What’cha Gonna Do This Weekend

Image: Charca Casa open for a visit — This is just one of five homes open on Oct. 24 for a free tour.  There are others across the US open as well.

Charca Casa open for a visit — This is just one of five homes open on Oct. 24 for a free tour. There are others across the US open as well. (Anne Sutherland)

October is flying by and the holidays are around the corner. However, if you would like to plan this weekend, take a look at what Neotrib has for you. Events far and wide. Go ahead and take a look, it will be fun for you to see what Texas has to offer.

9th Annual National Dome Tour 10am-4pm on Oct. 24. Monolithic Constructors hosts this dome tour every year and people all over the United States are able to go inside a Monolithic Dome and “kick the tires,” so to speak. There will be five fabulous homes, the training center, the office and design dome. Don’t forget Bruco-The Texas Italian Caterpillar. For more information, visit their website or call 972-483-7423. This tour is free of charge.

The Lady Gladiators Volleyball team will play on Saturday, Oct 24 at home against Waxahachie Advantage Academy. Playing time begins at 10 am.

The Gladiators football team will play in Wortham on Friday, Oct 23. The game begins at 7:30.

Stop-Drop_n_Roll Chili Cook-off on Oct. 24. Enjoy live music, vendor booths and a silent auction at this CASI-sanctioned event. The location is 2501 Bass Pro Drive. For more information, visit their website or call 817/870-8006.

The Jackson Hole Texas Pumpkin Festival is Saturday, Oct 24. For more details, visit their website.

Rockin’ on the Docks on Oct. 24. This is a one day music festival that includes arts & crafts, vendors, kids activities and more. Located at the Harbor in Rockwall. For more information, visit their website or call 972/771-5733.

Fall Feral Hawg Fest is on Oct. 24. The activities include a parade, queen pageant, wild hog barbecue, food, music and exhibits. The fest will be in downtown Ben Wheeler. For more details, go to their website or call 903/262-4786.

On October 24-25, The 30th Annual Antique Festival will be in Bellville. This festival features more than 75 dealers, farmers market, plants and German-style food. Located at the Austin County Fair Grounds. For more details, visit their website or call 979/865-5995.

Sweets for the Soul on Oct 24-25 focuses on candy making of the 1850’s. Located at the Barrington Living History Farm, call 936/878-2213 for more details.

Tablerock’s Fright Trail on Oct 24-25, 31. Re-live the great horror classics and expect the unexpected along the enchanted trail. Hours are 7:30-10:00 pm. Located at Tablerock Festival of Salado. Call 254/947-9205 for more details.

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AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL This festival has been celebrating the writers behind our favorite shows and movies for sixteen years now, and the momentum is cresting. Prepare yourself for eight days of screenings and panels with appearances from top writers, directors, producers, and other industry insiders, including Steven Zaillian (this year’s Distinguished Screenwriter awardee), Mitchell Hurwitz (who’s getting the Outstanding Television Writer Award), and Ron Howard (who’ll be receiving an Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking Award). With more than 190 films being shown around town—including Serious Moonlight, Up in the Air, and Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire—there’s ample reason to ditch your boob tube for the silver screen. Oct 22—29. Passes $42—$650. For schedule & locations, go to their website. Various locations (800-310-3378).

DALLAS OPERA Otello —the very first performance in the new Winspear Opera House features the acclaimed French soprano Alexandra Deshorties in her debut as Desdemona, the tragic Venetian beauty at the center of Verdi’s 1887 adaptation of Shakespeare’s most intense drama. Renowned tenor Clifton Forbis sings the title role, while Georgian baritone Lado Ataneli plays the villain. Oct 23—Nov 8. For schedule & ticket prices, call or go to their website. Located at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora (214-443-1000).

Ghost Hunts & Investigations on Oct 24 and 31. This includes touring historic structures, bobbing for apples and hearing ghost stories. Investigations are for the serious ghost hunters. Located at the Dallas Heritage Village. For more details, visit their website or call 214/428-5448 or 214/421-5141.

Halloween Family Concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center on Oct. 25. Visit their website or call 214/692-0203.

