13 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, August 28- September 1

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Lonestar Film Society
Scream Your Way Through the Weekend

Six by Hitch
Lonestar Film Society pays tribute to one of film's master directors all weekend by screening six of his best films at The Modern in Fort Worth. Starting Thursday with a screening of one of Alfred Hitchcock's earliest films, Blackmail, this weekend walks through his career presenting classics, as well as some of the more rarely seen works. For Blackmail, which screens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, pianist Robert Edwards will provide musical accompaniment in the suspenseful Hitchcock fashion. This six-part showcase of the director's work runs through August 31; tickets to each film are $8. Find more information at themodern.org.

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

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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.


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Dallas VideoFest Reboots For Its 27th Year This October

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Hitchcock's The Lodger
Celebrating its 27th year, the Dallas VideoFest (DVF) and the Video Association of Dallas (VAD)--an organization committed to the exhibition of independent, alternative, and non-commercial media--are ready to try something new.

Since 1986, when they presented the inaugural program, Video As A Creative Medium, at the Dallas Museum of Art, Bart Weiss and his dedicated team of organizers, volunteers, and artists have worked hard to make a place for the difficult to define field of media art that goes by many inadequate names: "video art," "experimental film and video," or "new media." That first event, which was co-curated by John Held, included two nights of video by selected local and national video artists and was a great success, but over the years, "video art" has fallen in favor at the festival to more conventional forms of video-making.

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New Documentary by Local Filmmaker Back on Badstreet Releases Ridiculous Trailer

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Tongue, meet cheek. It's not that the story of Back on Badstreet won't be true. The documentary from Fort Worth native Keith Alcorn (Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) really will chronicle the story of the first theme song of professional wrestling. It's just that it won't take it too seriously.

The Dallas Morning News reports last week that Alcorn teamed up with Steve Barnes (animator on A Fair to Remember) to tell the story of Jimmy Papa, the man who wrote "Badstreet U.S.A." and a handful of other wrestling intros. Currently there's a lawsuit between Papa and Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Entertainment that Robert Wilonsky reports Papa is likely to win. Wilonsky reports, "WWE's even going to help promote the documentary, which will be available on DVD and video-on-demand by no later than November."

In the meantime, the above trailer for the documentary offers a delightful two-minute break from work.


Dallas Theater Center Does Just About the Nicest Thing Ever

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Marius and Eponine get a hipster update.

The Dallas Theater Center's version of Les Miserables has turned quite a few heads for its contemporary take on the classic tale of the French Revolution. Director Liesl Tommy's politically charged update has earned comparisons to Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring. The musical when placed in a modern context signals the story's timelessness, as well as the repetitive nature of history. And this courageous interpretation has earned DTC mountains of press throughout the globe, placing it in front of the eyes of many an interested theater-goer. Including, it turns out, a 16-year-old girl named Anna in Alaska.


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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.

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12 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, August 7 -10

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Meet, Candy Barr. One of the mid-20th century's most infamous strippers, known for teaching movie stars how to tease, all the while teasing some notorious men herself. She's the subject of the sexy, funny new play by Ronnie Claire Edwards, Candy Barr's Last Dance, which previews at Theatre Three this weekend. It takes place at her 2005 funeral where three of her fellow strippers reflect on her long tumultuous life. See it Thursday, August 7 at 7:30 p.m., or Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 7:30 p.m. through August 31. Tickets for this weekend start at $10.

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Baysplosions to Prepare You for the Granada Theater's Summer Mockbusters: Armageddon

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Michael Bay loves 'splosions. His first words were probably "I wanna 'splode;" he's the Ricky Bobby of blowing shit up. This isn't blogger hyperbole either. He'll often say in interviews that as a child in Los Angeles, his interest in filmmaking dates back to the time he was grounded after blowing up a toy train and filming the scene with his mother's 8 millimeter camera. I mean, he could be making that up because he has a pronounced flair for the obvious over-dramatic. That's why he became known for "Baysplosions" - his obvious, excessive use of

Armageddon, for example, is a film filled with excessive explosions and countdowns to said explosions. It's the perfect film to cap off the Granada Theater's Summer Mockbusters series - a Master Pancake-esque night of film mockery. These free movie nights inside the historic Greenville Ave. theater features a live Twitter feed, where comedians from the Dallas Comedy House and noobs like me and you can Tweet our clever 140 character jokes for everyone in the house to enjoy.

Saturday's screening includes the original Asteroids arcade game for play in the lobby; the gamer with the highest score will win Granada tickets. Plus, the bar will serve animal crackers for a movie snack. But don't be fooled by the childish treats, this screening is 18+up. Doors open at 7 p.m. More info at granadatheater.com.

Oh, and before you go, enjoy this Youtube user's cut of all the Baysplosions.


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Photographer and Writer Wesley Treat Follows the Signs to Create Retro-Inspired Art

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Years ago Wesley Treat discovered an interest in roadside attractions. As a photographer, he'd found his subject and he started a blog to chronicle his travels. Around the same time two guys up in New Jersey had a blog called "Weird New Jersey" that eventually became a book and then a series. As they expanded to "Weird Name-a-State," they recruited writers, and Treat was one of them.

He's a triple threat -- writer, photographer and Texas native -- so he was a natural for the daunting Weird Texas. Treat already knew many of the roadside oddities but set out to discover even more. He dug into any book he could find, searched the Internet and when he found one, he'd always ask if the people there if they knew of any others. The result was a book that compiled the best and the quirkiest, all bound together so readers could set out on a weird adventure of their own. Treat and the creators of the series clicked so he was tapped to plot Weird Oklahoma and Weird Arizona too. This time Treat didn't have a lifetime of state knowledge so he dug in and logged mile after mile after mile. On Weird Arizona alone, he took three separate two-week trips to the state.


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Leave Your Secrets Behind This Weekend at Erica Felicella's Unburden

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At 7 p.m. Friday at Ro2 Art, Erica Felicella invites you tell her all your secrets.

Imagine if you had the opportunity to leave some of your worst memories, thoughts, and actions behind. Imagine if you could clear your head and heart by passing along burdens to another vessel and just simply walk away, free and clear. Felicella is giving you that chance. With Unburden, she is opening herself up and welcoming you to tell her anything you want. Whatever you tell her is just between you two. She'll carry your burden for the rest of her life, swearing herself to secrecy no matter what the story. All you have to do is sit down, pick up the phone outside the vessel she has created--that looks reminiscent of a prison visitation room or a confessional--say what you need, and walk away.


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