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Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend

The ultimate event list to plan your week around.

This Week, Jan. 16 Through Jan. 19

Thursday, Jan. 16

City Hall Bistro hosts a Keto Cocktail Class from 6-7 p.m. with the restaurant’s lead mixologist. Guests will learn how to make a keto cucumber margarita and a bell pepper smash. Tickets are $38 per person. 

The Chocolate and Art Show is back at Lofty Spaces this Thursday and Friday. The expo includes artists, artisanal chocolatiers, and live music. There are free chocolate samples, if you were wondering. Tickets are $20. 

Bounce music legend Big Freedia is performing at the House of Blues Dallas at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 plus fees. 

The galleries on Dragon Street hold their monthly Third Thursday Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. It will be raining, so maybe call your favorite gallery ahead of time to make sure they’re still participating. 

Scenes from a Speakeasy at the DMA. Bret Redman.

Friday, Jan. 17

Dallas’ new Museum of Illusions kicks off its After Hours series on Friday with a mind-bending night of special programming. There will be a performance by an illusionist, food trucks, a cash bar, and more. Tickets are $19. 

The Dallas Museum of Art presents Late Nights: The Roaring ’20s from 6-11 p.m. The event will include live jazz by Roger Boykin, dance music by The Singapore Slingers, a silent film screening, special galleries tours, and free admission to the special exhibit speechless. Tickets are $10 for the public, $5 for students, and free for members. 

Across the street, the Nasher hosts Til Midnight, with free admission from 6 p.m. to midnight and live music by Jade Nickol, Droo’s Peach Crush, Faten Kanaan, and Ami Dang. No RSVP required. 

Boom Boom Pum, a monthly night of global bass, cumbia, and live art with MC Ray Gunna, is moving into Industry Alley Bar this Friday from 9 p.m. to close. There’s no cover. 

Saturday, Jan. 18

DandeLyon Love Yoga leads a yoga session on the pool deck of the new Virgin Hotel Dallas at 10 a.m. It’s free with RSVP.

If you’re looking to do some yoga with a side of beer, Pegasus City Brewery is having Detox & Retox at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $10 and include a pint. Bring your own mat.

Bret Redman

The High Moons are performing at Harlowe MXM’s rooftop patio in Deep Ellum from 8-11 p.m. There’s no cover. 

Miss Marcy and Her Texas Sugardaddy’s, a jazzy blues outfit with theatrical stage presence, will put on a show at The Balcony Club on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. There’s an $8 cover at the door. 

Ruins has JUST Travis Scott, a night celebrating the music of the famed Texas rapper. The event starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 online and $10 at the door. 

Sunday, Jan. 19 

Rainbow Vomit, one of Dallas’ many Instagram-friendly pop-ups, has a Day Rave from 2-9 p.m. with PROPA Productions. The party will go throughout the immersive installation and extend into Las Almas Rotas. Tickets are $25 and up.

The Blue Man Group brings its Speechless tour to AT&T Performing Arts Center on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25. 

R&B superstar Jacquees is performing at the House of Blues Dallas at 8 p.m. Tickets are available from $30. 

Ongoing Events, Through January 

Detail shot from Beili Liu’s Lure series. Courtesy of Crow Museum.

Here are our picks for the 20 best events happening in Dallas this month. 

On Stage 

Shakespeare Dallas moves the theatrics indoors to Moody Performance Hall and taps Jane Austen for its second-ever Winter Season, featuring the beloved romantic dramedy Pride and Prejudice. There are four spirited sisters, one overbearing mother, and more romantic mishaps than we can count. Shows are January 10-19. Find tickets here.

Need a laugh? Here are 10 Comedy Shows to See in Dallas this Winter. 

Visual Art  

The new year brought exhibition openings from Dallas Contemporary, Galleri Urbane, the Nasher, Crow Museum and others. Check out our guide to January gallery and museum openings here.

Installation view of Misha Kahn’s work. Photo by John Smith.

The Dallas Museum of Art has several interesting things to see on view this winter. There’s an exhibit of interactive, experiential artwork made by contemporary designers called speechless: different by design; You can read our write-up on it here. Canadian painter Wanda Koop has several larger-than-life paintings on view in a show, Dreamline, through February 2. Brazilian artist Sandra Cinto also recently completed a large mural in the DMA’s concourse.

The Kimbell Art Museum explores the work of Pierre-August Renoir in Renoir: The Body, The Senses, an exhibition focused on the artist’s depiction of the human form. The romantic show is on view through January 26, 2020. Special tickets are required.

AfterImage Gallery in Uptown presents an exhibition of architectural photography by local artist Nikola Olic from January 11-February 25. Olic’s work documents iconic buildings of Dallas in close detail, providing a macro view of the urban landscape. Get a sneak peek here.

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