Things To In Dallas Tonight: Dec. 3

Yells At Eels, photo by Sally Glass. yellsateels.blogspot.com/

I’ve already gotten a few emails that read something like, “I am so excited for William and Kate’s baby! Yay!” Obviously this is great news for everyone who has nothing to do with the royal relationship and yet, has been waiting for this moment their entire lives. Mazel tov. Meanwhile, the New York Times is looking for 30 more buyouts and we’re saying goodbyeee to News Corps’ iPad newspaper The Daily. Basically what I’m saying is, let’s not get too happy, people.

Tonight you can toast to the royal baby at the Texas Theatre’s bar, where aspiring nonprofit Revolutionary Pants is hosting a fundraiser for their 501(c)3 application. Remember the Living Plaza at City Hall? That’s Revolutionary Pants, self-described as “an urban laboratory for creating community and reimagining the human habitat.” They’re also responsible for the “Say Something Nice” Ice Cream Stage for Park(ing) Day and Chalk-tober Fest in October. They’d like to continue putting on events come 2013, and have already completed a successful CrowdTilt campaign to fund their quest for nonprofit status. The fundraising cherry on top is this evening, with a concert from local jazz group Yells At Eels and do-gooding in your heart. Tickets are $25 at the door. And it is Monday, so keep in mind that a lot of restaurants, including my personal favorite, Mesa, are closed. Check our excellent directory for other ideas, but I like BEE Enchiladeria.

Also this evening, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale are offering you a one-night-only chance to hear Handel’s Messiah. This particular masterwork was the subject of FrontRow’s classical critic Wayne Lee Gay’s recent column. He asks us if we should hate the tiresome ritual of it, trotted out at Christmastime year after year. He makes good arguments for both sides, but it’s music that doesn’t ever get old for me. The chorus still gives me chills, though I agree with him about the obligatory standing and bungling of chairs sometimes ruining the majesty.

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