Things To Do

The Ultimate Guide to Your Dallas Weekend, Jan. 22-24

Do This!
brings its energetic choreography from Los Angeles to the Winspear Opera House for a one-night-only performance this weekend. At 8 p.m. Friday, the troupe promises to electrify the stage with movement both precise and wild. Tickets start at $12. 

If you're looking for a few laughs this weekend, let Kathleen Madigan show you a good time when she brings her comedy tour to the Majestic Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday night. Tickets are $32.50.

Belgian artist Ann Veronica Janssens has long been interested in creating what she describes as "situations of dazzlement." She uses light, interacting with materials and architecture to explore our eye's interpretations of reality, hoping to in turn allow the viewer "an experience of excess." Her exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center, which opens Saturday, will lead visitors through the entrance gallery into the garden, with several installations that use various liquids, mirrors, colors, lights and fogs to rearrange the way you experience the space. She will discuss the work in a public conversation at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Free with $10 admission. More at 

Eat This!

Interested in an extra-special tea service? Bangkok at Beltline is serving up tea with a Thai twist to 20 guests every Saturday at 2 p.m. Think finger sandwiches with the flavors of Pad Thai, mini yellow curry puffs and so much more. Reservations are required. Call 469-930-9755 to reserve.

Have you tried Filament yet? Chef-owner Matt McCallister and executive chef Cody Sharp are cooking up American fare with a twist in Deep Ellum. Think roasted carrots with yogurt, tahini and golden raisins, or a savory Japanese pancake with smoked ham, red cabbage and mayo. Wipe away your expectations and let your taste buds be the judge. 

Does a day go by when you don't dream of the perfect burger? It doesn't in the Observer offices, which is why we leaned on our burger expert to share his prowess and name the 18 Life-Changing Burgers in Dallas. Seriously, you need to know these things as you enter your weekend.

Drink This!
One of the few truly great things about reaching adulthood is the ability to decide exactly when and where you are going to consume a root beer float. The Egg Birch at Proof & Pantry promises all the sweet creaminess of your childhood obsession and serves it with a straw to boot. Suggested pairing is a burger, and if you're feeling real grown up throw in some booze. 

You know what sounds refreshing right now? The combination of Irish whiskey, Islay single malt scotch, apricot, lemon and orgeat. Those are the ingredients of the Rocks Off at Midnight Rambler, a crisp, clean concoction served in a swanky speakeasy space below the Joule Hotel.

Hear This! 
The 13th Annual Django Rheinhardt Festival pays tribute to the Gypsy jazz genius with music, country French cuisine, musical workshops, performances and film. Things kick off at 6:30 p.m. Friday and continue at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and at 5:30 p.m. Sunday all at Arts Fifth Avenue, 1628 5th Ave. in Fort Worth. Tickets are $25 each night and $60 for the full weekend; visit to purchase.

Don't call it a comeback. Or do. You can call Jacob Metcalf's show at The Kessler Friday night whatever you like, as long as you call and get your tickets soon. This weekend, the Dallas music man reunites with a large number of local performers for a larger-than-life album release concert for Fjord. Kaela Sinclair will also perform. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. 

Looking for something a little bit off-center? DIY music promoters Vice Palace take over the new Deep Vellum bookstore location for an intimate concert with performances from Lord Byron, Tidals and Francine Thirteen. Wristbands for the event are $5. BYOB.

Watch This!
Currently onstage at Second Thought Theatre is Martyr, which I described in my review earlier this week as "a nightmarish narrative about the slippery nature of belief and the thin line between faith and fanaticism." It's an engrossing, unsettling play that will leave you talking about it late into the night. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $25.

David Bowie was a lot of things to a lot of people. But for kids and teenagers of the '80s, he was Jareth the magical mystery man from Labyrinth. If you bopped your head to “Magic Dance” or felt angsty to “As the World Falls Down” or just dreamed of being Jennifer Connelly trapped in that magical world searching for her baby brother, then you won't want to miss this weekend's screenings of the cult classic Jim Henson film at the Texas Theatre (231 W. Jefferson Blvd.). Labyrinth screens at 7 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10. More at

Sometimes you want someone else to pick the movie. Especially if that someone else is film buff Jason Wiseman. This weekend he throws his first Mini Mystery Movie Marathon from 7 p.m.-midnight at the Texas Theatre. You cough up $30 and he'll pick some movies to keep you on the edge of your seat all night.