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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Jan. 8-10

This weekend has it all: Pantslessness, charity, comedy, donuts, and hair. 2016 is shaping up nicely.
Photo by James Nelms courtesy of Pegaus Theatre.
Photo by James Nelms courtesy of Pegaus Theatre.

This weekend has it all: Pantslessness, charity, comedy, donuts, and hair. 2016 is shaping up nicely.

Friday (01/08)

Swing by the Nasher Sculpture Center before 11 am Saturday and bring some reading material to take part in a 24 hour-book swap, the most recent event in the Chalet Dallas exhibition. Local artists and writers will be doing readings throughout the day. For the rest of this weekend’s art events, including the opening of a new gallery six feet underground, go here.

Pegaus Theatre tells a hard-boiled story featuring private detective Harry Hunsacker at Richardson’s Eisemann Center. Death Is A Bad Habit! pays tribute to the spirit of classic noir, down all the way to its look — actors and sets appear in black-and-white. Performances run through Jan. 24.

After years making other Nashville artists’ records immensely better, Dave Rawlings is getting some well-deserved attention on his own. His country-folk-bluegrass act, the Dave Rawlings Machine, performs tonight at the Majestic Theatre. For the rest of this weekend’s best concerts, including Club Dada’s 5th birthday celebration and a couple compelling local performances, go here.

Saturday (01/09)

I genuinely have no idea whether Lavell Crawford’s stand-up is any good. But the comedian and actor, who you may remember as Saul Goodman’s hulking, deft-fingered henchman on Breaking Bad, gets a lot of credit for being a part of this scene. I’m willing to believe he’ll bring the laughs during a performance at the Majestic.

Photographer Brent Baxter’s new book pays visual tribute to the best beards in Dallas. Celebrate the finest facial hair around by making merry at this release party and show — Shotgun Friday and Charlie Crockett play — at Sundown at Granada.

Dallas’ best new music venue is swiftly becoming one of its best martial arts venues. The Bomb Factory hosts an MMA Fight Night featuring local pugilists.

Sunday (01/10)

A projected high of 45 degrees should make the Hypnotic Donuts Polar Plunge at the Fraternal Order of Eagles more of a “slightly chilly plunge,” which will hopefully entice more folks to dive in. Drink beer, brave the elements, and kick $10 toward the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Across town at DART’s Union Station, another group of people will be going sans pants. Dallas’ No Pants Subway Ride, the local offshoot of a flash mob-esque event started by a New York improv group, asks participants to drop trou and hop on public transportation. That’s it. The ride commences at 2 pm.

The inaugural Dallas Choral Festival at the Meyerson kicks off with performances of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and other vocal masterworks. More than 100 singers are featured.

A concert at Garland’s Granville Arts Center will raise money for victims of the tornado that swept through the area late last month. Country singer SarahBet headlines. You can also go here to donate.

How woke is the new Star Wars? A panel of local writers, comic book store guys, and Texas Theatre fellows will try to answer that question at the Oak Cliff movie theater. The movie itself will screen before and after these nerds measure the merits of The Force Awakens. My uncalled for two cents: J.J. Abrams began to make things right after the disaster that was the prequel trilogy. Whatever quibbles I had with the film, it introduced a new cast of compelling characters I’m eager to see in two sequels, and it actually felt like a Star Wars movie, a feat the prequels never managed to accomplish. It’s a swashbuckling space adventure with cool production design, which is what Star Wars is all about. I’d like to see some more original ideas in the next few installments (no more Death Stars) and Captain Phasma needs something to do, but the franchise is back on solid ground.

There’s only one notable new movie opening this weekend, but it’s worth your time. Leonardo DiCaprio has a very bad day as a 19th century fur trapper who must survive bears, a frozen and hostile environment, and a scheming Tom Hardy in The Revenant, director Alejandro Inarritu’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning Birdman.

For more to do this weekend, go here.