[The half dozen]

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Illustration by Cecilia Secaira

1. Don’t miss UD’s annual Laissez Faire Saturday, April 29 from 12-4 p.m., complete with inflatables, a petting zoo and a henna booth on the West Side. Plus free food, because we are college students.

2.WaterTower Theatre in Addison is putting on Scott Carter’s “The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord” until May 7. If you’ve ever wanted to see three of the West’s greatest minds arguing about scripture in Purgatory, this is your chance. Starting at $20.

3. The Denton Arts and Jazz Festival will open Friday, April 28, from 5-11 p.m. in, you guessed it, Denton, at Quakertown Park. Lasting until Sunday, the festival will feature the University of North Texas’ famous jazz program. Free.

4.Wednesday, May 7, the Dallas Museum of Art will host Happy Hour: A Talk and Performance Inspired by the Art of the Cocktail. Beginning at 6:15 p.m., the event will feature drinks and a Q&A with David Wondrich, an authority on the study of cocktails. Visit the museum’s current “Shaken, Stirred, Styled” exhibit on cocktails and listen to live music while you’re at it. $20.

5. The fourth annual Dallas Book Festival at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in Dallas will be Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Held in conjunction with the Dallas Festival of Ideas across the street at the Dallas City Hall, the festival will feature over 100 local and national authors, with a full list available online. Free.

6. In case you don’t have enough to do on Saturday, Tap Fest 2017 at Texas Ale Project is April 29 from 12-7 p.m. You can get a variety of unique beers for $20, and if you want to spend a little more, LUCK at Trinity Groves will have tacos and sliders available.

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