19 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, March 26-29

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We've been looking for the pinball tables in Dallas for months. It seems they've disappeared from some of our favorite spots. But this weekend, we'll get to use our flipper fingers on the hundreds of pinball tables that will be at the Texas Pinball Festival up in Frisco. It kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday and lasts through Sunday, stretching late into the night most nights. One-day passes start at $25; weekend passes are available for $60 for adults and $35 for kids. More information at texaspinball.com.


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I Went Crate Dating, but Failed to Make Beautiful Music

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You're not the only one who wanted to go home, pal.
It's 8 p.m. and I plop myself down at the bar at Off the Record in Deep Ellum. My Uber driver had just given me a grand tour of the area, telling me what hospital she was born in and where in the hood she grew up. To forget about the Uber ride and try to ease the pain of the adventure I'm about to embark on, I ask the bartender for a glass of alcohol. Anything will do.

I'm there for this bar/record store's speed-dating event called Crate Dating. Instead of usual ways of finding a mate -- quickly looking at a picture online and swiping left or right or filling out a million and one questions on a profile -- Crate Dating is for the music lovers in all of us. You browse the collection of Off the Record's records, choose one and put it into the crate matching your status (women seeking men, men seeking men, etc.). Then, in my case, a man will pick a record that interests him and you're matched depending on that. After that, it's pretty much speed dating.

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17 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, March 19-22

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Swing by the Jazz Age Sunday Social this weekend.

If you're not in Austin for South by Southwest, you're probably going to need something to distract you from the barrage of social media updates your "cooler" friends are posting. We're here to help. There's plenty going on in Dallas this weekend and we've selected some of the best here, just for you.


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16 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, March 12-15

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This Saturday you'll see green everywhere: in your pint of warm beer, on your bar tab, being flung from parade floats in the form of plastic beads, and on the faces of sorority girls who've been drinking since 8 a.m. It's once again time for the Dallas St. Patrick's Parade and Festival, and it's so much more than a celebration of a Catholic saint said to have driven all the serpents from the island nation of Ireland. It's about going balls to a wall of green-clad Dallasites along a 2-mile route on Lower Greenville Avenue, and it's the best people-watching this city offers. It's also about music -- which you will get an earful of (if you're 21 and up, that is) during the Dallas Observer St. Patrick's Day Concert featuring Josh Abbott Band. Start planning your parking spot now, and where you'll take legitmate, indoor bathroom breaks -- the parade kicks off at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Greenville and Blackwell Street, grinding to a halt in the bar-fortified region at Greenville and Yale Boulevard. The concert starts at noon in Energy Square, at Greenville and University Boulevard. Admission to the concert is $15; the parade is free. - Jennifer Davis-Lamm


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12 Things to Do Outside in the Dallas Sunshine

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Dallas Arboretum

Can you feel it? The sun is on its way out. It's slowly killing off the clouds with its warm rays of light, and soon, possibly in the next day or two, it's returning to Dallas to brighten our bouts of depression and warm up our chilly bodies. You'll need things to fill your sunny days. Things that help you replenish your much-needed supply of Vitamin D. Here are just a few suggestions. Add your own in the comments.


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Best Furniture Shops in Dallas, Vintage and New

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There comes a time in every grown-up person's life when you have to upgrade the crappy particle board furniture that you purchased from IKEA and Big Lots to pieces that actually look presentable in a home. Once you've taken down all the posters from the walls and tucked the 6-foot bong into a closet (for safe keeping, duh), your $15 bookshelves start to look a little ridiculous.

Still, it's easy to get duped when you buy nice furniture. There are plenty of chain furniture stores that are happy to sell you a shinier version of the crap you were buying before, only at a much higher price. These eight furniture stores in Dallas may not always sell brand-new pieces, but you'll definitely find something that looks better in your apartment than the '80s Navajo-print couch you inherited when your great aunt died.

