16 Awesome Things To Do in Dallas This Weekend, November 7 to 10

Texas Theatre drops the needle on Muscle Shoals, beginning Friday.

In Fort Worth the Lone Star Film Festival curates a strong collection, blending new and old cinema into a four-day experience. Tonight in Dallas, the USA Film Festival brings a special screening of Bottle Rocket -- both the original short and 1996's full-length model -- to the Texas Theatre. (Bonus: It tributes our dearest plate-spinning vaudevillian, Kumar Pallana.)

There's more. So much more.

Dallas Contemporary celebrates its anniversary with a free, 35-hour party. (Plus, if you need to sober up around 2 a.m. Saturday, they're showing Superman.) There's also a killer photography show at Kettle, a craft beer party in Fair Park and a visit by David Sedaris.

Now let's dig in. I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one pouring out Darjeeling tea for Kumar.)

Thursday 11.7
Art for Advocacy -- This art auction benefits the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and features work by our city's best, so consider your victory a double-win. We've written a guide of ten artists to stake out.

Bottle Rocket Screening with Matt Zoller Seitz -- Anderson and the brothers Wilson made Bottle Rocket first as a short, and later as a feature over many meetings at Kumar Pallana's Cosmic Cup. The USA Film Fest takes us back to '90s Dallas filmmaking tonight with a special anniversary screening along with a tribute to Pallana. Former Observer staffer and early Anderson adopter, Matt Zoller Seitz, will be on hand, presenting his new book on the director's work.

Photo by Justin Terveen. He shows in "Shot In Dallas," which opens tonight.
Shot in Dallas -- For Kettle's latest show, opening tonight at its new Main Street gallery space, the gallery's tapped the talents of local media photographers. You know, folks who can shoot a diner omelet at 2 a.m. and make it look like fine art. Here they get to cut loose and show the personal work that fuels their passions.

Lone Star Film Festival -- Hellbent on improving film culture in Cow Town, the Lone Star Film Society offers up its seventh festival run this weekend. It's loaded with new, unexpected features and also with classics -- like Jean-Luc Goddard's Contempt. They've even brought in larger releases that spur cinematic dialogue, like Nebraska and August: Osage County. It runs now through Sunday.

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