7 things to do in May

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May 5

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Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Mexico’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla like only Oak Cliff can. The biggest Cinco de Mayo parade in North Texas starts at 10 a.m. with floats and marching bands, plus tailgating and awards. The party on historic Jefferson Boulevard goes until 4 p.m. with ballet folklorico, mariachis, DJs and live bands.

oakcliffart.org, free

Through May 26

‘Image as Language’

Let the intricate geometry of Ann Chisholm’s abstract works, inspired by communication and numerology, stimulate your intellect with its appeal as “somehow all at once scientific and nonsensical.” An opening reception is from 6-9 p.m. April 28.

Jen Maudlin Gallery, 408 N. Bishop, jenmaudlingallery.com, free

Through June 1

Art 214

See the latest work from dozens of local artists during this four-part juried exhibition. An opening reception is from 5:30-8 p.m. April 28.

The Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson, occcdallasculture.org, free

May 1-30

Women Galore

Celebrate female authors and dig into women’s issues during this month-long festival with events almost every day including an appearance from Los Angeles-based poet Yesika Salgado May 10, a feminist read-in May 12 and a discussion of how women are portrayed in the media May 22.

The Wild Detectives, 314 W. Eighth St., thewilddetectives.com 

May 5

Tacos and graffiti

Make your Cinco de Mayo Instagram perfect with Bike Friendly Oak Cliff and Small Planet E Bikes, who will offer a bicycle tour of two taquerías and a spin down to the fabrication yard in West Dallas where paleteros will be waiting to sell you a popsicle while you check out the graffiti. Meet at 11 a.m.

Small Planet E Bikes, 330 W. Davis St., free

May 11

Grace Jones

The queen of Studio 54 complains that millenials can’t keep up with her: “11:30 in New York, and people are leaving a party. Honey, they must be depressed,” Grace Jones says in a new documentary, “Bloodlight and Bami.” It screens at 9 p.m. with an after party with former Starck Club DJ Mr. Rid, aka Mark Ridlin.

The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., thetexastheatre.com, $10

May 17

Balmorhea

This Austin-based duo brings a full band of multi-instrumentalists to perform their third album, released last year, “Clear Language,” and more from a catalog dating back to 2006. The show starts at 7 p.m. with openers Will Johnson of Centro Matic and South San Gabriel.

The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis, thekessler.org, $20-$28

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