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Your Guide to the People of the Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade

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Patrick Michels
You probably won't meet her, she looks nice.
Why do we do this to ourselves? Every year, even the most sane among us stumble down Greenville Avenue like a horde of cottonheaded ninnymuggins. And for what? The only people watching the "parade" are the policeman making overtime to write us indecent exposure tickets when we piss in the streets. And at the end of it all, we zombie crawl our way back to our cars, which are somewhere north of Lovers Lane. But year after year, you and your tiredass liver drag yourselves to the M Streets to party like a bachelor party on Bourbon Street. You'll do it again this year, you and every person on this list.

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Patrick Michels
You can't make this shit up.
Irish Impersonator
Today, this guy bleeds green. He has the beads, the shamrocks, the dumb hat, the green glasses that double as a crazy straw, and about 30 cans of domestic beer on his person. His great, great, great, someone was totally from Ireland, but he has no clue if it's Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland. He didn't know there was a difference. HHe will spend the first part of the day speaking in an accent that sounds Jamaican, he eats Shepherd's Pie, and loves soccer, especially Roy Keane. Or is it Robbie Keane? Somebody Keane. He tells you all of this while using the alley like a toilet.


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Top 5 Reasons to Root for FC Dallas in 2015

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This past summer, thanks in large part to the contagiously fun success of the U.S. Men's National Team during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, massive amounts of American's either became new fans of soccer, or reignited a long lost love of the beautiful game. But to anyone paying close attention, soccer, as has been discussed for decades, has officially "made it" here stateside. And the World Cup only had a partial role in Soccer's ascendency into the prime-time of North American spectator sports.

Major League Soccer, or MLS as it's more commonly referred to, begins its 20th season today, and our local crew, F.C. Dallas - a charter club of MLS which began as the Cotton Bowl-based Dallas Burn - will open its season tomorrow in Frisco when it hosts the revamped San Jose Earthquakes in Toyota Stadium. Before record crowds in 2014, where attendance averaged over 16,800 per game (the Dallas Stars hockey team failed to average even 16,000 per game, by the way), the club, managed by former Dallas Burn/F.C. Dallas Midfielder Oscar Pareja of Colombia made it to the second round of the playoffs, losing to the Seattle Sounders, featuring Clint Dempsey, the U.S. National Team Captain and World Cup goal-scorer.

Now is the time, Dallas-dweller, to get in on the F.C. Dallas fun, if you haven't already. This team, and the still-emerging league, will be well worth your sports-viewing time and money. Here are the Top Five Reasons to Root for F.C. Dallas in 2015.


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21 Awesome Things to Do this Weekend, March 5 - 8

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Out of the Loop Fringe Festival opens at WaterTower Theatre this weekend. The annual fest up in Addison isn't afraid to take risks on new work from Dallas-based playwrights, like this year's Standing 8 Count by Van Quattro. The fest also brings in outside performers, like the return of Jenn Dodd, who had a packed run for her one-person character show at last year's Loop. They have dance, music, and art. And at 10 bucks a show, it's a cheap risk for the audience to take on the shows. Shows start Friday night (opening night has been cancelled due to weather) with performances nightly for 10 days. See the full schedule at watertowertheatre.org.

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Lots of Ideas at the Festival of Ideas. Some Good, Some Not.

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Elaine Liner
Ideas come in all shapes and stickiness.

Big idea if there's ever another Dallas Festival of Ideas: Don't have it in February. The lousy weather last week put a crimp in the weekend's schedule of idea-generating events in the Arts District.

What was supposed to be a daylong series of panels, group discussions and performances by local artists, dancers and actors was edited down to a few sessions Saturday afternoon at the City Performance Hall, Winspear Opera House and Booker T. Washington High School. About 700 people did slosh through the slush to hear out-of-town and local experts talk for several hours about the city's future in areas of race, architecture, education, digital technology and culture. Mayor Mike Rawlings, in his brief opening remarks, said he hoped it would be "yoga for your mind."


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