EL PASO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Get to the theater an hour early to meet the EPSO’s musicians and conductor and to get the inside scoop on the evening’s program, which will feature 2009 Van Cliburn gold medal winner Haochen Zhang. Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon, Overture. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 1 in B-flat Minor. Brahms: Symphony No 4 in E Minor. Haochen Zhang, piano. Sarah Ioannides, conductor. Oct 23 & 24 at 7:30. $13—$39. For more information, go to their website. Located at the Plaza Theatre, 125 Pioneer Plaza (915-532-3776).

RED STEAGALL COWBOY GATHERING AND WESTERN SWING FESTIVAL Spend 72 hours rubbing elbows with cowboys (and wannabes) as you peruse the Trading Post and Cowboy Exchange, participate in open poetry sessions, watch the chuck wagon parade, cheer on rodeo competitors from fourteen ranches, and listen to live music by the Quebe Sisters Band, Dan Roberts, Jean Prescott, and Don Edwards. Oct 23—25. For prices & schedule, call or go to their website. Located at the Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E. Exchange Ave (888-269-8696).

Halloween Classic Car Show & Costume Contest Oct. 24. Come dressed for Halloween. Hours are 6-9pm. Located at 8625 Camp Bowie West. For more information, visit their website or call 817/797-1197.

Fall D/FW Collector Car Swap Meet on Oct 24-25. This features more than 2000 spaces filled with hundreds of cars and thousands of parts. Go to LaGrave Field. For more details, visit their website or call 254/751-7958.

Fort Worth Alliance Air Show is Oct 24-25. This show features the Blue Angels. Located at the Alliance Airport at I-35 North. To see times and pricing, go to their website or call 817/224-6044.

THE WONDER BREAD YEARS Seinfeld writer Pat Hazell mines our collective memory—remember Clackers and Slinkys and The Howdy Doody Show?—to recreate a day-in-the-life of a baby boomer kid in this one-man comedy. Oct 24 at 8. $18.50—$68. For more information, go to their website. Located at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice (800-821-1894).

MARY POPPINS The original “SuperNanny,” Mary Poppins will have even the most squirmy audience members sitting still as they watch with wonder as the entrancing au pair unpacks her endless carpetbag of goodies. Oct 22—Nov 8. For prices & schedule, call or go to their website. Located at Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Sarofim Hall, 800 Bagby (713-629-3700).

MUSEO ALAMEDA Oct 21—Feb 28: Jesse Treviño: Mi Vida—arguably the best-known artist in San Antonio (his nine-story Spirit of Healing mural hangs downtown), Treviño has been a seminal figure in the Chicano art movement for years. The approximately fifty photo-realist paintings and twenty works on paper included here in his first retrospective showcase his lifelong focus on personal and ethnic identity. And for the first time, the public can see Mi Vida, the mural he painted on the wall of his bedroom after his right arm was amputated because of injuries sustained in Vietnam. Open Tue —Sun noon—6. Gen adm $4; senior citizens, students, patrons with disabilities, military with ID & youths 5—17 $2; children 4 & under free. Check out their website. Located at 101 S. Santa Rosa (210-299-4300).

BOB PHILLIPS’ TEXAS COUNTRY REPORTER FESTIVAL Few know the state’s back roads like Texas Country Reporter host Bob Phillips, who has been poking around small towns since his series started in 1972 (you can read up on his travels in “Traveling the Back Roads”). Join the former Dairy Queen spokesman and an assortment of colorful artists and musicians who have been featured on his show at his annual bash. Oct 24. Free. For schedule, go to his website. Everything is located at the Waxahachie Courthouse Square bordered by 287/Main, Jackson, Madison, and 77/Elm (972-938-9617).

After Hours Improv Theater at 100 N. College Street, Suite 11. The phone number is 972/937-9839 to make reservations. On Friday, Oct 23 HBO’S White Chocolate headlines the stand-up comedy showcase! White Chocolate has performed on Showtime, HBO’S DEF Comedy Jam All-Star Series and has appeared on Cedric the Entertainer Presents and The Bernie Mac Show. On Saturday, Oct 24, the Historic Rogers Hotel has tours 9:00am-3:00pm, every 15 minutes. $2 for adults and kids are free. The price includes admisssion to the afternoon Mini Stand-Up Shows. Stand-Up, Magic & Juggling Mini-Shows by World-Touring comedian Darren Collins beginning at 10am, 11am, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:15 pm. $2 for adults and kids are free. The Improv Matinee at 4:00pm with tickets being $5. The Improve Comedy Show begins at 8pm with tickets $10 for adults and $5 for kids 10 & under.