Weekend whirlwind

February 9-11: Have to believe this weekend’s magic.

Nothing can stand in our waaaayyy… of finding unique and diverse activities to light up your calendar. (Shout out, Olivia Newton-John.) Whether you’re celebrating the love of your life or ready to throw candy hearts at every sugary couple you see while you embrace your fierce singularity, it’s the weekend before Valentine’s Day AND Mardi Gras and we’ve got some ideas. Magical ones.

Jazz has had a home in Dallas since the 1920’s when it was first embraced by Deep Ellum.

It’s sexy, it’s romantic and it’s magical, just like you want to be with your significant other this Valentine’s weekend. Get your smooth on at the Lover’s Jazz Fest featuring Althea Rene, Jonathan Fritzen, Javier Colon and Jeanette Harris. Saturday, 7:30pm. $49 and up for tickets. Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Ave, Dallas.

14th Annual Weekend Festival of Black Dance

14th Annual Weekend Festival of Black Dance

Photo Credit: KanKouran West African Dance Company

Feel the electricity at the 14th Annual Weekend Festival of Black Dance, offered by The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL), which has supported, developed and performed quality artistic productions in Dallas for four decades. Kankouran West African Dance Company and Atlanta Dance Connection will share the stage as they bring African, Contemporary and Modern Dance to heart-pounding life. Friday and Saturday. Naomi Bruton Theatre, 1309 Canton St, Dallas. $10 General Admission.

Czech it out! #Ennis Polka Fest Friday night and all day Saturday at Sokol Hall. Accordions UNITE! Details: https://www.ennisczechmusicfestival.com/ [Follow @DFWStuff for more fun events like this] 

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Speaking of heart-pounding, Monster Jam is back!!! This Saturday at 7, 7, 7pm, watch Barbarian, Bounty Hunter, Overkill Evolution and other celebrity trucks with awesome names take to the stadium and compete to be the most MONSTER-Y of them all!!! VIP Pit Party begins at 2:30pm if you REALLY want to impress your Valentine. AT&T Stadium,              1 AT&T Way in Arlington. 

If you’re more of a literary romantic, DMA Arts & Letters Live presents award-winning author Paul Auster this Sunday.

The writer of The New York Trilogy and Winter Journal will discuss his new novel, 4321, which delves into four potential life outcomes for one man. How are our destinies determined? Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium. 1717 N Harwood St, Dallas. Sunday 7-9pm. Public $40, DMA Members $30 and Students $20 Tickets

Cupid’s Undie Run

Cupid Undie Run

   Photo courtesy of Cupid Undie Run Dallas

If you’re more of a TAKE. IT. OFF romantic, Cupid’s Undie Run is taking to the streets this Saturday from 12-4pm. Founded to support finding a cure for Neurofibromatosis (a genetic disorder impacting 1 in 3,000 kiddos), Cupid’s Charity brings in the moolah in the best way – PARTY, RUN (at your own pace, and baring the briefs if you’re up for it), PARTY. Trees 2709 Elm St, Dallas. $40

#MardiGras Texas Style at Fair Park #Dallas Saturday, Feb 10 for its 17th year! Country fellers Stoney LaRue, Cody Johnson, Easton Corbin, Prophets & Outlaws | Tix $36.50+ https://www.prekindle.com/find-tickets/id/24898849297233305 [Follow @DFWStuff for more fun events like this] 

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Dallas’s own Punk band Lizzie Boredom headlines

Ready for the party without so much of the running or brief-baring? Been there. Dallas’s own Punk band Lizzie Boredom headlines a show with Sealion and the Dead Mockingirds at Dan’s Silver Leaf this Friday. And if you’re burnt out on mating rituals altogether at this time of year, maybe they’ll play their 2017 release, Dead Men Can’t Cat Call. Doors open at 8pm. $8.50 Get Tickets 103 Industrial St, Denton.

Pirates of the Grand Prairiean!

Arrrr…ren’t you going to get a little booty this weekend? It’s easy if you are up for some Pirates on the Prairie Feb 10 in Grand Prairie at the Uptown Theater. Bands such as The Bilge Pumps, Selkie Girls and Seadog Slam are up, making us walk the plank with celtic music, shanties, folk and salty rhymes. $15 adults, $5 kids, doors at 5p, runs til 9p. 

For Harry Potter Fans

If you and your tribe are looking for REAL magic for all ages, this is it. All weekend, even muggles can drink your weight in Butterscotch Beer, mingle with living owls and compare your tingling scars with other Harry Potter fans at A Day of Magic Managed. Don’t tell them if you’re a muggle. They don’t need to know. Saturday 9am, Sunday 11am. $15 Adults, $12 Kids 3-10, Free for Kids under 3. Order Tickets Southfork Ranch, 3700 Hogge Dr, Parker.

Celebrate Fat Tuesday with a Crawfish Boil at Fry Street Tavern in #Denton! $17 for unlimited mudbugs and soft drinks! | 6-10p on Feb 13 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fry-street-taverns-fat-tuesday-crawfish-boil-tickets-42068218173?aff=es2

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Looking for a fight, are ya?

 SO many places are showing The UFC 221 Event on Saturday night that I’ve narrowed it down to the places that Facebook says MY friends like. Where should you watch Whittaker take on Rockhold for the World Middleweight Championship? Well, Marj likes Henderson Tap House  (7pm. 232 North Henderson Avenue, Dallas). She’s a creative local musician. Dana, who’s got a very dry sense of humor, likes Austin Avenue Grill and Sports Bar (9pm. 935 W Parker Rd, Plano). Mark visited Boomer Jack’s Grill & Bar (9pm. 2300 W Airport Frwy, Bedford). Not sure if he liked it, but he did visit. And Howard, Mr. Popular, likes The Draft House Bar and Grill (8pm. 2700 E Eldorado, Little Elm). No matter where you watch, you’ll learn some new “holds” that are sure to impress your date. (Don’t try that at home. Ahem.)

The #Magic of Adam Trent is on stage 8pm Friday at @VerizonTheatre (He’s been on @Ellen & The Today Show) | Look for @AdamTrentMagic tix here: https://www.axs.com/events/345255/adam-trent-tickets

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Magic Is All Around Us

Finally, there is magic all around us if you just look hard enough. That’s the spirit and message in Neverland, by Julian Butler. Casa Manana, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, presents the family-friendly retelling of Peter Pan’s story. Magic for everyone. Saturday 5pm. 3101 W. Lancaster Ave, Ft. Worth.

No matter what’s in store for you this Valentine’s Day, we love you. What magical, weird and wonderful events are you most looking forward to this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

 Be sure to check the venue/ticketing info for details, as you never know when organizers may change things up. 

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