Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: April 12-14

J. Anthony Crane as Oscar, and Michael Mastro as Felix.

A great friend’s getting married in June, and it’s all sunny out. Boom. Enjoy the weekend, everybody.


National and international galleries and artists come together this evening for the Dallas Art Fair. Technically, this all got going last night at the preview gala, but you’ll have opportunities all weekend to duck in the Fashion Industry Gallery and soak up the excellent visual art. I just window shop, but for those looking to acquire a piece, this is basically like a high-end buffet of painting, sculpture, photographer, and ever so much more. Daily tickets are just $25.

Also this evening, the Dallas Theater Center’s The Odd Couple jumps with Oscar-like abandon into closing weekend at the Wyly. Thanks to D Academy, we had the chance to hang out on the set with the theater’s artistic director yesterday. I won’t wax on, but it’s just as cool (if not cooler) up close. Your chances to see this are waning, and I don’t want you to be sad about missing out. But if  you see this, you will laugh and be happy. Read our critic Lindsey Wilson’s FrontRow review right here if you don’t believe me.


The Dallas Flea market at South Side on Lamar always features unique handmade and vintage finds from Texas-based artists and companies, and it’s generally a great place to get gifties and things for all my spring and summer birthday friends and family. So many May babies. Anyway, this is not the kind of flea market my dad would drag me to when I was a kid. This is good stuff, and offers everything from stationary to clothing that doesn’t smell like moth balls. Daytime cocktails at the Cedars Social are basically mandatory.

Saturday also offers a Big Read Dallas event: Science of Fire at the Perot Museum. The interactive learning experience about the temperature at which books burn is free with general admission, and there are two times, noon and 3 p.m.We’re also wrapping up the Dallas International Film Festival, and if you’re wondering what to see and what to skip, we have you covered with all our reviews of repeat screenings from the week.  Check those out here.

Saturday is also the day/night for all the awards, so you can find out who won the Silver Heart Award, the Documentary Feature Competition, the Texas Competition, and the Narrative Feature Competition. Finally, DIFF offers you a second chance to see Frederico Fellini’s 8 1/2 on the big screen. I’ll spare you my fond memories of renting this from the tiny, awesome video store on Mulberry Street in New York as well as my not-so-fond memories of the film school guy I was dating who doubles as Fellini’s biggest and most pretentious fan.


I’m only giving you one option, and that’s the Big Read‘s screening of Fahrenheit 451, the great campfest of a François Truffaut film, at the Texas Theatre. The good news is that Bradbury himself liked the movie. The bad news: not too many other folks did. I’m going with a so-bad-it’s-good mentality. Stick around after the film for a discussion with D Magazine’s arts editor Peter Simek and The Dallas Morning News movie critic Chris Vognar, moderated by D Academy member Bradford Pearson. They’ve all read the book, don’t you worry. And you will probably find me drinking horchata with friends at Mesa after. The suggested donation is $4.51. Yes.
For more to do this weekend, including the Run for Human Rights, go here.