15 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, November 8 to 11

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Hey Dallas, I hope you've been doing your power lunges because this Saturday requires a full-court sprint. There's a pop-up video game art arcade at CentralTrak, then that giant philanthropic art-a-palooza bash, Art Con 8, over on Dragon Street, ending off at the Dallas Observer Music Awards for an all night showcase of your absolute favorite local bands. Start eye-dropping 5 Hour Energy drinks; you're about to enter the fourth party dimension.

Be a good friend and share this list with your favorite gang of rebel rousers, then click on the event titles for more information. I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one parallel parking a unicorn.)

Thursday November 8
Fair Park Deco -- As it was revealed in 1936, the Fair Park area was a futuristic wonderland. But now, most of that cool deco stuff is gone. We have artifacts, vestige buildings that are filled with interesting stories and folklore, and until now that had to be sufficient. Two authors from Houston set out to fix that by writing a rad new book focusing on Fair Park in its heyday, during the reveal of the Texas Centennial Exposition. They're speaking tonight in the Hall of State and will present their book, filled with more than 300 photographs, and old newsreel footage from 1936. It's free.

Impressionable: Printmaking Techniques and Innovations -- University of Tennessee professor and printmaking wizard Beauvais Lyons joins a local panel of smartypants on Thursday night to discuss the rapidly-changing world of printmaking. Lyons' own work boarders on anti-scholar; he monster mashes together critters that just don't belong and gives the artworks highly academic seeming names, like Female North American Raccoon Crow. Hear their thoughts on the artform and its future tonight, but first you better RSVP. It caps off at 100.

Lone Star Film Festival
-- Billy Bob Thornton, John Hawkes and other famouses are in town today for this four-day film festival taking over Fort Worth. The showcase list looks pretty great, so slip away and check it out.

Friday, November 8
Cabaret Ooh La la -- This Denton-based burlesque showcase is BYOB, so you don't have to rely solely on the ladies' intoxicating beauty.

Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert -- This chat session over at the Bass Hall is titled "Good vs. Evil," but it really doesn't matter which chef represents the brighter side or the damned, we're all there to drool over Bourdain.

Terminal Compositions
-- Gary Farrelly is a man you'd like to travel with. He's able to put enough space between himself and the gritty grumbles of airport life to see the beauty inherent to the action. From airline blueprints to bureaucratic red tape, the runways and terminals create patterns, which look lovely once filtered through Farrelly's artful eyes. It's at RO2, downtown.

Saturday, November 10
Dallas Observer Music Awards -- Have you bought your ticket for this yet? It's huge. Like, way mega, super, giant-athon, BIG. It's a massive festival for very little money, and all of the bars are within vomiting distance of one another. Here's the line-up. We'll all be there, getting rowdy.

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