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Things To Do In Dallas: The Texas-OU Weekend Edition

As you may know, a certain football game will take place at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday. Kickoff is at 11 am, which seems like an absurd and reckless bit of scheduling considering how many Longhorns and Sooners fans are going to treat this as an excuse to start drinking at dawn. In other “sports scheduling I don’t understand” news, Texas and Toronto play some postseason baseball in about five minutes. The Rangers return home to the “strip-mall wormhole” on Sunday, and play at a reasonable time. What I suspect will be a bloodbath at Jerry World — with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick hacking away at a depleted Weeden-era Cowboys squad — is scheduled for 3:30 pm Sunday.

For you nerds who don’t want anything to do with this sports business — if you have time in between your regularly scheduled swirlies — there’s a lot of music, theater, and art to look forward to this weekend.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Oct. 8

I worry that Billy Idol, 59, has sneered so much his face is now stuck like that. I wonder if Idol’s mother warned him about this. Does Idol wake up in the morning with his teeth bared, his face registering revulsion at a plate of delicious eggs and bacon? Does Idol sneer that way when he’s rehearsing for a show? When he’s watching television? When he’s sitting at a computer, writing a memoir? Does he look in the mirror at night, brush his snarling chompers, and wish he’d spent more time smiling, or frowning, or puckering?

Life’s too short to sneer at. Among the reasons to smile today: the Dallas Symphony performs, Billy Idol raises a ruckus, and we learn more about an outfit of notorious Austin gangsters.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Oct. 7

Alice Cooper, Keanu Reeves, and James Franco all popped up around the city yesterday, three semi-unexpected celebrity appearances that, taken together, probably don’t say anything about Dallas, or about things to do in Dallas tonight. If Cooper, Reeves, or Franco want to hit the town tonight, though, they’re in luck: the State Fair continues to rage, and the National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China pay the Meyerson a visit.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Oct. 6

James Franco is in Dealey Plaza today to film a new mini-series about the JFK assassination and ruin your commute. The Hulu show is based on Stephen King’s novel, 11/22/63, which introduces some time travel and supernatural “good vs. evil” mumbo jumbo to a true-life event that’s seen no shortage of fictional adaptations. For the record, I’d rather see an HBO mini-series based on James Ellroy’s American Tabloid. Franco could probably play Kemper Boyd.

What will Franco do tonight once filming wraps up for the day? Maybe he’ll go to the Adult Swim Drive-In, or take in some classical music out in Fort Worth, or go see one-fifth of The Strokes.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Oct. 5

I’ve read exactly one of Joyce Carol Oates’ short stories (the delightfully unnerving “A Hole In The Head,” about a plastic surgeon whose patient requests an unusual procedure), and enjoyed it. The size of her bibliography, however, has intimidated me enough that I’ve never taken the full dive into the prolific author’s work. If anybody wants to give me a succinct list of her greatest hits, it would be appreciated.

I bring this up for a few reasons. Oates is in town, I could use a good book recommendation, and I couldn’t think of anything else to write today in this introduction. With that out of the way, let’s talk about some other things to do in Dallas tonight.

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Oct. 2-4

Everyone should take a moment of their day to fully appreciate this photo (above) that Jason Janik took at the fair the other day. I’ve spent at least 30 minutes exploring it, and continue to be amazed. I’m convinced it’s a masterpiece. It’s perfectly composed. Those people — Are they a couple? Relatives? Two strangers sharing a moment? — are eating the heck out of those corn dogs. Big Tex looks like he’s giving one of those “what can you do” shrugs. I think I see a fanny pack.

