19 Awesome Things To Do this Weekend, November 21 to 24

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Red is for ordinary people. Jackie wears pink.

Honor the Kennedy anniversary in whatever way you see fit. We've got a bunch of events tucked in this weekend's list. (I'll be drinking pink Champagne, toasting Jackie for 24 hours straight. Chance of weep-sobbing? A solid 30 percent. That number increases to a steadfast 60 percent by the second bottle.)

There's a lot happening through Sunday. Don't believe me? Fine. There's a free three-day comedy show at the Amsterdam Bar. Oodles of art openings. A magazine release bash at the Gin Mill. Public art in Vickery Meadow. A party for your mustache and lots, lots more. It's all in this handy guide, so let's get to it. I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one in a swing coat and bouffant.)

Thursday 11.21
THWRD Issue 4 Release Party -- Those cats at THWRD are back at it, slingin' copies of their newest issue at Thursday's biggest rager. It's going down at the Gin Mill where Arturo Donjuan of Sour Grapes will paint live outside while rapscallion George Quartz dazzles on the interior.

State of the Arts -- Singer/songwriter Sarah Jaffe, choreographer Bruce Woods and actor Steven Walters lead tonight's discussion with moderator Jeff Whittington. They'll discuss the ups and downs of making art in Dallas' current climate in respect to their particular fields.

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Instant Film 101 Workshop -- Those Instant Film Society co-founders, Daniel Rodrigue and Justin Goode, teach a free workshop tonight at Kettle Art. Learn about which styles of cameras and varieties of instant film are still available, and get some pro tips on how to work the suckers. It's from 7 to 10, is free and is hands-on.

214 TRANS4M+JFK50 -- Photographer, writer and general view-alterer, Daniel Kusner, speaks tonight on JFK, but not in any way you've ever heard before. Just trust me on this. He's got a cool new book out filled with transgendered models recreating iconic Dallas scenes, called 214 TRANS4M. Tonight he'll pick through that while examining all of those "queer threads" knotted up in the JFK conspiracies and their ripple effects. It's free at the Cedar Springs Branch.

Noah's Ark -- At Martin Sheen's request, there will be a staged reading of a new play about the Kennedy presidency, its struggles and its reach. Sheen is one of the featured readers and your $15 ticket price goes to the Dallas Peace Center.

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Otty Sanchez, by Loretta Gonzalez
Friday 11.22
I Love You To Death at ATAMA -- Artist Loretta Gonzalez has created a new series of paintings about a very dangerous topic: mothers who kill their children. Now, you wouldn't know it at first glance, but these storybook images focus on young girls doing harm to their teddy bears. It's bold and interesting and worth your time.

JFK 50th Anniversary Memorial Program at Texas Theatre
-- Just when you thought Texas Theatre had reached the depths of possible nerddom, they root a bit further. Look at Friday's programming: A partial screening of War is Hell, a historical look back through a document-rich photo gallery and yes, a theatrical recreation of Texas Theatre-specific moments of the Warren Commission Investigation, performed by TT's staff and friends.

The Amsterdam Comedy Festival (Through Sunday) -- There's a not-so-little stand-up show brewing in Expo Park. It's three-days long, totally free and features 33 area comics. That's a shit-ton. You'll stay late each night for headliners Carolyn Cummings (Friday), Clint Werth (Saturday) and Paul Varghese (Sunday). Dan Danzy hosts this exercise in chuckle endurance.

The Artist's Commission at Grey Matters -- A powerhouse of local and national artists makes up this group show, tackling topics of mourning, collective denial, identity and celebrity surrounding the Kennedy affair.


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