Best Bets • 09.24.10

Friday 09.24

Corny dogs, here we come
The State Fair of Texas is upon us once again and that means fried foods, dizzying rides and emptied wallets — and it’s totally worth it. We’re still making up our mind on the new fried beer on the menu, but the Texas Fried Frito Pie sounds like a dream and a nightmare for any personal trainer. But who cares? It’s the Fair!

DEETS: Fair Park, 1300 Robert B Cullum Blvd. Through Oct. 17. $15.

Sunday 09.26

Classic lit without the reading
This image from the cover of “The Great Gatsby” instilled dread among middle and high school students. But AIDS Interfaith Network turns the classic novel about the roaring ’20s into fab times with “The Great Gatsby…Get Your Flap On.” Complete with jazz, bubbly and fundraising, it almost makes you want to read it again. Almost.

DEETS: Union Station, 400 S. Houston St. 2 p.m. $75–$125.

Wednesday 09.29

WaterTower is getting Wilder
Terry Martin does double duty as director and actor in “Our Town,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Thornton Wilder. The tales of the ordinary folk of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire come alive in this season opener for WaterTower.

DEETS: WTT, 15650 Addison Road. Through Oct. 24. $25–$40.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 24, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

The State Fair taunts our arteries with these fried items named as Big Tex Choice finalists

Come Labor Day, we’ll know which fried piece of delish will end up on our must-eat list for this year’s State Fair. For now, we only get to know which items are in the running for legendary status as the Fair released the finalists for the 2010 Big Tex Choice Awards. These eight items of various oiled and battered degrees could be a part of your indulgences as you head out to visit Big Tex this year.

Deep Fried S’mores Pop Tart – This could be a little too rich for me. I don’t think I could dole out three bucks of coupons for a Pop Tart but I am intrigued, especially from the looks of that pic above.

Deep Fried Frozen Margarita – This sounds like all kinds of wrong. What would Mariano Martinez say?

Fernie’s Fried Club Salad – I’m surprised it’s taken this long for the salad to go under. However, I just can’t picture this one, nor do I really want to.

Fried Beer – I only have this to say.

Fried Chocolate – YES!

Fried Lemonade – Seriously, people? What the hell? Fried lemonade? I’m gonna start working on my Fried Slurpee recipe.

Texas Fried Caviar – What better way to make a fancy food pedestrian? The saltiness of roe could be good, but I’m not sure I want to bite into an oozing mess of eggs.

Texas Fried Frito Pie – Dear God. Please let this win. And if not this, then the fried chocolate. Amen.

The Big Tex Choice Awards happens Sept. 6 at The Dock but is not open to the general public. Don’t worry. I’ll stay on top of it. Just don’t tell Trainer Daddy.

—  Rich Lopez