Friday, November 9, 2012
Things to do in Dallas-Fort Worth, November 9-15
Highlights include the “Ice” exhibit, the Texas Stampede, and Dallas Travel and Adventure Show.
The Gaylord Texan's Lone Star Christmas and ICE! Exhibit - Through January 1: When one can buy Halloween candy and Christmas ornaments in a single shopping trip, it’s not surprising that one of the area’s holiday displays opens the second week of November. After all, it’s only six weeks until Christmas. Lone Star Christmas includes decorations such as a life-size gingerbread house and 1.5 million pounds of snow, plus daily snow tubing and the “Ice” exhibit. For “Ice,” 40 artists from China have carved 2 million pounds of special frozen water into sculptures showing winter scenes and the characters from the DreamWorks film Merry Madagascar. To tour the exhibit, which is cooled to 9 degrees, put on a provided parka — not a typical garment for Madagascar.
Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert - Friday: They’ve cooked in New York restaurants, been judges on Top Chef, talked about dining and travel in books and on television, and have silver hair. While these friends have much in common, Bourdain’s as naughty as Ripert is nice, so there should be plenty of sparring during this talk about food in daily life, across the globe and in restaurant kitchens. The show at Bass Hall is also a chance to catch up with Bourdain before his new show about eating and globe-trotting debuts on CNN next year.
Texas Stampede - Friday and Saturday: This year’s Texas Stampede at Allen Event Center is part of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s circuit, which means contestants will come to Allen to compete in events such as bull riding, steer wrestling and team roping in order to qualify for December’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Country music concerts follow both nights of rodeo: Tracy Lawrence performs Nov. 9, and Lee Brice takes the stage Nov. 10. (There's also a rodeo without a concert at noon Saturday.) There’ll also be a free Western Heritage Festival with family-friendly activities such as a petting zoo, pony rides, stick horse races and the Christmas Stampede Western Holiday Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days. Texas Stampede benefits local children’s charities, including Camp John Marc and ManeGait Therapeutic Horsemanship.
Dallas Sample Sale - Friday through Sunday: The Dallas Sample Sale may help shoppers pinch pennies without being a Grinch. The annual bazaar at Dallas Market Center will have hundreds of merchants selling decorations, clothing and accessories, children’s items, home décor, gifts and more at wholesale prices. Some sellers will offer an additional 10 percent discount to those who pledge during the event to help a person in need at the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Adding to the festive atmosphere, Santa will be available for photos.
"Oswald Has Been Shot!" Memories from November 24, 1963 - Saturday: At this event, five people who witnessed or reported on Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald will talk about their experiences. The participants include Dallas Times Herald photographer Bob Jackson, who took the iconic photo of the murder; James Leavelle, the detective handcuffed to Oswald in the photo; and journalists Gary DeLaune, a reporter for KLIF radio; Bob Huffaker, a reporter for KRLD radio; and Fred Rhinestein, a director-producer with NBC News. WFAA’s Gloria Campos will moderate the discussion at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.
Dallas Travel and Adventure Show - Saturday and Sunday: This weekend at Dallas Convention Center, get advice on how to have better vacations during talks about saving money, taking better photos and buying the right cruise. Or learn from Samantha Brown’s mistakes. The Travel Channel show host will present “A Comedy of Travel Errors: My Globalization of Mishaps” Nov. 10 at noon and Nov. 11 at 2:15 p.m. Not ready to plan a world tour? Have some adventure without the travel. The expo will have “bubble runners,” which allow the user to walk on water (or at least try to); a zip line to ride; a rock wall to climb; and visits from the Dallas Zoo’s Animal Adventures. There’ll also be the Global Beats Stage with world music and dance and the Culinary Theater with demonstrations by chefs, including Tiffany Derry from Dallas’ Private Social.
Chi Omega Christmas Market - Opens Thursday: Chi Omega sorority members picked more than 165 vendors for this year’s sale, which is its 35th annual and the first at Centennial Hall at Fair Park. There are two chances to shop before the sale opens to the general public. For $75, visitors to the Nov. 14 Preview Party get first dibs on the goods, plus cocktails and appetizers. Ticketholders for Nov. 15’s First Call event get second dibs, no perks, for $20 in advance or $25 at the door. But it’s all for charity: The 2012 Chi Omega Christmas Market will give $205,000 to 10 charities, including Genesis Women’s Shelter and Make-a-Wish Foundation of North Texas.
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