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Things to Do in Dallas Tonight: Jan. 9

Telegraph Canyon urges you to just say no to free crack.

I’m not nearly as adept at writing a comprehensive guide to having fun in Dallas as is my fearless editor, Liz, but since she’s jetting off to enjoy a well-deserved vacation, I’ll do my best to keep things rolling.

It’s another mucky day outside with a dreary misting of rain, which means pondering strolls through Klyde Warren Park or leap frogging outside the Perot Museum is just not going to cut it today. A few convenient indoors options are available, though, so no worries.

The Latino Cultural Center is screening a documentary tonight about Fidel Castro and Che Guevara’s vision for an ambitious architectural and education project, called the National Art Schools, during the earliest years of the Cuban Revolution. Basically, they were envisioning five separate schools with free tuition for students, but the intended masterpiece fell into ruins. As part of the Dallas Center for Architecture’s Architecture Film Series, Unfinished Spaces features interviews with the three original architects of the schools and shows an insider’s look at the fascinating concept and its untimely downfall. Attendance is free, but an RSVP is required.

Also indoors is The Ochre House’s latest production, Old, a vaudeville tragedy in two acts featuring two drunkards who argue all the time. This weather might really be affecting my sensibilities because nothing sounds more entertaining to me right now than watching old drunk guys shout at one another. Old draws inspiration from the documentary Shut Up, Little Man!, about two angry alcoholics in San Francisco. As the saying goes, misery loves company. No matter how drunk and belligerent that company is.

Last but not least, Fort Worth indie folk rock band Telegraph Canyon is playing Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton tonight with Blitzen Trapper. I got to sneak in a chat with lead singer Chris Johnson yesterday on FrontRow, and he informed me that new music is heading our way next month, so maybe they’ll sneak in a quick preview tonight? One can only hope.

Oh, and the Mavs play the Clippers tonight at the Staples Center in Lose Angeles. I will be discreetly checking the score via iPhone at the Telegraph Canyon show while pretending that I don’t care whether they win or lose, even though it secretly kills me to think of missing out on the playoffs this year.

Iris Zubair is a D Magazine.com intern.