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Things to Do in Dallas This Week, June 16-18

If you're looking for a break from World Cup watching this week, we've got you covered. This week in Dallas, there's plenty to do. We've narrowed it down to a few cool parties, some art and Shakespeare in the Park. See you in the streets.

Monday, June 16

Deep Vellum Launch Party Oak Cliff's newest bookstore/coffeeshop/wine bar Wild Detectives hosts a launch party for the city's newest publisher Deep Vellum. We've got a story about the company and the party here. See you at 7 p.m. Monday night.

FC Dallas 2014 World Cup Tour: USA vs. Ghana If you're planning to duck out of work early, but don't think the televisions at your favorite bar are big enough, head to Alamo Drafthouse at 4 p.m. Monday for a free watching party, plus the FC Dallas Girls and a live performance from the Latin House Krew DJs. More info.

Tuesday, June 17

Chit Chat with Michael Sieben We cover everything in art to make life more beautiful. Perhaps that's why designer and illustrator Michael Sieben began covering skateboards with prints for the company he co-founded, Roger Skateboards. Described as the "graphic branding sensibility of a 12-year-old boy," this company has developed into a cultural phenomenon. Sieben is also a founding member of the Austin gallery and collective, Okay Mountain. His varied interests will make his an interesting brain to pick at the Dallas Contemporary's Tuesday night Chit Chat, featuring a conversation between Sieben and Sourgrapes' Carlos Donjuan. Plus, Sieben will have just finished a mural in Trinity Groves before this talk. Head to the free event's satellite location, 354 Singleton Blvd, at 7 p.m. Tuesday. More information at

Shen Wei at the Crow Collection of Asian Art When you see a dance choreographed by Shen Wei, he's designed and created everything on stage. In addition to choreography, Shen is an incredible artist, who designs his sets, video projections, costumes and make up. He's also known for his art in its own right, a wide selection of which is on display at the Crow starting this week. The exhibit is in collaboration with TITAS, which presents a one-night-only dance performance Thursday. The Crow is open from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Tuesday. More info at

Wednesday, June 18

Shakespeare in the Park's Much Ado About Nothing Shakespeare's plots are more complicated than the brain of an angsty teenage girl. Perhaps that's fitting because many of Shakespeare's plays are about angsty teenage girls. Much Ado About Nothing, for example, chronicles the thorny twists and turns of men trying to woo the affection of two young cousins, Beatrice and Hero. One girl is headstrong and tomboyish, the other is charming and beautiful. If it's not predictable yet, don't worry, this one's a comedy, which means all's well that ends well... wait, that's a different play. Head to Shakespeare in the Park at Samuell Grand Amphitheatre (1500 Tenison Parkway) at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are pay what you can and picnics, especially those with large quantities of wine, are encouraged. Nothing improves Shakespeare like a heady merlot. More information at

Warby Parker Classroom Grand Opening After cornering the market on hipster glasses by selling exclusively on the Internet, Warby Parker sets up its first shop over in Knox/Henderson this week. Try on a pair of horn rims at the store's grand opening party from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. They've designed the store to resemble a vintage classroom, because hipsters liked school before it was cool. It's located at 2008 N. Henderson Ave. Just look for the pencil sticking out of the roof.

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Lauren Smart
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