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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Dec. 11-13

Hanukkah, Christmas, and other secular things to do in Dallas.
Photo courtesy of Cirque Musica.
Photo courtesy of Cirque Musica.

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Friday (12/11)

Clarkston, a new play from MacArthur Foundation Fellow Samuel D. Hunter, is enjoying its premiere over at Dallas Theater Center. The show, which has something to do with Costco, Lewis and Clark, and two men searching for meaning, runs through Jan. 31.

Texas Ballet Theater begins its Nutcracker run at Bass Performance Hall.

TeCo performs the gospel according to Langston Hughes with its production of Black Nativity at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre performs its own holiday show at the DBDT Studios.

Most of these 50 things to do for Christmas in Dallas remain valid.

Saturday (12/12)

Go here for the weekend’s best visual art events.

The Dallas Opera’s Becoming Santa Claus is a crazy, fun production about a young Prince of the North Pole and the first Christmas. The final show is Saturday.

The Women’s Chorus of Dallas has its Voices of Winter holiday concert at Dallas City Performance Hall.

The Polyphonic Spree’s Holiday Extravaganza has moved to the Majestic Theatre this year, but not much else has changed. You’ll find the same family-friendly fun, magic, and music. Bring an unwrapped toy and a canned good for charity.

The Texas Theatre is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a double feature that doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense thematically. Regardless, we really like both of these movies, and we really like this theater. The Royal Tenenbaums is on at 5 pm followed by The Shining at at 7:30. Behind-the-screen performances by the likes of Party Static and Pinkish Black keep the party going after that.

The East Coast Chamber Orchestra will perform a new piece by the composer Christopher Theofanidis at Booker T. Washington’s Montgomery Arts Theater. If none of those names mean anything to you, just know that the Nasher’s Soundings series has the most compelling, challenging classical music programming you’ll find anywhere in North Texas.

Sunday (12/13)

A combination of the circus, the symphony, and holiday party, Cirque Musica goes big on the spectacle at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco.

Celebrate the rich heritage of Judaism and the long American tradition of hanging out in parking lots with a Hanukkah Tailgate Party at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas. Watch the Cowboys play and, at halftime, watch the biggest menorah in Texas get lit.

The Dallas Marathon will wind its way across town.

New movies: Ron Howard’s man-vs-whale tale In the Heart of the Sea is no Moby-Dick. The Scottish play is a visual delight in the latest cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

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