[The dozen]

Illustration by Cecilia Secaira

1. Duckie’s dance scene alone makes Pretty in Pink worth watching and, now, so does half price whiskey. See the movie on the big screen while enjoying drink specials. Granada Theater. Feb. 24. Free.

2. “Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.” Meet the man behind “The Office” infamy when Rainn Wilson comes to speak on his new book. Dallas Museum of Art. March 19. $25 for students.

3. Probably still Catholic and single, Scythian returns to Texas to headline the North Texas Irish Festival. The festival includes musicians, dance, horses and whiskey tasting. Fair Park. March 4-6. $5 and up.

4. Start off musical festival season with 35 Denton, including shows from the best local artists and bands touring nationally. The bands’ names are certifiably hipster, with acts like Chrome Pony and The Demigs. Downtown Denton. March 11-13. $25 and up.

5. If 35 Denton hasn’t made you feel sufficiently hipster, check out Lossless Forms for Picture Plane, Jeff Zilm’s engagement with “screen-mediated culture.” Dallas Contemporary. On view until March 20. Free.

6. Strum your banjo around an authentic, computer-screen fire at the Electric Campfire Acoustic Jam. Participants take turns performing music significantly more real than the flames. Sons of Hermann Hall. Thursdays. Free.

7. Whenever you feel like lamenting your own lack of food, just think of the Joad family. If you need a reminder of their plight, come for a showing of the 1940s movie, The Grapes of Wrath. Amon Carter Museum of American Art. March 13. Free. Reservations are required.

8. Local artist Ginger Fox curates a selection of beautiful, mostly abstract, paintings, on display at her Ginger Fox Gallery. While there, explore the many other galleries of the Bishop Arts District, or just pick up a slice of pie at the renowned Emporium Pies. Ginger Fox Gallery. Open Wed.-Sun. Free.

9. If you haven’t visited Wild Detectives yet, you’re missing a Dallas jewel. Over the next few weeks, they’re hosting a slew of excellent events. Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster’s smooth beats; the poetry team, Bonehouse’s readings; the Bar Politics News Team’s satirical show on education; and House Party Theatre’s new drinking game, Thirsty Thursday, plus improv show. The Wild Detectives. Feb. 25, 27 and March 3, 10. Free.

10. Even if you’re staying in Dallas to avoid family drama, experience the story of the dysfunctional Tyrone family in Eugene O’Neill’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning play, Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Undermain Theatre. Through March 6. $10 and up (with student discount).

11. Hopefully you didn’t give up wine for Lent, because the March Madness Wine Walk brings the party to Bishop Arts. Enjoy sipping vino while perusing the neighborhood’s art, shops and food. Bishop Arts District. March 3. Free to attend, $20 for a wine glass and $30 for a tumbler.

12. If Ron Pope’s vocals melt your heart, you might have thought seeing him in concert would be like wishing for rain while you stood in the desert. It’s raining. Granada Theater. March 11. $19 and up.


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