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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BeautyCon In Dallas Was Cool, but It's Got Some Growing Up To Do

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BeautyCon

Last year, I attended my very first ComicCon, and I was skeptical. I wasn't into anime or most other aspects of nerd culture, but I ultimately ended up having a really good time and embracing my own inner nerdiness. Still, I wasn't sold on the idea of "cons" until I heard about BeautyCon, a convention that celebrates the weird intersection of beauty and social media. I like beauty, I like social media, so I should be totally in to BeautyCon, right?

I don't know what I expected, but it certainly wasn't what I got when I walked into the Automotive Building at Fair Park on Saturday morning. I got there at around 11:30, two hours after the doors first opened. At first, I didn't even see any booths, just a line of girls forming in front of a mechanical bull. I then realized that I couldn't see any of the vendors because the lines in front of them completely dwarfed their small setups. I knew that the event had sold out earlier in the day, but I wasn't anticipating Black Friday-style lines at each and every stop.

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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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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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Cavalia

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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5 Dallas Arts and Culture Events That Will Make January Feel a Little Less Bleak

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I believe I told you it's time to take down those Christmas lights, mister.
It's January, and even though the weather has been nice, it's still pretty terrible to think about the fact that we have cold, hard months of winter and work before it's time to sit on patios with margaritas. Dallasites aren't at their best when it's cold outside, and if previous years are any indication, we'll likely be seeing frigid temps until at least March. Put simply, this last weekend was a fluke, and the weather is probably about to get much more gross.

But that doesn't mean that you have to just sit at your apartment and bitch about the weather on Twitter. Instead, consider one of these fun and interesting Dallas and Fort Worth arts events that are much more intellectually stimulating than making cat memes on your phone.



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