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It’s the weekend – time to give your diet a break by indulging in smooth adult beverages, greasy bar food and sinfully good Italian cuisine. But it’s OK because you can make up for it by attending the 25th Annual Wellness Expo, featuring vendors and guest speakers who will share tips and products for a healthier you. Find more information about all of these activities (and more!) in our guide of 8 Things to Do This Weekend.
Find amazing food and drink pairings at Happy Hour this weekend!
1. Chips and beer? Pepperoni pizza and a glass of red? The possibilities are endless at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, which hosts Happy Hour from 3-7 p.m. Friday and 9-11 p.m. Sunday. Chips and dip and domestic bottles are $3, BJ’s Signature Handcrafted Beers are $4, Dark Horse Wines and Call drinks are $5 and all guest draft beers are $1 off. You can also score BJ’s Brewhouse Burger and select appetizers for $6, and mini deep dish pizzas for 1/2 off!
2. Light your mouth on fire with spicy guacamole, then cool it down with a frozen house margarita at Meso Maya – for just $5 each! Happy Hour is from 4-7 p.m. and includes frozen or on-the-rocks house margaritas, wine, wells, select beer, queso or guacamole for $5 each. Sounds like the perfect Friday night fiesta!
3. Executive Chef Antonio Avona is passionate about good food. He uses a blend of his mother’s Italian recipes with his French culinary training to create amazing Italian dishes for guests to enjoy at Antonio Ristorante. Chef favorites include Cioppino Antonio, a combination of fresh fish and shellfish in a spicy tomato sauce; Antonio’s Carbonara, which utilizes fettuccine pasta that is tossed in handmade cream sauce with black pepper, onions, white wine and a poached egg and pancetta; and Tiramisu, made with lady fingers dipped in coffee and layered with mascarpone cheese, zabaglione cream and cocoa powder. No matter what you choose, it’ll be delightful.
4. Delizioso doesn’t even begin to describe the food at Kenny’s Italian Kitchen, backed by Chef Kenny Bowers who has decades of restaurant experience. First time visiting? You’ll instantly feel at home while sitting at the table covered in a cozy red-and-white-checkered tablecloth. Meat dishes – chicken, veal, steak or seafood – are all prepared to perfection and served with spaghetti, olive oil and garlic. Pasta options will satisfy any palate, especially the Fettuccini Carbonara with smoked bacon, fresh eggs, parmesan, Romano and cream. No matter what you order, don’t go home without trying Kenny’s “Midnight” Meatballs, which can make even a vegetarian’s mouth water!
5. With just an acoustic guitar and his voice, Russ Warman creates inspiring pop, rock and country songs. Hear him live at Arthur’s Dallas on Friday and Saturday nights from 6-9 p.m. Afterward, Razzmatazz will take the stage from 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Made up of Tim Hayes on vocals and bass, Laura Klobe on vocals and cowbell, John Salmon on drums, Kevin Pyle on keyboard and Thomas Dawson on guitar, this high-energy group will play everything from “Love Shack” to “Uptown Funk” and have you twirling on the dance floor in between bites.
Pick your poison: wild and crazy or peaceful and relaxing. The Corridor offers ways to enjoy art in either category!
6. Steve-O is not your average comedian. Yes, he makes jokes. But he also performs dangerous stunts, is an actor and producer, and, oh yeah, has graduated from clown college. He is known for the JACKASS TV series and movies, his memoir, “Professional Idiot,” and his comedy special, Guilty as Charged. If you can handle his crude humor, sexual innuendo and profane language (and hilarious jokes!), then you don’t want to miss his stand-up show this weekend at Addison Improv.
7. Looking for a quieter form of art this weekend? Book your ticket to Pinot’s Palette to paint a beautiful picture on a canvas – it’s a stress relief and a new decoration for your home! Friday at 7:30 p.m. you can create “Paris at Night,” featuring the Eiffel Tower reflected in a crystal-clear pool. On Saturday at 7 p.m., paint the vibrant “Dallas in Sunlight,” which is a rainbow-colored silhouette of Downtown Dallas. And on Sunday at 3 p.m., capture spring on canvas with “Just Dandy,” a multi-colored picture of dandelions.
8. Jumpstart your health journey by attending the 25th Annual Wellness Expo on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Addison Conference Centre. Learn about all things health-related, from exercises to massages at the over 100 exhibit booths, 24 wellness talks and many hands-on demonstrations and sessions. Highlights include Yoga on the Lawn at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, a talk on “7 Overlooked Principles of Successful Weight Loss” at 4 p.m. Saturday and “Eliminating Anxiety by Rewiring Your Brain” at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. You can also get a massage, shop for healing stones, get an intuitive reading and more! Admission is just $7, and children under 12 and adults over 65 are free.