19 Awesome Things to Do This Weekend, May 1-4
Another day, another dollar. This week, the wise words of Jay-Z are getting you through to the weekend, which arrives in approximately five more spreadsheets, 30 more emails, and one long meeting with the boss man, which you're hoping will lead to that raise they promised you last year. The economy is looking up and your work week draws to a close to make way for the overdue weekend. That's where we come in. We here at Mixmaster have organized this list stacked with plans, none of which take place in a cubicle. When you exit the office, don't scurry home. Get out and see Dallas at its best. And maybe, just maybe, you'll be celebrating that raise.
Plus, in case you didn't get the hint from the above picture, at least one activity on this list contains an abundance of dogs. How's that for a mood raiser?
Catherine Downes The Magician
Think of it as an adult pop-up book, meets graphic novel, meets art piece. It would be difficult to put this in any single category, because there's absolutely nothing traditional about this mysterious epic by Chris Byrne (co-founder of the Dallas Art Fair). We've been crazy about it since the first time we saw it and lucky for all of us, it's back Thursday at The Reading Room, 3715 Parry Ave. Catch the free opening reception from 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Or see it another time through May 17. Visit thereadingroom-dallas.blogspot.com.
The Dallas Museum of Art is the first of nine American museums to screen Japanese artist Takashi Murakami's live action film, Jellyfish Eyes. This rare chance to nerd out happens at 7 p.m. Thursday to be followed with a conversation between Murakami and DMA curator Gabe Ritter. Jellyfish Eyes is Muramaki's first venture into feature film making and blends live action with illustration to create what promises to be a heartwarming bildungsroman. The tickets were free and it looks like they were all snatched up, but you can probably get on a standby list if you show up early.
Do you remember In Living Color? You know, that sketch comedy show brought to us by the Wayan brothers. If so, you probably remember Tommy Davidson. He's posting up this weekend at the Arlington Improv with performances starting at 8 p.m. Thursday and repeats at various times through Sunday. Tickets are $20 through the box office, 817-635-5555.
Beethoven's 9th Symphony
There's a three-week Beethoven Festival currently taking place, thanks to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Although you won't be able to hear his famous 5th Symphony (you know, those ominous chords: Duh Duh Duh Dum!), his 9th might be his next most familiar, with its transcendent "Ode to Joy" finale. Plus, it was the man's last full symphony. See at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Monday at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Tickets range from $42 to $271. For more information, visit dallassymphony.com.
Mayfest You may go outside now...
Have you been outside yet today? It's absolutely beautiful in North Texas today. We won't make any predictions for this weekend, but our fingers are crossed. If the sunshine holds up, we'll be headed to Fort Worth's Mayfest, a four-day celebration of the great outdoors, with music, performing arts, duck races(!), dog and pony shows (!!), mazes, bungee jumping, shopping, petting zoos, and beer booths. Need I go on? Head to Trinity Park (2401 University Drive, Fort Worth) from 3:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and then again from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8 for everyone 13 and up; $5 for 3- to 12-year-olds and seniors; and free for tykes 2 and younger. More info at mayfest.org.