I can’t say that this will be as nice of a weekend as I had last week on vacation. But it’ll stack up.
Gorilla Vs. Bear III is here. After the wild success of the first two collaborations between popular blog Gorilla vs. Bear and the Granada, we’re set for a packed evening. Rapper Danny Brown, easily the best thing about 35 Denton a couple years ago, headlines, with support from Blue Hawaii, Haerts, Empress Of, and Booty Fade. You can still get your tickets online.
As for me, I’m attending the Dallas Actors Lab’s production of the play Jailbait, which I confess not too much familiarity with, but trust y’all can infer a few things from the title.
It happens to be opening night for the show, this particular theater company’s second. DAL produced Oleanna two years ago, and then went dark. Now they’re back, offering the chance to see a play that’s never been done in Texas before. The new comedy involves one night, two 15-year-old girls, and two 30-something dudes. Yay! But seriously, it looks good. I’m excited to see it, even if I do have to drive all the way out to the Bath House Cultural Center. I’ll pack some whine and cheese (or just treat myself to snacks and wine at the bar at The Grape, which is an easy jaunt).
It’s preseason in the land of football, a place I rarely visit but occasionally where I find myself having a small amount of fun. The Cowboys will play the Cincinnati Bengals, and while you can still get yourself tickets, you are no longer allowed to bring your purse/murse.
Also on Saturday, there’s a street festival in the “Harwood District” offering Jenga and Veuve Cliquot served out of an Airstream. I guess I’d take that over the bottle of Freixenet that’s been living in my fridge for a few months because I’m not strong enough to actually pop the cork. Anyway, the subset neighborhood of Uptown would like you to see what the area has to offer by enticing you with food truck fare inspired by Cuba, France, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico. Outdoor games include Jenga, Petanque, Twister, and Yard Yahtzee. You don’t even need to bring a picnic blanket. Umbrellas and blankets will be provided.
My friends are having a pool party. I’m kidding. Plus, you have better things to do, like Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival at Gexa Energy Pavilion. Dave Chappelle, who has avoided the spotlight since he took an abrupt trip to South Africa eight years ago, headlines. My good friend and coworker, Bradford, attended Chappelle’s sneaky House of Blues show last year, and said the comedian “raised the bar on what comedy could accomplish and forced the audience to question what that word even means.”
Chappelle is joined by New Zealand goofballs Flight of the Conchords, and supported by the likes of Al Madrigal (a regular on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart), Kristen Schaal (Hazel on 30 Rock) Chris D’Elia, Jim Jefferies, and a few others. There’s also a promise of some local acts (Paul Varghese, perhaps, who opened for Chappelle at the aforementioned HOB show).
Finally, there’s a benefit for former KNON DJ Nancy “Shaggy” Moore, who’s now an independent musician trying to save her family home from the auction block. Her parents are both deceased, but before their deaths, Moore spend 33 of her 46 years as their primary caregivers. I know, from watching my own brave and resilient mother care for her parents, how difficult and consuming of a job that is. It’s a personal hell, and often a financial quagmire. Help her out, and drop by Stratos any time between 2 and 6 p.m. The restaurant is donating 100 percent of food and drink sales to Moore.
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