin

Comedian and playwright Steve Solomon has been writing and performing all sorts of unique characters on stages across the Big Apple, and he’s bringing all of them to the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts. Solomon’s one-man show From Brooklyn to Broadway in Only 50 Years will perform three shows at Eisemann Center’s Bank of America Theatre, 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Solomon draws in characters from people he grew up with in his native Brooklyn, where he learned how to speak various dialects. His first show My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish and I’m In Therapy! has been one of Off Broadway’s longest-running one-man shows and made him one of the theater scene’s most popular comedy writers and performers. From Brooklyn to Broadway in Only 50 Years chronicles his journey into show business and all the strange people he met along the way. Tickets are $39 for the Saturday performance and $45 for the Friday and Sunday performances and can be purchased online at eisemanncenter.com. Danny Gallagher

Called the “Coachella of politics,” Politicon, a nonpartisan roving political convention, returns for its third annual tour. Spanning two days, Politicon aims to bridge the divide defining our political climate. Republican, Democrat, Libertarian and our friends in the Green Party will debate and discourse, including ousted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, Young Turks correspondent Jason Piker, controversial conservative activist Charlie Kirk and Nightly Show contributor Grace Parra. Politicon begins at 8 p.m. Friday at The Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Ave. Tickets start at $440. More info at dallas-theater.com. Jonathan Patrick

Danish quartet Iceage have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with. Formed back in 2008 when the lads were mere teenagers, they've since morphed into a ferocious band with a swagger and intensity befitting elders like PJ Harvey, Nick Cave and The Stooges. They also project effortless cool with a devil-may-care dress code, a loutish air of sullen indifference and the chiseled cheekbones of European models. They may funnel their songs — killer cuts like the driving "The Day The Music Dies" and the glam rock-infused "Plead The Fifth" — through chilled detachment, but they look mighty stylish doing so. Building off the buzz of their latest release, Beyondless, Iceage is back out on the road with another band that has surely served as an influence, Atlanta's notorious Black Lips. The bands recently released a split 7-inch single and both will undoubtedly leave their respective marks on the assembled audience gathered around The Granada ready to rock. With the Black Lips. 8 p.m. Friday at The Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., $20 at prekindle.com. Jeff Strowe

Mya Marie Harrison might be best known in the pop world for her early hits, including "It's All About Me" and "Case of the Ex" as well as her collaborative appearances on "Lady Marmalade" and "Ghetto Superstar." But she's never stayed away too long from touring and recording. Her latest, T.K.O. (The Knock Out), came out this spring, and her fall tour is all about the LP. It's R&B with a modern touch of pop and hip-hop, which is where she has been during her 20-plus-year career. Her music will travel well in a room like Canton Hall. The grooves and vibrations should make for a good night off the walls and off the floor. With John Rose, 8 p.m. Friday at Canton Hall, 2727 Canton St., $20 at ticketfly.com. Eric Grubbs

Willie Nelson is one of the most recognizable country music artists of all time – but he's by no means the most conventional country and western recording artist. While openly campaigning for Beto O'Rourke, Nelson spent a good part of the last few months pissing off plenty of conservative fans who seemingly had no idea just how liberal the cannabis-smoking Texas native has historically proved himself to be – after all, he's supported Democratic candidates going back to Jimmy Carter’s administration. But, politics aside, one thing many Texas music fans can agree upon is one of the most iconic Texan places to catch Nelson play, other than perhaps Luckenbach, Texas, is Billy Bob's Texas. Billy Bob's is the most quintessentially Texas honky tonk one can catch Nelson and Friends. His two-night gig this week includes promo codes with each ticket for a free copy of his upcoming album. 10:30 p.m. Friday at Billy Bob’s, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, $24.50 and up at billybobs.com. Daniel Rodrigue

Junior Brown was a man ahead of his time, brandishing an instrument more wild than his own voice is deep and rich. He made a name for himself in Austin in the ‘90s, where he traveled from Cottonwood, Arizona, with his outlaw-tinged country and his double necked guitar and lap steel (a “guit-steel”). His unusual voice and instrumentation have found success on TV — a few years ago he was featured on AMC’s Better Call Saul — and now with a new tour and an 11th album in the works, tentatively titled Deep in the Heart of Me, this American iconoclast is prepared to become more widely known. Tracks like “Hang up and Drive,” “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead” and “Broke Down South of Dallas” are worth the price of admission on their own. 8 p.m. Friday at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346, $22. Nicholas Bostick


