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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.

While Governor Greg Abbott’s orders have allowed bars, restaurants, and some entertainment venues to open 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 for the time being.

Local cultural institutions–like museums, libraries, and movie theaters–have made the decision to stay closed a little longer. Restaurants are now allowed to open at 50 percent capacity, and bars can open at 25 percent capacity. Most have implemented new safety measures, but getting out and about is still risky until we see a two-week decline in new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.

We will always encourage you to explore this bright, bustling city–but right now, we’re offering some safer ways to do that, which often means staying at home. 

It’s not as bleak as it sounds. We promise it can even be a little bit fun. This is the time to pour over poetry online, to livestream local artists, to have a movie marathon, and to join a virtual book club.

It’s not an easy time by any means, but maybe these things will make dark days feel lighter. And by enjoying the fruits of local artists’ labor, you’re keeping our community together, even with six-plus feet of distance.

Events in Dallas This Weekend: May 28-May 31

Pegasus Film Festival, the largest student-run film festival in the country, has gone digital this year and will be streamed on Friday. Click here for tickets and read more about the festival here.

North Texas’ favorite David Bowie cover band, the Thin White Dukes are performing on Facebook live on Thursday at 8 p.m. Tune in here

On Thursday, Robert Trusko’s band is performing at Revelers Hall in the Bishop Arts District at 7 p.m. 

Taste Addison has been canceled, but dozens of the local restaurants that would’ve participated are joining in a virtual festival this weekend on Taste Addison’s Facebook and Instagram pages. 

Sweet Tooth Hotel continues its WithFriends Instagram Live series on Friday at 1:30 p.m. 

Brizo has its weekly CarBaret Drive-In with a showing of Night of the Living Dead on Saturday at 7 p.m. The parking lot party will have the full menu from Brizo as well as some special cocktails on offer. It’s $15 to reserve a space

Sons of Hermann Hall and KNON DJ Mark Mundy are hosting a Facebook Live concert this Saturday at 8 p.m. The act has not been announced, but you can tune in here.

Disco, TX at the Brizo’s Carbaret. Photo by Bret Redman.

Movies 

Frisco-based social media stars Dude, Perfect have a new documentary about how they went from taking funny videos of their friends to being among the top YouTubers of the world. (They came in at no. 2 on the top earning YouTubers of 2019.) The documentary, Dude, Perfect: Backstage Pass is free to watch on YouTube–of course.

Looking to curl up on the couch with a nice doc? Shawn Shinneman rounded up seven recent documentaries (and docuseries) with Dallas ties that you can stream at home.

The iconic Texas Theatre is tweaking its business model in the time of social distancing to offer new releases online. Movie lovers can simply visit the theater’s website, purchase a virtual ticket, and stream films they would’ve seen on the big screen. The funds raised by these virtual screenings will help compensate the Texas Theatre staff while the venue is closed.

Did you know that Hooking Up, the new road-trip comedy starring Brittany Snow, was filmed in Dallas? Todd Jorgensen talked to Texas filmmaker Jon Keeyes about the recent release, which is now streaming.

Music  

Blake Ward and Double Wide’s Joel Stephenson have started a series of live streamed videos featuring local musicians, performers, bartenders, and more. Check out the channel, QuaranTV, here.

Local Sara King has racked up more than 200,000 YouTube subscribers with her dreamy voice and soft covers of artists like Tyler, The Creator and Billie Eilish. Read more about her here and watch for yourself on King’s channel

Sara King photographed by Jonathan Zizzo.

Books 

The period of quarantine is a great time to start a (virtual) book club. Zac Crain talked to a number of local authors to get their reading recommendations, which you can find here. Deep Vellum Books founder Will Evans also has five excellent books by local authors for you to check out. You can read about his picks here.

Visual Art 

Museums are physically closed, but they’re still welcoming visitors to partake in new, digital programming. Read more about how Dallas’ cultural institutions are adapting to the times–and how you can still enjoy them–here.

Photographs Do Not Bend has a stunning exhibition by a group of all female photographers on view through Artsy–explore it here.

The Nasher Sculpture Center has figured out a way to allow its audience to physically engage with art while social distancing–it’s a new series called Nasher Windows and it highlights a Dallas area artist each week. Read about it here.

The Dallas Museum of Art has been hard at work making its current exhibitions accessible during lockdown through virtual gallery tours. You can “walk” through Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art here.

The DMA’s latest exhibition, For a Dreamer of Houses, is also available to view online. Read Trace Miller’s review–which considers both the physical and the virtual exhibition–here.

Alex Da Corte, “Rubber Pencil Devil,” 2018, Dallas Museum of Art. Photo by John Smith

Wellness

We’re all going through something confusing and difficult right now. Be kind to yourself. We chatted with local mental health experts to get some tips on maintaining a positive state of mind amid a pandemic; read their advise here.

Staying at home doesn’t mean you can’t reach your fitness goals. Find some space to stretch out and give at-home workouts a shot. These moves from Dallas-based model trainer John Benton don’t require any equipment.

Now’s a good a time as ever to figure out how to meditate–for real this time. Read some tips from local experts on meditation and mindfulness here.

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