PC loyalists should head to QuakeCon this weekend. It's one of the only gaming conventions that favors PC games, and it's coming to the Hilton Anatole (2201 N. Stemmons Freeway) from Thursday through Sunday. There will be panels, demonstrations, tournaments and previews of upcoming games like Prey and Dishonored 2. Entry is free. Register at quakecon.org.
Vintage is in, but it can be a hassle to find all of the best shops. Lucky for you, a bunch of them will be in one place this weekend at Dallas Market Center (2200 N. Stemmons Freeway) for Loot Vintage Market, where there will be a massive offering of furniture, art, clothing and accessories, plus food and music to keep you motivated in your sorting. It's $6 to get into the market, which will be open from noon to 6 p.m Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Sunday. For more info, see Facebook.
Photographer Richard Sharum takes photos of Dallas' unacknowledged populations, such as the homeless, and displays them prominently in public spaces. This month he's been passing on his street photography skills to students in a seminar, and it will culminate with an exhibition of the students' work at 500X Gallery at 7 p.m. Saturday (500 Exposition Ave). Admission to the Observe Dallas After-Party is free.
A tiny taco shop in West Dallas that doesn't even have any furniture — but does have delicious tacos — was recently named one of the best new restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit. Trompo (839 Singleton Blvd., No. 150) offers three tacos (al pastor, bistek and paneer) as well as quesadillas. The latter are unusual because they're served open-face. Definitely order a quesadilla and the bright pink al pastor.
Fish probably isn't something you look forward to eating first thing upon awakening, but the seafood brunch at TJ's Seafood Market and Grill (4212 Oak Lawn Ave.; multiple locations) might change your mind. Just get an eyeful of those lobster fritters. They're as big as a tennis-balls, slathered in honey butter and stuffed with lump lobster that isn't overwhelmed by the batter. The fritters are one of the bigger splurges on the menu at $25. The rest is quite reasonable.
The Bob Sundae at Remedy (2010 Greenville Ave.) is a delicious take on the tried and true combo of salty and sweet. With chocolate ice cream, caramel sauce, whipped cream and a generous garnish of potato chips, it'll satisfy both cravings and then some. Food critic Brian Reinhart says it's why his dad visits him.
You've had sangria, but have you had it made with sake? If not, you can at Savor (2000 Woodall Rodgers Freeway), where they're balancing the slight bite of rice wine with tart white cranberry juice and sweet demerara. Lemon juice, peach liqueur and muddled apricot and peach complete the refreshing drink. Find the recipe here.
If you're bored by your drinking routine, you might think of visiting Braindread Brewing (2625 Main St.) from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, when you can drink beer while you interact with birds from nonprofit Window to the Wild. Find more info about the free event on Facebook.
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There are 11 bars in Dallas where it pays to drink ... at least in food. Check out our list of restaurants that give out food to drinkers and snag some free grub this weekend. Might we suggest the free nacho bar at Chuy's (4544 McKinney Ave.)?
'80s new wave is alive and well, and to prove it, Culture Club are touring in anticipation of their first new release since 1999's Don't Mind If I Do. Watch Boy George perform "Karma Chameleon" live at 8 p.m. Friday at Verizon Theatre (1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie). Tickets are $55 to $250 at verizontheatre.com.
Mother II, a collaboration between Lauren Belmore and Stefan Gonzalez, kick off a free experimental show at 8 p.m. Saturday at Spinster Records (829 W. Davis St.). An ensemble of Karl Roehling and Ethan Berman will also perform, and a dancey punk act from Minnesota, Octopede, will take the headlining slot. For more info, visit Facebook.
A Tony award-winning musical set in the '60s, One Man, Two Guvnors, get its regional premiere this month thanks to Addison's WaterTower Theatre (15650 Addison Road). The laugh-out-loud comedy is based on an Italian play and tells the story of a man who finds himself with two employers, each of whom must be kept a secret from the other. See it at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $29 at watertowertheatre.org.
Vir Das sells out big venues in India. In fact, he's the nation's most popular comedian, having risen to fame for a Daily Show-esque program that he hosts. See him in the much smaller Addison Improv (4980 Belt Line Road) this weekend when he performs five shows at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday; and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $22 to $32 at improvaddison.com.
Now entering its fourth season, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance has gained a reputation for tackling important, and sometimes controversial, topics through dance. For Gal Friday, in preview at NorthPark Center (8687 N. Central Expressway) at 3 p.m. Saturday, the company has worked with young girls at nonprofit Girls Inc. to choreograph a piece about femininity in the American home and workplace. The event is free to attend.