4 things to do this weekend: Eclipse party, book readings, plays and more

Photo courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

Neighbor have a chance to see an event that only comes around every 375 years on Monday, Aug. 21. From 10:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m., a rare solar eclipse will be visible from Dallas, and the arboretum will offer a slew of activities for those who are curious about the celestial ceremony. Minutes of Midnight will give patrons a chance to take in the eclipse while enjoying a picnic or enjoying $2 hot dogs, Kona Ice sno cones and oversized board games. Guests are advised to bring their own “viewing devices,” though there will be complementary viewing glasses while supplies last. Minutes to Midnight will be from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and admission is only $1.

There will be a staged reading from Texas authors Larry McMurtry, Frank Dobie, Philip Atlee and more at the Lochwood Library this Thursday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday at 4:30 p.m. This event will be in collaboration with the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Dallas Public Library.

Half Price Books will be hosting a pair of book signings this Sunday from 1-3 p.m. to meet local author Erin Pace. Pace will sell and sign her Christian-living book “Carried: A Story of Faith, Hope, and Love.” Another local writer, Quinine Nichols, will sell and sign her book “Queenish: Embracing the Empowerment of Women.” Books will be sold independently while supplies last.

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The Bathhouse Cultural Center continues showing “Women Playing Hamlet” by William Missouri Downs. This all-female play is about a woman who is cast as Hamlet in New York. Shows will run Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15-$25.

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