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  1. If you want to get off campus and enjoy some live entertainment for free, Lakeside Music Series is the way to go. Every Friday until Thanksgiving, the Shops of Lakeside in Flower Mound offer live outdoor entertainment. This Friday, Suzy and the Sissies will be playing an amalgamation of blues, rock, country and Americana from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy some quality music in a lovely outdoor setting. There are also many restaurants nearby from which the music can easily be heard, so there is also an option for those who are less keen on 40-degree weather!
  1. The Meadows Museum is presenting a selection of Spanish artwork from the collection of John and Josephine Bowes. This enticing exhibit displays 10 works from the collection (ranging from the 16th to the 18th century), most notably some of El Greco’s work, as well as Goya’s Interior of a Prison. It also examines the interesting and sophisticated life of John and Josephine Bowes and their role in showing the breathtaking beauty of Spanish art to the world. The exhibit is open all weekend and costs $4 for students and $12 for non-students, making it a cheap yet culturally enriching alternative to typical weekend plans!
  1. If you’re game for some classic country music and a drive this weekend, go to Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth to see the legendary Willie Nelson in concert. Nelson will also be joined by bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss. Grab your cowboy boots and head down to Dallas’s more authentically Texan neighbor to enjoy a rollicking night of classic tunes at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15. Tickets start at $39.

  1. Dallas Symphony Presents Opus 100

This Sunday, the Dallas Symphony will be hosting some of the most talented organists in the world in recital. The setlist will include works by Bach, Saint-Saens, Franck, and Vierne. Tickets are relatively inexpensive at $19, and the musicians, as well as the pieces being played, are excellent. The concert starts at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17.

  1. The time of year has returned for Christmas light shows, and the Dallas Arboretum has gone above and beyond with Holiday at the Arboretum. With the 12 Days of Christmas lavishly displayed in Victorian gazebos, the DeGolyer House decorated in the fashion of European Christmas markets and a Christmas village replicating any idyllic fairy town, the Arboretum’s Christmas display will bring joy to young and old this year. The display is open every day until Christmas, with a $15 admission fee.

Talented and mysterious, the up-and-coming artist Illenium is coming to Dallas this weekend to promote his new album, Ascend. As with all soon to be superstar artists, this is likely the last time you’ll be able to see him for such a cheap price, so take the opportunity to see a surprising and impactful artist at the nearby Toyota Music Factory! Tickets are $35 and the concert begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.

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