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Things To Do In Dallas: The Thanksgiving Weekend Edition

Thanksgiving is the greatest holiday. No gifts. Sound message: Be thankful for what you have. Good food.An adequate amount of family time that — if you keep conversation limited while focusing on the kitchen table and a television screen for the duration of a football game — won’t end in tears and the airing of ancient grievances. To top it off, it’s just the start of an extended holiday weekend with all kinds of things to do. Happy Thanksgiving.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Nov. 25

Happy Thanksgiving Eve. It’s a tricky night. You could join your family early, but then you’ll be sick of each other by the time Grandpa Frank cuts the turkey tomorrow. We’ve got better ideas. Go see Mac Miller at the Bomb Factory, be regaled at Dallas’ premier storytelling series, or dance the night away at Beauty Bar’s fifth anniversary bash.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Nov. 24

There is a so-called “Wookie Calling Contest” tonight at the Libertine Bar on Lowest Greenville, and we should briefly discuss how to win it. (At the risk of being that guy, I feel the need to first publicly point out that that it’s actually spelled “Wookiee”). Practice some common phrases in Shyriiwook, the trade language made most famous by Chewbacca in the Star Wars films. Go-tos like “Ruh gwyaaaag” (“I am a friend”) and “Huwaa muaa mumwa” (“Can I buy you a drink?”) will serve you well at a watering hole, but more elaborate sentences like “Arrrrrwrrrrrronnkkk raarrh” (“Is the air-conditioning actually on in this building?”) should really impress. Next, watch this “Chewbacca Sound Tutorial” video (YouTube views: more than 1.8 million) and rehearse at home. Take those steps and you might as well park the Millenium Falcon outside and strut in with Han Solo before entering the contest.

If you’re more of a Star Trek person, or maybe you’ve been on a second date in the past year, there are plenty of other things to do tonight as well.

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Nov. 20-22

My apartment did not have any hot water this morning, but on the bright side, that cold shower may have adequately prepared me for this weekend’s freezing temperatures. Regardless, only cowards let a little temperature drop dictate their weekend plans. With a Jackson Pollock exhibition opening at the DMA, the GZA performing at Trees, and tree-lighting celebrations throughout North Texas, staying in is not an option.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Nov. 18

If you’re the kind of person who believes in cornball sentiments about the life-saving power of rock and roll, then you’re going to want to be baptized in the cleansing punk fire of Beach Slang tonight at Double Wide. The Philadelphia outfit is really fantastic, and does not have a single ironic molecule in its DNA, a blend of Replacements-style anthems and less fashionable pop punk. The late, great Grantland called Beach Slang 2015’s “best, most sincere rock band,” which about sums it up.

But if Beach Slang isn’t your cup of tea (the singer’s voice can be a turn-off), or you’re a responsible work-in-the-morning adult repelled by the idea of a four-band bill for a weeknight show that starts at 9 pm, you have other options. Undermain Theatre starts previews of its production of an acclaimed Irish play and the Dallas Chamber Symphony runs through some Bach, Bloch and Janacek.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Nov. 17

I often learn a lot of fun facts while writing about things to do in Dallas. For example: Plain White T’s did not, contrary to what I had believed for years, fall into a volcano and disappear some time after “Hey There Delilah” became the biggest, most obnoxious song in the world circa 2007. They’re at Trees tonight. Elsewhere, legendary conductor Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra stop in, and a drag show raises money for charity.

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Nov. 6-8

Drinking beer and listening to live music is a safe bet most weekends. When there are 100 breweries pouring those beers and 10-plus pretty good-to-great bands playing that live music, it’s a sure thing. Two of my most cherished hobbies converge Saturday at the Untapped Festival at Fair Park. But if drinking beer and listening to live music don’t square with your idea of quality leisure time, don’t sweat it. There are lots of other things to do Saturday, and lots of other things to do this weekend.

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