Outside the bubble: seven more things to see before graduation

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There are exactly 20 days to graduation and summer. Twenty days left between the last week of school, projects, exams and cramming at least one of these seven things in to your busy schedule. Regardless, here are seven places to visit before you leave the Hilltop (and possibly Dallas) for good.

Uptown, Greenville and Downtown are all favored districts for eating and drinking. For a change of pace, try Trinity Groves. Just across the Margaret Hunt Bridge, a dining park with completely new concepts exists. For craft beer enthusiasts, LUCK, a restaurant and bar that serves over 40 local beers within 75 miles of Dallas, is the place to be. If you haven’t had Texas barbecue, try Babb Bro’s BBQ and Blues. Along with those two are restaurants that serve Moroccan, Spanish, Italian and Asian cuisine. There is also a cake bar and sweets shop, so there is something for everyone.

Situated on Carlisle Street, the Dallas Museum of Geometric and MADI Art is tucked away near the Katy Trail. When the Kilgore & Kilgore firm moved to the building in Uptown, the Mastersons converted the majority of the first floor of the building into a permanent MADI Museum. MADI Art, a movement founded by Carmelo Arden Quin in South America, uses an assembly of colored shapes in a multifaceted way. The exhibit “Quilts”, displayed from April 4 through July 6, curated by textile artist Sue Benner, will feature quilt artists whose work focuses on non-objective geometric shapes with strong color division.

Last year was the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. For some local history, visit the Sixth Floor Museum and Dealey Plaza, scene of the JFK assassination, located right in Downtown Dallas. The museum, located on the sixth and seventh floors of an early 20th-century warehouse formerly known as the Texas School Book Depository, chronicles President Kennedy’s life, death and legacy. The permanent exhibit features films, photographs and artifacts that. All temporary exhibits can be seen on the seventh floor.

For a lighter take on history, visit the retro-inspired Beauty Bar. Located on Henderson Avenue, The Beauty Bar offers Martini’s and Mani’s Tuesday through Friday during Happy Hour for just $10. At night, the bar turns into a dance club and bar featuring local DJs.

Austin, Texas, is the live music capital of the world and although Dallas doesn’t even come close, there are still a handful of local venues that offer off-kilter music seven days a week. The Granada Theater, Trees, The Kessler, and The Southside Ballroom are just a handful of smaller venues in Dallas. Lord, Daughter and London Grammer are some of the artists that have performed at these locations in the last
few months.

The last thing to do is quite cheesy. Everyone has noticed Dallas’ marketing campaign: “Big Things Happen Here.” It’s been on campus several times since the campaign started. So how about it? Take the cheesy photo and hope that either a big miracle happens during exams or you find a job in 20 days. After all, according to Dallas, big things happen here.

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