4 Ice Rinks to Skate at in (or around) Dallas

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Panther Island Ice

It can be hard to get that holiday feeling. Once you've switched your radio to KLUV, and you've tried gingerbread houses, sugar cookies, stringing lights, and braving the malls, you might want to lace up those ice skates from your childhood. There aren't many places to skate this holiday season, but here are a few in and around Dallas.


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24 Hours at CentralTrak, Exposition Park's Artist Residency Program

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At 1 p.m. last Friday, I arrived at CentralTrak in Exposition Park for a next level sleepover. I would spend 24 hours at the artists' residency of The University of Texas at Dallas, and get to know its eight current residents. How do they live? How do they work? What is it like to be that cool? These were the principle questions I sought to answer, and I did so with some apprehension. I had no idea what to expect. Would I, a relative novice in the field of visual art, have the language to discuss it with people who make and study it around the clock? Or would I feel like I was trapped in the art museum scene in Woody Allen's "Manhattan," scratching my head at talk of steel cubes and negative capability?

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15 Things We're Thankful For in Dallas Culture

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If we've been cynical, forgive us. We love Dallas. In this season of gratitude, let us pause and be thankful for a few things in Dallas culture. Ahem, here goes.

The Texas Theatre.


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24 Awesome Things to Do This Weekend, November 20 - 23

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Dead White Zombies

When I announced in the Dallas Observer staff meeting on Monday morning that the Dead White Zombies had a show opening this week, my boss paused, looked around the room, and asked, "Are we in it right now?" This is exactly the question Dallas' weirdest theater mind, Thomas Riccio, wants people to ask. The shows are all about breaking down theater conventions and defying expectations. No two shows are ever alike, and in the ones I've seen, I'm often asking myself, "Is this theater?" The immersive, sometimes enlightening, sometimes confusing, and always a little bit creepy shows take place in abandoned warehouses or homes throughout West Dallas and they're the perfect kind of weird. You don't get to settle into your seat and sip your glass of $9 wine. You have to walk through the space and you might interact with the actors. You won't be comfortable, but that's the point. kaRaoKe MoTeL is the final play in a three part series, for which the Zombies constructed a seedy motel, and filled the rooms with the unexpected. If Flesh World was death, and (w)hole was the afterlife, kaRaoKe MoTeL is rebirth. Grab your tickets while you can. The show opens at 8:01 p.m. Thursday with multiple shows in a night and runs through December 13. More info at deadwhitezombies.com.


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Nine Holiday Shows To See in Dallas

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Karen Almond
Dallas Theater Center's A Christmas Carol

Most of the shows on this list require little to no explanation. You've likely seen A Christmas Carol before, but the holidays return every year and with it, the same shows, the same music, and the same garland your mother's been hanging on the bannister for 30 years. So Scrooge will probably come to appreciate Cratchit and the ghost of Christmas future will arrive before Tiny Tim is able to say "God Bless Us, Everyone." But how can you be sure unless you see it again? Besides, you don't want your daughter to be the only 4th grader who doesn't get the joy of telling her teacher, "Bah Humbug!" I'm sure other versions will pop up around town, but you'll want to see Dallas Theater Center's A Christmas Carol. The show is onstage at the Wyly Theatre November 25 - December 27. Tickets are available at dallastheatercenter.org.

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15 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, November 13-16

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Undermain Theatre
See a bunch of bad bitches take on Russian folklore.

At Undermain Theatre, a new play puts a kickass spin on folklore. In Los Angeles-based playwright Meg Miroshnik's The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls an American woman returns to her home country, Russia, to study abroad. Upon arrival, the story takes an absurdist twist and the young girl quickly realizes that she'll have to be the heroine in this story. See the play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday or 8:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets start at $10. More information at undermaintheatre.org.

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Art Con Turns 10; Let's Have a Party.

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Put your bidding hat on.

Art Conspiracy, the coolest art party in Dallas, started a decade ago as a way to raise money for people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The brainchild of two Dallas culture-philes, Jason Roberts and Sarah Jane Semrad, that first year a small team cleaned up the then-vacant Texas Theatre, hung the paintings of a handful of local artists, and the community poured in to bid on the work and enjoy the music and company. Named after the conspiracies in Dallas history, Art Con organizers set out to prove that artists could make significant contributions.

Gritty and unpolished, the unpretentious party was an immediate success and continues to grow. Now, with year-round events, the nonprofit organization has raised more $250,000 for a variety of local charities. And if Art Con's executive director, Erica Felicella, were to pinpoint how they've found success, it would be the dedication and the enthusiasm of the artists and the volunteers involved in the event.

"We're the people's arts organization," Felicella says. "From the very first year, I can't think of any way to fully describe the excitement of Art Con and this is a big year for us. It's for the city, it's for the community, it's for the beneficiary, and this year, it's also our birthday."


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15 People You Will Meet on Tinder in Dallas

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By Amy McCarthy & Jaime-Paul Falcon
It's hard out there for the single people in Dallas to find a worthy date. After you've exhausted the pool at OkCupid, done a few speed dating events, and struck out at every bar in Dallas, the handheld meat-market that is Tinder is a particularly attractive option. More of you than ever are swiping left and right until Cupid's arrow strikes after having a few too many drinks, which means that there is a ripe pool of also-drunk people who are single and ready to e-mingle whenever you're down.

Of course, that also means that there are certain types of people that you meet on an app that chooses a match based on what a person's face looks like. This list of the 15 types of weirdos, freaks, and semi-normal people that you're most likely to find on Dallas-Fort Worth Tinder is highly scientific. We rigorously tested our theories by adding the app to our phones, drinking a lot, and swiping like we were trying to decide between having Uber hit Taco Cabana, or just take us straight home. Take a look, see if you recognize yourself, and if you do, well at least you know that you are not alone.


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This Week's Five Best Arts Events In Dallas Under $10

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Milan Gallery

Even though there's football on every day of the week, you should probably peel yourself away from the TV and get a little culture now and then. Unfortunately, tickets to the theatre and opera can be prohibitively expensive. That is, of course, unless you know where to look.

This week, you can attend five visual art, literature, and theater events that cost less than you'd spend on one of those fancy craft cocktails. Take a little bit of your drinking money and put it toward checking out the crazy (and occasionally psychedelic) art of Dr. Seuss, a lecture on one of history's most bad-ass women, or picking up some really great vintage junk. Your liver will thank you for it.


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Designer/Artist Elisa Jimenez Returns to Dallas for MADI Museum's Geometric Gala

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The Museum of Geometric and MADI Art began 12 years ago when Bill and Dorothy Masterson were first in us explain: The movement encompasses all branches of art (the plastic and pictorial arts, music, literature, theater, architecture, and dance) and promotes concrete art, or non-representational geometric abstraction, and artists working within this movement typically focus on the physical reality of the medium they choose to create within. As a movement, Carmelo Arden Quin founded it in the mid-1940s in Buenos Aires and solidified its existence when he publicly read the MADI Manifesto -- one that lives in a playful world that is open to non-figurative in concept but whose colors are flat and sharply defined, and is often three-dimensional.

Got that?

OK, it's still a bit of a mystery to us too, but what's interesting is the fact that the MADI Movement continues today through the movement's original artists encouraging younger artists to adopt the MADI mentality, and the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art works to place a rather heady concept into an understandable realm. For them, the theory behind MADI is more than just an assemblage of colored shapes; it is about the universality of the art and the accessibility of it. One way of achieving this mission is with their exhibitions and programming, and their annual Geometric Gala.

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