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Celebrate A New Year of Dallas Art On Saturday Night. Here's Who's Showing What.

Dallas, this Saturday night we experience an embarrassment of riches as nearly every gallery in town opens a new, post-holiday show. From Expo Park to Uptown and throughout the Design District, there are exhibitions that deserve your attention, and you should visit them during their runs. Some, like the MAC, are more time-sensitive and should be viewed during the opening so you can get those little extras (there's a live orchestral accompaniment to short films, and artist talks). Others are just intriguing enough to make you sprint over, like the glacier-inspired LED sculptures at Cris Worley's gallery. And still others, like Travis LaMothe's show at the Reading Room, come with the promise of a dick joke, so you're not passing that up either.

You get what I'm saying here: You're screwed. You've got to navigate the whole city in about three hours. Here's the rundown on what's happening and where, along with the reception times.

McKinney Avenue Contemporary

You could blow your entire time budget at the MAC if you're not careful. The nonprofit art space opens three new shows on Saturday, with Suzanne Anker's While Darkness Sleeps taking over the Large Gallery. The show's description is pretty great: "From microscopes to video animations to time-lapse photography to rapid prototype sculpture, While Darkness Sleeps, is an ode to nature's delicacy and decay." Uh, that sounds amazing. In this show Anker magnifies the intrinsic beauty of science, right down to the most splendid diorama of all: the petri dish. Go early and hear Anker discuss her work during a 4:30 p.m. art talk.

Aqua-Culture, a group show curated by Henry G. Sanchez, fills the Square Gallery with work by Brenda Perry, Zach Moser, Eric Leshinsky, Irene J. Klaver and Sanchez. All participating are engaged in water-use, water-centric projects that address global issues with how we're abusing the stuff. The Moser/Leshinsky team is actually collecting drinking water donations, which they'll pour into Galveston Bay at the exhibition's close.

Finally, you'll want to see Paul Bryon's first solo Dallas show, Believe It Anyway!, a collection of silent short films based on Old Testament stories -- you know, the wrathful angry God stuff that's so much fun. See them with live orchestral accompaniment at 8:15 p.m. Saturday. The reception runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at 3120 McKinney Ave., but check out the-mac.org for satellite programming details.

The Reading Room The Reading Room's creator, curator and general wise owl Karen Weiner told me there's a dick joke buried in Travis LaMothe's Crass: reflections on the necessities of commodification, so I'm actually waiting outside the door of her Expo Park art space right now, tapping my toe until the room opens for its 6 to 9 p.m. reception. The SMU grad's work was shown recently at the Texas Biennial, and he's scheduled for an exhibition at RE gallery this April. See him get frisky with commodification, text and schlong zingers on Saturday at 3715 Perry Ave. Visit thereadingroom-dallas.blogspot.com.

Red Arrow Contemporary I don't have any idea what's going on at Negative Capability, the group show curated by renegade art collective Apophenia Underground happening from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Seriously. I've read the curator statement three times and it's equal parts incredibly vague and very specific. But that's kind of how Apophenia rolls: They enjoy being sneaky pranksters, and they'd never reveal too much, too soon. What we do know is this: Artists Jared Holt, Pierre Krause and H. Schenck will repurpose everyday objects to better explore, meditate on and pick apart this thing we consider reality. Plus, it looks cool, so go to 1130 Dragon St., Suite 110 and check it out. Visit redarrowcontemporary.com.