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Things to Do in Dallas

Things To Do In Dallas: The Thanksgiving Weekend Edition

Happy Thanksgiving, Dallas.
Enjoy your Turkey Day. Photo by BBQ Junkie via Flickr.
Enjoy your Turkey Day. Photo by BBQ Junkie via Flickr.

Thanksgiving is the greatest holiday. No gifts. Sound message: Be thankful for what you have. Good food. An adequate amount of family time that — if you keep conversation limited while focusing on the kitchen table and a television screen for the duration of a football game — won’t end in tears and the airing of ancient grievances. To top it off, it’s just the start of an extended holiday weekend with all kinds of things to do. Happy Thanksgiving.

Thursday (11/26)

Break bread. Get in arguments with your relatives. Give thanks. Watch the Cowboys and wonder why we settle for Luke Bryan as the halftime show performer.

Run off some of the calories at the YMCA Turkey Trot.

Go skating at Panther Island Ice in Fort Worth, and catch a movie at the Coyote Drive-In after.

See Luke Wade perform at Billy Bob’s.

Friday (11/27)

Erykah Badu’s U Caint Use My Phone mixtape, her first full release since 2010, comes out Friday. To celebrate, head to this listening party at LAB Art in the Design District.

I don’t condone Black Friday shopping, but I’m OK with tree lightings. There’s a big one at the Galleria on Friday, when they’ll flip the switch on the massive indoor tree in the middle of the mall’s ice rink. Speaking of tree lightings, the Vitruvian Lights come on out Addison on Friday as well.

Big K.R.I.T., the reigning King of the South, plays the Bomb Factory. For the rest of this weekend’s best concerts, including the great Bobby Sessions’ album release party at Trees, go here.

Dallas Theater Center’s production of A Christmas Carol is in previews at the Wyly Theatre.

Saturday (11/28)

Force yourself into the holiday spirit and stroll through the 12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum.

Country music star and marijuana enthusiast Willie Nelson plays at Billy Bob’s.

Denton’s Rock Lottery throws 25 local musicians’ names into a hat in the morning.

An adult coloring book, which is now a thing, launches at the Nasher. Dallas artists contributed.

Sunday (11/29)

As Peter noted in his art picks for the weekend, there aren’t a ton of holiday weekend openings, but there are several museum exhibitions that should help convince your out-of-town friends and family that North Texas is a cultured, cosmopolitan place. The Jackson Pollock exhibition at the DMA and the Joyce Pensato exhibition at the Fort Worth Modern are your best bets.

New movies: Todd says the dinosaur-themed Pixar flick is pretty, but falls a little flat. I say the latest Frankenstein flick has its moments, but is mostly a mess. Creed, the Rocky spinoff, is surprisingly very good.

For more to do this weekend, go here.