After that, start planning your weekend. I hope it brings you all the joy of a corn dog eaten under the watchful gaze of Big Tex. With the State Fair of Texas in town — along with some new plays, barbecue festivals, and Ricky Martin — it can be done.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Oct. 1

It’s a new month, which means 25 new things you must do. It’s (almost) a new week at the State Fair of Texas, which means a new weekly guide to all the food and fun out at Fair Park. And it’s a new day, which means there are new things to do in Dallas tonight.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: September 30

In this September-closing edition of “Things To Do In Dallas Tonight,” we continue to besmirch a British psychedelic act that just won’t die, ponder the post-Bush Administration career of Condoleezza Rice, and recommend an MLK play showing upstairs at the Wyly. There is also some talk of fried cheeseburgers.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: September 29

Tonight paleoanthropologist Lee Berger will be at the Perot Museum for his first public talk since he discovered the bones of a new human-like species (Homo naledi) in a South African cave. Tickets are most definitely sold out, but it’s a really cool story. If you did manage to snag tickets or have some plan to finagle your way into the hall or the live simulcast, you can look forward to a lecture from the explorer himself and a Q&A session with three scientists who helped recover the fossils.

Here are some other things to do that have not dramatically shaken up our scientific understanding of human ancestry, but still look kind of fun.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: September 28

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. Did you have fun seeing what’s new at the State Fair of Texas? Did you enjoy your visit to the fair burg of Denton and the Oaktopia Music Festival? Did you watch the Cowboys lose Sunday, have a mopey walk around the neighborhood, stay up to watch the lunar eclipse, then stay up even later to catch up on this Mr. Robot show everybody’s been telling you about until you realize it’s nearly 3:30 in the morning and Monday is going to be a long day?

Whatever you did with your weekend, it’s time to focus on tonight. See what’s shaking in the early days of the fair, enjoy some Shakespeare at the Wyly, or see a Northern Irish rock band shake the walls at Club Dada. Or look at the moon again — It’s supposed to be pretty impressive tonight as well. Or watch this Mr. Robot show everybody may or may not have been telling you about. I’ll vouch for it.

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: September 25–27

The State Fair has arrived, bringing with it a whole lot of things to do, and a whole lot of blog posts about those things. We’ve got fair fever, in fact. So go here to find out what’s shaking at Fair Park this weekend. Go here to see what new attractions the fair is bringing to the table this year. Go here for a guide to all the free concerts. And go here to find out about every discount and deal you can strike to save some money at the fair, you cheapskate.

It’s all officially underway when the opening day parade rolls through downtown at noon, about 15 minutes after this post goes up. So hurry out there. Or just wait for the nightly parade. It’s not all about the fair this weekend, though. There are many things to be done in Dallas outside of the gaze of Big Tex.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: September 24

Not everyone loves John Wayne, but if you count yourself among the Duke’s many diehard fans, I know just where you’ll want to be tonight. If most of your heroes don’t appear on no stamps, you’ve got other options: A funny loudmouth from Boston comes to the Majestic, two jokers get wrapped up in a murder mystery at City Performance Hall, and Destroyer lays gentle waste to Trees. Come on pilgrims, and let me tell you about some things to do tonight.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: September 23

It’s the first official day of fall. There’s not a whole lot I expect you to do with that information. It’s the kind of thing you can casually mention to somebody as you go about your daily business: “Hello, the Northern Hemisphere has commenced its annual tilt away from the sun. It is autumn.” You’ll probably get a polite “Ah,” or “Oh?” or even a “Sure doesn’t feel like it, buddy.” Maybe it’s best left unmentioned.

In fact, let’s leave it. I come with more important news and information that you can actually act on: Van Halen shreds Gexa Energy Pavilion, poets read at Kettle Art, and Matilda the Musical levitates into the Winspear.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: September 22

Our reviewer had some problems with Dallas Theater Center’s musical adaptation of Hee Haw. I think she makes a convincing case. But you don’t have to take her word for it, necessarily. Go out and see for yourself. Form your own conclusions. I’m not here to judge you for the things you do. I’m here to tell you about things to do. Do what you will with this knowledge. Try to win big on the The Price Is Right Live, say goodbye to Garth, or count the stereotypes in Moonshine.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: September 21

Use Monday to set a tone. Start your week off with a reading of poetry banned for supposed obscenity and other grave offenses, including work that “encourages children to break dishes so they won’t have to wash them.” Alternately, go enjoy a very stinky screening of Jurassic Park.

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