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

Red roses = death. What, you thought it was romance?
Red roses = death.

My Veronica Mars Kickstarter award has shipped. That’s pretty much the best news, and now we can move on to your weekend.

Friday

“Tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!” That’s a lyric from Stephen Sondheim’s Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Forum. But you know, why choose? You can have both.The Dallas Opera begins performances of George Bizet’s Carmen, an eventually sad tale about a strong-willed and beautiful gypsy woman. Carmen seduces a naive nice guy who turns out not so nice when he figures out she prefers the dashing bullfighter to his simple soldier. You don’t need to shell out the big bucks to attend opening night at the Winspear. There’s a free simulcast in Klyde Warren Park. The performance starts at 8 p.m., but should you feel like earning a gold star for arts patronage, there’s also a pre-show costume contest and a ““Toreador Song Sing-along.” Oh boy. Bring a blanket and a picnic, or grab a bite from the food trucks.

Now, comedy. Whitney Cummings, comedienne, co-creator of 2 Broke Girls, star of the recently canceled Whitney, is doing a stand up set at the House of Blues. If you’d like to attend, I suggest buying your ticket now. There are only a few left.

Saturday

Everyone loves the Oak Lawn Halloween Block Party. The massive outdoor party boasts a costume catwalk (seriously, this is the place to spot the best and most elaborates get-ups), live music, and beer booths all over the place. If you intend to park, you should arrive early. The street will close by 6 p.m., but the bars and restaurants along the 3900 block of Cedar Springs will be open early so you can stake out prime real estate.

There are tons of other Halloween events happening Saturday, too, so go here for more. A few examples: dog-friendly happy hours, an American Horror Story-themed party, and a Día de Los Muertos workshop at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center where kids and adults can decorate sugar skulls and skeletons.

Speaking of tons of stuff to do, Klyde Warren Park’s one year anniversary weekend has you covered. Saturday’s activities include a Day of the Dead craft, music, yoga, and more.

Sunday

This one is for the kids. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra puts on “Thrilling Halloween Adventures,” a concert of seasonally appropriate songs that also involves a costume contest and a musical treasure hunt. (If you do want to take part in the costume contest, arrive early.)

Finally, Sunday marks you last chance to see the Dallas Theater Center’s production of Clybourne Park. I’m out of English words to tell you to go see this. On y va. But seriously. The Pulitzer Prize-winning new play, which describes the events before and after the plot of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, was all the rage on Broadway last year, praised for its sharp-witted depiction of race in modern America. The first half of the action takes place in 1959, as a white couple living in an all-white neighborhood of Chicago prepares to sell their home to a black family (the Youngers, from Raisin). The second half occurs in 2009. The same neighborhood is now all black, and a white couple is attempting to move in. If I wasn’t heading out of town this weekend, I’d see it again. You won’t regret it.

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