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Bits & Bites: Things to Do and Chew in Dallas, Nov. 22-24

JFK_mainThe weather is pretty gloomy today, isn’t it? I guess it’s fitting, considering the events that this date recalls. Most people focus on the sadness surrounding this day, but what we tend to forget is that Dallas was still an active city, even during those tough times. I’m sure they had plenty of things that could fit into a “things to do” blog post…

FRIDAY

On this day, 50 years ago:
Tonight, Peter, Paul, and Mary will be performing at the SMU Coliseum. The show is approaching a sellout, so buy a ticket fast. “We have sold completely out of our top-priced $3 seats,” says Fred Bryson, event promoter. The group has played the Hilltop before – in 1961. This is the last show on SMU’s scheduled special events, so don’t miss out! (Source: The Dallas Morning News)

Check out J.D. Monson at Becks Prime from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., as he performs acoustic music while raising money for the North Texas Food Bank. Becks Prime is going to donate a dollar for every lunch or dinner meal purchased.

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse is hosting a wine pairing dinner with Rudd Winery, with Chef James Johnson taking the helm to create an appetizing three-course meal that fit with the various wine flavors. Reservations are $225 and the dinner begins at 7 p.m.

Head over to Asador between 7 and 10 p.m. to hear musical guest Daniel Rocha perform soulful R&B. Food and drink specials will be going on as well, in case that sweetens the deal.

The Beaujolais and Beyond Wine Festival is happening at the Irving Convention Center this evening at 7 p.m. French wine, delectable food, and a dance floor with your name on it… sounds good to me.

SATURDAY

On this day, 50 years ago:
Check out the newest comedy sensations, Forbes and Villa, at the Cabana Hotel during their ten-day stay. Discovered by proteges of Nat King Cole, the strong point of the team’s act are the impersonations. Villa is a dead-on comedian Jack E. Leonard, and Forbes can play a perfect Sinatra. Don’t miss this whirlwind duo! (Source: The Dallas Morning News)

Take your cute baby child to Splitsville for a breakfast with the big guy (you know, that guy). Children get in free but adults need to pay $20 for a reservation, which can be made from now to 5 p.m. today.

Sugarbox is hosting a fundraiser for Children’s Medical Center, where you can decorate your own cupcakes and listen to Travis Douglas and Chloe Moore jam out. Donations are $10, and it’ll be going on from 11 a.m. to noon.

The Raindrop Foundation will be having their second annual Noah’s Pudding Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s free to get in and to try the delicious Turkish dessert, but other goodies can be purchased as well. In addition, there will be music and a folk dance performance.

SUNDAY

On this day, 50 years ago:
“Cradle Song” by G. Martinez Sierra will be the first full dramatic production of the ’63-’64 season from TWU Theater. The play opens at 8 p.m. at the Redbud Auditorium. (Source: The Dallas Morning News)

The Dallas Wine and Spirits Festival sounds like a fantastic way to spend the evening, with some of the world’s best liquors and wines, samples from Chamberlain’s Steak and Chophouse, Whiskey Cake, Capital Grille, and more; music by the Texas Gypsies and casino-style table games. The fun times start at 7 p.m., and tickets are $75. VIP passes are $100 and include early admission and access to the VIP lounge.

Jake Austin Medina is a D Magazine intern and a journalism major at the University of North Texas.