10 Awesome Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend, January 4 to 6

HULK SMASH! Everyone's favorite Hulk, Lou Ferrigno is posing for pictures this weekend at the North Texas Comic Book Show -- man, I hope he's wearing those castaway pants.

Wake up! Dude, you're still in vacation mode -- it's all over your face. You're sitting at a desk, sure, but your eyes look like a screensaver. Don't worry, your family's gone home and you can blow off steam all weekend long. There's a Flash Gordon costume party, two great art shows, a major rager with bands a bonfire and lasers, and a movie about hobo train art. Share this list with your adventure gang, and click the event titles for more information. I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one tickling the Hulk.)

Friday 1.4

Viva Dallas Burlesque at Lakewood Theater
-- Move over Kate and Pippa, the dames of Viva give us the real royal treatment in their new show, Burlesque Royalty. Only the best of the best share the Lakewood's stage at this queen-worthy production. Pinkies up!

A-ahhh, he'll save every one of us!
Flash Gordon Costume Party at Texas Theatre -- Suck it, American Apparel. Flash Gordon wore spandex jumpsuits long before boutique models paired the things with knee socks. I say we put Flash on those terrible billboards instead. Tonight, you'll rage like it's a timeshare vacation on Mongo when Texas Theatre screens Flash in 35 mm, followed by an intergalactic dance party. If you haven't seen the 1980 version of Flash Gordon, you're going to need to attend. You'll want to see what producer Dino De Lourentiis called "The only 27 million dollar improvised film in existence." Dress up, shake it down.

Blazing Saddles at the Inwood -- I love you Mel Brooks. A million times over, I love you. Yep, Blazing Saddles is one of the best comedies ever made, so if you like perfect movies and hate terrible ones, you'll want to hit up a midnight screening this weekend.

RE Gallery Presents CHAMP! New Work by Ricardo Paniagua -- One of Dallas' newest galleries is based on the principles of reclamation and reuse. Championed by artist and curator Wanda Dye, RE Gallery opens a new show Friday evening, and for the occasion Paniagua will take a revamped approach to his signature style by transitioning to resin casts and molds. That's about all we know: artist and gallery wish that everyone "be surprised." You love surprises -- especially artful ones -- so check it out.

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