15 Awesome Things To Do in Dallas this Weekend, January 2 to 5

Welcome to a new year, Dallas! That means you've got a clean slate just waiting to be dirtied. Start strong this weekend with art openings, two visits by George Takei (Oh, myyy!), football ragers, classical music, films, burlesque shows, zine release parties and more. We've got it all in this weekend list, so alert your party squad, click the event titles for more information and make a plan. Then, go show 2014 that you're in charge. I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one following Takei around, disguised as a mountain of Tribbles.)

Thursday, 1.2
Being John Malkovich -- In Spike Jonze's latest, we see Joaquin Phoenix learn true intimacy through his advanced operating system in Her. But even his first full-length feature, Being John Malkovich played with odd mental inner workings. Revisit Jonze's early release in 35-mm goodness tonight when Texas Theatre airs out the eccentric cinematic classic.

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story -- Explore Holly's final years through words and music in this stage revue, running through February 1.

Friday, 1.3

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George Takei Signs Oh Myyy -- He's gone from being an officer on Star Trek to dominating the Internet, and on Friday you can attend a meet and greet with George Takei when he beams into Madness Games and Comics to sign his new book from 6 to 8 p.m.

Cotton Bowl Classic Parties -- Good luck getting tickets to the Cotton Bowl, those little rascals are sold out. Still, you can pop into a viewing party, a pre-party a tailgate party or all of the above and celebrate the day with other super fans. We've picked out some highlight events.

Viva Dallas Burlesque's That '70s Show -- Those dames of Viva! always bring the glam, and on Friday night they'll add a teased-out, hip-hugging, discolicious bonus as they tribute the '70s at Lakewood Theater.

Spiderweb Salon Winter Formal -- Toast creativity in Denton on Friday when Spiderweb Salon throws a showcase of spoken word, music and performance art at Dan's Silverleaf. There's also a silent art auction benefiting Denton Friends of the Family and a zine release. Basically, it's all the best stuff in life. Cover is just $5.

Kyle E. Evans:Transmission Archaeology
-- Pariah Productions and the Union studio and gallery bring this exploration of cathode ray tube television technology and analog video transmission to the Cedars. Yup, it's a throwback to analog, set to look at our current, past and future means of communication. Check it out Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Bettie Page Reveals All -- What you notice in other films and programs designed to suss out the life of Bettie Page is the star's absence. She became a recluse and born-again Christian later in life, shying away from the spotlight. In the new doc Bettie Page Reveals All, not only does Page tell her side of things, she serves as the film's narrator. Yes, that is awesome. Local burlesque broads Black Mariah, The Dirty Blonde and Vivienne Vermuth honor her with a pre-screening shake-up for Friday's event. Tickets cost $12.

Foto Friday at Makerspace -- From drone building to subversive knitting circles, you've got to wonder if there's any niche interest not being enjoyed at our favorite maker hangout. Well, if you're more of a shutterbug than a builder, check out Foto Friday every other week. You'll meet other enthusiasts through conversation and lectures, plus there's open access to the dark room. It's free to attend.

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