[The half dozen]

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Illustration by Cecilia Secaira

1.Wander the delightful stores of Mockingbird Station and then watch Alfred Hitchcock’s classic nail-bitter, “The Birds.” Oct. 1. Mockingbird Station. Free.

2. Show your support for the babies by participating in the national Life Chain. Meet at the Tower. Oct. 4, 1:45 p.m. Free.

3. Save your dollars for Smoked, “a deliciously curated Dallas BBQ and Music Festival.” Though pricey, the ticket includes three hours of tasting and concerts. Main Street Garden Park. Oct. 3. $44.

4. After visiting the Dallas Museum of Art, wander across the street and express your own artistic side at Sketching in the Park with El Centro College. If sketching isn’t your thing, other activities fill the park throughout the day. Klyde Warren Park. Oct. 3. Free.

5. Bask in the beauty not only of SMU’s campus but also of their new collection “Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting,” featuring
Fra Angelico, Titian, Van Gogh, Goya, Rembrandt, Renoir, Courbet and others. Meadows Museum at SMU. On view until Jan. 3, $4 for students, free Thursdays after 5 p.m.

6. Test your pipes at the longest running Open Mic in Dallas. Before you sing, study in the basement coffee shop and try the Pumpkin Dream Chai. Opening Bell Coffee. Oct. 6 (and every Tuesday). Free.

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