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Top Ten Awesome Things To Do This Weekend: February 9 to February 12

It's almost here, people! You toughed it out for another week. Now you are rewarded with the carrot that's been dangled in front of you days: the weekend. Mixmaster wants to help you make the most of it, so we've compiled a weekly care package of good times. Let's rip it open, shall we? Click the event titles for the full articles.

Thursday, February 9th Marko Kratohvil Exhibit at Cohn Dreman: So here's the thing about gallery shows, they almost always have free wine, and they end early. It's a win/win. In the case of this particular affair at Cohn Dreman, you'll get to check out some cool metal work by Marko Kratohvil, aka: the Sculptural Wizard.

F.I.G.'s Annual Party and Sale Grab your girlfriends and spark up that credit card; it's time to go on a fashion bender! Drunkenly stumble through massive stacks of brand-name clothing, discounted at up to 75% off! Hallelujah!

Friday, February 10th Paul Mooney at the Addison Improv This yarn spinning, multi-decade-spanning comedic cornerstone, Paul Mooney is in town for three days. Get your dose of wisdom from the man who crafted prose for Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, and In Living Color, as well as starring in that famous Chappelle Show sketch, "Ask a Black Dude." Tickets are $20, and he's amazing.

Dallas Observer's MASKquerade Party -- This event is choice because it nestles perfectly into that post-work, pre-late night party time slot (the event starts at 7 p.m. and runs until 9 or 10 p.m.). There's a mask competition where the winner is bequeathed with a $250 gift certificate to local hot spot restaurants, and a lock and key party for a chance at Mavs tickets and concert passes! You'll get free appetizers and cheap drinks, too. Need more nudging? No cover. Seriously, just RSVP by emailing [email protected].

Pin-Up Girl 101 This is the cutest class any aspiring Doll Face could ever take. You'll get hair and make-up tips, discover the secrets of sensual posing, and get a photo shoot of sexy pictures to take home. It's $50 to watch and learn, but you'll have to shell $175 for the hands-on treatment and seductive pictures. Treat yourself and buy tickets here.

Thin Line Film Fest If you love documentary films, you better get up to Denton this weekend. Running through the 20th but opening on Friday, Thin Line Film Fest promises to rock the doc. We put together a little guide of feature weekend films in the link above. Buy your tickets a la carte, or shell for a whole pass. Either way, snag 'em here.

Saturday, February 11 Shaquille O'Neal's All-Star Comedy Jam He can shoot hoops, model jewelry and keep the peace as an honorary Sheriff's deputy, but can Shaquille O'Neal make you laugh? Probably not. Luckily, his friends can. He's bringing his favorite cast of characters to the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie this Saturday. Get your belly-chuckle on there, but buy a ticket here.

Michael A. Morris' It's Just Meant to Be Opens at Oliver Francis Gallery OFG's cornered the market on the avant-garde, and this latest exhibition by Michael A. Morris appears perfectly at home in this little gallery space. The series' themes tug at media's role in capturing our lives and how those devices can be decoded through various processes.

SFX Sci-Fi Expo Lightning bolt, lightning bolt, lightning bolt! Just kidding, you can leave the LARPing at home this weekend and immerse yourself in the ultimate support group for nerds, dweebs and dorks, the Sci-Fi Expo. Normal types don't get it, and good. This is our time. Hang out with like-minded folks and shoot the shit about Philip K. Dick and graphic novels while dressed like a princess from Mario Brothers. This is living. Get your tickets here.

Sunday, February 12

Art Show and Album Release Party at Webb Gallery Personally I think this is the coolest thing going on all weekend long. You've got a bunch of underground musical gods who are also artists, (Jad Fair and David Fair of Half Japanese, Will Johnson of Centro-matic, and others) and they're throwing a massive album release party and art show at Webb Gallery in Waxahachie. It's going to be major.

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School Drink beer and sketch adorable pin-up models, everybody else at Le Grange will be. If you just want to linger creepily, you're welcome to do so, but if you want to try your hand and drawing and be a good class participant it'll cost you $10.

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Jamie Laughlin
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