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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: The Memorial Day Edition

We’ve compiled a separate list of weekend things to do that seem particularly pertinent to Memorial Day good times — pool parties, patriotic events, and so on. But there are plenty of ways to enjoy a three-day weekend. Thai food festivals and epic poetry readings, for example.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: May 26

The Texas Theatre wraps up a month of Thursday night screenings of Jean-Luc Godard films (here’s a request for Alphaville for the next French New Wave series in Dallas) with Band of Outsidersa fantastic film about wannabe gangsters whose minds are warped by youth and too many American crime movies. It has this scene, this scene, and this scene. Other movies do not. Advantage: Band of Outsiders.

Elsewhere, a play about post-grad anxiety, the orchestral connection between Cervantes and Shakespeare, and the voice of the Rangers throws a birthday bash.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: May 23

Who wins in a fight between John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon? Kennedy goes down early with his bad back, but lends moral support to Johnson, taking verbal jabs at Nixon — who is at this point just drenched in panic sweat — from ringside. Tricky Dick, a roll of quarters snuck tightly into his right fist, gets his shots in on the Flexin’ Texan, but the Johnson Treatment proves too much for Nixon’s street-fighting tactics to overcome. LBJ wins by TKO in round 10.

This is probably not the kind of fight examined in LBJ vs JFK vs Nixon, a book about the 1960 presidential election by David Pietrusza, who will speak tonight at the Sixth Floor Museum. But we’re prone to flights of fancy, and to writing lists of things to do in Dallas.

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Byron Nelson Report: Day 2—Training Jordan Spieth

The Pavilion at the AT&T Byron Nelson is always live. But the more exclusive action is poolside at the Four Seasons Las Colinas. During the day, the gold-diggers work on their tans; at night, guests and Four Seasons members and PGA-credentialed partiers come out to play. Last night was no exception, with South African golfer Louis Oosthuizen holding court, consoling himself after missing the cut. (Still, things didn’t get as intense as they did last year, when Johnny Manziel had a dust-up with an annoying fan.)

This morning, day two of the tournament, it was back to business. I had a chance to talk with trainer Damon Goddard, after he held fitness sessions with two of his clients, Kelly Kraft and Jordan Spieth.

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Byron Nelson Report: Day 1—Rain Delays, Kelly Kraft, and Sergio Garcia

Rain delayed the action in Las Colinas by more than two hours yesterday, as the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament officially got under way. Ryan Palmer passed the time by shooting hoops with his caddie, Dustin Johnson checked out machines in the newly renovated weight room, and a few other golfers played ping-pong. Hard-working reporters in the media room, meantime, got chair massages.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: May 19

The mysterious Jandek, whose experimental blues are just as murky as his identity, puts in a rare public appearance with tonight’s live show at the Texas Theatre. Less enigmatic, but still intriguing: Itzhak Perlman and Emanuel Ax perform at the Winspear, and you’re probably due for a visit to the Meadows Museum.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: May 17

The Dallas Symphony’s Soluna Festival begins tonight with the debut performance of “Rules of the Game,” a collaborative show that the characteristically humble Pharrell, who composed the music, has described as a “brand new medium.” Whatever its paradigm-shifting ambitions, the piece will feature several old mediums, including dance (choreography by Jonah Bokaer), art (scenography by Daniel Arsham, whose Instagram is wonderful), and music (performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra). Showtime’s at 7:30.

Elsewhere: Hot Saucerman and Comedy Bing Bong at the Texas Theatre and Four Tet at Club Dada.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: May 16

Emily Dickinson died —
130 years ago this week —
To live — as Dickinson, that famous Homebody
Is no life, at all!
To do Things —
In Dallas, on a Monday, in May —
Is to live —
Is to leave Home —

To see Shakespeare — the DSO —
To see The Neighbourhood —
Is to see The World —
Or to see — Nothing
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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: May 13-15

It is Friday the 13th, a fact that won’t bother you. You may be superstitious, but you’re no coward. You open your internet browser of choice in search of things to do in Dallas this weekend. You visit your favorite website, frontburner.dmagazine.com. Or perhaps you fire off a Bing for “things to do in Dallas this weekend.” Maybe a friend shares a link on Facebook or something. Regardless, you arrive here, at a crossroads. Two roads diverging in a yellow wood. A red pill and a blue pill. A sword and a ball.

If you want to learn more about The Cure playing at American Airlines Center, a homebrewing competition in the Bishop Arts District, and more things to do, continue reading. If you want to have a boring and terrible weekend, click the “X” in the top corner of your screen and never return.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: May 12

Let’s have the nation’s poet laureate start us off:

Before you go further,
let me tell you what a poem brings,
first, you must know the secret, there is no poem
to speak of, it is a way to attain a life without boundaries,
yes, it is that easy, a poem, imagine me telling you this,
instead of going day by day against the razors, well,
the judgments, all the tick-tock bronze, a leather jacket
sizing you up, the fashion mall, for example, from
the outside you think you are being entertained,
when you enter, things change, you get caught by surprise,
your mouth goes sour, you get thirsty, your legs grow cold
standing still in the middle of a storm, a poem, of course,
is always open for business too, except, as you can see,
it isn’t exactly business that pulls your spirit into
the alarming waters, there you can bathe, you can play,
you can even join in on the gossip—the mist, that is,
the mist becomes central to your existence.

Juan Felipe Herrera is speaking at the Latino Cultural Center, Disclosure is getting people dancing at the Bomb Factory, and Bad Company won’t be denied at Gexa Energy Pavilion.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: May 11

Turn up the Shania Twain in my headphones, because we’re heading into Game 7. Your Dallas Stars are at home. The road to Lord Stanley’s Cup lies just past the hated St. Louis Blues and tonight’s game at American Airlines Center. If you still haven’t hopped on this high-speed hockey bandwagon, Torche is playing at Three Links, and there’s a new-ish show at the Modern.

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