17 Awesome Things to Do This Weekend, April 11 to 14

Remember, in the world of indie films, this trailer about breast cancer is considered highly uplifting. Next week we'll return to our regularly scheduled fart jokes. DIFF continues through this weekend. So if you haven't seen your movies, it's time to see your movies.

Now is also the time to step through Artapalooza's glowing door of opportunity and free drinks. Or, as the city would prefer it be known, #DallasArtsWeek. What this means for you: So. Many. Parties. Also, if you're good at crashing fancy events, you can guzzle a year's worth of free champagne in about 3 days' time. (Some window squeezing-through will be required.) From visual art to opera, galas to DIFF, it is ALL GOING DOWN through Sunday.

Now, let's dig in, shall we? Share this list with your party gang, and click on the events' titles for more information. I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one doing champagne keg stands.)

Thursday 4.11
Dreams of Slaughtered Sheep at Ochre House -- A typical Ochre House show is still the least conventional activity that you could do on any given night. Take their newest, for example: It's the story of "Spencerville, a man tormented by nightmares of the slaughterhouse in which he works." Now imagine that tale told through puppets, live music and eccentric fringe actors. Perfect. (Pro tip: Always, always, always get a reservation. These shows sell out before the doors open.)

By the one and only Justin Terveen
Art Talk with Justin Terveen -- If you haven't made it to Kettle Art to see Terveen's Dallas-centric show "The Urban Fabric," it's time you hopped to that. It's a stunning collection of his electric representations of our city, and when I walked the thing I developed one BIG question, "HOW DOES HE DO IT?" He'll answer that, and others, this evening.

Matthew Koons at TractorBeam -- If you missed Koons' MAC/Ro2 show in late 2012, I'm sorry. I went, and now both my mind and third eye are permanently reconfigured. Tonight you'll get another chance to turn your subconscious into goo as you examine Koons' kaleidoscopic world, where canvases become topographical foundations, accented by psychedelic harmony. Plus it's at TractorBeam, which equals MEGA PARTY.

Tim Laman and Ed Scholes -- Adding an adventurous element to #DallasArtsWeek is the work of wildlife photography tag team, Tim Laman and Ed Scholes. These bird enthusiast stars of National Geographic are going to fill your brain with images and stories from the rain forest's most remote corners. You know, places you'll never visit because they don't have bars.

Motor Transgression at Texas Theatre -- I'm not sure what to expect from this show, but I'm way into Cusick's flow. Whether he's showing his portraits that give a paint-by-number color gradient with the aid of inlaid maps, or his reductive series of school text book defacement, I assure you that it will be grand.

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