14 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, November 29 to December 2


Saturday 12.1
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Pink Pop!, by Irby Pace
New life in old mediums, at 500X
Three Great Art Shows, all in Different Neighborhoods -- Sometimes I like to challenge geography to a cage match, and I plan to do that on Saturday night to take in the shows at Cris Worely (Design District), where metal sculpture artist William Cannings presents a series of inflated solids; at 500X (Deep Ellum/Expo Park), where a group show by Elaine Pawlowicz, Irby Pace and Benjamin Terry inject old artforms with fresh new life; and at the Bath House Cultural Center (White Rock Lake), for a photography series about Dallas' most endangered species: architecture.

re:Think the 2012 installment of TEDxSMU -- Big ideas. Community wrangling. Dudes with jobs. You'll find them all at this TED symposium happening at the new City Performance Hall on Saturday. Don't want to shell for a ticket? That's cool. They're also running a live feed, so you can watch the action in your pajamas.

Blue Yule at the MAC
-- It's the annual holiday party and silent auction fundraiser for the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, and it's going to be major. They throw great bashes that attract some of the most interesting and lovely humans in town. Be one of them on Saturday. This party is 17 years strong.

Acrylics on Decks -- Artist David Grizzle isn't into stretching canvas. He'd rather line up skateboards for his masterworks. He's in town showing the deck art for one-night-only, so get an eyeful of his muralistic paintings; it all goes to grind at City Tavern.


Now! That's What I Call Art: Volume 2
-- Leave it to Oliver Francis Gallery to dip its art into a deep well of booty base jamz. Part group art show, part birthday bash, this major rager is set to run until you can running man no more. From the Facebook invite: "CELEBRATE like Prince, Kool and the Gang, Nikki Mirage [???], Kanye, and 2 CHAINZ would...." I'm not completely sure how a party like that would play out, but I'm pretty sure I need to tighten up my nail game before arrival.

Gallery Walk on Dragon Street -- The galleries of Dragon Street have coordinated a chillax evening for foot traffic this Saturday. Put on your comfiest, but most uncomfortable-looking shoes, and check out this month's art collections from 5 to 9 p.m. While you're there, pop over to Red Arrow Contemporary and see their show Size Doesn't Matter while it's still in rotation. You'll be happy you did.

Sunday 12.2
Stewpot Presents "Food for the Soul" -- In addition to feeding the homeless 365 days a year, Stewpot provides a pretty amazing service with its art outreach program. On Sunday you can see the boundary-less world of art in a group showing of work by Stewpot participants.


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