Thursday, October 11, 2012
How to avoid Texas/OU shenanigans in Dallas-Fort Worth
Believe it or not, the world does not stop for college football.
It is no secret that college football will be running this town all weekend. But many native Dallasites could not care less. Luckily, there are still plenty of Saturday happenings that have nothing to do with Longhorns, Sooners, or Jell-O shots.
Farmers markets in suburbia
Saturday mornings are notorious for farmers markets, and we suggest making the rounds in the suburbs. At about 8 a.m., stands in Grand Prairie, Frisco, Grapevine, and Bartonville (to name a few) will open, giving you a reason to flee Dallas before the morning tailgaters roll in. Coming home during game time should help you miss the majority of the day’s traffic. Kick-off is at 11 a.m.
Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibition
Lakewood is a fun, quiet residential neighborhood in East Dallas where the 26th Annual Dia de los Muertos Art Exhibition opens on Saturday. This showcase at the Bath House Cultural Center on White Rock Lake feature more than 60 local, regional, and international artists working in traditional and contemporary styles. El Dia de los Muertos is a Spanish holiday and celebration of family ancestors who have passed on to the next realm. The traditional art is ornate and colorful, and the art exhibit is sure to be a great non-sporty excursion.
Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum
Time is running out on the art exhibit everyone is raving about. The glass installations by Dale Chihuly at the Dallas Arboretum play with textures and optical illusions and range up to 30 feet tall. This awe-inspiring exhibit came close to destruction this summer during a massive hail storm. Thankfully, only a few pieces were hit and the installation remains for viewing until November 21. Visitors are welcome to enjoy this amazing contemporary art exhibit while it glistens during the day beginning at 9 a.m., or after the sun goes down when each piece is illuminated by artificial (and strategically placed) light. Daytime and nighttime are two totally different experiences, plus the Arboretum has its autumn pumpkin theme fully set up.
Yoga and Zumba in the park
Wake up refreshed and join a group of yogis in Sammons Park outside of AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Arts District every Saturday morning at 8 a.m. Instructors form Uptown Yoga lead a free one-hour yoga class followed by a free one-hour Zumba class. If it is too cold or raining, both classes will be moved inside the Winspear Opera House
Watch a free documentary
If you want to avoid the entire football mess, there’s a website you should know about. It’s called TopDocumentaryFilms.com and it consolidates a database of thousands of documentaries that viewers can stream for free. It is totally legal and will not bug your computer with viruses. So snuggle in, homebody; there’s plenty to keep you busy.
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