On Tap: National Inventors’ Day, Farmers Market Valentine Dinner, & Dream Big

North Texas is a big place, with plenty to do, see, hear and watch. Browse our curated selection of events to plan your next two weeks — and beyond.

North Texas is a big place, with plenty to do, see, hear, and watch. Browse our curated selection of events to plan your next two weeks — and beyond.


THURSDAY, FEB. 9

Innovating for the Future by Stirring up the Past
6 – 8 p.m.
BravoTECH, Imprimis Building, 4835 Lyndon B. Johnson Frwy, Suite 1000, in Dallas

Katherine Manuel, SVP of Innovation at Thomson Reuters, will discuss her role in transforming a behemoth corporation from one driven by acquisition to one dedicated to innovation. The interactive session will build upon her background in technology and business strategy, and she will share her passion and aspiration to begin a movement akin to Rosie the Riveter -– a movement to connect smart, successful people and organizations to tackle the issue of gender parity in STEM education and industry.

Cost: $15-30. For tickets and details, go here.


SATURDAY, FEB. 11

IT’S NATIONAL INVENTORS’ DAY
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Inventors’ Day to honor inventors and their genius.
Use #NationalInventorsDay to follow and share on social media.

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THE ELEVATOR PROJECT | DENISE LEE: FROM ANNIE MAE TO TINA

7:30 p.m.
Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., in Dallas

The concert is the first in the 2017 Elevator Project series from AT&T Performing Arts Center and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. The series showcases the work of local artists.

 For tickets and details, go here.

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AMERNET STRING QUARTET

8 p.m.
Jonsson Performance Hall at the University of Texas at Dallas, 800 W. Campbell Road, in Richardson

The Amernet actively advocates for neglected works of the past and aims to enliven the concert experience through its innovative programming, according to utdallas.edu. The Amernet Quartet will perform String Quartet in D Minor, Op.34 by Antonín Dvořák and two compositions by UT Dallas Chair of Art & Aesthetic Studies, Robert Xavier Rodríguez: Meta 4 and the world premiere of Above All, Women: Four Images of Gustav Klimt for string quartet

 Cost: $15. For tickets and details, go here.


SUNDAY, FEB. 12

ULTRA-SEEING FILM SERIES

2 p.m.
Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., in Dallas

Ultra-seeing is an exploration of experimental cinema from the perspective of synesthesia, visual music, and visualization of music. This series of monthly screenings is coordinated by Light Cone and the school of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC) at UT Dallas with the support of the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston.

Free admission with RSVP. For information, go here


TUESDAY, FEB. 14

THE TRINITY CENTER AFTER HOURS

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
USPTO Dallas Office, 207 South Houston St., Suite 159, in Dallas

Developing recreation access on land and water: Environmental cleanups, conservation trips, and trail building schools are just a few of the programs Groundwork Dallas is focusing on this year. Executive Director Rick Buckley and his team are reshaping the Elm Fork of the Trinity River and creating recreational access by both land and water as well as leading the Lone Star Trail Building School and creating work programs for at-risk students and the homeless. Find out ways you can get hands-on to regenerate, sustain and improve the Trinity. Conversation, networking, and craft beer and wine.

RSVPs are encouraged.  For information, call 214-740-1616 or email here

THE EYE AS A WINDOW INTO THE BRAIN OF NEURODEGENERATIVE DISORDERS

“The Brain: An Owner’s Guide” lecture series
6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
The Center for BrainHealth, 2200 W. Mockingbird Lane, in Dallas

Can we prevent brain injury? Can we protect ourselves from neurodegenerative disorders like multiple sclerosis? Can we restore basic functionality to people with the disease? Join Dr. Elliot Frohman, founding director of the MS and Neuroimmunology Program at UT Southwestern and director of the National MS Treatment Training Program, as he addresses these questions within the emerging field of bioelectronic medicine, explores the fascinating interactions between the nervous and immune systems, and discusses his pioneering approach to treating MS.RSVPs are encouraged.  

Cost: $50-70. For information and tickets, go here

DALLAS FARMERS MARKET VALENTINES DINNER
7 – 10 p.m.
Dallas Farmers Market, 920 S. Harwood St., in Dallas

Rex’s Seafood, Scardello, & Stocks and Bondy present a five-course Valentines Night Dinner. Seating is available for couples and singles.

Cost: $75. For information and tickets, go to the website.


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15

USPTO | MEET THE PATENT EXPERTS

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
USPTO Dallas Office, 207 South Houston St., Suite 159, in Dallas

The USPTO Texas Regional Office four-class curriculum on patents: Class 2 will cover provisional applications and key aspects.

For information, call 469-295-9000 or go here


FRIDAY, FEB. 17

CREATIVE MORNINGS: KRISTA NIGHTENGALE ON THE THEME OF MOMENTS 
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
TBD

Sign-ups begin on Monday, February 13, 9 a.m. 
Free. Go here for more information.

DREAM BIG: ENGINEERING OUR WORLD

IMAX film opens. Check hours and schedule here.
OMNI Theatre at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., in Fort Worth

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big: Engineering Our World is the first film of its kind for IMAX that will transform how we think about engineering. From the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots and a solar car race across Australia, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected ways. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration and extraordinary visuals for the world’s largest screens, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. Dream Big is a MacGillivray Freeman film in partnership with American Society of Engineers, presented by Bechtel Corporation.

For more information, go here.

