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Things To Do in Texas This Weekend: Jan. 26-28

Written by , published January 22, 2018

DBFF Poetry Slam Pictured Verb Kulture host and Photo Micah Autry Aume 1

 The weekend's best bets include winter birding opportunities across the state—from the Laguna Madre to Guadalupe Mountains National Park—and cultural festivals like the Denton Black Film Festival and Celtic Fest in San Marcos. 

Denton Black Film Festival

Denton: Jan. 25-28
A weekend-long festival celebrating the diverse stories and culture of the black community through film, music, and art. The festival offers programming for the family inspired by the African-American experience and seeks to offer the works of local, national, and international filmmakers that often are not seen by a broad audience and may not be recognized through major theatrical release.

Winter Outdoor and Wildlife Expo

South Padre Island: Jan. 23-27 
There's nothing like it in South Texas in the winter. The 23rd annual event will offer special events and programs plus three shows daily on both Friday and Saturday. This year will feature the Jonathan Wood's Raptor Project, and five full days of guest speakers and exhibits of natural wonders of the Laguna Madre and South Texas.

Wimberley Art and Soul

Wimberley: Jan. 25-28
A series of workshops and classes combined with open houses at various locations throughout Wimberley.

"A Night with Janis Joplin"

Richardson: Jan. 26
Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock 'n' roll. The unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. This Broadway musical is fueled by such unforgettable songs as "Me and Bobby McGee," "Piece of My Heart," and "Summertime." 

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German Cornejo's "Tango Fire"

Galveston: Jan. 26
Tango master German Cornejo and his sensuous partner Gisela Galeassi are joined by an outstanding cast including World Tango Champions and dancers from the greatest tango houses in Buenos Aires. Coupled with Cornejo's sublime choreography and accompanied by unforgettable music and songs of the great tango masters including Piazzolla, Pugliese, and Gardel, this exhilarating show at The Grand 1894 Opera House combines the rawness, sophistication, seductive, and sultry sides of tango.

"Barbie: Examining an Icon"

Lubbock: Jan. 26-March 18
An open invitational exhibition debuts this weekend at the Buddy Holly Center, featuring artworks in various media that explore and respond to themes associated with this iconic doll.

Youth Bird Count

Pine Springs: Jan. 27
Bring your kids (8-16 years old) to the third annual event and discover how fun birding as a family can be at Guadalupe Mountains National Park. Participants will learn basic binocular and bird identification skills. There will be a ranger-led birding hike to Smith Springs. Teams will keep a bird list and compare notes and compete as teams after the hike to see which have identified the most bird species. 

Celtic Fest

San Marcos: Jan. 27-28
A free celebration of St. Brigid's Day, considered the first day of spring in Ireland. The festival will feature traditional Irish and Celtic music, and arts and crafts at the San Marcos Activity Center.

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Winter Tree Fest

Austin: Jan. 27 
Celebrate Texas trees in the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's arboretum with family-friendly tree climbing, walks and talks, s'more roasting, fort building, a tree sale, and more. Wildflower Center ecologists and arborists will present fun, educational walks and demonstrations among the trees. Young explorers can learn, craft, and play all day. Get swept up in aerial tree yoga demonstrations under the oak canopies. 

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

San Angelo: Jan. 27
Founded in 1974 by a group of ballet enthusiasts for the purpose of presenting a playful, entertaining view of traditional, classical ballet in parody form. The Trocks, as they are affectionately known, quickly gained success with their loving knowledge of dance, their comic approach, and the astounding fact that men can, indeed, dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces. The company has appeared in more than 34 countries and more than 600 cities worldwide since its founding. 

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