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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Feb. 19

Ra ra for Ra Ra Riot.

It should come as a surprise to precisely no one that Mike Tyson’s Undisputed Truth tour is DOA. So you can’t go see that particular trainwreck tonight. I know you’re all disappointed. Speaking of trainwrecks, yes, I was on D TV this morning.

Ra Ra Riot is one of those bands that I don’t necessarily set out to listen to very often, but whenever they pop up on shuffle, I’ll stop and listen to everything I’ve got. Their first album, The Rhumb Line, is generally considered their best effort, with bright strings and broody bass worthy of Angel himself. Thus, Beta Love, which features two less string-playing members and way more synth, doesn’t even really resemble the Ra Ra Riot of old. Opinions seem split on whether this new sound works for them, but the DMN’s Mario Tarradell thinks it’s the first great release of 2013, so you may interpret that as you wish.  Still, their concerts are not for the lethargic, and this new album provided a reason for them to come to town. Along with opening act Pacific Air, they’re playing the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff, an excellent venue for just about any band, and hands down one of the best for pre-and-post concert food and drink. I like Nova, since not only can you get a great meal (they have vegan and veggie friendly stuff, too) but they stay open late.

Also this evening, the Dallas Architecture Forum hosts a panel discussion at the Dallas Center for Architecture about architecture. Surprised Specifically, the panelists, which include Brent Brown, director of the City of Dallas’ City Design Studio, Larry Hamilton, CEO of Hamilton Properties, Theresa O’Donnell, Director of Sustainable Development and Construction for City of Dallas, and Ken Hughes, president of Hughes Development LP, will talk about the changes Dallas has seen since the early 2000s. It’s moderated by Coy Talley, the Perot Museum’s landscape architect, and completely free for the curious.

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