The work week is almost over, and as far as I'm concerned the weekend always starts on Thursday. Here's a list of fun things to do with that hard-earned money! Click the red event titles for extra information.
The Dallas Burlesque Festival (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) Va-va-voom! This isn't your typical tassel-twirling evening: The Dallas Burlesque Festival brings the country's top teasers together for a spectacular celebration of humor, seduction and really fun costumes. It will take over House of Blues all weekend and will likely sell out, so get your tickets now!
Stiletto Stampede Kick-Off Party Update that health insurance policy and make sure it includes a "fractured fibula resulting from extreme do-gooding" clause, because the first annual Stiletto Stampede happens on March 3. The event itself is a 100-yard sprint, in heels, where participants raise funds for local Susan G Komen Affiliates. Cool? Definitely. Tonight the pre-party kicks off at 6:30, and you can register for the event, pick out your pink stilettos and have a fun gabfest with other participants. It happens at 8300 Preston Road.
Moulin Rouge: The Ballet If you've got 'tude about ballet then you just haven't seen the right one. This Canadian production of Moulin Rouge brings it all: unbelievable costumes, sex appeal, and even some dancing. It will be a fleeting love affair, in that Rouge is only in town for one night so buy a ticket, then leap over to the Charles W. Eisemann Center and get a gander.
Death By Chocolate It's almost Valentine's Day so why not indulge early and go see a wacky whodunnit? I promise that no confection-laced murder spree will ever be more hilarious. Get tickets here. The play is at the Garland Civic Theatre.
Saturday Shephard Fairey DJ Party at the Dallas Contemporary He's spent the whole week chalkin' up cool points around town with his awesome murals, and on Saturday night we celebrate the efforts with a knock-down, drag-out, neon-glow, black-light mega bash over at the Dallas Contemporary. Fairey is the evening's guest DJ (I know, he's also a DJ? Stop achieving so much, Shep.) so drink like, two sugar-free Red Bulls before you arrive. (If you're 30 or older, add one can of Red Bull to each decade of life. That's party math.) Tickets ain't cheap, but the $50 goes to help the Dallas Contemporary bring new exhibitions and continue its mission of education outreach, so splurge.
Third Annual Snuggie Pub Crawl Whaaaaat? I don't have put real pants on to go out drinking? Finally. Part boozing caravan, part fleece fashion show, the Snuggie crawl is also accepting of Forever Lazy and Slankets, so you'll still be accepted in your after-market model. Prizes are awarded to inventive Snuggies so I say dye it brown and go Jedi: "These are not the Slankets you're looking for..."
Sunday Sunday Sunday!
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Super Bowl on a Super Screen! Make every hit matter when you see the Super Bowl at the Granada! Turn down that stale work invitation -- you see those folks every day. Super Bowl Sunday is your time to meet tons of new party friends, see all the crazy commercials on a huge screen, and stop/whine until somebody flips coverage over to Puppy Bowl. Best part? There's no cover! Cruise the Boat Show for a Boat Friend Come Summer you'll be so happy you did this. To find boat friends you'll have to hunt them in their natural habitat. You can do that all weekend long over at Dallas Market Hall. Get your tickets here.
Dallas by Chocolate Valentine's Indulgence Tour This event looks cool for one reason: "limo bus." Well, not only that. For $25 dollars you get to drive around town in said "limo bus" and eat lots of tasty chocolate at different locations. Not bad. Go here for tickets.