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

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Disney on Ice
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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This Week's Free & Cheap Culture Events for Every Interest

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Olgawagdi's mural of Ascanio Arosemena, a Panamanian student killed during a protest at the Panama Canal in the '60s.
Now that the weather has finally decided to cooperate for good (we hope), you really no longer have any excuse to be a hermit. Filling your brain with reality TV and recipes from Pinterest is fun, sure, but it really doesn't do much to make you a particularly interesting person. Still, if you don't have the cash to spring for art and theater events, there's nothing more tempting than a Criminal Minds binge accompanied by a box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

Fortunately, even if your checking account is looking pretty abysmal, Dallas has plenty of artsy fartsy things you keep you occupied. Whether you're more interested in South American protest art or the musings of a five-time James Beard Award-winning chef, there's plenty to do this week that won't involve you having to skimp on groceries just to get a little culture. Maybe you can divert a little bit of that cocktail budget to these cheap-ass culture events. (Or maybe the grocery budget is better. Booze > Food.)

Ologwagdi And The Art of Protest
Texas Christian University
Tuesday, March 24

A veteran of the labor movement and indigenous rights activism in Panama, Armando Díaz Rivera, who is known as Ologwagdi, has been invited to Texas Christian University for a week-long residence that will explore Latin American protest movements and the injustices that make them necessary. Ologwagdi will host events on campus all week, starting with a free exhibition of the artist's visual and audio work, along with a discussion facilitated by history professor Peter Szok. The work and discussion will explore topics of economic injustice, indigenous rights and environmental concerns in Latin America.

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Where To Buy 1920s-Inspired Costumes in Dallas for Sunday's Jazz Age Social

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Dallas Heritage Village

It's the 1920s! You and your boyfriend/husband/brother/hired friend are Daisy and Gatsby and you're headed to a costume contest because this is Dallas and we dress up all the time.

The Dallas Heritage Village and Art Deco Society of Dallas will host their second annual Dallas Jazz Age Sunday Social from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Dallas Heritage Village. There will be food trucks and Model A Fords and dancing and croquet and other 20s-style things happening.

But because you go above and beyond, there will also be a costume contest at 2:30 p.m. for best "Lawn Party Attire." Because we want you to win, we gathered a list of places for you to get your winning costume.

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5 Free Events This Week for the Broke but Culture-Hungry

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Lauren Smart
Lily Taylor at a Pandora's Box event.

After blowing all your money (and any chance at a healthy liver) at the St. Patrick's Day parade this weekend, you're probably going to have to do a little penny-pinching until payday. But being cheap doesn't have to mean sitting at home eating Kraft dinner and praying that your Netflix subscription isn't due. Instead, you should get out and try to make the most of living like a starving artist until that direct deposit hits.

Once the hangover has worn off, it's time to figure out what you're going to do, and staying inside and talking to your cat just isn't an option. Fortunately, there are a ton of free arts events that you can attend in hopes of flexing those remaining brain cells. From poetry to street art, you're sure to find a no-cost way to get the hell out of the house this week.

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5 Cheap Events To Cure Your Cabin Fever With Culture This Week

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Alisa Eykilis

After the snow, ice, rinse, and repeat, cabin fever has slowly creeped into Dallas. It strikes when you least suspect it, even during those epic House of Cards marathons, and urges you to get out of bed, put pants on, and do something with your life. Now that the snow has cleared, it's time to venture back into the world and spend a little time enriching the brain that you rotted with all that television.

Fortunately, you don't have to shell out much more than the cost of your monthly Netflix subscription to check out these five arts and culture events this week. Ranging from visual art to sheep herding, you're sure to find something that will make you want to get up off of your couch and interact with other human beings.

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Six Can't Miss Dallas Theater Performances This Week

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Cara Mia Theatre

Theater can be pretty inaccessible. It can be too expensive or too intellectual. But now, there are plenty of affordable theater performances so that those of us who are too broke can broaden our intellectual horizons. And God knows we could all use broader horizons.

These six performances all have ticket options starting at around $20, which means that you can see one of the city's most exciting theater for less than your weekly latte allowance. Whether your theater preferences are totally mainstream or a little more avant garde, one of these performances will satisfy your need for good, live theatre.

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Five Museum Events For Culture-Deprived Dallasites

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Perot Museum

Let's face it, most of us spend way too much time in front of Netflix and the Kardashians to actually put culture into our brains. Think about the last time you went to a museum. If it was more than a month ago, it's time to head back to one of Dallas or Fort Worth's fine educational institutions for a little learning.

Whatever your interests, Dallas' museums and their extensive slates of programming will introduce you to the worlds of science, drawing, and art restoration, all at a much cheaper price than actually taking a college class that you'd probably fail anyway. If you're falling short in the culture department, these five museum events will help you feel like an actual adult who knows interesting things.

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Five Dallas Theater Events That Are Perfect for Your Valentine's Date

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Joan Marcus
Mark Evans and Derrick Williams from The Book of Mormon first national tour, 2013.
All of us should probably just go ahead and make it a priority to see more theater. Theater is good for the brain, and it's important to support the local scene. These talented actors, directors, stage managers and props-wranglers all make our city's robust theater scene possible, and the best way to support them is by putting your butt into a seat. With a paid ticket, of course.

Now that it's Valentine's Day, you have no excuse to not take your date to something with a little culture instead of one of those blah prix-fixe dinners again. Show off your renewed commitment to learning more about art by taking Mr. Right (or Mr. He'll Do) to one of these Dallas theater events.

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Five Dallas Events That Will Educate You About Arts and Culture on the Cheap

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"Vinyl very dusty" by Crispin Semmens - http://www.flickr.com/photos/conskeptical/369836847/. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
Records Collecting Dust screens at The Kessler.
Thanks to the woeful state of arts education in this country, many of us are entirely unaware of the thriving arts scene that exists around us. There is theatre, dance, art and music every night in this city, but buying tickets to all those concerts and exhibits adds up quickly. As you probably well know, staying in touch with what's new and fresh in the arts scene isn't always cheap.

But it certainly can be. You don't have to spring for the good orchestra seats or purchase expensive paintings to take advantage of all the art that Dallas has to offer. This week, these five events will educate you about theatre, art, history and music, all for less than the cost of a couple of cocktails.

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There Are 63 Horses in Frisco, Prancing For Your Horse Loving Pleasure

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It's Wednesday night in Frisco, and I'm standing inside a giant, white, big-top tent, double fisting champagne before seeing what was described to me as "Game of Thrones" meets "Cirque du Soleil" with 63 horses. As it turns out, Odysseo by Cavalia is nothing like "Game of Thrones," and only a little bit like the nearly ubiquitous acrobatic show. But they aren't lying about those 63 horses.

If you never relinquished a childhood love for horses, you're raising an equestrian obsessive kiddo, or you're new to town and made the mistake of moving to the suburbs and find yourself hopelessly bored in a town of lonelyhearts, this is the show for you. It's got all the ingredients necessary to keep your wild heart from being broken: those 63 horses we mentioned, sexy athletic acrobat guys and gals, live music and booze.

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