15 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, August 21 - 24

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Courtesy Edward Ruiz

We've got quite a weekend up our sleeves for you. From theater to sideshows to film screenings and art exhibitions, we've shuffled up the cards and stacked the deck just for you. You might call it magic, we call it the Mixmaster.

Thursday, August 21
The summer is coming to an end, marking a beginning for the art season , which typically flourishes Fall through Spring. Of course, Kettle Art Gallery isn't afraid of a little heat. The Deep Ellum space keeps artists on the walls year round and this upcoming exhibition might be titled Artpocalypse, but it's hardly the end of anything. The work in this four man show includes strong artistic voices thoughtful social commentary and a great deal of humor. Ranging from Johnny Hawkins' graphic design to Richard L. Ross' metanarrative series (whatever that means!), this display promises explosions of variety and a cast of colorful characters. See the work at the free opening reception from 7-10 p.m. Thursday at Kettle Art (2650-B Main St.) or during gallery hours through September 6. More information at kettleartgallery.com.

Authors Elizabeth Mikesch, Luke Goebel & May-Lan Tan - Reading and Signing
Spend time with three authors and their books. Elizabeth Mikesch is the author of NICETIES: AURAL ARDOR, PARDON ME; May-Lan Tan is the author of Girlyand her debut collection, Things to Make and Break came out this year; Luke B. Goebel is the author of FOURTEEN STORIES| None of Them Are Yours, to be released in September of 2014. Swing by Wild Detectives at 7 p.m. and get to know them and their work.

Scooter Show and Roman Holiday Screening
Get to know the scooters of Oak Cliff on the patio of Oddfellows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and then stick around for an outdoor showing of the Audrey Hepburn classic, Roman Holiday, presented in collaboration with the Texas Theatre.

Friday, August 22

Dallas Prints at RO2 Art
In collaboration with Iron Frog Press, RO2 Art hosts an invitation exhibition of work by more than 20 artists in printmaking. See the show at the opening reception from 7-10 p.m. Friday or through September 7.

RAW Dallas Allure
We're still trying to decide how we feel about these RAW parties. We love/hate the spectacle and all-inclusiveness. For what it's worth, there's another one happening at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20, but as we pointed out last month, who you buy it through matters.

Social Sciences: Identity
Have you ever wondered if beer makes you more fun to be around? Do you find yourself building an identity based on how other people treat you? Or is your job the most "you" thing about you? Identity is a tricky thing. Insecurities and egos are two of the biggest obstacles for friendships, relationships and everyday encounters. But what makes you, you? Do you want to find out while sipping a cocktail at the Perot Museum on Friday night? This month's theme for the adults-only night at the museum, Social Science, is "Identity." Grab a date, buy a $18 ticket ($13 for members), and head to the Perot (2201 N. Field St.) at 7 p.m. Friday. More information at perotmuseum.org.

Dark Side of the Rainbow
Our writer Travis Box, recommends a pre-puff or two before you see this Wizard of Oz, Pink Floyd mash-up at the Texas Theatre this weekend. It starts at 9:30 p.m. Friday and tickets are $10.50.

Joey Folsom in The Year of the Rooster

The Year of the Rooster
The first in the Arts District theater series known as The Elevator Project is Upstart Production's The Year of the Rooster, a play about cockfighting. Opens at the Wyly Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday. Individual tickets available for $20 or subscribe to all six shows for $100. More info at ticketdfw.com.

See Also: ATTPAC's The Elevator Project Begins with a Rooster's Crow.

Confetti Eddie's Magic Show
Exposition Avenue is a strange little street filled with diversion and magic. No, really, magic. You'll know Confetti Eddie's magic parlor (823 Exposition Ave.) by the smaller-than-life dinosaur out front -- an artifact of his own creation. Inside, you'll be welcomed into a show that is equal parts art and magic. He performs tricks with cinematic perfection, shrinking the un-shrinkable and making permanent things disappear -- like heads, for one. Working with his lovely assistant Karleena, he fills his magic show with marvels that will make your jaw drop. It's your chance to grab tickets to see the Magic Show, which takes place at 8:15 p.m. Friday. They're $20 each, but they disappear faster than Karleena's clothes -- and you won't want to miss that trick. More information is available at sidetour.com.

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