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The 16 Things You Must Do in Dallas This November

The holiday season is here, and so are the Rolling Stones, Hamilton, Hasan Minhaj, and plenty more.

Holiday at the Arboretum
Nov. 9–Dec. 31 | Dallas Arboretum

This holiday festival features the Dazzling Musical Tree—50 feet tall, adorned in 42,000 lights, and, as the name would suggest, playing holiday tunes—to celebrate the season. Stop by the Christmas Village to purchase gifts for the family at more than a dozen European-style shops. While there, enjoy food and beverages at Edelweiss Haus and alcoholic libations at the large biergarten in the village’s performance area. Stop by the historic DeGolyer House for a view of “The Artistry of the Nativity” exhibition. Close out the day with a walk through “The 12 Days of Christmas,” which features a dozen 25-foot-tall gazebos with leaping lords, partridges in pear trees, and so on.


The Rolling Stones
Nov. 2 | Cotton Bowl Stadium

The Stones finally roll into Dallas for their No Filter Tour, scheduled for last year and postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The trek is their first without longtime drummer Charlie Watts, easily one of the most influential stickmen in the history of rock and roll, who died in August. Watts’ absence leaves Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as the only remaining original members of the group—not that they show signs of stopping any time soon. Not that they should.


Hamilton
Nov. 16–Dec. 5 | Music Hall at Fair Park

The award-winning musical sensation, as you may have heard by now, retells the story of Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Fathers, utilizing hip-hop and a racially and ethnically diverse cast that reflects current-day America. The Lin-Manuel Miranda-penned show pays tribute to contributions made by the nation’s immigrants and first-generation Americans.


Milton Avery
Nov. 7, 2021–Jan. 30, 2022 | Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Milton Avery
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Classified as one of North America’s greatest 20th-century colorists, Avery emerged in the artistic period between American impressionism and abstract expressionism. Instead of owing anything to either, his harmonic landscapes and portraits served to influence those who followed. The exhibition consists of 70 paintings created over a 50-year period.


First Friday at the Modern
Nov. 5 | Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Daniel Stone, who leads the First Friday House Band, always brings a special guest or two with him. While politely grooving to their tunes, partake in a new cafe menu created by executive chef Jett Mora, highlighting seasonal Texas ingredients and local spirits.


Bamana Mud Cloth: From Mali to the World
Nov. 13, 2021–Dec. 4, 2022  | Dallas Museum of Art

The exhibition highlights bogolanfini (mud cloth), a symbol of cultural and national pride for the Bamana people of Mali. The cultural designs found on bogolanfini have been used in several Western products. “Bamana Mud Cloth” explores the migration of the fabric and the labor-intensive process required to produce it.


Chefs for Farmers Main Event
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Chefs for Farmers Main Event
Nov. 7 | Dallas Heritage Village

The 10th annual Chefs for Farmers Main Event transforms Heritage Village into an open-air market of food, drinks, and culinary experiences. The city’s top chefs, restaurants, wineries, distilleries, and breweries congregate for exclusive bites and sips. From the rosé garden and tailgate party to the Go Texas area, guests can enjoy cocktails and chef demonstrations. Twenty-five dollars from each ticket sale will go to Trigger’s Toys, which provides toys and other items to hospitalized kids.


Carolyn Brown and Palmyra: An Ancient City Through the Lens
Through Jan. 2, 2022 | Crow Museum of Asian Art

Dallas-based photographer Carolyn Brown traveled to the Syrian Desert in 1989, making the first of many trips to photograph the ancient caravan city of Palmyra. In 2015, the UNESCO World heritage site was subjected to ISIS attacks. Accompanying photos from New York Times photographer Brian Denton document the cultural loss.


The World Food Championships
Nov. 5–7 | Centennial Hall at Fair Park

More than 1,500 chefs compete in three days of nonstop cooking until one is crowned (drumroll, please) the world food champion. The competition will be televised, but those in attendance will have special access to unique tasting experiences, a family-friendly fun zone, and chef demonstrations.


FOCUS: Frances Stark
Nov. 19, 2021–Jan. 9, 2022 | Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

L.A.-based interdisciplinary artist Frances Stark ascribes to the Nora Ephron ethos that everything is copy—or, in Stark’s case, everything in her life can be material for art. Relationships, colleagues, motherhood, sex, bedside table reading: it’s all gold. She will discuss this and more at a lecture in the Modern’s auditorium on November 16 at 7 pm.


Ho Tzu Nyen: The Critical Dictionary of Southeast Asia
Through Jan. 30, 2022 | Crow Museum of Asian Art

It is difficult to sum up what Ho Tzu Nyen is doing here. We can say this marks the U.S. debut of a moving-image installation that uses an algorithm to analyze terms related to Southeast Asia and recontextualize them. Just go see it. Each time is different.


Van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh, A Walk at Twilight, 1889–1890.
João Musa

Conservation Spotlight: Vincent Van Gogh
Nov. 18 | Dallas Museum of Art

Conservator Laura Eva Hartman educates patrons about her work on Van Gogh’s paintings featured in the museum’s “Van Gogh and the Olive Groves” exhibition. Her talk will touch on her discovery of the original color used by Van Gogh and information embedded in the paintings’ surfaces.


Hasan Minhaj: The King’s Jester
Nov. 6 | Music Hall at Fair Park

Fresh off two seasons of his well-received Netflix series, Patriot Act, Minhaj returns to the road for a night of narrative-led joke telling. Note: Minhaj requests that patrons place their phones in a secured pouch so guests can focus solely on the show.


Sepia: Past Pride Power
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Sepia: Past. Pride. Power.
Through Feb. 15, 2022 | African American Museum

The exhibition includes images of African American politicians, community leaders, and entertainers featured in Sepia, a photojournalism magazine founded by Horace J. Blackwell in 1946, under the moniker Negro Achievements. Blackwell, an African American clothing merchant in Fort Worth, created what has been called a “poor man’s Ebony.” Images of Aretha Franklin, Huey Newton, Ray Charles, Cicely Tyson, and more are featured here.


Terry Hays and Kathy Robinson-Hays: Side by Side
Through Nov. 13 | Ro2 Art in The Cedars

“Side by Side” presents works by Texas visual artist Kathy Robinson-Hays and her husband, fellow artist Terry Hays. The Hays’ paintings and paper drawings focus on the cyclical nature of decline, rebirth, and restoration.


The History of the Prairie View Interscholastic League: Black High School Sports in Texas in the Era of Segregation
Through Feb. 15, 2022 | African American Museum

The Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association donated memorabilia from the state’s Black high schools for this exhibition, which shows the resilience and passion of Black student-athletes, who lacked resources and funds due to segregationist policies.

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