It's crazy, but it's true: November has arrived, meaning it's just two short months until 2012 is gone forever — or less than that if you subscribe to the Mayans' way of thinking. It also means cooler weather, so there may be fewer outdoor events, but we'll still try to find a few.
Below are some of your best options for Thursday through Sunday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, November 1
Movember - Shave the Date!
Everyone knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but fewer know that November is the time to raise awareness about prostate cancer and other cancers that affect mainly men. Movember, a program that encourages men to grow mustaches throughout November, is one such initiative, and Tried and True hosts the kickoff event for the Dallas area.
Bob Dylan and his Band in concert with Mark Knopfler
Several living music legends have made their way through Dallas recently, and Bob Dylan may be the topper. Truth be told, Dylan is no stranger to these parts, because he's been touring almost nonstop for the past 24 years. But it's still a treat to see the folk rocker live and in person, and he has an album's worth of new songs to show off at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie.
Friday, November 2
Chinese Lantern Festival at Fair Park
One of the most pleasant surprises that November brings is the return of the Chinese Lantern Festival to Fair Park. Of course, since the State Fair of Texas finished on October 21, the peacocks, flamingos and humongous dragon never really left. You have until January 6 to see this spectacular nighttime light show.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Black on Black
Dallas Black Dance Theatre has been going strong for 32 years now, and Black on Black is a celebration of both the dancers who have made the company so successful and the community that has supported them. It's an all-out street party Friday night, with the DBDT dancers strutting their stuff and those in attendance invited to do the same.
Saturday, November 3
Majestic Theatre presents The Screwtape Letters
The Majestic Theatre has not been known recently as a venue at which to see actual theater, but it's hosting a return engagement of C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters the next two Saturdays. If you missed last year's one-night-only production, you won't want to make the same mistake twice, as the adaptation of one of Lewis' most-popular works is well worth your time.
It's a good bet that the majority of moviegoers look at film mainly as a source of entertainment and little else. But film can also be the start of change on a small and large scale, something the members of these panels to be held at the Hilton Anatole know well. Even if affecting social change is not on the top of your to-do list, hearing filmmakers talk about their craft should be a must for anybody trying to make their way into the industry.
Sunday, November 4
The Art of Bridal Style: The Ultimate Bridal Styling and Fashion Event
Granted, this event won't appeal to everyone out there, but if you're a bride-to-be looking for that perfect dress or just a woman in need of some pampering, you shouldn't miss it. All the latest wedding designs will be on display at Union Station, plus you'll get a massage and manicure with your paid entrance. Guys can hang in the groom's lounge while girls go ga-ga over the gowns.
Jackson Browne in concert with Sara Watkins
What was it that we said about living legends? Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie is positively popping with them, as Jackson Browne stops by to put a nice bookend on the weekend. The singer-songwriter arrives to remind people exactly why he and his work are unforgettable.