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Things To Do in Dallas This Weekend

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Things To Do This Weekend

Thursday, May 13

May Dubstep never die! Nero, the British electronic supergroup, performs a live DJ Set at It’ll Do in East Dallas.

2021 ART214 Juried Exhibition is a city-wide artist showcase, which displays works from artists based in Dallas-Fort Worth at five public spaces operated by the city’s Office of Arts and Culture, from May 13 to May 29. Appointments are required to visit the various exhibits.

Friday, May 14

Tacos. Elotes. Drinks. DJs. If you selected one or more of these things in the lineup, head out Nines in Deep Ellum. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m, DJ Kmor, DJ Moan, and DJ Imperial D transform the nightclub into Shake It Fast Friday.

Texas Vignette hosts a pop-up art fair at 2816 Main St. to honor Haydee Alonso, Ann Johnson, Rehab El Sadek, Lisa E. Harris, and Tammy Melody Gomez, the five recipients of their 2021 artist grant program. The opening starts at 7 p.m. and ends on Saturday, May 15 at 5 p.m.

I AM THE SUN, Meredith Pardue’s solo exhibition, opens at Laura Rathe Fine Art Gallery in the Design District. Pardue’s exhibit centers on society’s relationship with the sun, with an emphasis on its mysterious place in history. The exhibition runs until June 26.

Saturday, May 15

Ruins in Deep Ellum.

Rodney Blu, journalist extraordinaire, is DJing for the first time. I repeat, Rodney Blu is DJing for Electric Tongues and Kyoto Lo-Fi’s show at Ruins in Deep Ellum. Presale tickets are sold out. Never fear, you can pick one up at the door.

Peace, Love, and Woofstock. MUTTS Canine Cantina in Fort Worth converts into a pet-friendly festival for owners and their four legged friends. Attendees can sip on craft beers from Rahr & Sons Brewery while their dogs are fitted for flower crowns (#cheugy), and support local business, such as Tail Waggin Biscuits and Bones and Gonzotails.

Sunday, May 16

Can you imagine waking up in the morning to baby goats? Well if you dream it, you can achieve it. Register for Goat Yoga at Toyota Music Factory in Las Colinas. (Someone write me back about their experience, please.)

It’s not a night out in Dallas if DJ Blake Ward isn’t spinning. Jamz returns to Ruins in Deep Ellum with DJ Christy Ray for four hours of non-stop bangers. From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., the two well-known DJs transform the club venue into an auditory escape for attendees to dance until their ankles hit. If you miss a good fun night out, go to Jamz, and call out (or come in late) on Monday morning.

Bomethius, singer/songwriter graces The Pittman Hotel with a live set of songs from Seasons of Limbo, his latest album released on March 26.

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. 

It’s now May, which means it’s time for print magazine’s list of the month’s must-do events.

Fashion in Residence, a womenswear fashion exhibit, presented by UNT Fashion Collection, opens at NorthPark Center. The 14 piece collection displays pieces from Texas designer Todd Olham, along Lilly Pulitzer and Hanae Mori. The exhibits run through June 6.

Re-articulation, exhibition of works by Jeanne Neal, opens at Ro2 Art. The show runs from May 15 to June 19.

#IfThenSheCan, an exhibit of contemporary women professionals in STEM careers, debuts at NorthPark Center on May 15. The 3D printed display features 122 statues of women STEM innovators to inspire the next generation of young girls and women.

POP!, an interactive photo experience features over two dozen themed rooms for guests to take unique photos with integrated cameras and lighting. The multimedia event runs from May 15 to September 6 at The Galleria Dallas. 

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