[The half dozen]

Illustration by Cecilia Secaira

1. Put your muscle to good use through Community Conservation in Action. Working with all ages to conserve the Trinity River, volunteers will assist on various projects like removing invasive species or clearing trails. Trinity River Audubon Center. Second Saturday of every month. Free.

2. Honor those who have defended our freedom at the Stars & Stripes Film Festival. Many films will be shown, including “Zero Dark Thirty” and, on Nov.13, a free screening of “New York Firefighters at FDNY.” Proceeds benefit Sons of the Flag, which supports servicemen with burn injuries. Angelika Film Center. Nov. 12-15. $10 per ticket for most films, free screening Nov. 13.

3. On the very slim chance that the last time you encountered Roman history was in your middle school Latin book, hear renowned classicist Mary Beard give her lecture S.P.Q.R.: A History of Ancient Rome. Or go simply to soak up historical knowledge. Dallas Museum of Art. Nov. 14. 2 p.m. $5.

4. Paradise is not lost at the Irving Arts Center. Come view Jaime Arredondo’s The Garden of Earthly Delights or Carleen Michener: One Stitch at a Time at the Smithsonian Affiliate. Irving Arts Center. On view until Nov. 15 (Arredondo) and Nov. 18 (Michener). Free.

5. Originally hailing from Lombard, Ill., the Plain White T’s have filled the radio with classics like “Hey There Delilah.” Now they will fill Deep Ellum with music on their tour. Trees. Nov. 17. $20 and up.

6. Complete your collection of canvas shoes at the Toms Warehouse Sale. Products will be 50-70 percent off retail prices. Fair Park. Nov. 13-15. Price depends on your level of self-control.


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