On Tap: State of Dallas County, Dallas Tech Fest, & Innovations in Criminal Justice Reform

Browse our curated selection of events to plan your next week — and beyond.

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North Texas is a big place, with plenty to do, see, hear, and watch. So, we scour the internet every week to find events and activities for you. As always, events may change at any time, so check the event website or registration page for the latest details.


SUNDAY, MAY 21 – SUNDAY, AUGUST 20 

IRIS VAN HERPAN: TRANSFORMING FASHION 
Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., in Dallas 

Widely described as the “pioneering new voice in fashion,” Van Herpen’s works intersect fashion, design, technology, and science, according to the DMA. The museum exhibit, “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion,” will feature 45 outfits from 15 of her collections.

Tickets are $16. 
Purchase tickets and find more information here


THURSDAY, MAY 25 

DALLAS PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION’S TEXAS PRODUCTION EXPO 
Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St., in Grapevine 
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

This event is an annual trade show of film and video production services and technology in North Texas. Each year, companies throughout the market showcase their latest and greatest services and equipment.

Free. 
Find more information here


FRIDAY, MAY 26 – SUNDAY, MAY 28 

DALLAS’ FAMOUS MONSTER CONVENTION 
Sheraton Dallas Hotel and Convention Center, 400 N. Olive St., in Dallas 
5 – 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday

The event features genre film and television stars, vendors, artists, and a full blown independent film festival in the form of the 2017 Silver Scream Film and Comic Fest. 

Tickets begin at $29. 
Find tickets and more information here


WEDNESDAY, MAY 31 

CODELAUNCH APPLICATIONS DUE 
Online — codelaunch.com

CodeLaunch is an annual seed accelerator for people and groups with app ideas that need seed funding. The competition concludes with the CodeLaunch Pitch Day, where the top competitors have a chance to present their idea to a panel of judges. Last year’s winner was ParkUpFront, an app designed to give owners of exotic cars the ability to reserve up front parking for their cars at high-end restaurants, clubs, and other venues.

Since it’s founding in 2013, the competition has continued to garner more interest. In 2016, there were 247 applicants representing six continents.

Find more information about the application process here

STATE OF DALLAS COUNTY 
Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Fwy., in Dallas
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins will give an update on “challenges, growth opportunities, and the economic outlook of Dallas County,” in a conversation moderated by KERA News’ Sam Baker. The event is hosted by the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce.

Ticket prices are $40 for chamber members and $50 for non-members. 
Find more information and register for the event here

INNOVATIONS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM 
Magnolia Hotel Dallas Park Cities, 6070 N. Central Expressway, in Dallas
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Honorable Faith Johnson, Dallas County District Attorney, headlines the third installment of Social Venture Partners 2017 Social Innovation Luncheon Series with her talk Innovations in Criminal Justice Reform.

Faith Johnson is a pioneer with a strong vision for criminal justice reform in Dallas. Johnson has the distinction of being the first African-American female to serve as the District Attorney of Dallas County, was the first African-American female district criminal judge elected in Texas, serving as a presiding judge for 17 years, and was also the first African-American female to attain the highly regarded status of Chief Felony Prosecutor during her time in the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.

Tickets start at $40. 
Register and find more information here


FRIDAY, JUNE 2 

DALLAS TECH FEST 2017 
Addison Conference and Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Rd., in Addison
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  

In this one-day event, speakers from across the country will discuss how to increase the successful delivery of projects by teams in your company.  According to the event page, this year’s event will center talks on modern architecture, taking a deeper dive into microservices, event sourcing, and service fabric. 

Tickets range from $40-50. 
Purchase tickets and find more information here


SNEAK PEEKS

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 

THE CENTER AND WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL OF DFW PRESENT (RET.) CHIEF DAVID O. BROWN 
Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., in Dallas 
7:30 p.m. 

Retired Police Chief David O. Brown discusses his life and the challenges of modern law enforcement.

The program is the debut event on Chief Brown’s tour for his biography, Called To Rise: A Life in Faithful Service to the Community That Made Me. Each ticket purchase includes a free autographed hardback copy of the book.

Tickets begin at $36. 
Purchase tickets and find more information here


SATURDAY, JUNE 10 

GROW DESOTO: ENTREPRENEUR PITCH DAY 
Brookhollow Shopping Center, 320 E. Belt Line Rd., in DeSoto 
noon – 5 p.m.

Selected entrepreneurs will pitch their products, services, and startup ideas in front of a panel of judges and audience members for a chance to secure a spot in the incubator. Each entrepreneur will also have the opportunity to setup an exhibition booth to showcase their business. Judges will visit each booth to see how the entrepreneur displays their products and services.

The general public will also have the opportunity to visit each booth, purchase items, and enjoy the on-site food trailers.

Free. 
Find more information here


MONDAY, JUNE 12 

WEWORK CREATOR AWARDS NOMINATIONS DUE
Online — creatorawards.wework.com

The WeWork Creator Awards is a new competition granting more than $20 million in funding to entrepreneurs, small businesses, growing companies, nonprofits, artists, or anyone with a great idea. Entrants in the Dallas area will be eligible to compete for $1.5 million at the South Regional Finals June 26-27 in Austin.

Free
Find more information about the WeWork Creator Awards and the application process here


TUESDAY, JUNE 13 

IGNITE DFW
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: The Cedars, 1005 S. Lamar St., in Dallas 
Doors open 6 p.m.; program begins 7 p.m. 

The Ignite speaker series was brought to DFW in 2015 and was established as a quarterly event to inspire community members to celebrate, talk about, and live their passions. The atmosphere is like TED talks, Saturday Night Live, and a block party rolled into one event, according to the event website. 

There will be 10 speakers discussing a variety of topics. Ignite DFW will also have a taco bar at the event. 

Tickets are $25. 
Purchase tickets and find more information here

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SMALL BUSINESS MASTER CLASS 
The Study, Irving’s Innovation Library, 801 W. Irving Blvd., in Irving 
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with MetLife, present the Small Business Master Class: Dallas.

Join small business owners from across the state of Texas for this interactive, one-day program. Engage with top business experts to gain tools, strategies, and best practices to help you compete successfully in today’s rapidly changing business market. Hear speakers who’ve achieved small business success, and enjoy networking opportunities throughout the day.

Find more information and register here.  


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