15 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas this Weekend, July 24-27

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Courtesy Elissa Stafford
Fashion Art Network's party Thursday night includes a visit from these characters.

Summer is the perfect time for road trips and staycations, which might be how you're choosing to spend this weekend. And if you're looking to do that, we've got a few recommendations for both (see Road Tripping, Staycations). But if you're planning to spend the weekend in Dallas and want to add an event or two to your agenda, we've got you covered.

Thursday, July 24

Wordspace's Sci-Fi Book Club
Everyone's favorite part of book club is the wine and the conversation, which you can do Thursday night at Wild Detectives even if you haven't read Arkady & Boris Strugatsky's Definitely Maybe. Well, you probably should read the book if you're planning to contribute to the conversation. But you can still listen and drink wine. Head to everyone's favorite book store at 314 W 8th St., the conversation starts at 7 p.m. and will be hosted by Wordspace and led by Deep Vellum Publishing Company's Will Evans.

ART PARTY: A City Under the Influence
Thursday's Fashion Art Network event breaks the mold of previous parties, because FAN invited Darryl Ratcliff to curate a party called, "A City Under the Influence." He's invited music acts Sudie and Ronnie Heart to provide the jams; Elissa Stafford will present video and performance art; Patrick Romeo created an installation piece; and Fred Villanueva teamed up with Cupcake Wars competitor Lauren Lee to create edible art. Tickets are $10 and include cocktails. Party runs from 8 p.m. - midnight.

See also: Party Under the Influence of Art Thursday Night

Genie Visions: Josh Bank's Solo Exhibition
The Magnolia Theatre's Second Floor Bar keeps its art fresh, thanks to a partnership with downtown Dallas taller Ro2 Art, which curates exhibitions. Thursday night the work of Josh Bank takes over with monotypes and small edition prints. See the work at the opening reception from 6-9 p.m. Thursday or anytime you're catching a flick through August 31.

Psycho From Texas
Sometimes it does the soul good to kick back and watch a killer B-movie. The Texas Theatre (231 W. Jefferson Blvd) knows this, which is why they're screening a 35-mm print of the 1975 flick Psycho from Texas (also known as Wheeler) at 9:15 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $5. Visit thetexastheatre.com for more details.

Friday, July 25

Christmas in July
Oh the weather outside is frightful.... and there are really not "buts" about it. If you'd like to pretend it's a more temperate month, head to the Bishop Arts District for Christmas in July, a neighborhood event that decorations, carols by local musicians Fox and the Bird and Kirk Thurmond, sweet treats and Santa Claus. Oh, and rumors of snow at 7 p.m.

Hotter than Hell Burlesque
If you like Dallas burlesque, than you probably already know about La Divina Productions' annual Hotter than Hell show. Before the unseasonably cool months of June and July wander into what's sure to be a thermometer-breaking month of August, submerge yourself in a different kind of heat. There are only so many ways to describe a striptease before the words "sexy" or "seductive" become redundant. But if anyone knows how to shake things up, it's the ladies of La Divina. They heat up the stage of the Kessler Theatre (1230 W. Davis) at 9 p.m. Friday with new routines and old favorites. Tickets start at $26 and are available on prekindle.com.

The Boy From Oz
The Boy From Oz might be most well known as the sexy Hugh Jackman musical that overtook Broadway a few years ago. Beyond that it's just a fun jukebox musical about Australian songwriter and entertainer Peter Allen, former husband to Liza Minnelli, who apparently was the only person on the planet not to realize Allen was gay. (His songs included "Don't Cry Out Loud," "I Honestly Love You" and "I Could Have Been a Sailor.") For the Uptown Players' production, the local abs of Alex Ross fills in as the lead character. He made not have Wolverine's clout, but he's got a much better singing voice. (If you're reading this, Hugh, I'm sorry. And also my contact info can easily be found on this website). See the dashing gentleman take the Kalita Humphreys Theater (3636 Turtle Creek Blvd.) stage at 8 p.m. Friday or anytime through August 10. Tickets start at $30 and are available at uptownplayers.org.

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
Laura Palmer is found dead in her sleepy logging town of Twin Peaks. And because it's a TV show by David Lynch dark secrets are revealed that shock these middle Americans. Eventually the show was cancelled, but not without a movie. And at 10 p.m. Friday night the Texas Theatre will screen the 35-mm version of that film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, on the big screen. It's part of a fundraiser for the Unique Home for Girls and the Sarah Zumwalt Middle School Arts and Music programs. The evening will also have a Twin Peaks themed silent art auction and late night performances by Vulgar Fashion and Def Rain.

Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour
It's hard to believe that it's been 5 years since we lost the world's greatest pop star. And we're not entirely convinced that a Cirque du Soleil show is the way we want to commemorate him, but it's what we've got this weekend. So take it or leave it. The nation tour stops at the American Airlines Center Friday with tickets starting at $66... which is not cheap, but we can't even begin to imagine the licensing fees on that music.

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