Ah, pie, the food equivalent of Fentanyl. You crave it. It brings you temporary happiness. You want more. And more. Consume too much, and eventually you die. Don't let that stop you from entering Good Local Market's pie contest, though. Our self-control issues are not your problem. The contest is open to amateur pie-makers willing to roll out scratch crusts and produce at least two pies — custard and cream, fruit, nut, savory or chocolate — with no pre-manufactured ingredients. The contest costs $10 to enter per category, and $5 gives shoppers a chance to taste and judge the entrants. Prizes will be awarded to the creators of the best pies in each category and to best youth baker. The contests runs 10 a.m.-noon at the Good Local Market in East Dallas at 9543 Losa Drive. Visit goodlocalmarket.org to enter. Patrick Williams

When the Majestic Theatre opened in 1921, it was a vaudeville venue. When that era came to an end, the Majestic was a movie theater, hosting film previews and events until 1973. Today, it's a performing arts theater that hosts comedy shows, concerts and more. But from Friday through Sunday, it's going back to its roots and going unplugged. The Majestic Unplugged will celebrate music with no amplification at the theatre, 1925 Elm St. Your favorite Lyric Stage singers will perform songs by composers Jerome Kern, Elton John and many others. Tickets start at $40. For more information, visit lyricstage.org. Paige Skinner

Klyde Warren Park's Decks in the Park was rained out Oct. 31, so it's coming back again with hopefully the weather on its side. It's the free musical festival that draws nearly 10,000 people to Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway. This time it's Saturday, Nov. 17, and there will be a clothing drive for the homeless and a raffle for a mural by DTOX. Blake SuperVision will headline the event, along with Dj Tums (DMC Champion), JT Donaldson, Demarkus Lewis and more. It starts at 3 p.m. For more information, visit decksinthepark.com. Paige Skinner

When Ben Rector was nothing but a college freshman, he was unknowingly laying the groundwork for a career path that traditionally eschews the necessity of diplomas and degrees. In that first year at the University of Arkansas, Rector won the top prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest for a song called “Conversation” off his debut EP. His first two albums were released before graduation amidst local fanfare and general uncertainty on Rector’s part. In an interview with Arkansas’ alumni association, the singer-songwriter from Oklahoma says he never expected his music career to take off as quickly as it did. And yet by the start of this decade, Rector was transitioning into a star. His third album, Into the Morning, set off a string of hits after its 2011 release, including tracks like “Brand New,” which was notably featured on everything from Hawaii Five-O to The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Rector’s soothing brand of emotional folk pop has garnered him an ever-growing fan base over the years, and it’s likely he’ll find even more in Dallas. 8 p.m. Saturday, at Toyota Music Factory, $20. Nicholas Bostick


We wonder what the family holidays were like in the O'Keeffe family. There was Georgia, busy gaining fame as one of America's greatest artists, and then there was her sister, Ida TenEyck O’Keeffe, also a painter, but not so famous. While Georgia was busy painting New Mexican landscapes and flowers that look suspiciously like female genitalia, Ida was off doing her own thing, including painting a series of lighthouse images in the '30s, which are on display as part of the Dallas Museum of Art's new exhibition, Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow. Lighthouses are kind of phallic, right? Hey, maybe Georgia and Ida were BFFs, or maybe the works are some sign of sibling rivalry or intra-family weirdness. DMA curator Sue Canterbury will be on hand at 7 p.m. Friday to shed some light on the siblings as part of the DMA's Late Nights at the DMA program. The exhibition of around 50 works by Ida runs through Feb. 24. Tickets to the talk are $10, and admission to the exhibit during is $16, with discounts for seniors, students and military members. DMA members get in for free. The museum is located at 1717 Harwood in the Arts District. Find more information at dma.org. Patrick Williams

The Eisemann Center is hosting The Magnificent Circus Mystery, where kids in the audience will be encouraged to help solve clues, overcome obstacles and figure out a 90-year-old secret to tell the story from beginning to end. It all happens with a steamer trunk, a mysterious book and Harry Houdini's hat. The show will have magic, juggling, unicycles, physical comedy and more. The show is at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, at 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson. Tickets start at $12 and everyone must have a ticket. Visit eisemanncenter.com for more information. Paige Skinner

The Rustic jumps into the holiday spirit with its Pints, Pigskin and Pig Roast event. Guests can enjoy roasted pig that’s smoked on the patio and served as the Rustic’s pork carnitas. $1 from every carnitas taco purchase will go to the North Texas Food Bank. NoCast Brewery will also be onsite featuring beer that pairs perfectly with the roasted pig: the Agriculture Rye. 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at The Rustic, 3656 Howell St. Beth Rankin

Please do not worry about us, but yes, we are already starting to celebrate Christmas. Honestly, it's none of your business, but if you must know, we enjoy Christmas and the cooler weather and we would like to celebrate it as long as possible. With that said, we are taking full advantage of Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan now through Jan. 1. There will be ice skating and snow tubing and gingerbread decorating. It all happens at the Gaylord Texan, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. Prices vary depending on your stay or packages, but more information can be found at marriott.com or by calling 817-778-1000. Paige Skinner

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