There are a lot of nice things about Klyde Warren Park. Its proximity to D Magazine Worldwide Headquarters, for one. The incredibly generous people who work there, for another, who find lost keys and go to enormous trouble to return said keys to their owner.
And then there’s thisÂ Walk To The Park idea that celebrates both perambulation during the working hours and our nice little green space. We who work (and live, in certain cases) around here are not lazy, per say. But consider this your call to action, courtesy of CrowdSource (the Dallas Morning News’ event marketing deal), Klyde Warren Park, and Downtown Dallas, Inc. Flee your office at 10:30 a.m. and surge en masse toward Woodall Rodgers.
Squabble with your coworkers over who gets the lime green chair, and who gets the chairs that are the color that grass is supposed to be. Enjoy a concert with the King Bucks and Larry g(EE), some sort of parade, and all of Klyde Warren’s regularly scheduled activities, such as ping pong and um, knitting. Look, I don’t knit. Or crochet. I’ve tried. I took a craft class when I was kid called “The Lost Arts” and I made half of a scarf for one of my troll dolls. But I do like music and being outside, like a normal person. I don’t love playing hooky from work. Not at all. But you guys enjoy yourselves.
As for tonight, stick around the Arts District for Holiday at the Center. Outside the Winspear Opera House in Sammons Park, you’ll find a life-size snow globe, ice-skating rink, craft booths, food trucks, and live music. Plus, don’t forget the official tree lighting, photos with Santa, and a special performance from Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a holiday circus show coming to Winspear later in December. All this stuff is free and open to the public.
Unfortunately for last minute brain trust types, TEDxSMU is sold out once again. And unfortunately for me, someone planted the holiday shopping bug in my head yesterday. I’m now making mental lists of who I need to buy for and what to get. The return of the Dallas Flea at South Side on Lamar comes just in time for this particular stress. Support Texas artisans with your $5 entry fee and peruse the wares of more than 75 vendors offering holiday decor, clothing and jewelry, furniture, and more.
Also on Saturday, and relevant to gift-giving issues, Good Records and the Deep Ellum Local Market have joined forces for the Good Local Market. What’s usually a parking lot turns into a bazaar, where you’ll find vintage jewelry, fresh roasted coffees, and food trucks.
Tough decisions. The Texas Theatre is showing Quentin Tarantino’sÂ True RomanceÂ this weekend, and Sunday’s your last chance for romance with this romantic thriller. Great movie, and I love hanging out at the theater’s bar after a film.
Also that evening, there’s a performance of Nouveau 47’sÂ On the Eve, a new rock musical written by members of the local band Home By Hovercraft and actor and Kitchen Dog Theater company member Michael Frederico. The plot follows theÂ very nearly true story of Marie Antoinette and the world’s first-ever time machine. FrontRow’s Dick Sullivan has the backstory on Home by Hovercraft’s origins and how they made their way to the theater.