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You’ve got a beautiful fall weekend coming up in Dallas, so how are you going to spend it? Here are five top picks to get your creative juices going.

French mezzo-soporano Clementine Margaine stars in the Dallas Opera's production of Carmen. 

1. Carmen
The Dallas Opera always opens its season with a blockbuster, so Bizet’s sassy and splendid opera, Carmen, promises to explode onto the stage with some of the best music, singing and dancing opera can produce. Sultry French mezzo-soprano Clementine Margaine, who is making her Dallas debut in the starring role, is not to be missed. Nov. 2, Winspear Opera House,

2. Herb & Dorothy 50x50
Count on The Modern in Fort Worth to introduce us to worthy documentaries we might otherwise overlook. Herb & Dorothy 50x50 is director Megumi Sasaki’s follow-up to her 2008 award-winning documentary, Herb & Dorothy, about a retired postal worker and his librarian wife who managed to amass a world-class art collection of on their humble salaries. Sasaki’s latest, Herb & Dorothy 50x50, focuses on the couple’s efforts to donate 2,500 pieces to 50 museums in 50 states, constituting one of the largest gifts in the history of American art. 3200 Darnell St.,
Fort Worth,

3. The Age of Picasso and Matissee: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago
One hundred of the Art Institute of Chicago’s most outstanding masterpieces are on view now at the Kimbell in Fort Worth. Fans of modernist masters will rejoice—there are some gems in the show, including Picasso’s 1913 Old Guitarist, van Gogh’s 1909 Bathers by a River, Miro’s large-scale, 1925 Policeman and Brancusi’s 1919 Golden Bird. 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth,

4. The Stewart Album
It’s one of your last chances to see The Stewart Album: Art, Letters & Souvenirs to an American Patron in Paris before it goes behind lock and key again at the Meadows Museum. Kept in private hands until now, the unique album recently acquired by the museum is a collection of letters, photos and drawings from renowned American art collector William H. Stewart. 5900 Bishop Blvd.,

5. Crow Collection of Asian Art Sculpture Garden
In the works for more than six years, the gardens that surround the Crow Collection of Asian Art opened in mid-October. Designed by master Japanese gardener John Powell and Ruben Garza of Oglesby Greene architects, the gardens are a perfect place to wander and meditate on a sunny fall day. Meander among sculpted trees and vegetation, Tibetan monk bronzes, Shi of East and West stone pieces and a dozen other contemporary and historical sculptures from China, India, Indonesia, Japan and Korea. 2010 Flora St.,