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Need some Homecoming alternatives?

Need some Homecoming alternatives?

November 08
17:12 2013

Christina Ulsh/Senior Staff Writer and Cole Clay/Intern Writer 

Homecoming is upon us, but football, traditions and an immense gathering of people aren’t the ideal weekend plans for everyone. To these people, we’re not here to judge. We’re here to help. Our weekend warriors have made you a list of Saturday night Homecoming alternatives.

To laugh

Enjoy anecdotes dripping with witty commentary? How about books that push laughter past your lips? Satirical writer David Sedaris, author of “Me Talk Pretty” and “Naked,” is speaking at Bass Hall in Fort Worth. This is also an excuse to put your nice pants on. Bass Hall, adorned with building-sized angels playing golden bugles, is a fancy theatre with even fancier ticket prices, ranging from $33 to $82.50.

Check the calendars of the Pocket Sandwich Theatre in Dallas and Denton Community Theatre for improv and current productions.

To groove

Music fans who like to stick close to Denton get two shows for the price of none. Pretopia is a two-day house festival/music party thing featuring local bands, local brew and food, as well as live art to prepare Little D for next weekend’s Oaktopia, a festival dedicated to culture and music. Bands start at 5 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday at 920 Hickory St. The shows are free and open to all ages. Bands include Space State, Blessin’, Dome Dwellers, Heavy Baby Sea Slugs and Afro Deezy Axe.

To give

Have more of an athletic and/or charitable disposition? Color Me Victorious is a 5k color run that benefits abused women and children. It starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at North Lakes Park and costs $45 ($40 if you bring three others to join your team). At each kilometer, colored powders will be thrown at you in the style of an enthusiastic fairy.

To browse

For those who aren’t interested in all the hustle and bustle of Apogee Stadium, Denton’s own Recycled Books is the best place in town to get out of the cold and expand your mind. Recycled has an aura surrounding it that just coerces you to spend countless hours browsing its seemingly endless inventory of books and vinyl, whether you were planning to or not. Nothing beats spending a quiet afternoon in a humongous store filled with such an eclectic catalogue.

To watch

You will have to travel 30 miles outside of Denton city limits to get to Angelika Film Center, but it is well worth your time as it is Dallas-Fort Worth’s premiere movie theater.

Typically they offer independent films you would not be able to catch at Cinemark or Movie Tavern. Notable films that are playing this weekend at the Angelika are “Dallas Buyers Club” and the movie that our critic Preston Barta gave a five star review “12 Years A Slave.” The Plano Angelika can be found at 7205 Bishop Road in the Shops At Legacy. The other theater is located in the heart of Dallas at 5321 East Mockingbird Ln.

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