Five (Blissfully) Non-Holiday Events This Week

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Zoot Suit produced by Cara Mia Theatre
This time of year, you're either deeply enamored with all the holiday music and Christmas lights, or trying to figure out how to put your head in a vise so it will all just go away. If you fall into the latter camp, finding something to do during the holiday season is pretty difficult. If you'd rather not see A Christmas Carol for the four-thousandth time, you might feel like the only thing you're able to do is sit at home and watch all the non-holiday movies on Netflix.

But fortunately, not everything this time of year is Christmas-themed. They may be few and far between, but there are a few things to do in Dallas this week that will take your mind off the holidays, at least for a few hours. Or, if you're trying to butter your theater snob boyfriend up for a better Christmas gift, take him to one of these six events.

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Six Can't-Miss Christmas Concerts

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Kevin Jarrett via Flickr
You can do better than this for live Christmas music.

Holiday music is easily one of the best parts of the season. Even if you haven't darkened the door of a church in decades, there's still something stirring about those old Christmas carols that you grew up on. You know that you still get a little teary-eyed whenever "Little Drummer Boy" comes on, and spending an evening at a happy-go-lucky holiday concert is a great way to forget about all that credit card debt you're racking up this year.

Instead of just dancing around in your underwear while singing to "Jingle Bell Rock," there are plenty of great Christmas concerts all around Dallas that are performed by people who can actually sing and play instruments other than air guitar, all of which are better options than listening to your Aunt Linda sing "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" after too much eggnog.

Turtle Creek Chorale Presents "Jangled"
December 18-21
City Performance Hall
$42-60

You can always count on the Turtle Creek Chorale to present an inventive program of music, even during the holiday season when the tunes can start to sound a little stale. This year's program, entitled "Jangled," explores the "messages, noises, pressures, and commitments" that we all deal with during the holidays, and offers a cathartic return to the simplicity of holidays past.

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8 Must-Do Christmas Events This Week

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Garrett Storms in SantalLand Diaries

Now is the time of year when you forget about all your hoity-toity arts education and binge-watch cheesy Christmas movies on Lifetime. There's nothing wrong with partaking in a little holiday nostalgia this month, especially with all of the horrid shit that's happened in 2014.

You'll have to wait a few more weeks for the actual holiday, but judging by the thousands of holiday lights that currently adorn the city, the Christmas season is officially in full swing in Dallas. Forget your deeply pretentious interest in avant-garde art, and sit down and enjoy a these classics from your childhood along with a few options that will satisfy your discerning tastes.


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Six Thanksgiving Week Events

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The Thanksgiving holiday is rapidly approaching, and most of us are still trying to figure out exactly what we're going to put on the table for the big meal. Sure, the food is going to be awesome, but there's much more to this holiday than just sitting around a table with your weird relatives, watching the Cowboys lose, and going to sleep early so you can shop on Black Friday.

If you're used to staying around in your eatin' pants during the Thanksgiving holidays, consider walking off a few hundred calories at one of these Thanksgiving week events. Who knows, maybe you'll even be able to get in a little Christmas shopping without having to punch someone in the face while waiting in line at Macy's.


Nasher Sculpture Center Is Open Monday
Monday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
$10
The last time you were in the Arts District on a Monday, you might've been perplexed by the emptiness. So much so, in fact, that you find yourself avoiding the whole neighborhood at the beginning of the week. But your in-laws arrived early for Thanksgiving and you're banging your head on the refrigerator wondering what to do with them all week, which might be why the Nasher opened its doors today. For this Monday alone, you, the weary in-law entertainer, can take your perfectly wonderful mother-in-law to see one of the city's finest art institutions. Hours today are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is just $10, and there's a lovely cafe where you can hide out while your family explores the Heatherwick and Anna Bella Pappexhibitions. You've already seen them, and there's wine in the cafe.


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8 Holiday Tree Lightings In Dallas and Nearby

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Galleria Dallas
Now that cold weather has finally arrived, we're officially moving full-throttle into the holiday season. Thanksgiving is next week, and that can only mean that Christmas will be here well before you're ready to deal with all your weird relatives. Still, the holiday season can be pretty magical, especially when you're staring at a massive tree with a bunch of twinkling lights.

If you find yourself in need of any holiday cheer, these eight tree lightings across the area should help get you geared up for the season. All eight of these events are free and family friendly, making them a perfect weekend activity for those of you with holiday-burdened budgets and stir-crazy kids. Sure, they're cheesy, but isn't that what the holidays are all about?

