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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Jan. 15-17

All the sounds and visions you'll need for a great weekend.
It's the Weekend of Bowie in Dallas, Texas.
It’s the Weekend of Bowie in Dallas, Texas.

We’re two weeks into 2016. How’s the new you holding up? How’s your resolve? My Spanish is possibly even worse than it was in 2015, and I haven’t made it through the first page of Moby-Dick. I’m 0 for 2 on resolutions.

Take your mind off your failures by doing things in Dallas this weekend. We’ve got all kinds of David Bowie tributes, great music, and some early MLK celebrations.

Friday (01/15)

Tanlines draws on an eclectic mix of influences from around the world, distilling a lot of international sounds into one bright, danceable groove. The duo is back at Trees by popular demand.

The Texas Theatre will show The Man Who Fell To Earth before kicking out the starman jams at a David Bowie listening party in the Oak Cliff theater’s bar. The sounds and visions of Bowie will be celebrated at events throughout Dallas this weekend.

Late Nights at the DMA return, but with a new $15 price tag. This weekend marks the closing of the museum’s International Pop exhibition. Other late night events include a talk by Twitter celebrity and “American Housewife” Helen Ellis.

Uptown Players and Turtle Creek Chorale have teamed up for a production of Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida at Dallas City Performance Hall. Performances run through Sunday.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center will host a fair and candlelight ceremony. MLK Day is Monday, which means you should probably figure out where to celebrate the holiday in Dallas.

Saturday (01/16)

Three shows open at the Dallas Contemporary, including work by Dallas artist Jeff Zilm (read our Q&A here) and Black Sheep Feminism, a survey of some largely overlooked radical feminist art of the 20th century. For the rest of this weekend’s art events, go here.

House music impresario Felix Da Housecat plays It’ll Do.

Choo choo, y’all. The Dallas Area Train Show is rolling through the Plano Centre for two days of model train madness.

Sunday (01/17)

Tool, the cerebral metal band whose chief inspirations include Bill Hicks, psychedelic drugs, and Alex Grey, plays Verizon Theatre with Primus, a more happily bizarre rock act distinguished by Les Claypool’s bass playing.

The Black Academy of Arts and Letters pays tribute to Martin Luther King at the Meyerson with the Annual Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement concert.

Celebrate the Japanese new year in Richardson at the Mochitsuki festival with food, traditional performances, and more.

New movies: Michael Bay’s Benghazi movie is as loud, obnoxious, and tactless as you would expect. Charlie Kaufman’s dolls-and-existentialism movie, Anomalisa, features impressive animation and an all-too-human story.

For more to do this weekend, go here.