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Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend

The ultimate event list to plan your week around.

Multiple Days

Comedy 

Africa’s most successful comedian, bestselling author of Born a Crime, and host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah is touring North American arenas for the first time. He’ll be serving up his signature, witty political and social commentary on the Loud & Clear Tour at Toyota Music Factory on Friday and Saturday.

Music 

The fifth annual Soluna Festival spans most of April and features performances by renowned artists like Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, improvisational musician and visual artist Lonnie Holley, and the debut of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s new music director designate, Fabio Luisi. Thursday and Friday of this week, Luisi conducts the orchestra in performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. 

Shopping

Dwell with Dignity’s anticipated annual Thrift Studio is officially open. The pop-up shop raises money for the organization by selling donated furniture, home goods, and high-end designer items at a steep discount. It’s open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1250 Slocum Street #550.

Theater

The biggest Broadway hit of the decade, Hamilton, is coming to Dallas Summer Musicals at Fair Park, and securing tickets may be a challenge. Luckily, the beloved musical, a hip-hop story of founding father Alexander Hamilton, is in town for more than a month. Shows are select days April 2 – May 5.

Jonas Wood, Ovitz’s Library, 2013. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Gift, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, and the artist, 2013, 2013.55, courtesy the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York, photographer credit: Brian Forrest

Museums

The Dallas Museum of Art recently opened the first major solo museum exhibition of lauded contemporary painter Jonas Wood. It’s free to attend as part of the museum’s general admission policy. Read our write-up of the show here.

Los Angeles-based artist Sterling Ruby has an exhibition of large scale works at the Nasher Sculpture Center through April 21. Here’s what we thought of it.

The Dailies

Thursday, April 18

Hot off releasing her first memoir, Life Will Be The Death of Me, Chelsea Handler is embarking on a “sit-down” comedy tour. The outspoken and often outrageous actress, writer, and TV personality chronicles a year of self-discovery in the new book. See her at the Majestic Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets are $67.50.

The Deep Ellum Wine Walk has its first rosé event tonight! Rosé Olé, which is at least more original than Rosé All Day, starts at 6 p.m. at 2650 Main Street. The wine glass (ticket) is $10.

Sip. Strut. Repeat. That’s the name of an event tonight at the W Hotel, as well as instructions for what you’re supposed to do there. It’s a fashion show and cocktail party, duh, and an RSVP includes a champagne welcome, cocktail samples, and a full cocktail of your choice. Show Me Your Mumu will provide the fashion, the Living Room will provide the booze. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Photo via the Nasher on Facebook.

Friday, April 19

With her quick rise to stardom following the release of her debut studio album Hero, some would say that country-pop star Maren Morris came out of nowhere, but Arlington is more accurate. The native Texan is touring in support of her second album, Girl, along with supporting act, singer RaeLynn (born in Baytown). Catch her at The Bomb Factory at 8 p.m.

Dibs on Victory, a new restaurant in Victory Park, starts its soft opening on Friday if you want to get a first look at the space.

It’s time for another night at the museum! Or museums! There are two! Til Midnight at the Nasher is back with performances by Tippy Balady and Claire Morales, and a screening of the film Big Miracle. That’s free and starts at 6 p.m.

The Dallas Museum of Art has a Hamilton-themed installment of Late Nights, where you can sing along to the musical’s hits and make your own powdered wig! It’ll be made out of paper, which is a let down, but where were you planning on wearing your powdered wig, anyway? Just enjoy the activity.

Funny guy Seth Meyers is performing at the Majestic Theatre on Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $40.

Photo via Dallas Arboretum on Facebook.

Saturday, April 20

Can you believe that Wild Detectives is turning half a decade old? The Bishop Arts coffee shop celebrates 5 years with Wild Beats on Saturday, a multi-genre festival that includes everything from spoken word to hip-hop performances. The party starts at 2 p.m. and is free to attend until 7:30 p.m., when a $15 cover fee is introduced. The entertainment includes Pearl Earl, Acid Carousel, Sam Lao, Def Rain, and more.

420 blaze it! Do kids say that these days? It doesn’t matter, because marijuana is still very illegal in Texas, but you can pretend like it’s not at these local events: Fort Worth cannabis marketing agency ONELOCOMULTIMEDIA INC. is having the #420FriendlyRollUp2019 at Tony’s Garage with free drinks, lots of CBD-infused goods, music by DJ Sober, and live art-making. Tickets are $20. There’s an event on Facebook called “Put Visine on The Eyeball,” referring to the Tony Tasset sculpture, which I’m almost entirely sure is a joke. You can tie-dye t-shirts, eat Cochinita Pibil, and listen to music at Braindead Brewing’s 4/20 celebration (11 a.m. to close). Finally, BackYard on Bell in Denton is having its annual Acid Koolaid 420 Freak Out with a full lineup of trippy local bands.

Sunday, April 21

Hoppy Easter! Get your bunnies together and dine at one of these holiday-ready eateries. On a similar note, the Turtle Creek Conservancy has its annual Easter egg hunt in the park at 1 p.m.; the Dallas Arboretum has photo sessions with a live bunny, plus other holiday activities; the Dallas Farmers Market has a special day of Egg-citing Easter fun planned; and Grapevine Vintage Railroad has charming train rides with the Easter Bunny.

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