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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 18 – January 20

Monday, Jan. 18 

Annette Gordon-Reed, the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for History, is the keynote speaker for The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture’s Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium. General admission to the virtual event is $15 or free for teachers and students. For more ways to celebrate this MLK day, check out How to Celebrate a Socially-Distanced Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Dallas.

Use Reunion Tower’s 360 views to inspire your own skyline masterpiece with the Inks and Skyline Workshop at 7 p.m.. Arrive early to take a stroll on the GeO-Deck before getting down to business with your 6×8” or 12×12” wooden board. Tickets are $55 or $62 depending on canvas size and all other materials are provided.

Explore painting through the eyes of three young artists at Ro2’s new exhibition, Bright Future: Joshua Dodson, Kyle Hanson, and Loc Huynh. The exhibition runs through February 13 and admission to the gallery is free.

Tuesday, Jan. 19

Curator Shirley Reece-Hughes talks with artist Natasha Bowdoin about Bowdoin’s exhibition In The Night Garden. Tune in via Zoom for insight into Bowdoin’s vision and the process of installing at The Amon Carter. Register for free and catch the talk from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Learn about how a Black chef from Queens and a White media entrepreneur turned a formerly segregated Greyhound station into one of the country’s best restaurants in the Dallas Museum of Art’s virtual talk. Mashama Bailey and John O. Morisano discuss their dual memoir Black, White and The Grey and afterward lead a cooking demonstration. Tickets start at $12 to stream for non-members.

Wednesday, Jan. 20

Bring your sketchbook to the Nasher Sculpture Center for the Art with Friends: Art and Music workshop. The free virtual workshop, intended for school age children, explores sculpture inspired by music. Register in advance here.

Learn the art of the acrylic pour at Armadillo Ale Works with artist Taylor Pendleton. The class will teach four different techniques to create two canvases and the first drink is included with ticket cost. Tickets are $45

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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