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Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend: July 5-7

Songs For a New World, courtesy of Uptown Players' Facebook.
Songs For a New World, courtesy of Uptown Players’ Facebook.

I thought about composing this weekend’s list as a flowchart, like, if you’re stuck at work right now, go one way, if you’ve got the day off, go another. But then I thought, you know, it’s the day after Fourth of July. Let’s be realistic.

Friday

It may not feel like Friday, thanks to last night’s festivities, but I’m here to assure you that it is. You can continue the red, white, and blue themed revelry with a “Party on the Patio” at Max’s Wine Dive in Uptown. The fried chicken and Champagne joint has been offering specials on wine all week, but today they’ll do a big cookout from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Holy Grail Pub in Plano, home of some really fantastic goat cheese crostini things, is throwing a two-day beer and barbecue celebration that starts this afternoon. You can get meat—beef short ribs, house-made hot dogs, beer can chicken, or bacon-injected brisket—until they run out, and wash it down with special beer tappings.

Saturday 

If you haven’t yet read Zac’s piece on West, TX in our July issue, you should do that right now. And if you enjoy both getting up early and exercise, some folks have put together a fun 5K race in Grand Prairie as a benefit for the small town devastated by the fertilizer plant explosion in April. Sign up for the 5K or the one-mile fun run, and net proceeds go to straight to West via the Waco Foundation. Here’s a good place to register, should you decide to participate.

Saturday is Bey Day. Beyonce‘s in town for her technically sold-out show at American Airlines, but of course there are a ridiculous number of tickets available via StubHub and the like. Prices are a little steep for me, unfortunately, so I’m just going to take a few minutes and listen to “Love On Top.

If you can’t make the concert, don’t despair. Uptown Players closes their production of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World, a disjointed musical that offers a loosely-connected collection of songs that examines the tricks and trials of life, this weekend. Our critic, Lindsey Wilson, says you should go see it, thanks in part to the theater’s deft handling of gender reversals that add even more layers to Brown’s already emotionally-complex songs. You can read her entire review over on FrontRow.

Sunday

Another musical production closes the weekend. It’s your last chance to catch the touring production of Flashdance at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Do I really need to give you the plot rundown on this? No? Great. Enjoy it.

For more to do this weekend, go here.