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

--- Art, a Rock Block ---

Basement Gallery's Grand Opening -- You might still think of it as DIY Gallery, but now it's getting called the Basement. There's a big art show with DJs, live body painting and all that action at the Saturday opening.

The Gallery Shows, Like What -- Come back to Mixmaster later today or tomorrow -- or both, I like having you around. We'll have a basic guide to navigating Saturday's art openings.

If you can only see five shows, I'd play it out like this:

1.) Start at Conduit for a three parter where artist Michael Tole explores flesh's ability to drive our existence; Roberto Munguia tackles the metaphysical through a variety of mediums; and Jason Flowers takes over the Project Room with a perversely Frankensteined sound art project that resembles a futuristic memory incubator.

2.) Hit up Photographs Do Not Bend for Bunny Yeager -- Long live the Miami queen of cheesecake photography! Without Bunny, we wouldn't have our favorite Bettie Page pin-ups. PDNB is showing a collection of her prints, so do check it out.

3.) Dallas. Punk!, at Cohn Drennan -- YES + PLEASE = YES PLEASE. It's a collection of artifacts, photography and general relics of the time when we all wore eyeliner.

4.) Land Ho -- Let's hear this one's event description: "LAND HO is an outward expression of the creative process and the travel mind set of two distinct artists who come together in intervals of great intensity." I'm into that. All of it.

5.) Layered (re.ver.ie.) at Red Arrow Contemporary -- It's grey matter exploring grey space on Saturday night, as three artists tackle the zone between black and white, known and unknown. Real world analogy: that surreal realm you enter when falling asleep wearing a nicotine patch.

Sunday 2.24
MakeUp Forever Teaches You How To Be A Lady -- Well, not really. But they are pulling up to NorthPark in mobile studios and teaching you how to do make up. (You'll want to book a resie.) Also -- and this is cool -- they invite you to bring a piece of make up from your collection that you don't know how to use, even if it's not their product, and they'll teach you about it. They'll also tell you what tones and colors you should lean towards so you stop leaving the house looking like a Disney prostitute.

Oscar Viewing Parties -- There's a few happening, but the best one is at Texas Theatre. They invite you to dress in your red carpet best and enter their 'Guess the Winners' contest. Also, it's free and they'll have Oscars-themed booze specials all night.

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