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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: May 9

Beyoncé performs tonight at AT&T Stadium, and even though the undisputed Queen Bey hails from just down the road in Houston, it nevertheless feels like North Texas is being visited by a very powerful head of state. A state whose main exports are fantastic R&B, hip-hop, and pop music, astounding videos, and speculation about the stability of marriages to Jay Z.

The show should be fun, but a confluence of inclement weather, a Rangers game, and ineptitude at the wheel may make traffic getting out of Arlington a living hell. Be attentive, and as my sage mother has advised for years, watch out for the other guy. Also, watch out for these other things to do tonight.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: May 3

How does one make a documentary about the world’s most known unknown band? Very carefully. While Theory of Obscurity, a new film about the famed and famously anonymous Residents, doesn’t shed any new light on the group’s identity, it does do justice to 40-plus years of surreal head trips courtesy of the avant garde cult art collective. The Residents themselves will perform after a screening of the movie tonight at the Texas Theatre. A new exhibition at Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum explores identity from another angle, and at the DMA, Dave Isay talks about his plan to tell the stories of millions of Americans.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: May 2

The Ghosts of Presidential Elections Past convene at SMU tonight.While James Carville and Karl Rove rattle their spectral chains and talk about such spooky subjects as the Electoral College, the Alamo Drafthouse screens David Lynch’s Blue Velvet for the film’s 30th anniversary, and Theatre Three’s production of Memphis both razzles and dazzles audiences.

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: April 29-May 1

Reading is great. A library card and an imagination don’t cost you a thing. A book never runs out of batteries, or fills up with emails from work. You can read for pleasure or for your own edification. And you can do it all by yourself. Sometimes, though, it’s good to share your appreciation of books with others. Like when Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright (The Looming Tower, Going Clear) joins a number of other well-known authors for the Dallas Book Festival at the library downtown.

If you can’t read, then this won’t do you much good, but there are plenty of other things to do in Dallas this weekend as well: The Taco Libre Festival assembles some of the city’s finest taquerias, a new play runs down the DREAM Act, and life gets very scary at Texas Frightmare Weekend.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: April 27

Dust off those Anne Rice novels, get those black clothes out of the closet, and embrace the void. Let’s get melancholy. Bela Lugosi’s dead, and former Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy, the godfather of goth, is at Oak Cliff’s Kessler Theater.

Conformists who believe that life has meaning, that the universe moves according to some principle other than chaos, may be better suited to a talk by humorist David Sedaris, or a meet-and-greet with a more hardboiled author.

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: April 22-24

Earth Day Texas kicks off today and runs through the weekend at Fair Park. Considering the existential crisis we face from climate change, now may be a good time to get hip with environmental causes. (Or you can wait until Miami is underwater to start panicking.) True heads know the deal: Reduce, reuse, recycle, and agitate for a radical public policy overhaul that calls for steep carbon taxes and increased government investment in renewable energy sources. And vote for politicians who side with 97 percent of the scientific community on the issue of human activity dooming our planet.

Fortunately for us, the world is not ending this weekend, because we’ve got comedy, opera, film, and music to experience all throughout Dallas.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: April 21

What’s in the Texas Theatre’s safe? Can the Mavericks repeat the magic of Monday’s win over the Thunder? Which Dallas film festival is more deserving of your eyeballs? Who shot J.R.? What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow? After doing these things tonight, we’ll have some answers.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: April 20

For the first time in its history, the Dallas Opera is producing a musical. Show Boata classic of love and race rolling down the Mississippi River, fits comfortably alongside this season’s more traditional productions of Manon and Tosca. It’s the right show for the Dallas Opera to push at a broad audience when it’s shown in a live simulcast this weekend at AT&T Stadium, but if you want the opera house experience, you go to the opera house tonight at the Winspear.

Elsewhere, this city’s two biggest film festivals start rubbing elbows, and Wicked flies in to the Music Hall at Fair Park.

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