22 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend: February 21 to 24


Friday 2.22
Frank Caliendo at Addison Improv -- Here's the deal, if you and I were good at impressions, we'd waste the skill and just order fake pizza deliveries as Stephen Hawking. Frank Caliendo took the smarter route and built a legit career out of it. He's got two nights: Friday and Saturday.

The Chairs at Kitchen Dog -- I love this theater group. They consistently take the road less acted -- case in point, this absurdest stage production by Eugene Ionesco that's rarely performed in the United States. Our Theater Critic Elaine Liner told me that she "laughed muchly." That's a solid green light, kids.

Lana Paninchul 'This Makes Me Sad' at Oliver Francis -- Upbeat? Probably not. Still, at least they tell you up front. Lana Paninchul's current artful focus is centered around animal rights, which you probably gathered if you saw her pieces "Foie Gras" and "Pet Gate" at last week's one-day installation show, My My Misfire. This Friday she'll apply similar sentiment all over Oliver Francis Gallery, for her one-lady exhibition.

Critical Mass and Closing Party for Sunday Peoples Bicycle Art Show -- Not one to do a quiet uninstall, The Public Trust closes out its current celebration of peddle power via art, Sunday Peoples, with a critical mass. It starts at Switching Gears and ends at The Public Trust, where you'll be magically greeted by food trucks, along with free beer and wine.

Saturday 2.23

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The Pin Show
-- There's a reason we gave this Best Fashion Show of 2012, the Pin Show is a testament to how well-designed runway properly shows off its designers. Also, it's a really fun party, one that will be elevated this year by a venue and aesthetic shift. While the last Pin took us to the Fairmont's luxe ballroom, this installment takes over a West Dallas warehouse, drops the runway to the ground and sends ladies out to the live soul tunes of the Danny Church Band. Also: booze served from actual firetrucks. Tickets are cheap. Buy them.

The Serpent with Live Score by Montopolis at Texas Theatre -- Montopolis is back, and if you saw their accompaniment to Man With a Movie Camera when they last came through, you know that their silent film collaborations are not-to-be-missed affairs. And this film, The Serpent, has lots of samurai sword fighting -- you LOVE THAT. Wait, it gets better: We're doing a ticket giveaway for this show. Check it out.

Monster Jam -- IT'S BACK! Now, I don't want to over excite you but this Jam brings along a monster school bus named Higher Education. Whatever you do, don't call dibs on that back seat. Get all crush-y with the Jam on Saturday night, y'all.
National Sword Swallowers' Day -- Yes, this is a thing that's happening on Earth. Also: I've got a lot of questions. How do you know that you have the skill to be a sword swallower? Are there internships? What's required of one, administratively? I have others, and they'll all be answered at Ripley's Odditorium on Saturday afternoon when a bunch of daredevils swallow 18 to 20 inches of blade, repeatedly, for your amusement. It's free to watch.

Hooch and Pooch
-- This swank shindig happens Saturday night at Four Corners Brewery and it benefits that plucky theatre company, Kitchen Dog. I know that there are a lot of dog references in the name, but don't bring your pet. It ain't that kind of party. Do bring your poshest outfit and a little spending cash for that silent auction.

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