Downtown's Holiday Festival
Saturday, December 22
Main Street Garden in Downtown Dallas
Free

Downtown's Main Street Garden has an impressive tree, and they've planned a fun slate of free events to celebrate its lighting. Starting in the afternoon on December 22, you can buy gifts from holiday vendors, see a performance from Anita Martinez Ballet Folklorio, and hear Christmas carols from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra before Santa comes out to light the tree.


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Sneak Peek: Lollie Bombs Showcase Their Spooky, Kooky Boobies This Weekend (NSFW)

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This weekend, the longest-running neo-burlesque troupe in DFW is dancing their way through their twisted, sexified Halloween show, arguably their most anticipated show of the year. The sultry members of the Lollie Bombs present "Ghouls! Ghouls! Ghouls!" at 11:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday night at the Pocket Sandwich Theater. It'll be a smorgasbord of deadly dance, showcasing choreography from the likes of E. Hall and Honey Bordeauxx, and hosted by their new emcee, Connor Lingus. (Word to the Lollies virgins: the bottom level of seating is lovingly referred to as the "Splash Zone." Sit there if you're hoping to get hit by whipped cream, glitter, or stray lingerie.)

Featured beauties are versatile, off-the-wall, tattooed, and insanely talented. And did we mention? Halloween eye candy. Buckets full. Meet the ladies who are sure to show you a good time and a whole lot more!


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Oh Dear Fried Food Lord, American Idol Auditions Are On Opening Day of The State Fair

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Alice Laussade
Things will be crazy-go-nuts.

This news should strike fear in the fried hearts of many: American Idol will hold auditions for the new season at our great State Fair of Texas on September 26th and 27th-- the first two days of the fair.

There is no prior registration required. You just have to be between the ages of 15 and 28 (See Official Rules), and show up to sing between 10am and 6pm on either of the two audition days.

This spells chaos. Cats and dogs living together. Mass hysteria.

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CineWilde Glams Up the Texas Theatre with Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert

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In 1994, Priscilla, Queen of The Desertchronicled an outrageous road trip story about three drag queens that provided one of the first positive portrayals of gay and transgender people in major media, and took home the Oscar for achievement in costuming. Obviously.

For those who don't know much about the plot of the film, just imagine a couple of Australian drag queens and a transgender woman traveling across the Australian Outback in a giant tour bus named Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. It's a heartwarming story, replete with plenty of snarky drag queen comedy. If you haven't seen it, there's no time like the present.


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Party Under the Influence of Art Thursday Night

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Courtesy Elissa Stafford
Pick your poison...

Since its official launch in May, the Fashion Art Network has thrown "curated parties." They tempt partygoers with a fresh vibe, cheap tickets, and booze, then treat them to an evening of design, performance, and visual art - typically featuring artists represented by the part event-planning, part marketing company. On the one hand, it's a sneaky way to present art without allowing for value judgment; on the other, who can say no to music, booze, and art?

"It's a great time. It's a real creative time," says Dwayne Williams, co-founder of FAN. "We've thrown events with fashion presentations from different designers, allowing the designer to present different looks to the audience with art shows simulataneously, with artwork spanning from traditional art to new media."

Thursday's event breaks the mold of previous parties, because FAN invited Darryl Ratcliff to curate a party called, "A City Under the Influence." He's invited music acts Sudie and Ronnie Heart to provide the jams; Elissa Stafford will present video and performance art; Patrick Romeo created an installation piece; and Fred Villanueva teamed up with Cupcake Wars competitor Lauren Lee to create edible art.

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Bastille on Bishop 2014: Lafayette, We Are Here, Wearing Stripes

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Danny Hurley
Bastille on Bishop 2013: Man, those French fashions are really something.
Remember how a portion of Oak Cliff began as a short-lived Utopian society settled by some French who weren't crazy about Napoleon III in 1855? No? It doesn't ring a big bell for most, but it probably should since we've got a tower and a reborn artists' community named after La Reunion.

It's easier to learn history by way of fun, though, which is exactly how Bastille on Bishop makes its impact. Oh, you think you'll just be tasting wines, scarfing crepes, eating mussels prepared in a competition by local chefs, playing petanque, watching the can-can, maybe getting tipsy and can-canning some yourself on Bishop Avenue in Oak Cliff Monday evening. In fact, you'll be taking in the French culture that helped to settle our grand city. Stratagème!

That's our story, anyway. Feel free to use it to explain those can-can videos on YouTube.

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