13 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, November 15 to 18

Starfleet USO Party -- A group of Arlington Star Trek enthusiasts are giving props to the military on Friday evening at an officially sanctioned USO bash at -- wait for it -- Louie Louie's Dueling Piano Bar. (Klingon sing-along, anyone?) It's a costumed affair and Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca, will be there.

Semigloss. Magazine Opening Party
-- In a city of excess and constant gallery glamor shots, it's strange that their aren't more niche publications focusing on the Metroplex Art Scene. A group of artists/writers noticed that same gap and decided to fill it though a self-published release called Semigloss. Magazine. There are great names populating the masthead (Cassandra Emswiler, Bradley Brown, Arthur Peña, and a half dozen others) and the coverage will bend towards experimental subject matter. The release party happens from 8 to 11 p.m. at Oliver Francis Gallery. It's a limited pressing, so don't miss your chance to buy one.

Saturday 11.17

Wheel of Fortune Auditions in Dallas -- YES. It's finally time to show this world your highly-advanced hangman skills. The Wheelmobile, a rock 'n' roll tour van of opportunity, will be at two different Dallas locations this weekend, prowling for onstage talent. Go make us proud.

Co- Re-Creating Spaces -- From our interior neural transmissions to the exterior world we populate and move through, we're exploring infinite channels and pathways, most of which are our own design. What if we rearranged them? Ripped 'em down. Rebuilt or re-described how they interact with each other and also us? What if we became the experimental architects of our own space? That's the theme of this layered art opening happening at CentralTrak on Saturday night.

City Lights Opening Night -- Main Street gets a magical holiday overhaul on Saturday at City Lights, with outdoor markets and crafts, face painting for the elves among us and musical performances to amp up the jolly ambiance. You'll also see our flagship Neiman Marcus unveil its annual window treatments under the glow of twinkling, glowing downtown.

Sunday 11.18
The Art of Esther Pearl Watson, and Miss Pussycat at Webb Gallery -- It's a perfect pairing: Dallas Fort Worth native Esther Pearl Watson returns to charm the pants off you this Sunday with her glittery, loving ode to eccentric childhood, and swamp superstars Quintron and Miss Pussycat have a million tricks up there felt-tipped sleeves to throw in the mix. Watson's work captures her upbringing, when an inventor father built spaceships in the yard. New Orleans gem Miss Pussycat shows off her photography and puppets, while double-timing as musical accompaniment with the always rockin' Quintron. It'll be the best day ever.

Cliff Fest -- A celebration of life over the bridge, Cliff Fest showcases the food and art of its namesake community. There will be chili. You love chili.

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Coleman Chance
Coleman Chance

If you meet Val Kilmer, remember to bring donuts or he'll rip your head off.

Melissa Howell
Melissa Howell

Caleb - I was about to post the exact same thing! "Like minds..." Free screening of The Burbs at Alamo Drafthouse or $500 to get a glimpse of an old, bloated Val Kilmer? I'll take "The Burbs" for free, Alex.

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