16 Awesome Things to Do This Weekend, June 12-15

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Party on, kids!

There is so much art and culture happening in the city this weekend, it's absurd. It's also wholly impossible for you to see it all. Writing those words makes me absolutely gleeful. Sure, it's mid-June, but as you know, art is always in vogue in Dallas, or haven't you been reading Mixmaster? Before you get into the nitty gritty details below let's do a quick summary, shall we? Fourteen galleries participate in East Dallas Gallery Day, four new amenities open along the Trinity River, one dance show in memoriam of a beloved choreographer, one secret location music/art market party, one tattoo festival, and seven plays to attend (two of which are world premieres). Plus there are two holidays this weekend, so you'll want to fly your flags and hug your dad.

Phew! Now get busy.

Thursday, June 12
Bruce Wood Dance Project's Touch
In the words of our dance critic, Danielle Georgiou: The show must go on. This testament has never been truer than in the case of the dancers of the Bruce Wood Dance Project, as they mourn the loss of their leader. Wood was more than just their choreographer; he was their friend. He was loved by many, and mourned by all. Touch is probably the show that best illustrates what he was always searching for--a way to communicate without words. The dancers' flexibility and emotional range is tested to present a new physicality in communication. They will also revive his favorite dance, Home. This haunting work epitomizes his simplistic style, and gives an intimate look at his ideas regarding beauty and reality, which will remain with us forever, now that he has gifted them to us. Shows are 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas. $15-$100. 214-428-2263.

This Ain't No Party
Ok, technically this is a party. The second in a series of pop-up events - so, parties....- planned by Christian Vasquez and Spencer Kenney, this evening at Ash Studios (3203 Ash Lane) includes music, film, and art. It costs $5 to get in and it's BYOB.

Pure Duration

:Pure Duration: part one: a beetle on its back
This weekend Jeff Gibbons and Gregory Ruppe present the first three videos in a three-week series. These piece are only viewable at night at Beefhaus (885 Exposition Ave). Stop by from 9 - 11:55 p.m. for Thursday's King of the Dipshits, Friday's Silly Putty Dancer, or Saturday's Untitled (Weihnachten im Dreikönigskirche)
A series of videos by Jeff Gibbons and Gregory Ruppe (viewable at night) at Beefhaus. Here's the artist statement: " : the hallucinations of bugs makes it hard to concentrate / flying all around my head and disappearing where my clothes meet my skin / i swat at them and people think i'm insane / i probably smell like fruit : "

Departing the Kingdom of Sensibility
Kettle Art Gallery's newest exhibition features work by sculptor Darlene Schaper, photographer Zoie Vandal, and painter Jodi VonRotten. Stop by the opening reception from 7-10 p.m. Thursday at Kettle, 2650-B Main St. More info: kettleart.com.

Architecture on Tap!
You know what goes with architecture? Beer. Or wine. Or any alcohol, really. That's probably why the local chapter of American Institute of Architects hosts a summer happy hour series called Architecture on Tap! After all, nothing goes better with art deco than a martini. The first event focuses on Downtown Dallas, with a panel of experts who will share the history of the central business district and discuss improvement projects, success stories and what's missing. Join the conversation at 6 p.m. Thursday in the offices of Downtown Dallas Inc., 901 Main Street, Ste. 7100. Fifteen bucks gets you and includes two drinks and appetizers. More information is available at aiadallas.org.

Friday, June 13

Friday the 13th Screening
Because it's...well, Friday the 13th. Sure, they do it every time this day rolls around, but maybe Alamo Drafthouse just continues to show this classic horror flick, because they know there are youngsters who need education on good old fashioned scaring. Anyhow, see at 11 p.m. at this Richardson film mecca at 100 S. Central Expressway. Tickets are $10.

Silver Screen Slayer
The most glamorous play in town takes audiences back to the time of film noir when detectives are all the rage. Head to the Magnolia Lounge, 1121 First Avenue, at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $12 to $25. More info at campdeathproductions.com.

More Friday after the jump.

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