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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: June 20-22

Promotional still from Wanda the Wonderful.
Promotional still from Wanda the Wonderful.

Friday

The Perot Museum may have been called out for its lack of a climate change exhibit on the tech-site Boing Boing earlier this week, but don’t let that stop you from attending one of their always-surprising adult parties this evening. Tonight’s Social Science theme centers around superstitions, and I imagine they’re going to use some of their pesky “facts” to illuminate just how silly it is to care about such ancient habitual nonsense. Look out for the signature cocktail; those brightly colored concoctions are always a bit stronger than they look. It must be magic.

Speaking of stately institutions that will be letting their hair down a bit, the Nasher will also be open late tonight. Til Midnight at the Nasher will feature a performance by local funk artist Larry G(ee), followed by a screening of The Way Way Back.

The Arts District itself will be hosting a block party that features both the Nasher and the Perot, and although that’s been ongoing since 2011, I have been very impressed by the heightened amount of activity in the area all week. Don’t you love it when we clean up for company?

Saturday

Everyone’s favorite Dallas sports hero just had a birthday yesterday, and rather than spend the weekend celebrating himself, he’ll instead be hosting his annual charity event. Dirk Nowitzki’s Annual Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game will take place all the way up in Frisco’s Dr. Pepper Ballpark, and will feature Jason Witten, Pudge Rodriguez, and a variety of other beloved figures.

Elsewhere in the suburbs, Henry’s Ice Cream will be holding its yearly pajama party at its sole location in Plano, benefitting the American Cancer Society. Henry’s is so often featured as an outsourcer on local menus, that you’ve likely had it whether you know it or not. Survivors will be serving cups and cones, and pajama-wear is strongly encouraged. Show up ready for bedtime and you’ll get a free pint.

Sunday

The Oak Cliff Film Festival is now officially in full swing, and we have a well-researched guide to the selections over on FrontRow. One thing I should mention here is that a local director has a feature-length documentary making its world premiere at the OCFF, Wanda the Wonderful. Chronicling the life of a notorious Vaudevillian entertainer and sharpshooter known as Wanda “Savage,” the film is a deeply personal project that SMU associate film professor Carolyn Macartney has undertaken over seven years. It just so happens that Wanda Savage is Macartney’s grandmother, and she has long wanted to explore her tale. With a tagline that reads: She had four husbands – but only shot one of them, consider us intrigued. This particular event is really Oak Cliff at its most charming, so try to make it out for at least one screening. Wanda the Wonderful plays at the Kessler, at 6pm on Sunday.

 

 

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