7 Awesome Free Events This Week

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Recycled Cinema
A college football championship win recently brought a swarm of notoriety to the Ohio State name, but there are other badass things happening at that university, outside the athletics department. Roger Beebe is an Associate Professor in Ohio State University's Art Department and he's found interesting ways to use projectors both in and out of the lecture hall. He's currently on tour presenting many of his well-known projector performances which elucidate the peculiarities of cultural, educational and industrial imagery. His work explores a range of topics: One piece explains why Shaq and other black athletes are famous Irish Americans, another is a poetic scrambling of Genesis (the first book of the Bible, not the Phil Collins band). Head to CentralTrak (800 Exposition Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. Monday to take a look at Recycled Cinema; it includes Beebe's newest endeavor, which sheds light on the forbidden pleasures of male tears. Visit centraltrak.net for more info. - Lucas Buckels


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A Group of Nerdy Adults Went to the Marvel Experience. We Learned It Is For Kids.

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Fighting my aging body there's an ungrown child who still wishes for magic of fairytales and superheroes. Although I've admittedly never been a comic book fan - I fell into the realism camp of childhood fantasies, with the likes of Nancy Drew/Encyclopedia Brown or Choose Your own Adventure books - I can still appreciate the nerdy enthusiasm for Spidey and Captain America. Which is why I found myself leading a motley crew of adult men into the Marvel Experience Wednesday night. There were five of us, so we assigned characters -- as the only girl, I was Black Widow, obviously. And we picked superpowers. My friends were excited on the point of giddy, although admittedly they had no idea what to expect. One of them even asked if this was the same thing as Marvel Universe Live! , which he saw a commercial for on tv. (It is not.)

No, the Marvel Experience is a small, traveling theme park that contains an array of video games, 3-d videos, one virtual shooting game, a laser maze, a climbing wall, and a simulator (a movie during which the chairs move a little bit). There is also a small food court, complete with hotdogs and Bud Lights, for the adults. The Bud Lights are the only things there for adults. Because the Marvel Experience is very much for children.


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18 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas this Weekend, Jan. 22 - 25

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The Flick is one of the many shows worth seeing this weekend.

Sometime this weekend, in between your rush to catch up on the Oscar nominations, we'd like you to take a minute to notice how much live theater is happening in Dallas. And most of it is worth your time and attention.

Stagger Lee, a brand new musical at the Dallas Theater Center, about the eponymous folk legend.

The Flick at the Undermain Theatre is a contemporary tale that captures both the language and the zeitgeist of young America, a generation who lives their lives through movies.

Tru, a one-man show starring Jaston Williams about Truman Capote that theater critic Elaine Liner called a delight.

The Book Club Play at Dallas Theater Center, a comedy about a book club that explores friendships and supposed intellectual values.

The Explorer's Club, a comedy at WaterTower Theatre that revisits 19th century England where a scientific gentleman's society finds itself interrupted by a woman and her discoveries.

Why Things Burn at Margo Jones Theatre, which takes place in the early 20th century when a group of circus "freaks" attempt to start a new life.

Here are Mixmaster's other recommendations for this weekend:

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Our Favorite Pictures from Artopia 2015

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Kathy Tran

You pretty people made Saturday night memorable. Forever Artopia 2015 will live as a twinkle of good times that we'll relive in photos like these by photographers Mike Brooks and Kathy Tran. You were there, taking selfies in front of the Love Me Back neon sign, designed to bring to life the cover of Merritt Tierce's debut novel. You were there, mouth agape, drooling over your first encounter with George Quartz and Slik Stockings (whom you probably refer to as the roller derby girls). You were there, buying art or stuffing delectables from the Dallas Mozzarella Company into your cheese hole. You marveled over Confetti Eddie's magic, danced your ass off to Ishi, and drank down the sounds of French 75. You hashtagged #Artopia to remind your friends that you were somewhere the lights were dimmer -- your life cooler, even as you battled the lines to score a drink, or better yet, two, for double-fisting. And you strolled down the Esplanade in Fair Park Saturday night, enjoying the 50 degree weather in January, thinking to yourself, sometimes Dallas can be a damn fun place to live.

