14 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas this Weekend, January 24 to 28

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Saturday 1.16

Artopia -- Not to sound like a broken record here, but this is THE party of the weekend. I don't lie about these things, I'm a professional. Remember this: the Dallas Contemporary throws great parties and the Dallas Observer throws great parties. Now combine the two, then add in: lowriders, catwalks, fashion shows, bands, DJs, food sampling, ass-shaking, Mastermind winners, art art art, and Dallas' biggest cultural cheerleaders, droppin' it like it's hot -- well damn. That's a thing you should probably attend. Plus, I'll be there. Let's high five.

Video Games Live -- If you just aren't feeling the games hard enough from your couch, here's a chance to venture out and have them punch you in the face. It's a stadium spectacle, and a chance to touch other dorks IRL.

Naturally Divine Beauty Opens -- Hey Dallas! Guess what? We've got a new salon/boutique catering entirely to natural hair. Naturally Divine Beauty has its grand opening on Saturday, and they'll have informative chats about transitioning to the natural hair lifestyle as well as all kinds of cool salves, sprays and beauty products that will leave you glowing. Read a longer piece about it on Mixmaster.

Sunday 1.27

Awesome Toy Collector Show -- Whether you're currently hoarding, or just instinctively feel driven to someday amass large amounts of collectible figurines, you'll probably want to go to this. "Awesome" is in the event's name, so you know it's going to deliver.

Get weird in Waxahachie on Sunday
Tim Kerr's Art at Webb Gallery in Waxahachie -- If you haven't seen Kerr's art, or if you have, you're in for a treat. The Austin-based painter honors his heroes (of art, civil rights, and general unsung historical go-getting) on resurrected canvases. They're poppy, drippy and entirely fun. Plus, you don't want to miss a Webb opening -- they add a needed shot of eccentricity into Dallas' veins. Double plus, it's called "Cosmic Telephone Party Line."

Fort Worth Drawing Center's Grand Opening
-- I can't pretend to know too much about this entirely new space, but its opening exhibition is a joint curation effort between power-hitters Francisco Moreno (a FWDC co-founder) and Kevin Rubén Jacobs, the O.G. of O.F.G. On the bill are 20 of the metroplex's most wanted and an essay from Alexander Unkovic, the McDermott Curatorial Intern for Contemporary Art at The Dallas Museum of Art. Check it out, and learn about DFW's newest art space.

Monday 1.28
Art Con 8 Thank You Party -- Did you participate in Art Con? Did you go to Art Con? Do you like Art Con? Congratulations! You're invited to party with Art Con! Happening at the Double Wide on Monday evening, you'll shake a tail feather with your favorite local conspirators while the higher-ups dole out the financial data we've all been waiting to learn, like exactly how much dough was raised for charity. It's only $5 to get in, so get in.

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