15 Awesome Things to Do this Weekend, July 17- 20

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Nasher Sculpture Center

This week just won't end. It's been one fire after another that needed putting out. But we're finally rounding the corner to see the glorious week's end off in the distance. It didn't come quickly enough but now that it's arriving, the Monday doldrums begin to slip away. Now, it's time to make plans about how to spend the next few days and fortunately, there's a lot of awesome headed this way.

Thursday, July 17

Witching and Bitching
Catch a gory Spanish comedy at the Texas Theatre tonight. Director Alex de la Iglasia's story about a coven of cannibal witches screens at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $10 and available thetexastheatre.com.

Dallas is an industry changing city in the world of gaming and every year we host a weekend of LAN parties and game previews called QuakeCon. This year's special plans include the unveiling of Doom 4. The convention kicks off at the Hilton Anatole Hotel Thursday and continues all weekend. More information and weekend passes can be found at quakecon.org.

Cool Cats in a Blender
The folks at Kettle Art Gallery are throwing an artist mixer Thursday to bring together North Texas visual artists, musicians, and creatives. Meet other artistically inclined folks and bring your portfolio if you're interested in showing with Kettle, or just showing off. The event starts at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. BYOB.

Over at the Festival of Independent Theatres, one of the plays getting the most buzz is Shelby-Allison Hibbs' mania/gift, a two-woman show that delves into the relationship between Bipolar disorder and creativity. We chatted with the playwright last week on Mixmaster about the show's inspiration and Hibbs' young career in Dallas. See it at the Bath House Cultural Center at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Good Luck Karaoke
When our favorite karaoke stooges moved from Doublewide to Twilite Lounge, we have to admit we were skeptical. If only because at the new spot in Deep Ellum you can hear the foolhardy singing from the street. But they've kept our love with their antics and dedication to their -often ridiculous- themed nights. The boys are back in action at 10 p.m. Thursday with their soccer-themed "Two Worlds, One Cup" night.

Friday, July 18

'Til Midnight at the Nasher
This monthly outdoor art party is back. We're crossing our fingers that the rain will have stopped, leaving us with cooler temperatures to enjoy music from Foxtrot Uniform at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by a 9 p.m. screening of one of the best film's ever made Bringing Up Baby. Oh, plus there is some great sculpture to be seen. Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday; admission is free.

Cirque du Burlesque
Splits on silks; tits on tightropes; pasties on platforms. Burlesque and cirque are a match made in sexytime heaven. The circus arts already have sexy women on swings, so why not add a little strip tease? If you're into that sort of thing, Viva Dallas Burlesque hosts its mind-numbingly frequent Cirque du Burlesque night at Lakewood Theater (1825 Abrams Pkwy) at 8 p.m. Friday. Emcee Violet O' Hara sports her shock pink hair and introduces women as they perform sideshow stunts while shaking their cha-chas. Tickets start at $20 and can be found, along with more information and boudoir photos at vivadallasburlesque.com.

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