The Master List: The Best Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, October 14-16

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You've probably noticed those pink banner ads running across our homepage and pretty much every other page when you're on our website, and if you've ignored them, shame on you. You're going to want to click that tattooed piece of beauty to purchase tickets for this year's greatest music event, and we're not just saying that because we're hosting it.

The Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase Concert is back, and, unlike past performances, this year's show is in the mild month of October, meaning you can enjoy live music on the outdoor stage without needing an endless supply of water or a trip in Tree's walk-in freezer, which is where we hung out last year. The performances on the outdoor stage get started at 4:30 tomorrow with Sarah Jaffe, followed by Centro-matic at 6, Old 97's at 7:30 and the Toadies at 9 p.m. Eight bars and clubs, including Prophet Bar, Trees and Dada, are having live music from DOMAXXIII nominees until the wee hours of the morning. If you need a reason to stay up late, we suggest Mariachi Quetzal's live show at 1 a.m. at La Grange. Last year they proved nothing goes better with a beer-soaked late night than mariachi music.

See the complete list of performers and venues on our DOMA page, and if you're still ticketless, purchase your pass for $15 (plus a small service fee) on there. Read Pete's take on all this year's nominees here, and if you haven't read his cover story in this week's print edition, do so now. It's the perfect time to brush up on your knowledge of the local music scene through the past few decades, unless you gotta work today or something.

But you better be ready to party tomorrow night, and again on Tuesday at the DOMA Ceremony featuring Erykah Badu & The Cannabinoids. Yeah, that's right, we party on Tuesdays. The awards ceremony at House of Blues is free for standing room, $5 for seats. And since Saturday night is just one slice of the weekend, see what else is going on after the jump.

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Leslie Minora
Leslie Ezelle at the unveiling of her sculpture last month.
Design for a Cure
Friday, October 14, at BoConcept

Last month Leslie Minora attended the unveiling of "Ann-e Girl," a giant metal bra sculpture created by George Tobolowsky and Leslie Ezelle, local deisner and former contestant on HGTV's Design Star. Ezelle's the Honorary Race Chair for Komen Dallas Race for a Cure, and to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month, she and Kent Rathbun are appearing tonight at Design for a Cure at BoConcept. Rathbun will be cooking the food and Ezelle will show off her breast cancer awareness sculpture and other new artwork starting at 6:30 p.m. There's a silent auction that includes clothing from local designer Abi Ferrin and a KitchenAid pink stand mixer autographed by Rathbun. Daniel Yanez will also unveil his new mural which features prominent locals including Ezelle, Rathbun and Gloria Campos. If Campos is on there, Wilonsky better be as well. The event is free. Visit komen-dallas.org for more information.

Grieve
Friday, October 14, and Saturday, October 15, at Oak Cliff Cultural Center

Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Those are the five stages of grief according to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and the inspiration for Katie Toohill's new dance production, Grieve, which explores those stages through interpretive dance set to music from Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire and The National, among others. Katie lost her father in January, and the unexpected loss led to her realization, as Katie wrote, that "grief is universal." She's been chronicling the journey of Grieve from its conceptualization to auditions to rehearsals here on the Mixmaster in her Director's Notes series, and now we get to see the fruits of her labor when Grieve premieres at 7:30 tonight. As Katie wrote in her first entry in Director's Notes, "In my pain, I longed for a way to help other people express their heartache, to spend time in grief without judgment or pity, to tap into the feelings we try so hard to never feel." The production continues with performances at 7:30 tomorrow, next Friday and Saturday. Email grievedance@gmail.com for more information.

Art as a Weapon
Saturday, October 15, at Smoke and Mirrors

Earlier this year, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, collaborator on the Beijing National Stadium which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, was arrested in China for tax evasion, among other crimes, and held for 81 days in secret locations. Now released, Weiwei isn't supposed to talk to the media or use the Internet, but that hasn't stopped the artist, named by ArtReview as the most powerful artist in the world, from openly criticizing China's communist regime in recent appearances on NPR or directing a fashion spread via webcam for the November issue of W Magazine. If art can be used as a weapon for political and social change, then Weiwei is leading the movement, and it's only growing stronger as evident in the images from Occupy Dallas and Occupy Wall Street. Smoke and Mirrors explores politically motivated art in the new exhibition Art as a Weapon, on display from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. The show features works from local artists, as well as a live DJ and live painting. Admission is free. Email dfw.art.as.a.weapon@gmail.com.

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Sunset Series: Almost Famous
Saturday, October 15, at Annette Strauss Square

If there's anything we learned from Almost Famous, it's that our last words won't be "I'm on drugs!" No, those are already taken by Russell Hammond, lead singer of the fictional band Stillwater in the 2000 film, so we'll have to think of something cooler and just as true. Revisit the film at a free screening at 7 p.m. Saturday at Annette Strauss Square as part of the continuing Sunset Series, sponsored by the Mixmaster. There's one more installment of the Sunset Series after this when Walk the Line screens on November 19. You can reserve lawn chairs at attpac.org or bring your own blanket or chairs to the screening. Just remember to pack a flask of your favorite adult beverage.

PhotoVelo
Sunday, October 16, at Eno's Pizza Tavern

If you ever had to compete in a scavenger hunt as a kid, you'll probably remember it wasn't very difficult. The clues were easy, the objects in plain sight and it was really only a race of speed, which made the scavenging part so unnecessary. Flash forward to now and the grown-up version of that competition really isn't child's play. You need mental strength and a strategy to win adult scavenger hunts, and for PhotoVelo you also need a bike. Bike Friendly Oak Cliff is hosting their third annual bicycle photo scavenger hunt in which individuals and teams of two to four cyclists are given a list of items to photograph around Oak Cliff. All you need are your bike, map, a Sharpie and your camera. Oh, plus you need a place to print or develop your pictures, and we can tell you with certitude that Walgreens needs to take down that one-hour photo sign. So if you live in dark ages, have the darkroom ready to go when the race begins at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Eno's Pizza Tavern. You can register for free by emailing info@photopolus.com or showing up in person before noon on Sunday, and stay after the race ends at 4 p.m. for live music and an early dinner at Eno's. The winner of PhotoVelo gets a free meal at Eno's (up to $75), and second place snags tickets to the DMA. Hey, if you don't win you got a free workout, so really everyone's a winner.

Location Info

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Oak Cliff Cultural Center

223 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, TX, Dallas, TX

Category: General

BoConcept Urban Design Furniture

1628 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: General

Smoke and Mirrors

1920 N. Haskell Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: General

Deep Ellum

Elm Street, Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Annette Strauss Artist Square

2403 Flora St., Dallas, TX

Category: General

Eno's Pizza Tavern

407 N. Bishop Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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