14 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, August 14-17

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Kris Pierce, "Favorite Things," 2013, oil on canvas

Traffic is lighter on the roads, the sun is hotter, and the words "back to school" are popping up on advertisements throughout the city. It must be August. An easier way to learn this might've been looking at a calendar, which would also point out that the weekend is arriving today. There's plenty to do around Dallas for those of us not on vacation. We've sorted through the art openings, performance art festivals, theater and more to round up the best stuff just for you.

Thursday, August 14

Yaa Halla, Y'all: Belly Dancing Festival
Belly dancers make the stomach rolls, jiggles and shakes look easy. But trust us, it's better that we watch and don't participate. This weekend, the Grapevine Convention Center will be filled with belly dancers and Middle Eastern musicians, as part of the Isis Foundation's Yaa Halla, Y'all event. See the shows at 6 p.m. Thursday - Saturday and 5:45 p.m. Sunday.

None of the Above
High school romance meets standardized tests in the newest play from Pegasus Theatre.
None of the Above is a story about making choices. See it at 8 p.m. Thursday and runs through Saturday, August 30 at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive. Tickets are $20. Visit pegasustheatre.org

Autotune Karaoke
Good Luck Karoake's new home at Twilite Lounge has pros and cons. Pro? Easy access to the rest of Deep Ellum's nightlife. Con? Your out-of-tune singing can be heard from the street. Maybe that's why the crazy DJs decided to bring back Autotune Karaoke. Thursday night, you can blame your singing on technology. 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Thursday. Free. 21+up.

Friday, August 15

Strangers: The Art of Maryanne Meltzer
This commemorative exhibition of Maryanne Meltzer's work features the artist's unconventional eye that focused on the ideas of alienation and outsider culture. The opening reception takes place at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center from 5- 8 p.m. Friday. See the work through the end of this month.

Wait Until Dark
The idea of losing any of your senses can be terrifying. In Wait Until Dark at the Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, the audience can see what the protagonist cannot, as she struggles to fend off con men. Sharon Benge directs this play that was once turned into a movie starring Audrey Hepburn. See it at 8 p.m. Friday or through September 7. Tickets are $22-$32. Visit contemporarytheatreofdallas.com.

Brad Williams
He's a little man who delivers big laughs and he's bringing them to Dallas this weekend. Brad Williams takes over Hyena's Comedy Club Friday and Saturday night with shows starting at 8 p.m. More info at hyenascomedynightclub.com.

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