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Things to Do in Dallas

Things To Do in Dallas This Week

How to enjoy local arts, culture, food, fitness, and more in Dallas.
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Thursday, May 26

John Wayne by Andy Warhol available at Martin Lawrence Galleries Photography by Matthew Shelley

Celebrate John Wayne Day in Fort Worth. Today is the 115th anniversary of Wayne’s birth. “John Wayne: An American Experience” commemorates the day with whiskey and tequila tastings, cake cutting with members of Wayne’s family, and never before seen photos of his tenure in Hollywood. Purchase tickets.

It’s a Bravoholic Dream. Carl Radke and Kyle Cooke of Summer House launch Loverboy, their premium canned hard tea line, at Legacy Hall. The launch party opens with a Q&A at 7 p.m., followed by an afterparty with music by DJ Yuna. Buy tickets.

Friday, May 27

There’s nothing like the sweet smell of fried batter to kick off a Texas summer. Head to the GeO-Deck in Reunion Tower for FRY-Day. CornDog With No Name! provides savory and sweet fried goods (two words: funnel cakes) from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Get tickets.

Ease into the holiday weekend with your four legged friend at MUTTS Canine Cantina. Country singer Bubba Bellin is the featured entertainer at Tails & Tunes, the venue’s summer concert series. The music begins at 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 28

Seussical: The Musical opens at CORP Theatre in Rowlett. The family-friendly production interpolates various Dr. Seuss stories into a single production. The play runs until June 5. Buy tickets.

Catch the second viewing of “Invisible Thread” at 2508 Sylvan Ave. The exhibition features the work of Delaney Smith-Vaughn, Erica Feilcella, Fari Rahimi, and Melissa Turner Drumm. The exhibit runs from 12 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, May 29

There’s nothing I love more than Paul Wall and cheesy pupusas. Purchase tickets to Carne Asada Fest at Gilley’s Southside Ballroom for a day of authentic Latin food and Texas hip-hop. The festival starts at 2 p.m.

Head to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for a screening of Happening, a critically acclaimed film about a 1960s college student in pursuit of an abortion. The film closes out this edition of the museum’s film series. Click here for showtimes.

Recurring Things To Do

It’s May, which means it’s time for D Magazine’s monthly must-do events list, as seen in our current issue.

View the works of local students at “Crown of Creativity” at Galleria Dallas. The exhibition is a partnership between Big Thought and the shopping center to uplift the efforts of youth participants in the nonprofit’s art program. The exhibit will be on display until May 30.

“Reflejos” opens at Daisha Board Gallery in West Dallas. The Romulo Martinez exhibition uses colorful modular art to evoke feelings of self-refection, tenderness, and laughter. The exhibit runs until June 4.

The Safe Room Gallery at The Texas Theatre presents “Hypnocil Dreams.” The exhibition inspired by A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warrior analyzes the dream state through cinematic images. The exhibit runs until June 7.

Guadalupe Rosales’ exhibition “Drifting on a Memory” opens at the Dallas Museum of Art. The exhibit pays homage to the cultural traditions of Latinx communities in the United States, specifically Rosales’ neighborhood of East Los Angeles. The exhibit is free to the public and runs until July 2.

“The Language of Beauty” opens at the Kimbell Art Museum. The exhibition showcases works from West, Central and Southern Africa. The Kimbell is the only arts institution outside of the Art Institute of Chicago where the Diasporic pieces will be on display. The exhibit runs until July 31.

Attend the opening of “Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity” at the Dallas Museum of Art. The exhibition is a collection of Louis Cartier’s designs and the influence of Islamic art on the French luxury brand. The exhibit runs until September 18. Get tickets.

Thursdays on Tap launches at the Perot Museum. The after-hours experience allows 21+ visitors to eat and drink while touring some of the museum’s latest exhibitions. The weeknight event runs until October 13. Get tickets.

Spirit and Form,” Octavio Medellín’s exhibition opens at the Dallas Museum of Art. The exhibit is a homage to the influential artist and art educator who impacted generations of Latinx artists in Dallas and Texas overall. The exhibit, which is free to the public, runs until January 15, 2023.


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