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We Took a Kid to the Marvel Experience to Kick Some Super Robot Ass

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Jacob Cohl / Hero Ventures"

Four hours with a 6-year-old taught me that parents are the baddest motherfuckers on the planet. I have never been so exhausted. Nothing I've done in my adult life has prepared me for a day of trying to wrangle a 6-year-old while Spider-Man occasionally pops up to talk to him, but that's how I spent my Saturday when I took my nephew to Fair Park for the Marvel Experience.

What's the Marvel Experience? Well, it's the closest thing we're getting to Jurassic Park in 2014. It's a traveling circus of bright lights, loud sounds and marketing. It's crack for 6-year-olds, and with the weather being sunny and 65 it was a perfect storm for every family in the area to jump on the green line and take the kids to see the stars of Disney's crown jewel of a franchise.


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Don't Miss Artopia This Weekend, Our Annual Art Party

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Ishi, back by popular demand this year.

You'll need to stop slacking now. There's nothing left to think about. The weekend is here and if you want to party with us, you'll need a ticket. And you want to party with us. Trust. Click over to ticketfly.com and buy that Artopia ticket now. We'll wait.

Need to be convinced? Well, take a peek into Artopia.

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20 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas this Weekend, Jan. 15 - 19

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Catherine Downes

Artopia 2015
Do some laundry, you're going out this weekend! If you only make it to one art party a year, make it this one. Because if the Observer knows how to do one thing, it's long form journalism... oh, and throw a bombass party. You'll hear music from favorite musicians, Ishi, French 75 and George Quartz. You'll see magic from Confetti Eddie. There will be art from Christopher Blay, and Justin Ginsberg and Jeff Gibbons -the mastermind award winning visual artists; tap dance from Katelyn Harris' Rhythmic Souls; books for sale written by the incomparable Merritt Tierce, and videos that peer into Wordspace and Teatro Dallas. And. So. Much. More. Plus, your ticket gets you booze and drink. Come party with us. 8-11 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall in Fair Park. Grab a ticket while you still can.

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Experimental Video Art Festival Dallas Medianale Hits Play This Weekend

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Dallas is home to VideoFest, the oldest, largest video festival in the United States. Since Bart Weiss started it in the '80s, the annual event has screened all kinds of media, ranging from experimental films, to video art, animations, documentaries and features. And January 9, the Video Association of Dallas -- the force behind VideoFest -- inaugurates a new festival that focuses exclusively on experimental film. The McKinney Avenue Contemporary plays host to Dallas Medianale through March, with a program boasting screenings, exhibitions and performances.

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14 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas this Weekend, Jan. 1 - 4

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Dallas goes Blue

I had the startling realization yesterday that the past two new year's eves have been complete letdowns. One year a group of friends went to a warehouse party where we drank cheap liquor, shared the flu with mouth kisses, and left just after midnight a little bored and completely disappointed. Last year, I fabricated a romantic encounter with an old flame only t to find myself drunk and in tears crawling into my bed at my parent's house around 1 a.m. Don't feel sorry for me; that was the beginning of a pretty wonderful year. But if you find your New Year's plans haven't been mind-blowing and you're looking for things to do this weekend, we've got you covered. (If you're looking for NYE plans, click here.)


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Most Dallas Places in Dallas

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Trendy restaurant strip mall, that's so Dallas.

It's a compliment or an insult, depending entirely upon how you feel about Dallas. After taking the temperature of the city for the last few years, I've found that to describe something as "so Dallas" is usually pejorative. The highest compliment you can pay something in this city, it seems, is to say it doesn't feel like Dallas, instead drawing comparisons to Austin or New York City. The funny thing is that at this point the people who refuse to feel comfortable in the city they live in are themselves pretty "Dallas."

We thought we'd spend some time exploring things that are unequivocally Dallas. Where are the places that represent our small town big city? The middle-America insecurities? The world class city ambitions? The stereotypes of shallowness? And the way, for better or worse, the city that becomes so comfortable after a few years of life here? Here are the places we think are the most Dallas places in Dallas. Where are yours?

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