Things to Do In Dallas This Weekend: August 17-20

If your weekend will not be spent as Sailor Mercury in various poses, here’s what else you might get into.

Thursday (08/17)

Dynamic Dallas producer Wanz Dover (Blixaboy) plays a live set on Nothing But Techno, a Thursday night show on the Static Interference streaming channel. Watch this space at 10 p.m.

The space where Hailey’s used to be in Denton has been usurped by Frogger and Donkey Kong. Game Changers Arcade & Grill donates 10 percent of its food and drink sales each week to a different cause; tonight it’s the new Denton Music and Arts Collaborative and, by extension, artists who could use an eye exam or, say, their first physical in a dozen years.

The clouds will likely stick around through the magic hour. Why mind when Sunset Yoga at the Omni‘s free? Check in at 6:30 p.m.

Puerto Rican superstar and noted U.S. immigration reform activist Olga Tañón recharges her ’90s merengue reign at The Bomb Factory.

Friday (08/18)

What do women and non-binary artists have to do to be seen and known as well as their male contemporaries? Käthe Kollwitz and the Guerrilla Girls use their very names to resurrect those of now-dead female artists who never got the attention and consideration their work deserved. Kollwitz speaks on current gender and racial discrimination in the canon and shares the clever ways her group injects warm blood into that monolith at the Dallas Museum of Art as part of its late-night series. Seating’s first-come, first-serve; doors at 6:30 p.m. More on this tomorrow.

(The Nasher Sculpture Center’s also open until midnight. If you’re looking to sit on a blanket with someone who delights in “their stories” and Sally Field: Soap Dish (1991) screens at 10 p.m.)

The violence of erasure long preceded our current notion of white supremacist spectacle and display. Banda Koro, an African drum and dance ensemble, tells the story of Adjoua Kouassi’s reunion with her deepest self after being cut from her roots in America. Thee Awakening explores the sounds and rituals  of the Ivory Coast and Guinea, West Africa; it’s on tonight at 8 p.m.

Arsenio Hall was so bummed at the prospect of Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer impression ending, he might just venture his own at Addison Improv.

Stephen Elliot’s day-glo star of queer cinema with its Oscar-winning costumes, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert (1994), precedes a drag contest at Texas Theatre. Doors at 8:30.

Saturday (08/19)

If you’re a white person who’s posted on social media denouncing the Nazi demonstrations in Charlottesville, and you’re not going to the Dallas Against White Supremacy march, it should be because you’re physically unable to walk. It begins at the Confederate War Memorial downtown on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Fans of Charli XCX-collaborator Abra will take to the hypnotic Def Rain, who headlines a free show at Armory, D.E. 9 p.m.

The Women Texas Film Festival continues for its fourth day of screenings. The headlining feature tonight is a comedy about cancer called Quality Problems directed by Brooke and Doug Purdy; two blocks of short films are dedicated to female leads who face sexual assault, keep secrets, fight off guys who try to leech their success, stumble through the dark halls of jealousy, etc. Check the Saturday schedule for more and ask tough questions at the filmmaker Q&As.

Sunday (08/20)

Brandon Harris is an editor at Filmmaker Magazine who directed Redlegs and recently wrote a book called Making Rent in Bed-Stuy which explores exactly that conundrum. So it’s fitting he should introduce the Bed-Stuy poem that is Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing (1989) at Texas Theatre. Screening’s at 3 p.m.; Harris talks afterward, and he’ll sell that book in the lobby.

The North Texas State Fair and Rodeo features the romantic accordion sway of regional Mexican group La Energía Norteña at 9:30 p.m.

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