22 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas this Weekend, April 23- 26

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Karlo X. Ramos
Justin Locklear in The Egg Salesman.

The weekend. It's always just around the corner. As life pushes ever onward, and the good things come and they go, it's nice to know that the weekend always arrives on time. Unless you have a job that requires you to work on the weekend. In that case, we're really sorry. But why are you reading this? You knew what you were clicking on. Here you'll find a smattering of fun things happening this weekend, from plays to comedy to film screenings to magic. Now get planning. The weekend starts now! Well, for some of us.


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Free & Cheap Culture Events in Dallas This Week

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Sammons Lunch Jam is a great way to get out of the house.

There are plenty of excuses to stay home. The couch is comfortable, Netflix is full of cool documentaries that you haven't seen, and food can actually be delivered to your front door. The comforts of the 21st century are great, but it is also occasionally cool to get out into the world and take in some of the creative and interesting art and music that the people who live in our fair city are constantly creating.

Put on some damn pants, and plan to head to one of these five free (or cheap!) culture events this week. You can celebrate the environment, listen to some cringe-worthy stories, and take in some great jazz music. Either way, you can finally tell your coworkers that you did something interesting for a change. They're probably really bored with all those stories about your cat.


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Five Free & Cheap Culture Events In Dallas This Week

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Bass Performance Hall presents Dixie's Tupperware Party. A sample of Tupperware, for those who don't know, is on the table on the right. ON THE RIGHT, we said.
Between the Dallas International Film Festival, a major awards show and the usual hustle and bustle, it's going to be a busy week in Dallas, folks. If you're not in the know and don't have any plans, though, you shouldn't use the inevitable traffic as an excuse to stay at home and pray that the Rangers are going to get better.

You should still pray, but you can do it at one of the dozens of arts and culture events in Dallas and beyond this week. Everything on this list will cost you less than the cost of a couple of drinks, and you can fight back against all those claims that you're a dumb, uncultured millennial on the cheap at one of these events. Make your cocktails at home before you go -- no one likes the guy who doesn't pregame appropriately.

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30 Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, April 9-12

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Cruise through some films at the Dallas International Film Festival.

Climb aboard the weekend cruise liner. First stop? A busy, fun-filled weekend complete with a film festival, an art festival, an art fair, numerous art exhibitions and events, poetry, music, and many more adventures, weather permitting. You won't be able to see it all, so pick from our handy dandy recommended events and see how much energy you can muster. See you on the Dallas seas.


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Orange Is the New Black's Laverne Cox Advocated For Transgender Acceptance At UNT

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Laverne Cox, the actress from the addicting prison series Orange Is the New Black, encompasses nearly every historically marginalized or oppressed group at once: She's an African American, transgender female. As the first transgender performer to be nominated for an Emmy, her unlikely success story landed her on the cover of Time magazine last year.

Radiant, with triumphant poise and an air of humbly heroic wisdom, Cox sashayed into the UNT auditorium like Beyoncé, her blonde hair flowing as if thanks to an invisible wind machine. Cox is a powerful combination of celebrity and role model, and she was received by a standing ovation. The diverse crowd included a disproportionate amount of students with crazy-colored hair, some transgender, all happy misfits. Expectant energy filled the room. Cox is travelling the country delivering her lecture "Ain't I A Woman?" which speaks to her experience, and delivers a message full of humor and hope.

Her timing couldn't be more perfect. The recent speculation as to Bruce Jenner's gender transformation is what ultimately "broke the Internet," not stepdaughter Kim Kardashian's nude magazine cover. In a year where other famed TV dads had shocking allegations of rape and pedophilia brought against them (think Bill Cosby and Stephen Collins) the gossip surrounding Bruce Jenner's identity seemed to somehow take the colossal cake. It's a clear reminder that, for the general public, an alleged sex-change still rouses a far more intrusive interest than an alleged sex crime.

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Five Free & Cheap Culture Events This Week

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Katherine Owens
Easter's over. Now it's time for a different take, from The Testament of Mary at Undermain Theatre.
If you're complaining that there's "nothing to do in Dallas," it's only because you're not looking hard enough. There's plenty to do in this city, and that isn't even including the sheer number of bars that you could be drinking at right this very minute. Yes, our "world class" city is full of arts, culture and film entertainment, and you don't even have to pay a whole lot of money to check it out.

The most expensive ticket on this week's list of free and cheap culture events is only $25. Even if you have to cut your Starbucks budget a little short this week, buy a ticket to one of these five events and get some damn culture for god's sake.

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Your Guide To The Deep Ellum Arts Festival

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Scene from the 2013 version of the Deep Ellum Arts Festival.
This weekend Deep Ellum will shut down for the giant street party. The Deep Ellum Arts Festival will include art, music, food, alcohol, pets and other things that make people happy.

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Literary Death Match Returns to Dallas. Think Wrestlemania with Words. But Not Really.

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New Yorker staffer and author Susan Orlean, making her point at a Literary Death Match in Los Angeles.
Next Thursday, April 9, there's a reading series coming to the Texas Theatre. Nothing so out of the ordinary in that. Dallas has been blessed with lots of readings recently: The Dallas Museum of Art's Arts & Letters Live series began in January and is still kicking, and The Wild Detectives hosts authors weekly. The Texas Theatre may be a slightly unconventional place to put on a literary event, but storytelling group Oral Fixation has been giving encore performances there this season.

This new series, though, is called Literary Death Match? That sounds ... different.

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Six Free & Cheap Culture Events This Week

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See the lighter side of drones on Saturday.We have finally made it to spring, which gives everyone in Dallas a sort of cabin fever that's different from the one when you're cooped up in crappy weather. Now, everyone wants to get outside and enjoy the sunshine at temperatures that won't actually burn your entire face off. As such, that means that you should get out and see what your community is doing to help make this "world-class" city a more cultured place.

This week, there's everything from fancy shopping to drone fighting that can keep you occupied when you're not slaving away at your boring corporate job. Think of these six free and cheap culture events in Dallas as your way of flexing those creative muscles, even if you don't really have any. Besides, most of these places have beer.

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Disney On Ice: Frozen Puts Elsa in Ice Skates, and Parents Everywhere Let Go of Their Wallets

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The cold doesn't bother her anyway.

By Jennifer Davis-Lamm
The minute we turned onto Field Street on our way to the American Airlines Center for Disney On Ice: Frozen, I knew I was in trouble. My four-year-old, who had been told only that she was going to get to stay out past bedtime for a surprise, suddenly rocketed forward in her car seat: "MOM! LOOK! They're all in Elsa dresses!" And indeed, hordes of small children were walking down the street in aqua-blue polyester gowns--one of which hangs in my daughter's room, 15 miles away and decidedly not on her body.

I catch myself feeling kinda bad about this oversight. Despite the fact that repeated viewings of Frozen incite me to fantasize about installing a flux capacitor in my mommy SUV and heading to a time when Arendelle was just a glimmer in a Disney exec's eye, I've come to accept Anna and Elsa as frequent interlopers into our household. I've also been suckered into more merch than I care to admit.

Luckily, my kiddo has gamely decided that the lack of an Elsa dress is not going to hamper her evening...particularly since the entire arena is filled, packed, and brimming with all the Frozen goods you could ever conceive of. We explain that she will be allowed to pick out one souvenir from the evening, and her head swims with possibilities as we find our seats--which were graciously comped by the local company promoting the event.

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