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Things To Do in Dallas This Weekend

How to enjoy local arts, culture, food, fitness, and more while practicing social distancing.

Things To Do This Week: January 14 – January 16

Thursday, Jan. 14

Funk it up with Dallas native Joseph Veazie at the Rustic’s outdoor stage. Enjoy a range of music from 70s classics to today’s top 40 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Veazie’s performance is free.

St. Mark’s hosts its annual student-planned Literary Festival with a panel of authors, journalists, songwriters, and poets. The panelists will spend the day at St. Mark’s fielding questions about their careers and attending English classes. This year, the activities will be live-streamed so anyone can tune in. RSVP to catch the 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. forum.

Bernadette’s Cozy Nook Book is a comedy opera hosted entirely over Zoom. The Fort Worth Opera presents the virtual show with the option to join the streamed reception and post-show discussion. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $50 for access to the pre-show, and $75 for the VIP experience.

Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, Mozart’s most commonly performed symphony, arrives at the Meyerson this weekend. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s performance starts at 7:30 p.m. with shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Seats are distanced for safety and masks are required.

Friday, Jan. 15

Catch a ferocious blues performance at the Granada this weekend with dynamic rocker Chris Duarte. Duarte hits the stage after dinner for a 9 p.m. show. Tickets run $35-$55.

Saturday, Jan. 16

Join the Nasher Sculpture Center for a virtual Stitch N Brunch workshop lead by loop master Suzuko Davis. The zoom crochet circle is free for members and $10 for non-members—suggested supply lists will be emailed upon registration.

Mo Brossette, a director at Breathe Meditation and Wellness, leads a class on coping better with fear, anxiety, and stress. The class is 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and costs $55. Reserve your spot ahead of time as class capacities are capped for social distancing.

Ring in the New Year—the year of the Ox—with the Japan America Society and their first ever virtual Mochitsuki. Tune in for musical performances, a mochi-pounding demonstration, calligraphy tutorial, and more. Tickets are free but if you would like to purchase a mochi or activity set to follow along with the activities, they run $15 to $25.

The Nasher. Photo by Andreas Praefcke

Recurring Things To Do

While restaurants, movie theaters, museums, and other local businesses have reopened with limited capacities, we’re still very much in the midst of an infectious outbreak. Medical experts recommend that we continue to practice social distancing and wear masks vigilantly. 

For other new and notable exhibitions, performances, and events around town this month, check out 14 Things You Must Do This January In Dallas.

For the month of January, the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth is offering a free program for families with children on the autism spectrum. With Virtual Sensory Explorations, learn as a family about horses and local cowboys and make art with guided tutorials. Materials will be provided in an art kit available for pick up on a first-come, first-serve basis. Register online to secure your spot and a kit.

The Texas Theater, in Oak Cliff.

Texas Theater is now streaming a seven-film retrospective from the mind of Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai. The director’s dreamy style was characterized by oversaturated color and nonlinear storytelling. You can access any of the films that revolutionized cinema for $30 on Texas Theater’s website or get a series pass for $70. Once purchased, the works can be streamed for 30 days.

Inspired by New York’s extravagant department store windows, Mockingbird Station is featuring festive window displays for patrons as they shop. The Snow Place Like Mocking Bird Station experience runs through January 5 and includes a Toy Drive partnered with Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center.

Holiday tea is a fabulous seasonal tradition in town. We rounded up some of our favorites, like The Adolphus and the Dallas Arboretum, here.

At the Dallas Museum of Art, you’ll want to reserve a ticket for the special exhibition, For a Dreamer of Houses. The immersive exhibition explores the significance of the spaces we inhabit–something that’s taken on a new meaning in the months since the show opened in March. Read Trace Miller’s review here

Theaters like Alamo Drafthouse and Cinemark have reopened, but there are also a bunch of new drive-in theaters around town to facilitate socially distant movie nights. Find where to watch a drive-in movie in Dallas here.



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