Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend: Jan. 7-9

The weekend is fast approaching, which means you really ought to be out doing things. But how can you do things if you don’t know which things need doing? Luckily, I already thought of that, and I typed up this handy list of things to do just for you. Make the jump to see what’s happening.

Today

Tonight’s the Cotton Bowl Classic between Texas A&M and LSU, which means the Cotton Bowl stadium in Fair Park will be completely empty. Why? Because the Cotton Bowl isn’t played in the Cotton Bowl, which makes perfect sense if you never, ever think about it. The Classic moved to JerryWorld two years ago, so if you’re planning on traipsing through Arlington this evening, you might want to give yourself a few extra minutes, since people will be flocking to the stadium (and surrounding sports bars) in droves.

If you’re one of the lucky few — and by few, I actually mean tens upon tens of thousands of people — who have a ticket to the game, I’ll tell you how you ought to spend the hours leading up to kickoff. Avid Aggie fans can head to 1010 Collins for an Eddie Deen barbecue buffet, a bottomless keg, a mechanical bull, and live music. If you’ll be toting Tiger gear to the game instead, Humperdink’s will be more to your liking. There you can find Tiger brews, heated patios (or patieauxs, if you prefer), and best of all, free parking at the restaurant coupled with a $10 round trip shuttle ride to the stadium.

Tomorrow

Saturday evening is the first night you can catch the new Beasts and Bunnies exhibit at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary. The show features works by four artists who use animal imagery in varying ways, exposing cultural significance of and social attitudes toward animals in the process.

But perhaps your prefer your art a bit more mainstream. Nothing wrong with that. In fact, I might have just the thing. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is hosting Adult After Hours, when the only patrons that can get in are 18 and up. For $10, you’ll get a Beatles cover band, karaoke, a psychedelic light show, and of course, all the art you can handle.

Cap it all off by drinking yourself silly in the name of children’s health, and I’d say you’ve had yourself a night.

Sunday

This Sunday will be the first of many with no Dallas Cowboys on the tube. For some of you, that might be cause for celebration. But if you start feeling the effects of football withdrawal, might I suggest you check out the Remembering Tom Landry at the Hall of State? The exhibit offers insight to Landry both as a coach and a man, and features tons of authentic memorabilia, including one of his trademark fedoras.

And last, I need to remind you all that as of Sunday, you’ll have less than a week remaining before Theatre Three ends its run of The Drowsy Chaperone. As Lindsey Wilson will tell you over at FrontRow, the show is absolutely worth seeing. Fortunately for you, there’s both a 2:30 pm matinee and a 7:30 pm evening performance Sunday, which means you’re officially out of reasons to keep putting it off.

And as always, if I’ve somehow failed to pique your interest, see what else is going on right here.

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