9/24: Big Tex Is Back in Town

Get your tummy ready for a fried food showdown at the State Fair of Texas

LET THE FRYING BEGIN: The countdown is over! That’s right, it’s that time of year again when you can step right up play a little rigged ring toss, ride a Ferris wheel (or three) and chow down on some fried treats – we’re talking about the State Fair of Texas, of course! To kick-off the fair celebration, Downtown Dallas Inc. marks the return of some old fried favorites and even the appearance of some new ones (check out Kim Fischer sampling the “sweet treat of the midway”) at Taste of the Fair. The fried frenzy starts at 11 a.m. with an opening day parade marching down Main St. at noon and continues with live music from Jackie Don Loe at Pegasus Plaza until 1:30 p.m. Once you’ve nibbled on a bit of funnel cake, head to Fair Park and let the fair fun carry on all the way until Oct. 17.

HEAVY METAL OVERLOAD: If guys with long hair and electric guitar-slinging talent turn you on, then you need to be at the Superpages.com Center tonight. The American Carnage Tour featuring Slayer with Megadeth and Anthrax storm through the “Big D” with all their thrash metal-ling and hardcore punk attitudes. Each band will play 60-minute sets of classic heavy metal material, with Slayer playing every song from the “Seasons of Abyss” album (since it just turned 20). The head banging induced night begins at 7 p.m.

PLAYING UP FAMILY DRAMA: The “Little D” knows how to put on a few good shows or two. Yea, it’s a bit of a drive, but worth the artsy experience. Tonight the University of North Texas in Denton premieres “La Familia” – a Spanish-language play full of dramatic monologues that somehow connect to an unborn child. The play presented by the Cambalache Theatre Company, was written by UNT’s associate professor of Spanish, Teresa Marrero. There are only two performances scheduled on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. –“La Familia” closes after this weekend.

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