17 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas, April 17-20

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WaterTower Theatre
This is my cry for the weekend, or the stunning Tiffany Hobbs in Spunk

Let's talk about this week. It's been a long one. Work has dragged on with sluggish despair and now all you're waiting for is 5 p.m. on Friday when can park yourself in front of a strong whiskey. Or maybe that's just me. I've got a plan. Let's start the weekend tonight and we'll drown ourselves in 5 Hour Energies and regret tomorrow. Or maybe your weekend does start tonight, thanks to something called Good Friday. Good, indeed.

Either way, we've compiled this list of awesome things for you to do this weekend, because no matter what you're planning to do this weekend, it's time to forget about work and focus on a swiftly approaching Friday night.


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Dallas Filmmaker Dylan Hollingsworth Is Documenting First Muslim Fraternity

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Dylan Hollingsworth

Last year a biology major at University of Texas at Dallas was joking around with his friends about starting a fraternity. To Ali Mahmoud the idea of sitting around drinking mango juice and reading the Quran didn't sound particularly appealing. But when Alpha Lambda Mu, the country's first Muslim fraternity, began recruiting last fall, 40 students rushed. Now, schools around the country are applying to create chapters. And local storyteller Dylan Hollingsworth is following the journey.

"When I found out that the first Muslim fraternity was founded in America, I wanted to spend a few days with them to capture their story in photos," Hollingsworth says. "But there's a much larger story here. They create the perfect vehicle to present a new perspective on Islam."

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Andy Baldwin Hopes to Bring Sophistication to Dallas with New Project

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Instead of a bouncer or a box office attendant, you find yourself approaching a psychic. She offers to read your palms and you begin to wonder what kind of night lies ahead. In Andy Baldwin's vision, The Sophistication of the Oldfashioned will be something in between theater and a speakeasy.

"It's both of those things, but not specific to either one. We're calling it an experience," he explains, eyes twinkling. "You'll be stepping back in time to the Prohibition, with a vaudeville-esque show on stage, whores for cocktail waitresses and a Prohibition-era bar."


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The Starck Club Debuts this Saturday at Texas Theatre

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Grace Jones at the Starck Club
Two years after the private, rough cut screening of what was then called The Starck Project, which played to a packed theater at the Angelika during DIFF 2012, director Michael Cain is ready to unveil his finished product. The Starck Club debuts this Saturday at Texas Theatre, and although that particular screening is sold out, people can still purchase tickets for Sunday's showing at the Angelika. Those not familiar with Dallas' iconic nightclub can read all about it in our 2012 music feature, Starck Contrast, which touches on the momentous but short life of the club and the race to preserve it's history. We've also dug deep into our archives, and found the 1986 feature story surrounding the club's opening.

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18 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas, April 10- 13

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Friday - Sunday: Galatea

If you want to stuff any more into this weekend, you're going to have to pack it to the point of bursting. There are so many art events, we're struggling to zip it all together. There are gallery openings, farmer's markets, festivals, dance show, theater productions, a huge film festival, a huge art fair. We've narrowed it down as much as possible, but you're going to be busy.

This weekend, Prism Movement Co. previews its newest show Galatea. It's a wordless, acrobatic, potentially stunning piece of theater that we're pretty excited about. Performances officially open at 8 p.m. Friday and run through April 27 at the big green warehouse at 2919 Bataan St.. We recommend you attend Saturday because it will be a happening night in the Trinity Groves arts district. TheaterJones.com hosts an after party for Galatea and just down the street, the alternative gallery Ware:Wolf:Haus, 425 Bedford St., hosts a closing reception for its latest painting exhibition, 5 Guys.


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Highlights from Mayor Rawlings' #DallasArtsWeek Panel

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The panel begins and immediately the question of diversity arises. Mayor Mike Rawlings poses the question, what's exciting in Dallas and what needs improvements?

Anne Bothwell, director of KERA's Art & Seek, answers first. The arts here, she says, reflects the spirit of Dallas. Artists are independently creating really ambitious projects. She points to Make Art With Purpose and Dallas Biennial as two such projects. What's missing? Inclusion and diversity. We ignore race and racial issues, she says, and we need to address this. Letitia Huckaby replies next noting that Dallas has a supportive arts community that lacks real opportunities for minority artists.


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Seven Homes in Dallas You Will (Probably) Never Own

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Do you remember about a month ago when I first complained about being an underpaid journalist? You joined my father in the knowing chuckle of someone saying, "You could've been an accountant." Let's ignore the cliches about hindsight for a second, while I present to you homes that neither you nor my father can afford in this month's edition of "How are there so many rich people in Dallas?"

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17 Awesome Things To Do in Dallas this Weekend, March 20 - 23

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The folks over at Fun House Theatre and Film can do no wrong. They've earned critical acclaim and numerous awards for new perspectives on works by everyone from Edward Albee to David Mamet. What's different about them? They only cast kids. This weekend, masterminds (at least according to us) Jeff Swearingen and Bren Rapp throw teenagers into the tangled web of sexual manipulation in Neil LaBute's The Shape of Things. For this mature story, they've brought in Brad Baker, the chair of Collin College's theater department, to direct the young cast. In the hands of anyone else, this might be a disaster, but with the young actors at Fun House, it's bound to be worth the $10 ticket. Performances start Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and run through Sunday. More info.


Thursday, March 20

Rachmaninoff at the Dallas Symphony
Piano students everywhere fear Rachmaninoff. His fast-fingered compositions will make your heart flutter. This weekend the DSO brings in 23-year-old piano star Anna Fedorova to perform his gorgeous "Second Piano Concerto," alongside the orchestra. SMU Meadows Symphony beloved music director Paul Phillips conducts.

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Conan's Dallas Guests Include Seth Rogen, Adam Sandler and Charles Barkley

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The world's favorite red head has been spending the last few weeks prepping for his upcoming visit to Dallas. Beginning March 31, he'll be filming his show live at the Majestic Theatre. In a continuation of the Conan pandemonium (pandeConian?), today he announced his guests for his week downtown.

If you were lucky enough to get a ticket, here's who you'll see:

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Disney Voice Impersonator Singing "Let it Go" Lives in Dallas

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You've probably already seen this on the Internet this morning. Because, Monday. Trust me, we're as sick of "Let it Go" as you are. Last week I made it through about five seconds of the good looking parents annoying the shit out of their daughter before CTR-ALT-Delete. During the Oscars, I was the jerk who rewound John Travolata's flub, laughed and then fast forwarded through Adele Dazeem's performance.

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