On Tap: Robot Building, Women Who Code & State of the State

Browse our curated selection of events to plan your next week — 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 week — and beyond. As always, events may change at any time, so check event website or registration page for the latest details.


IEEE and DFW Sensor Tech: Towards the Single-Breath Disease-Diagnosis Breathalyzer
Japan House, 300 W. Plano Pkwy, in Plano
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Dr. Pelagia Irene Gouma‘s research group is expected to drive the first products of portable diagnostic breathalyzers. Dr. Gouma will discuss approaches used in “electronic nose”, how they “smell” complex odors, and how her research group’s ceramic nanotechnology-based breathalyzers.

Tickets $10. Register and learn more about the event here.

DPRG at TheLab.ms: Personal Robot Build
TheLab.ms — Education Center, 1915 N. Central Expwy., Suite 3700, in Plano
6:30 – 11 p.m.

Are you building a robot? Need help? Come join the Dallas Personal Robotics Group’s first meetup at TheLab.ms!

Free. Find more information here.

Denton WWCode Meetup
Stoke, 608 E. Hickory St., Suite 128, in Denton
7 – 8:30 p.m.

Women Who Code (WWCode) is global non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. They work to support this generation in being and becoming leaders and role models in the tech industry. 

This month they will host a panel talk on building community to support women in the workforce. They have awesome women from the Denton business, technical and creative community participating.

Free. More information can be found here.


Data Hackathon: Kaggle’s Data Science Bowl 2017
The University of Dallas, 1845 E. Northgate Dr. Gorman Lecture Hall Room A, in Irving
10 a.m.

Dallas R Users Group is hosting a data hackathon to explore, showcase, and obtain insights about using R in a data science competition. They’ll be using Kaggle’s Data Science Bowl 2017.

Free. Find more information about the event here.

HTML Training Intro Class
Cedar Crest Cathedral CME Church, 1616 E. Illinois Ave., in Dallas
10 a.m. – noon

Learn introductory level HTML.

Free. For more information, go here.


Project Show N Tell N Work
TheLab.ms — Education Center, 1915 N. Central Expy, Suite 370, in Plano
3 – 5 p.m.

Come to TheLab.ms with your project or without to discuss and see what others are working on. Got a raspberry pi or arduino? Coding something? Organizers say, bring it!

Free. More information about the event can be found here.


Speaking of Movies
Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, 2719 Routh St., in Dallas
6:30 – 8 p.m.

“Speaking of Movies” is what every film lover looks for: a community of like-minded people whose love of movies is matched by a strong desire to discuss them afterward. Each month, February through April and September through November, Dr. Scott Churchill — professor of psychology and film — screens movies before their release, assigns the best ones for the group to watch on their own, and then with guest critic of the month leads discussion of the selected films on the third Monday of the month. The group’s final meeting each semester is dinner and a classic movie at the Institute, a popular staple for members. “Speaking of Movies” aspires to the ideal of the Institute: to enjoy and to learn.

Tickets range $15 to $25, depending on member status. Register and receive more information here.


Entrepreneurial City Forum
Dallas Entrepreneur Center, 311 N. Market St., in Dallas
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The Entrepreneurial City Forum seeks to continue building awareness of and support for the city’s entrepreneurial community, with a special emphasis on training and access for minority communities. On March 21st, join us at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center at 6:30 for a forum from Dallas’ leading entrepreneurs. The reception begins at 6 p.m.

Free. Register here.


White Rabbit Red Rabbit, featuring Xander Berkeley & Sarah Clarke
The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., in Fort Worth
8 p.m.

White Rabbit Red Rabbit is by award-winning Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour. Soleimanpour distils the experience of a whole generation — well-informed, computer-literate and born amidst the hardship of the Iran-Iraq war — in a wild, utterly unique play. 

Tickets $40. And VIP tickets are $75, which includes an exclusive pre-show reception at the Café Modern featuring Middle Eastern cuisine and a meet and greet with the stars. To purchase tickets, go here.


WEAddison: Women in Tech
Addison TreeHouse, 14682 Midway Rd., in Addison
6 – 8:30 p.m.

The Addison TreeHouse and Girls in Tech Dallas are partnering to put on “WEAddison: Women in Tech.” Celebrate women in technology and entrepreneurship on Thursday, March 23rd, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Addison TreeHouse, where they will empower female entrepreneurs as well as give school-going aged girls exposure to successful women and the opportunity to showcase their ideas to the community.

Free. Register for the event here.

Crafting a Business for Your Art: Lessons from Successful Film, Music, and Photography Entrepreneurs.
Stoke, 608 E. Hickory St. Suite 128, in Denton
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Thin Line Fest and Stoke are working together to host the panel on media entrepreneurship. Come out to hear a panel of experts share their knowledge on creating a successful business from their creative passion.

Free. Go here to register.


State of Higher Education
The Fairmont, 1717 N. Akard St., in Dallas
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Retired four-star admiral and former Navy SEAL William H. McRaven served as the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, overseeing the operation that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011. Leading a force of 69,000 men and women, McRaven was responsible for conducting counter-terrorism operations worldwide and is a recognized national authority on U.S. foreign policy, advising presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama on defense issues.

Join the Dallas Regional Chamber as Admiral McRaven discusses his thoughts on the future of public higher education in Texas, the important relationship between workforce and higher education, and the 85th Texas Legislative Session.

Free. Register here.


Beyond Measure: The Best Education for All
Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, 2719 Routh St., in Dallas
Friday, 7 – 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Throughout its history, the purpose of American public schooling has swung between two poles: a practical education focusing on skills and/or job preparedness and a more liberally spirited education like the top private schools typically provide, one that is focused on helping students lay the foundations for lifelong learning and growth as persons and citizens. The mode of practical education dominates public education, reducing our youngest citizens and fellow human beings to measure their worth by what they can contribute to the economy. Likewise, the emergence and tyranny of standardized testing have reduced the curriculum to those subjects that can be quantified and measured.

Through talks, panels, and discussions, citizens, and Pre-K–12 educators are invited to consider the idea of universal liberal education–from the Latin liber, an education designed to liberate students’ hearts and minds–exploring its purposes and how it might look in core disciplines. Dr. Donald Cowan’s “Universal Liberal Education” will be the focus of the final session, a plenary panel, and discussion with the audience. A pdf of the chapter will be sent to each registrant.

Free. For more information or to register, go here.


White Rabbit Red Rabbit, featuring Christopher Blay, Cameron Smith, and Christie Vela
Amphibian Stage Productions, 120 S. Main St., in Fort Worth
Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

White Rabbit Red Rabbit is by award-winning Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour. Soleimanpour distils the experience of a whole generation — well-informed, computer-literate and born amidst the hardship of the Iran-Iraq war — in a wild, utterly unique play. 

Tickets $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, go here.


State of the State with Gov. Greg Abbott
Union Station, 400 S. Houston St., in Dallas
Noon – 1:30 p.m.

The Dallas Regional Chamber to host Texas Governor Greg Abbott for his State of the State address. Gov. Abbott will highlight his 2017 priorities and share his vision for the future of Texas.

Free. Register for the event here.

Love & Wisdom in a Time of Stress
7 – 9 p.m.
McFarlin Memorial Auditorium – SMU, 6405 Boaz Lane, in Dallas

Join Momentous Institute on March 28 when they, along with The Lynn Lectures, welcome Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and Elissa Epel, Ph.D., experts in the art and science of mindfulness and living younger, including the telomere/life-enhancing effects of nutrition, exercise, and meditation at any age.

Ticket start at $25. Find more information and register for the event here.




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