17 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, April 4 to 7

DIFF begins this weekend (see our guide here), and it takes over Klyde Warren Park on Saturday for Family Day, a too-cute community event and baseball season kick-off pairing that features a free screening of The Sandlot.

Whether you're hungry, excited about Rangers Opening Day, feeling adventurous, or craving art, comedy or opera, this list is packed with satisfaction. It's what we call a BIG DALLAS WEEKEND. So make a plan, share this with your crew, and click on the event titles for more information. I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one throwing like a girl.)

I like to think Bobcat's here screening Hot to Trot
Thursday 4.4
Bobcat Goldthwait
-- Surprise career resurgence alert: Bobcat has outgrown the wheezy, twisted vocal shtick and turned into quite a respected filmmaker. According to his website, he's here to do stand-up at Hyena's for a two-night run. I like to imagine he's a last minute add on to all of the DIFF panels.

Boyd Matson -- He's an old-school adventurer. The type who naps with lions and summons elephants by blowing through a shell. The journalist and National Geographic Explorer host will be at the Arboretum for one night. (It's catch and release, folks.)

Three Art Openings in Deep Ellum
Deep Ellum windows and Apophenia Underground have started filling Deep Ellum's vacant storefronts with art. These shows are often short-lived, lasting for as little as one night and stretching up to a couple of weeks. They're also reactions to the abandoned spaces they inhabit. Three of these open on Thursday, and all are organized by Oliver Francis Gallery. Explore them from 7 to 10 p.m. this evening.
Kristin Oppenheim She Was Long Gone at 2652 Main Street: Cram some art in your ears at this sound installation, being done in collaboration with 303 Gallery, NYC.
Hannah Hudson "Compliance" at 2650B Main Street: She had one of my favorite pieces at My My Misfire, a Deep Ellum Windows/Apophenia Underground kick-off group show, curated by UT Arlington Professor Stephen Lapthisophon. I'm excited to see what happens when she has the floor to herself. An MFA student, Hudson plays with role reversal. You become part of her work by viewing it interactively.
Luis Miguel Bendaña, Nick DeMarce and Pierre Krause present P_E_R_I_S_H_A_B_E_L at 2646 Main Street: No, I do not know why that word is misspelled in this three-man show. Maybe it's art?

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