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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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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Four Free Dallas Arts Events This Week That You Have No Excuse To Miss

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Gallup Motel Butchering
Keeping up with what's going on in the always-busy Dallas arts scene is tough, especially if you don't exactly have the cash to shell out $40 or $60 for an occasionally mediocre performance. The perception that taking in good art is expensive is pervasive, and it keeps many of use brokelings away from some really cool events.

When there are free and low-cost opportunities to see the arts, you should take full advantage of them. Spend a few hours getting culture on the cheap with one of these four events, ranging from art exhibitions to an avant-garde presentation of short film and visual art.

Late Nights At The DMA
January 16
Dallas Museum of Art
Free (exhibits require tickets for admission)

Late Nights at the DMA are a cheap way to spend an evening, and there are plenty of activities for single folks, groups of friends and families. If you're dragging the kids along, you can do some painting and yoga or play bingo. There will also be accordion and violin performances, cocktails for purchase and an interesting documentary about Henri Matisse. Weirdly, you can also check out a rendering of Monet's "Water Lilies" made entirely out of nail polish.


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Five Can't Miss Theater Productions In Dallas This Week

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The Flick takes the stage at Undermain.
Now that the holidays are finally over, most of us are slogging back into our regular routines as we throttle into 2015. Out with the holidays also go festive performances and shows. Now that the Dickens costumes and Santa suits have all been packed away, it's back to business for Dallas' theatres and venues.

The weather is going to be chilly this week, but that doesn't mean that you should hole up indoors and drink alone. You've probably already broken your New Year's resolutions, so make seeing one of these excellent theater and dance performances a top priority in 2015. Easy enough, right?

The Book Club Play
Dallas Theater Center
January 1-February 1, 2015
Kalita Humphreys Theatre
$18-$90
As its title would suggest, The Book Club Play is about a book club with six distinct and quirky characters. Main character Ana finds herself (and her club) as the subject of a documentary film about the club's dynamics, which results in a lot of "reading between the lines," pun intended. The Book Club Play has been described as a "comedy of manners," so expect plenty of highbrow discussions about life, culture, and, of course, relationships.

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6 Ways to Get Your Holiday Fix Even After Christmas Is Over

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Sheri Terris
Cheer up, little guy. The Christmas season starts again in September. Maybe August.
However you feel about the holiday season, it is finally drawing to a close. After Christmas Day on Thursday, the shimmering lights and Christmas trees will be packed away as we all get back into the regular routine. (Most of them anyway, and is there anything sadder than Christmas lights still up in February?).

We still have New Year's eve to look forward to, but some of us just aren't ready to give up the holiday season just yet.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of holiday happenings that extend well beyond December 25, much to the chagrin of Scrooges everywhere. If you're not ready to let Christmas go, you can wring out the season's last few drops of holiday cheer by attending these six post-holiday holiday events. Once this week is (finally) over, though, it's back to our regularly scheduled programming of arts, theater and dance events.

12 Days of Christmas
Dallas Arboretum
Running daily until January 4
Free-$20

If you haven't made it to the Dallas Arboretum's 12 Days of Christmas, they'll be keeping those life-sized nutcrackers and other holiday decorations on display through January 4. Use this opportunity to retake those terrible Santa Claus photos that your kid screamed through, or just wander around and take in the top-notch Christmas decor and accompanying foliage.


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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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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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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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