15 Awesome Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend, January 17 to 19

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You want to party with us. Trust me.

I think by now we've reached an understanding. A cultural trust fall, of sorts.

This Saturday is Artopia, the Observer's annual art-dance-music-fashion party, and you should go. I say that with bias aside, because the lineup is crazy good. VIP is sold out. A few general admission tickets are still available.

C'mon, loves. Let's get together.

There's more. Lots more, so step away from the Netflix. It's a huge weekend for local theater. The DMA's flexing another Late Night. There are comedy, resurrected cinema, MLK Jr. celebrations and even a birthday party for a brewery. (They grow up so fast.)

I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one handing out GIANT checks out to local artists at Artopia.)

Friday, 1.17
Late Night at the DMA -- Running until the witching hour, tonight's artful rager celebrates the museum's 111th birthday with music by Brave Combo (8 p.m.), digital video experimentation (9:30 p.m.), films and another set of live music by Denton's Two Knights (10 p.m.). It's free, people.

On The Eve -- Last year's grassroots stage charmer returns this weekend in 2.0 form. Catch the whimsical time travel rock musical, penned by local talents, at Theatre Three through February 9.

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Abraham Zobell's Home Movie: Final Reel -- Undermain's newest production is a world premiere by three-time Obie-winner Len Jenkin. Directed by Katherine Owens, Final Reel spins you backwards through the life of its title character. The journey is patched with a live soundtrack, video projections and that stage magic Undermain is known for. After tonight's $10 preview, prices go up.

Brian Regan -- Only a handful of comedians can really work a room without going blue. Regan tops that list. Tonight Dallas gets a rare visit by the top-billed stand up when he visits the Music Hall at Fair Park.

See also: Brian Regan on Playing it Clean, Getting Coffee with Seinfeld and More

International Association of Blacks in Dance -- This annual conference and performance takes place in Dallas this weekend, a privilege that speaks to Dallas Black Dance Theater's international reputation. See monumental works stretched out across style genres when youth, semiprofessional and pro teams occupy McFarlin Auditorium through Saturday.

Oedipus El Rey -- Adding to this weekend's christening of new theater productions is this adaptation of Greek tragedy by playwright Luis Alfaro. Dallas Theater Center keeps the tale of Chicano street gang warring at the Wyly through March 2.

(Akirash): Etכ Etכ [ENTANGLE] at Ro2 Art -- Last time we saw Akirash he was wearing water bottles, leading an art pilgrimage through Dallas. The visiting artist has a solo show opening this evening at Ro2's downtown space, and you'll want to pop by. New paintings, two installation works and a series of performance pieces round out the night. It goes from 7 to 10 p.m.


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