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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Jan. 22-24

A whole lot of reasons to laugh.
Ann Veronica Janssens, Red and Turqoise, 2005. Courtesy the artist.
Ann Veronica Janssens, Red and Turqoise, 2005. Courtesy the artist.

We have a lot of comedy, art, and music to look forward to this weekend, but be careful. Do things responsibly.

Friday (01/22)

People I respect have assured me that Howard Kremer, whose comedy seems to revolve around the nebulous catchphrase “summah,” is very funny. The host of the “Who Charted?” podcast and the man whose alter ego is a rapper known as Dragon Boy Suede — again, I should remind you again that I have it on good authority this guy is actually funny — will perform at Three Links.

Just a heads up before we really get going, this weekend is absolutely littered with stand-up comics. Patton Oswalt, who I have witnessed being hilarious with my own two eyes, is performing at the Majestic. There were two balcony seats left on Ticketmaster at about 10:30 am.

Bodytraffic dazzles with new work commissioned from some of the most cutting-edge choreographers in modern dance. The Los Angeles troupe is at the Winspear for one night only.

George Gershwin’s work has been woven so much into the fabric of American life that it’s all too easy to treat it as background music. The Dallas Symphony will put the great composer’s work at front and center by performing Gershwin’s greatest hits this weekend. Rediscover some of this country’s most ubiquitous tunes at the Meyerson.

Saturday Night, Sunday Morning is a one-man show about the soul of the inimitable Rev. Al Green and his transformation from gospel singer to gospel preacher. The Black Academy of Arts and Letters hosts performances tonight and tomorrow.

Saturday (01/23)

The funny keeps on coming with Kathleen Madigan, TV personality and comedian extraordinaire. She’ll take the stage at the Majestic.

It’s a testament to the greatness of the late David Bowie that nearly two weeks after his death, we’re still seeing new events paying tribute to the music icon. On Saturday, “channel your inner Bowie” with this shindig at Second Side Yoga. Let’s dance.

Vice Palace, Dallas’ DIY venue of no fixed abode, takes harbor at the new Deep Ellum space of Deep Vellum, the local publishing house. Performers include Dallas rapper Lord Byron, dreamy Fort Worth electronic act Tidals, and Francine Thirteen, whose “ritual pop” defies easy categorization.

Up-and-coming photographer Rose Marcus has a new exhibition at And Now, and more in this weekend’s art events.

Artist Ann Veronica Janssens, whose work manipulates light, projections, and fog to create an ethereal, disorienting viewing experience, will be at the Nasher to discuss the opening of her show at the sculpture center.

The USA KidFilm Festival, two days of free screenings of children’s movies and author events, runs Saturday and Sunday at the Angelika. Go here for a guide to what to see and do at the festival.

If you can afford tickets to see Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy at Verizon Theatre, you’re probably not a redneck.

Sunday (01/24)

Dallas really couldn’t wait to start celebrating Mardi Gras. Along with a masquerade ball at Fair Park on Saturday, we have a gumbo contest and Mardi Gras party Sunday at Poor David’s. To get a head start on all your Fat Tuesday festivities, go here.

New movies: The gut-wrenching Holocaust drama Son of Saul is not a great first date movie. It is, however, a powerful film and the likely winner of the Oscar for best foreign picture. Oscar Isaac, through no fault of his own, finally takes an L with Mojave, a ponderous thriller about violent men with bad tendencies, brought to you by the writer of The Departed. Son of Saul’s at the Magnolia, but you’ll have to hike out to AMC Mesquite to catch Mojave.

For more to do this weekend, go here.