15 Awesome Things To Do in Dallas This Weekend, November 14 to 17

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Danny Hurley
Art Con 9 is this Saturday night, so GET EXCITED, PEOPLE!
(Sorry to yell. I just love a good auction.)

While the Con anchors your weekend plans, pad the rest of your time with this party list.

There's a new Mamet play at Kitchen Dog. Ron Swanson himself, Nick Offerman, visits the House of Blues. A free film honoring our favorite babe, Jackie O, screens at the Winspear. Dowdy Studio's throwing a shindig. There's Gay Bingo for lady rights at the Rose Room, and so much more.

So make a plan. I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one outbidding you.)

Thursday 11.14
Artists vs. Architect -- Think artistic cage fight, where pros of design are pitted against one another. Now, it doesn't go to the death -- it's at One Arts Plaza, so that would be weird -- but Art vs. Architect does raise cash for charity, which is almost as good.

Letters to Jackie at the Winspear -- The Dallas Film Society presents Bill CouturiƩ's new documentary tonight, for free. Told through letters of support sent to the first lady, you'll get an unconventional look at a nation's grief. Celebrities Frances McDormand, Octavia Spencer and Anne Hathaway lend their voices. Several hundred extra tickets were released this week, and are available first come, first served -- so arrive early for the 7:30 screening.

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Friday 11.15
Live and Let Strip -- It's an all-007-themed show, where the earth's most glamorous burlesque broads serve up a show that's shaken and stirred.

Race -- One of David Mamet's newest plays gets its due beginning this weekend at Kitchen Dog. Mamet says it's a story of "race and the lies people tell themselves about it." So maybe don't expect a holiday feel-good.

Dowdy Wagon and Napkin Studios Party -- Two of your favorite teams have paired up for an evening of cocktails, shopping and good times. F. is for Frank and Daniel Driensky will be there too, so pop over and load up.

Gunther Schuller leads Meadow's Wind Ensemble and UTA Wind Symphony -- He's played with Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie. Edited and posthumously released Charles Mingus' final work, Epitaph. He won the freaking Pulitzer Prize for Of Reminiscences and Reflections, is a celebrated author and even snatched up the 1991 MacArthur Foundation Genius Award. On Friday and Saturday you'll see him in action, leading a joint concert between two college wind ensembles.

Things Do Not Happen. Things Are Made To Happen., at The Safe Room -- File this under "less conventional JFK events." The Safe Room's newest group show filters Kennedy's message through the minds of Tom Sale, Randy Murphy, Bruce Lee Webb, and Chuck & George. It's upstairs, inside Texas Theatre.

Late Nights at the DMA, with Frank Mosley's "Two Story" -- Both the Nasher and the DMA offer free admission until midnight on Friday. While you're down there catch actor/artist/cinemadude Frank Mosley's newest collaborative film installation, Two Story, followed by a discussion.

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