1. Limited funds are no excuse to limit good theater-going; Kitchen Dog Theater’s “The Dumb Waiter,” fits any budget with their Pay-What-You-Can night (Wednesdays and Thursdays for the first 25 guests who request it). Harold Pinter’s humorous show is known for its “exceptional writing and subtle character development.” Kitchen Dog Theater. Closes Oct. 10. Student rate $15 (Wed/Thu/Sun) or $25 (Fri/Sat).
2. Grab your best pair of cowboy boots and head to the Texas State Fair. Fatten yourself with fried food, enjoy cow-milking and feel inadequate next to agriculturally gifted children. Fair Park. Closes Oct. 18. $18.
3. Stuff yourself with unlimited tacos at the Dallas Observer’s Tacolandia. Beer and cocktails available for purchase to wash down the tacos. City Park Plaza. Oct. 17. $25 (includes unlimited food samples).
4. Brush up your contemporary art knowledge at ‘til Midnight at the Nasher, including film screenings, live music (The Cush, Salim Nourallah Boombox Experiement) and street tacos. The event is part of Aurora, a biannual Dallas event meant to showcase a host of artists and encourage people to see light in a new way. Nasher Garden. Oct. 16. Free.
5. See the artist behind “Primadonna” and other hits when Marina and the Diamonds rolls into Dallas. Shamir opens. South Side Ballroom. Oct. 14. $28 and up.
6. Richard Spear comes to the Kimbell Art Museum to give the lecture, Caravaggio’s “Cardsharps” on Trial, outlining a controversial trial about the Kimbell’s famous Caravaggio piece. While there, enjoy the rest of the Kimbell’s collection, including Michelangelo’s first painting. Kimbell Art Museum. Oct. 16. Free.