Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: April 12

Hey, hello. Happy Dallas International Film Festival Day. Very exciting. If you want to go see movies for free, enter to win festival passes and ticket vouchers here.

Tonight is opening night, and Ted Mosby, Architect Josh Radnor’s Liberal Arts will screen at the Majestic Theatre. Ignore the fact that HappyThankYouMorePlease, Radnor’s irritatingly-named debut feature, was more or less unwatchable. This evening is all about the party. You can still snag individual tickets online.

Speaking of parties and, indirectly, Uptown (DIFF is taking over the Magnolia, pretty much), celebrate that fine plot of Dallas with a fun fundraiser for the Katy Trail and the McKinney Avenue Trolley. My golden retriever, Samwise Gamgee, had a lot of fun on the Katy Trail on Sunday. Let’s keep it nice, okay? A DJ kicks off this Cityplace/West Village soirée around 5 pm, and then Club Wood and ’80s cover band The Spazmatics take over. Five bucks gives you access to music, snacks, and drinks. As a bonus, it’s National Grilled Cheese day, and Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe, which will be parked nearby for the party, makes a mean one. (But Big State in Irving makes my favorite, in case anyone was wondering.)

Meanwhile, a few of us are gussied up to attend tonight’s Dining in the Dark fundraiser for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. I told my friend Michael that I was going to this, and then mentioned that technically, I’m legally blind (this is true–I’m one negative power away from having to order custom-made contacts). His response:  “I don’t know if you’re confused, but you don’t get any of the funds.” Duh. The Foundation helps folks suffering from retinal diseases like macular degeneration, funding research to save and restore sight. This is a good cause, so if you have deep pockets, consider eating in pitch darkness for an evening.

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