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Things to Do in Dallas Tonight: Oct. 10

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Gloom.

I was thrilled almost to the point of tears to learn that Alice Munro had won the Nobel Prize in Literature early this morning. This post from the New Yorker blog this morning does a better job than I could explaining why it feels so personal.

Frankly, I think this is a great time to pick up a collection of Munro’s short stories and tuck yourself into a corner at Crooked Tree. However, you do have other options. Tonight features the return of the Dallas Museum of Art’s State of the Arts lecture series. Hosted by Jeff Whittington, the discussions explore the creative process across a variety of artistic mediums. First up is a panel on contemporary art, featuring Christopher Blay, artist and instructional assistant and curator of The Art Corridor Galleries, Janeil Engelstad, artist and founder of Make Art with Purpose, and Stephen Lapthisophon, artist and visiting assistant professor of drawing at the University of Texas at Arlington. The lecture is $5, and you can reserve online or buy when you arrive.

Elsewhere, Vampire Weekend play the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie. I’ve seen them live once, when the band was in their veritable infancy (sort of—”Oxford Comma” was just catching on). Thanks to my best friend Pam and her unique way of dealing with crowds, it was an incredibly entertaining experience. For everyone who doesn’t have a Pam, Vampire Weekend still puts on a good show. As much as I like a few of the tracks from 2013′s Modern Vampires in the City, such as “Ya Hey” and “Diane Young,” my most-played Vampire Weekend song is an iTunes session cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m Goin’ Down.” It’s fantastic. Great writing music, actually. Anyway, you can still get tickets to the concert tonight online.

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