Photo by Chris Arrant

Photo by Chris Arrant

Oak Cliff-based artist Toni Martin opens a pop-up exhibit at Random Art Gallery Thursday, Nov. 12 from 7-10 p.m. The show, “Beyond the Paint,” features portraits of 12 Dallas women who have experienced hardship. The event benefits Genesis Women’s Shelter.

Dark-fiction authors read their work during Noir at the Bar at The Wild Detectives starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12.

Poets on X+ welcomes Josh Wier from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Lucky Dog Books.

Local artists Andy Don Emmons and Tom Sale open a show, “The Elusive Goose Man of Bardwell and his Chicken Miracles,” Friday at Neighborhood.

Blues Bandits & BBQ kicks off Friday night with a picnic in the park from 5-10 p.m. That’s followed by the Stache Dash 5k Saturday morning. And then the barbecue contest and festival starts at noon Saturday at Kidd Springs Park.

Art Conspiracy 11 starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at 1450 Browder.

A listening party for Oak Cliff-based musician Jacob Metcalf’s new album “Fjord” is Sunday at the Kessler.

The Texas Theatre has “The Heart of a Dog.”