16TH ANNUAL SMU BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION
2 – 5 p.m.
SMU, James M. Collins Executive Education Center at Crum Auditorium, 3150 Binkley Ave., in Dallas

The SMU MBA Entrepreneurship Club hosts the annual competition where student teams pitch business ideas that they’ve been developing over the last six months. More than $74,000 in cash and in-kind donations will be awarded to the top three teams. Audience members will get to vote for their favorite team for the “People’s Choice Award.” The team that wins this award will receive $1,000, in addition to any other prize money won.

For more information, go here


SATURDAY, FEB. 18

AIA FORT WORTH AWARDS CEREMONY
10 a.m. – noon
The Kimbell Art Museum’s Piano Pavilion, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., in Fort Worth

The AIA Fort Worth Chapter will be presenting the 2016 Honor Awards as well as recognizing the 2016 Professional and Student Design Award recipients.Festivities begin with coffee or mimosas at the bar and presentations to follow. It is a celebration of the those who make possible distinctive works of architecture in our community.

Cost: $20 AIA FW members; $40 general public; Students free with student ID.

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ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE AT THE MUSEUM

10:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., in Fort Worth

Join area engineers as the Museum celebrates the Dream Big IMAX experience with hands-on STEM activities to explore the wonders of engineering. Some of the activities planned for the Omni Lobby include:
Balance Challenges: Create a LEGO zip-line contraption and build intriguing balancing structures
Electrical Explorations: Create a popsicle flashlight and more
Building Challenges: Build bridges with paper, create structures with spaghetti and more

COOKIE, BEER, AND CUPCAKE PAIRING AT TUPPS BREWERY
Doors open 11 a.m.
721 Anderson St., in McKinney

For tickets and information, go here.


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21

ENGINEERS WEEK | FORT WORTH MUSEUM SCIENCE AND HISTORY

Runs through February 25. Engineering week activities will be offered:
February 21-22, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
February 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
February 24, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
February 25, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth

Hands-on, STEM-filled festival with lots of activities designed to explore the engineering field.
Check hours and schedule here.

THE TEENAGE BRAIN: HARNESSING THE POWER OF CHANGE
“The Brain: An Owner’s Guide” lecture series
6:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
The Center for BrainHealth, 2200 W. Mockingbird Lane, in Dallas

Ever find yourself baffled by the teenage brain? Join Dr. Adriana Galván, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Brain Research Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles, as she examines, in detail, the strangely excitable, often impulsive, and constantly changing adolescent brain. Dr. Galván makes a compelling case that the continued maturation and plasticity of the teen brain –- so often blamed for poor decision-making –- can actually enact learning, independence, and emotional well-being. As director and principal investigator of UCLA’s Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory, Dr. Galván is leading a new wave of research that promises to deepen our understanding and respect for the teenage brain.

Cost: $50-70. For information and tickets, go here


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22

DAN PITCH MEETING
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The DEC, 311 N. Market St., in Dallas

Free. Dallas Angel Network

THE ECONOMICS OF INVESTING IN SOCIAL IMPACT | Andrea Levere
Kickoff of the 2017 Social Innovation Luncheon Series
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Magnolia Hotel Dallas Park Cities, 6070 N Central Expressway in Dallas

Andrea Levere, President of Corporation for Enterprise Development, will discuss how businesses can intentionally contribute to reducing poverty and expanding economic opportunity. Levere will further explore how better economic opportunities for low-income or disadvantaged communities are better for all of us.

Cost: $40-$180 (series). For tickets and information, go to the SVP Dallas website.


THURSDAY, FEB. 23

MOMENTUM CONFERENCE 2017
5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Magnolia Hotel Park Cities, 6070 N. Central Expressway, in Dallas

The Momentum Conference, or MOCO for short, is Dallas’ largest conference dedicated to millennial professionals of color, according to organizers. MOCO aims to bring together a diverse group of college students, young professionals, community advocates, and the business community for an evening of ideas, exploration, and collaboration. The conference experience will include:
• The Innovation Lab featuring 20 local companies and organizations making an impact
• Ideas That Inspire, the MOCO version of the popular TED Talks
• Leadership Roundtable 
Learn more about MOCO here.


SATURDAY, FEB. 25

FLEA STYLE SUMMIT
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
6445 Cedar Springs Road, in Dallas 

The Learn Grow Create Summit for “makers and shakers.” The mission: To inspire creative thinkers, personally and professionally, through panelist talks, intimate conversations, educational experiences, meal, and more while linking them with like-minded people and tastemakers in their respective and relative artistic circles.

COST: $195 for general admission, $295 for VIP. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Flea Style website


SAVE THE DATE

THURSDAY, MARCH 30

ENTREPRENEUR SUMMIT/DALLAS 
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Embassy Suites & Convention Center, 7600 John Q. Hammons Drive in Frisco

Keynote speaker: Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec. Pre-conference intensive workshops and a VIP happy hour will be held on March 29.

Tickets: $249/$349. Go here for more information.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19

DIGITAL DALLAS STARTUP COMEDY ROAST 
6 – 9 p.m.
Dallas Comedy House, 3025 Main St., in Dallas

Five startups roasted by the DCH improv troupe,
Early Bird Tickets: $20. Go here for more information.

Want to be one of the five startups?  Submit your startup to be roasted.


WEDNESDAY – SUNDAY, APRIL 19 – 23

EARTH DAY TEXAS 
Fair Park


THURSDAY & FRIDAY, APRIL 20 – 21

IGNITING A SMART TEXAS REVOLUTION 
Dallas Innovation Alliance, Fair Park


[Dallas Innovates feature illustration: Photos courtesy of the organizations, iStock, and iconfinder.com 

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