So, it's a month till everyone's favorite spooky holiday, but we all know the best costumes require planning. Each year, Rose Costumes in Denton (5800 Interstate 35 North, No. 508) does the pro-Halloween a solid by putting a huge assortment of vintage and used costumes on sale. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday you can pick through disguises ranging from Western wear to food suits, in all sizes. Call 940-566-1917 for more info.
Registration for the Celebrity Dodge Barrage, a charity dodge ball tournament headed up by Mavericks point guard Deron Williams, has already closed. But you should still buy a spectator’s ticket for the round robin event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Frisco Fieldhouse (6155 Sports Village Road) and prepare your strategy for next year. All proceeds from ticket sales, $10 each, will benefit Williams’ Point of Hope Foundation. Find more info at pointofhopefoundation.org.
Robert Hoge's mother recoiled from him at his birth, when she saw her son had been born with deformed legs and a tumor that mangled his face. As an adult, Hoge has dedicated himself to provoking conversations about the often twisted relationship between outward image and self-worth. Hear him speak on his memoir, Ugly, at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Dallas Museum of Art (1717 N. Harwood St.) Tickets are $10 to $20 at dma.ticketleap.com.
Everyone loves Italian food, and by extension, everyone loves Campisi's (5610 E. Mockingbird Lane; multiple locations). They've been serving up meatballs in Dallas for 70 years, and Nick Rallo says they're still better than your grandmother's. Those are fighting words, so you better try them again.
The latest trendy food to be imported to Dallas is jipangi, a phallic-looking ice cream treat that involves piping ice cream into a curved, tubular cone that tastes like Corn Pops and topping it with fruit or other sweets. The dessert, which originated in Korea, is making waves at Carrollton's Bubble Jipangi (2640 Old Denton Road).
For a healthy breakfast that will satisfy your craving for a bagel and cream cheese, hit up Local Press + Brew (1605 N. Beckley Ave.) for a slice of their "Toast 1," which is toasted rye bread from Wheat & Sour bakery spread with Full Quiver Farms cream cheese, and then simply sprinkled with salt and pepper. Food editor Beth Rankin says you'll never want to open a tub of Philadelphia again.
Dallas Observer's annual BrewFest returns to the Dallas Farmers Market (1010 S. Pearl Expressway) at 7 p.m. Saturday. For $45 (or $55 purchased the day of the event) you'll get the chance to sample over 400 beers. Your ticket buys you a dozen 2-ounce samples, and you can always buy more sampling cards when you get there. Get your tickets here.
You should order the Honey Bear cocktail at Rapscallion (2023 Greenville Ave.) for the presentation alone, but don't get us wrong, the blend of scotch, rum, Drambuie, falernum, lemon juice and mint leaves is pretty delicious, too. You can make one at home using the recipe here, but it won't be nearly as pretty.
Electronic act Kraftwerk will visit Dallas for the first time on Saturday. Their huge influence can be seen in genres ranging from hip-hop to techno to house to disco, and if that's not enough to persuade you to show up to The Bomb Factory (2713 Canton St.) at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, perhaps the 3-D multimedia show they're traveling with is. The hour and a half show will span Kraftwerk's greatest hits. Tickets are $52.50 at thebombfactory.com.
If you're not feeling electronic music and alt-rock sounds like a better way to spend your Saturday night, consider Garbage at 8 p.m. Saturday. The '90s stalwarts will bring their production loops and sampling beats to South Side Ballroom (1135 S. Lamar St.), united by charismatic and sultry frontwoman Shirley Manson. Hear "Only Happy When It Rains" and "Stupid Girl" for $35 at southsideballroomdallas.com.
Sam Shepherd, aka Floating Points, has continued to grow his fan base since his 2009 debut. The British electronic musician makes music that is slow and unique, and utilizes unexpected instruments. At 9 p.m. Sunday he'll perform at Club Dada in support of his critically acclaimed album Elaenia, released last year. Tickets are $16 to $19 at clubdada.com.
Jerry Seinfeld performs at the Winspear Opera (2403 Flora St.) twice on Saturday. Tickets to the shows at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. are steep at $206 to $845, but if you have the expendable cash, you can rest easy knowing that the proceeds are going to a charity, CitySquare, which provides health care, food and housing to the needy. It's already worth it to hear America's most universally beloved comedian riff on the absurdities of day-to-day life in person. Buy your tickets at attpac.org.
Echo Theatre, which exclusively performs plays written by women, is back for another season with, 'night mother, a somber and moving two-character story in which a daughter relays her plans of suicide to her mother over a manicure. It's a bold choice for a season-opener and you can get tickets to shows at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday for $20 to $30 at echotheatre.org.
Dallas-based artist Gabriel Dawe has gained a name for himself with beautiful, giant, abstract installations made of thread. He recently completed one of his largest yet, a rainbow in the atrium of the Amon Carter Museum (3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth) that uses over 80 miles of thread. See it during museum hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more info, visit cartermuseum.org.