Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Jan. 25-27

How far would you run for this Hypnotic Donut?

I’m attending all three hours of King Lear tonight, so I’ll be swift about this.

Friday

If I wasn’t settling in for Shakespeare at the Wyly, I’d bounce back and forth between two Deep Ellum venues with musical acts I’ve actually been dying to see. The timing would out perfectly, provided you were also interested in seeing Home by Hovercraft (supporting Air Review for their album release party) at Trees, since the band goes on at 8 p.m., and then heading over to Club Dada for Geographer. The opening act there is Daniel Hart. You can’t really go too far wrong picking one or the other, but why do that when you can have both? If you buy your tickets online, the grand total is $20–still less than you’d pay for a single concert at Palladium Ballroom or Verizon. I caught on to Home by Hovercraft thanks to their charming gem of a musical, On the Eve, and I’ve been into Geographer’s brand of synth pop since I got my hands on a seven-inch single of “Kites” quite a few years ago. I recommend all of it highly.

Cane Rosso for dinner, just because I haven’t braved the hoards in awhile, and Black Swan Saloon for drinks. Easy.

Saturday

Early birds, I have two treats for you, and they both involve Fair Park. One’s pretty literal–the Hypnotic Donut Dash. This 5K run is like every other 5K. Except you’re required to eat a Hypnotic Donut before breaking into a swift trot/light jog/all-out sprint. And then you have eat more at the finish line. Can I be honest? I do not like donuts. I have never liked donuts. I do, however, enjoy beignets. I feel better now.

The other thing is the half-day Legacies Dallas History Conference, sponsored by the Dallas Center for Architecture and focused on the theme of “Transforming Dallas” this year. There will be presentations on the arrival of railroads in Dallas, the founding of Highland Park, and the works of modernist architect Howard Meyer and Sam Bloom. Also, in accordance with the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination this year, there will be a special panel discussion with eyewitnesses who were at the Dealey Plaza.

Meanwhile, if you’ve been hoping for some classical music, Grammy Award-winning pianist Yefim Bronfman plays alongside the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Your last chance to experience the pure Mozart magic is the Sunday afternoon matinee performance.

Sunday

Spend your possibly rainy afternoon with fine artist Mark Dion, who will give a lecture as part of the sculpture center’s ongoing conversation series. The event is included with museum admission, but if you RSVP, there’s free wine in it for you.

Nearby, The Velveteen Rabbit gets the live action treatment at the Winspear Opera House. That book makes me cry, cry, cry. But it’s so good. Tickets are reasonable, and still available online for families interested in attending.

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