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

Skyfall, with Dance Party -- Leave it to Texas Theatre to snatch up a 35mm copy of the newest, wildest, most bikini-briefed Bond flick yet. They're screening it now, but on Saturday night they celebrate the thing with an eyepatch-worthy dance party -- a themed affair called The World Is Not Enough II.

PolaWalk at the Zoo -- There's a group of photographers who reject the new digital this and that. Who see the beauty of a tangible artifact. Who, I don't know, really like fanning Polaroid film and waiting for it to develop. Occasionally they meet up at a venue, then go exploring with their cameras, searching for awesome photo opportunities. This Saturday, they're doing it at the zoo. If you've got a Polaroid and some film, you should check it out.

Switching Gears "Grander Opening" -- Sure, they had a little party when they first opened, but this Expo Park bike shop has again upgraded its space which translates to: another excuse to party. There's an alleycat race and gold sprints, for energetic types.

Art Mission, in three parts: If done properly, you can check out the next three great art events and STILL make it to the second half of the DOMAs.
1.) Generations at the Power Station -- Oil and Cotton, The Writer's Garrett and the Powerstation have created a mighty triforce in honor of family education. This free afternoon event culminates in a complimentary barbeque at 6 p.m., and features an iPhone photography class at 3, a poetry workshop at 4 and cool interactive family activities all afternoon. Check it, dig?

2.) Tiny Thumbs at CentralTrak -- This is the very first reveal of this new Dallas group, which focuses on the artistic merits of indie and art video games. They're taking over the Expo Park gallery and artist residency for a full-scale installation: A one-night pop-up arcade of art games. They'll project the things, hang monitors on walls like canvases and even have one, designed by local UT Dallas students, lighting up the interior of a tent. That last one is called "Constellations" and it lets you navigate through the universe, creating star patterns as you go.

3.) Art Con 8 -- Those conspirators are bringing the party back with the eighth installment of Art Con, which kicks cash to Girls' Rock Camp Dallas and the ceramics program over at W.T. White Academy of Visual and Performing Arts. There's music by the Blackstone Rangers, Burning Hotels and Daniel Hart and of course, that giant art auction that you'll want everything from. You better support, then head it over to the DOMAs for MEGA DALLAS PARTY NIGHT.

Sunday, November 11
Dr. Sketchy's Art Class -- If you think still life drawing is your calling, you should pick a more interesting muse than a fruit bowl. At Dr. Sketchy's monthly still life class at La Grange, you get to draw a beautiful burlesque model while you guzzle alcohol. Don't tell too many people or EVERYONE will want to be an artist.

Travel and Adventure Show -- Normally I don't recommend expos, because they sound lame. This one is a little different: You can zipline, get inside one of those inflatable hamster balls that floats on water and other cool stuff. It ain't your daddy's pamphlet party.

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