This Week's Free & Cheap Culture Events for Every Interest

Now that the weather has finally decided to cooperate for good (we hope), you really no longer have any excuse to be a hermit. Filling your brain with reality TV and recipes from Pinterest is fun, sure, but it really doesn't do much to make you a particularly interesting person. Still, if you don't have the cash to spring for art and theater events, there's nothing more tempting than a Criminal Minds binge accompanied by a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

Fortunately, even if your checking account is looking pretty abysmal, Dallas has plenty of artsy fartsy things you keep you occupied. Whether you're more interested in South American protest art or the musings of a five-time James Beard Award-winning chef, there's plenty to do this week that won't involve you having to skimp on groceries just to get a little culture. Maybe you can divert a little bit of that cocktail budget to these cheap-ass culture events. (Or maybe the grocery budget is better. Booze > Food.)

Ologwagdi And The Art of Protest Texas Christian University Tuesday, March 24 Free

A veteran of the labor movement and indigenous rights activism in Panama, Armando Díaz Rivera, who is known as Ologwagdi, has been invited to Texas Christian University for a week-long residence that will explore Latin American protest movements and the injustices that make them necessary. Ologwagdi will host events on campus all week, starting with a free exhibition of the artist's visual and audio work, along with a discussion facilitated by history professor Peter Szok. The work and discussion will explore topics of economic injustice, indigenous rights and environmental concerns in Latin America.

Oral Fixation Presents Writing On The Wall Wednesday, March 26 Texas Theatre $25

As one of Dallas' most unique and interesting speaker series, Oral Fixation has only continued to improve as they march through their third season. In this installment, titled Writing On The Wall, seven Dallasites (including real estate blogger Candy Evans) will explore topics related to writing of all kinds, and the "imminent doom" that it can occasionally mean. If you haven't made it to one of Oral Fixation's performances yet, this would be a great show to catch.

Sammons Lunch Jam: Latin Jazz, Salsa Dance and Sketching Thursday, March 27 Sammons Park Free

Booker T. Washington High School has been long known for its incredibly talented student body, some of whom will likely grow up to be some of the world's most famous musicians. To get a glimpse of these stars-in-the-making, head to the school's first installment of the Sammons Lunch Jam, which will feature performances in Latin jazz and salsa dancing alongside visual art. Food trucks will be lined up around Sammons Park (or you can brown-bag it), and you can indulge in your kimchee fries while taking in free performances from our city's best and brightest young artists.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre Presents Dancing Beyond Borders Eisemann Centre For The Arts -- Bank of America Theater Friday, March 28 $25

The Dallas Black Dance Theatre has an impressive reputation as one of the city's best contemporary dance companies, and this week's performance of Dancing Beyond Borders will likely only bring more praise. Featuring culturally significant works from some of dance's most important choreographers, this performance choreographed by dancer Sean J. Smith spans decades of dance. Even if you're not typically a fan of dance, this performance should not be missed.

Arts & Letters Live Presents Marcus Samuelsson: Savory Success Dallas Museum of Art Friday, March 27 $15-$165

Throughout his 20-year culinary career, chef Marcus Samuelsson has seen and done a lot. The Ethiopian-born, Sweden-raised, European-trained chef is a frequent fixture on the Food Network, and his New York restaurants are some of the hottest reservations in town. At Friday night's lecture, though, Samuelsson will feature home-cooked dishes from his latest cookbook, Marcus Off Duty. If you've got $165 to drop on a VIP ticket, you can enjoy a Samuelsson-prepared dinner inspired by the DMA's collection before the lecture.

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