Things To Do

Ultimate Guide to Your Dallas Weekend, Feb. 19-21

Do This!
The Pin Show is one of the most beloved fashion events in Dallas. Dreamed up by local designer Julie McCullough, the event is dedicated to independent designers who work in everything from swimwear to jewelry.  Sneak a peek at the endless sartorial creativity in our backyard.

If you want a little brain food for your weekend, check out the Festival of Ideas. This year's theme is the United City, with panels, performances and casual talks on subjects ranging from education to health to the literary arts. Headlining speakers take place at 7 p.m. Friday and panels begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and run through 5:30 p.m. Admission is free; reservations required for Friday night.

Spend a night of extravagance in the Champagne Room. The creation of performance artist Neil Medlyn, Champagne Jerry lives in a world of "cheap gold, dance, effervescence and memories to last." This comedic performance rapper will visit CentralTrak at 8 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. The experience is priceless.

This weekend Circuit 12 Contemporary takes the temperature of the painting scene in Houston. The results? Hot & Wet. Or maybe that's just them describing the city itself. Or something else entirely.  Either way it's the name of the exhibition, which will feature 10 painters (mostly dudes) opening from 6-10 p.m. Saturday. 

Eat This!
The most exciting food news in Dallas this week was the opening of Waffle House on Ross Avenue. (Suck it, James Beard awards!) Everybody's favorite greasy spoon is up late serving you waffles, bacon and eggs. Oh my! 

Dallas is a burger town. No question. Which is probably why one of the city's famous infamous chefs, John Tesar, decided to expand his meat empire to the official city food. Royale Magnificent Burgers is his new joint and we're loving it. Although technically it's not in Dallas, it's in Plano, but we still count that as one of our suburbs. 

A restaurant dedicated to chocolate might sound too good to be true, but Sablon Chocolate Lounge is precisely that kind of place. Sitting at the corner of McKinney Avenue and Blackburn Street in Uptown, it's a dream come true for chocoholics. 
Drink This!
If you're too busy to really dig into the craft beer scene, but you're curious, you can get it hand delivered thanks to the Texas Beer Club. For $150, you'll receive a dozen beers every month for three months. It's the perfect way to become the informed but lazy beer expert.

Any excuse to drink beer and eat chili is a good one. Especially if that excuse is money going to the North Texas Food Bank. For the Craft Beer and Chili challenge, more than two dozen local breweries compete by making chili with one of their beers. A $10 donation gets you a spoon and a vote. It happens from noon - 5 p.m. Sunday at 3011 Gulden Lane, Suite 112.
Watch This!
Cara Mia Theatre's Teatro en Fuga: A Festival of New Works presents new plays by the theater's resident company. Three new plays will play in pairs starting at 8 p.m. Saturday and running through March 5. Tickets to opening night are $25 and include a reception at 7 p.m. More at

This weekend, in collaboration with Dallas Contemporary, mastermind Michael A. Morris launches a video art screening series, Spectacle Society. At 8 p.m. Friday the first event in the series features Ann Arbor, Michigan-based filmmaker Nazli Dinçel, who will project a body of 16mm films made over the last several years. Admission to the Contemporary is free. 

This weekend, Cuban arts enthusiast Erin Cluley, the force behind her eponymous gallery, presents a special screening of VIVA, a film about a young hairdresser working at a Havana drag nightclub with dreams of taking the stage himself. It was a hit at the 2015 Telluride Film Festival and screens at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Studio Movie Grill on Spring Valley Road. Tickets are $18.
Hear This! 
Self-described neo-psych rock band, The Orange, hits the stage at Trees Saturday night to pump out some of their newest tunes. They're opening for Dallas alt-rock band Jibe. Tickets are $15 in advance. Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday. 

Hey, I just met you. This is crazy. But will I see you at the Carly Rae Jepsen concert Friday night?  Doors open at 8 p.m. at the House of Blues. Tickets are $25. Then, you can call me, maybe.

If you're into cheesy concerts — and who isn't? — just spend the whole weekend at House of Blues. Hoodie Allen hits the stage Sunday night as part of his Happy Camper tour of his fun pop songs laced with white boy rap. Tickets are $25. 
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