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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: September 11-13

The Cowboys of Dallas on Sunday night begin their season in Arlington. As is my custom every year, I’m going to predict a Super Bowl victory for this squad, because some important things in life — like football — require a degree of blind faith and senseless optimism. It does take a certain amount of self-delusion to enjoy watching this game without guilt.

Watch football wherever you choose, but if you do wind up at one of these parties, please take measurements of the screen. We need to conclusively determine who really has the “biggest screen in Dallas.” This schism cannot stand.

Until kickoff, we’ve got a lot of weekend to burn. Here are some things to do.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: September 8

Returning from a long weekend can be tricky. There is work to catch up on, and saying “back in the saddle” is easier than actually getting back in that saddle. To help ease the transition, spend one more night coasting on those long weekend fumes. We’ve got some football out at AT&T Stadium, some local photographers at Off The Record, and two new exhibitions at the Amon Carter.

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: The Labor Day 2015 Edition

Quick programming note: These things to do will take you through Monday, because we’re about to embark on a glorious long weekend. Here are some events tailored specifically for end of summer shenanigans. For those of you who do have to work on Labor Day, have courage.

For the rest of us, here are 20-plus things to do this weekend.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: September 3

Start your weekend tonight, and this whole three-day Labor Day weekend many of us are looking forward to turns into a four-day weekend. Three and a half, at least. That’s just sound mathematics.

Head to the Kessler to help create a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute in Oak Cliff, watch a Dallas Hedwig put Taye Diggs and the entire institution of Broadway to shame, or wish Orson Welles a happy ghost birthday at the Modern. Also football.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: September 2

I have never seen the Hee Haw variety show. I don’t really care for “corn pone humor,” which is a fun phrase I learned this morning while reading about the Hee Haw variety show. My only knowledge of former Kelly Clarkson foe Justin Guarini stems from his star turn in the trailer for the 2003 film From Justin To Kelly (IMDB rating: 2.1). Regardless, the Hee Haw Musical coming to the Wyly looks pretty fun, even to a Hee Haw nonbeliever like myself. Maybe it’s the involvement of Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, country stars who co-wrote one of my favorite songs from two years ago. Maybe it’s a marketing campaign that makes heavy use of the words “fried” and “love,” which makes me think of fried food, which I love.

While we’re on the subject of things I love, let’s talk about Labyrinth, the Jim Henson film so fantastic and weird that goblin king David Bowie’s giant codpiece is only the sixth or seventh most fantastic and weird thing in it. Let’s talk about politics, and booze, and trails. Let’s talk about things to do tonight.

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The Convention Center That Ate Dallas

A couple of weeks ago, after reading that the taxpayer-funded Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau apparently wanted to lend us the letter “D” from their “DALLAS” logo to replace the City of Dallas’ existing letter “D” logo, I got to thinking once again about the outsized influence the DCVB wields over municipal affairs.

Late last year, after Philip Jones, the DCVB’s president, tossed out a plan to have taxpayers pay for a $300 million addition to the convention center, I took a look into the finances and found that it lost $37 million per year before debt service and $54 million after interest expense — amounts that were virtually identical to its losses prior to the opening of the half-billion-dollar city-owned Omni Convention Center Hotel in 2010 (one of the primary justifications for building the hotel was that it would drive more business to the convention center and stop its losses). Some of the most interesting observations, however, came from reader comments to my post. Former city council member and the executive director of the Dallas Arts District, Veletta Lill, made the following observations:

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Aug. 28–30

There are things to do every weekend, as those of you who regularly read about things to do in Dallas on weekends are probably aware. But this weekend, and these things, are exceptional. Consider, for a moment, the water balloon wars in Deep Ellum. Or a culinary showdown starring fried lobster and bacon margaritas. Or the director of Clerks speaking at the Texas Theatre. We’re looking at some serious world class things worth doing in Dallas this weekend.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Aug. 27

Anna Badhken is about as intrepid as journalists come these days. Her reporting has taken her to wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Chechnya. Her writing’s landed her in The New York Times, The New Republic, and in five books of her own. The most recent, Walking With Abel, is about her time spent with a nomadic community traversing the West African savanna. The point here is that Badkhen has a lot of stories to tell. She’ll share a few tonight at Wild Detectives.

There is also a whole mess of concerts to choose from, and a fight club we’re allowed to talk about. Behold.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Aug. 26

Despite a youthful run of reckless behavior and several years of high-impact sports in grade school and high school, I have never broken a bone. As one of many young people who grew up considering Evel Knievel — a guy who suffered more than 433 bone fractures in his career — something of a role model, I used to think of this as a great and abiding shame. Now, I’m pretty content with a bubble-wrapped lifestyle. Leave the daredevil-ing to others, and appreciate dangerous stunts from a distance.

Tonight, you can appreciate the master of broken bones from the comfort of the Texas Theatre, which is showing a new documentary about Knievel. Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen play an acoustic show at the House of Blues, and you better believe there are other things to do in Dallas.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Aug. 25

The Von Erich wrestling family, who D Magazine wrote about in one of its 40 greatest stories, features prominently in a new photo exhibition at the University of Texas at Arlington. Ringside: Memories of World Class Championship Wrestling includes photos from North Texas’ wrestling heyday, most of them taken at matches at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth in 1982 and 1983. It’s free, and it’s worth going to see. It’s at least worth reading more about.

David Crosby’s at the Granada, and your umpteenth chance to see that Dirk Nowitzki documentary might be your best yet.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Aug. 24

It’s Monday, and school is back in session. The bummers are coming on strong today. If you need some motivation to get through the start of the week, think of everything you can do tonight. Head out to the North Texas Fair and Rodeo, go see a new fashion and art exhibition at NorthPark, or embrace the weirdness with an experimental music showcase.

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