17 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas, April 17-20

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This is my cry for the weekend, or the stunning Tiffany Hobbs in Spunk

Let's talk about this week. It's been a long one. Work has dragged on with sluggish despair and now all you're waiting for is 5 p.m. on Friday when can park yourself in front of a strong whiskey. Or maybe that's just me. I've got a plan. Let's start the weekend tonight and we'll drown ourselves in 5 Hour Energies and regret tomorrow. Or maybe your weekend does start tonight, thanks to something called Good Friday. Good, indeed.

Either way, we've compiled this list of awesome things for you to do this weekend, because no matter what you're planning to do this weekend, it's time to forget about work and focus on a swiftly approaching Friday night.

Thursday, April 17

Sammons Cabaret
What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear Joe Rogers play. Right this way, your table's waiting. The monthly Sammons Cabaret is a darn good reason to put down your knitting. Local personality Sheran Goodspeed Keyton takes the stage at 8 p.m. Thursday to channel Etta, croon some Cline and sing her way through the American songbook. It's a classy way to kick off your weekend. Tickets are available at sammonsartcenter.org for $40 and include wine, beer and light appetizers. Sammons is located at 3630 Harry Hines Blvd.

WaterTower Theatre has a mean case of the blues in its newest show. Based on three short stories by Zore Neale Hurston and adapted by George C. Wolfe, Spunk is a play with music that explores love and triumph in the lives of early 20th century African-Americans. The songs by Chic Street Man add an infectious bluesy twang to the play meant to send you back in time. For this production, WaterTower Theatre brings in some of Dallas' finest actors, including Dallas Theater Center favorites Liz Mikel and Tiffany Hobbs. See it at 8 p.m. Thursday or at one of the numerous performances through May 4 at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road. Tickets cost $20 to $40 and are available at

Good Luck Karaoke
Thursday nights at the Double-Wide are fortified with YooHoo Yeehaws and the city's most creative karaoke. So far this month, it's been Karaoke of Thrones and Speed Dating Karaoke. Who knows what the night will have in store, but there will be liquor at the bar and fools aplenty onstage. Starts at 10 p.m. at the Doublewide, 3510 Commerce St., but your songs will be selected more quickly if you throw the hosts a few bones.

Patterns of Passion
Kettle Art Gallery's newest show opens tonight. This exhibit features the work of three talented Dallas artists, Corey Godfrey, Aralyn McGregor and Judith Lea Perkins. It explores vibrant color and texture. The opening reception takes place 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Kettle, 2650-B Main St. Miss it tonight? Catch the art through May 10.

Friday, April 18

48-Hour Stoner Film Race
If you see a bunch of seemingly high filmmakers running around Dallas this weekend, you're not crazy. Demonic Chronic hosts its 48-Stoner Film Race beginning Friday night through (when else?) Sunday, 4/20. It's like any other video race, except the subject of choice is grass. Teams can register for $75 at demonicchronic.com. The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony at the Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., on Monday, April 28.

As You Like It
If Dallas theater is a one-trick pony, Shakespeare is riding the horse. Friday, TeCo Theatrical Productions in the Bishop Arts District, opens an abridged version of one of his beloved comedies, As You Like It, complete with jazz numbers. It stars youth from their Teenagers and Theater program. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Catch the show at 7:30 p.m. Friday or at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Bishop Arts Theatre Center, 215 S. Tyler St. Visit tecotheater.org.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
This is like Shakespeare, but better. Fun House Theatre and Film casts kids in their shows. Including this absurd existential Tom Stoppard comedy, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead that takes place backstage at a production of Hamlet. Friday's opener is at 7:30 p.m. at Plano Children's Theatre, 1301 Custer Road, Suite 706, with performances Thursdays through Saturdays until April 26. Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 in advance at funhousetheatreandfilm.com.

Of Vice & Virtue

Of Vice & Virtue
Contemporary Ballet of Dallas is describing this show as coming alive "with fantasy and fanfare." For this dance show at the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas, the company blends dance styles to bring ballet to the contemporary world. Catch the show at 7:30 p.m. Friday for tickets that start at $10 at contemporaryballetdallas.com.

Mystical Arts of Tibet
We assure you, this is the only Dalai Lama-endorsed event on this list. From April 18-26, the Drepung Loseling Monastery Incs. monks will be in residence at the Crow Collection of Asian Art where they will be working on the sacred sand mandala, sipping tea and dispensing wisdom. For a full schedule, visit crowcollection.org.

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A bit disappointed to see no mention of DFW NORML's 4/20 Fundraiser at Club Dada on Sunday but happy to see that the Demonic Chronic 48 Hour Film Race was!

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