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30 things to do this weekend: A gospel jam, a Reggae Day Party, a gun show and more

From live concerts to a parents' night out, there's plenty out there for a family night out or a date night in the North Texas area.

DALLAS — With the Dallas Cowboys season officially over, many sad North Texas sports fans will be looking to find some things to do to distract them from the other NFL playoff games going on.

From live concerts to a parents' night out, there's plenty out there for a family night out or a date night in the North Texas area.

With that said, let's get into it.

Friday

Dallas Stars vs New Jersey Devils at American Airlines Center (Dallas)

Still holding one of the best records in the NHL and currently in first place in the Western Conference, the Dallas Stars will be taking on Eastern Conference opponent New Jersey Devils. This matchup is right in the middle of an eight-game homestand for Dallas, which is the team's longest for the entire season. So even if you can't make it Friday, you'll have plenty of more options in the following days.

Saturday

Four of the Dallas Opera Orchestra's young conductors will be putting on a showcase Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The orchestra's Hart Institute, which started in 2015, is the only program of its kind in the world and seeks to address gender imbalance of leadership on the podium in opera companies.

Tickets to get in are going for $15-50. The concert is the finale of a two-week residency, which includes working with some of today's most renowned maestri.

Sunday

BeatStreet Poetry Live and Open Mic (Dallas)

BeatStreet Poetry includes live drumming with African and Caribbean rhythms at The Free Man Cafe in Dallas. Experience a DJ playing favorite hits to set the tone for the evening. This is an interactive experience.

A table costs $45 and includes admission for four people.

The event will feature Frank Moka (Percussionist for Erykah Badu and the Drumheads), Jay Mck (Ruben Studdard and Liv Warfield Bassist) Chris Rollins (Exceptional Percussionist and Dallas Native) and Marcus Jones (Voted Best Drummer in Dallas by Dallas Observer), and Good Vibes.

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