Today is allegedly National Pancake Day, which is fine. I’ve come to terms with food-based holidays since having a minor existential crisis about National Bacon Day last week. We’re moving on. More importantly, I neglected to note that Monday was Texas Independence Day. Happy belated, Texas. If you, like me, also forgot to get Texas a gift or even a card, let’s rectify that mistake and honor this state by doing these things tonight. We’ve got one of the noisier bands I’ve ever encountered, a short showcase for local filmmakers, and a gathering of folks trying to shape the future of public art in Dallas. Here are our recommendations.Full Story
March has begun with more of a whimper than a bang, as the city shakes off last week’s sleet and slush with the knowledge we might be doing it all over again in a couple days. So spring hasn’t exactly broken yet, but there are plenty of things to look forward to this month besides the promise of better weather. Here are some things to do tonight to help get you started.Full Story
A lot of very smart people are converging on Dallas this weekend for the Festival of Ideas. Award-winning architects, journalists, academics and other smarty-pants types will weigh in on education, culture, and more for the two-day festival, a check-up on the state of the city. The state of the city will unfortunately be very cold and wet, but that shouldn’t stop the free-flowing exchange of big ideas about Dallas and its future. Here’s my big idea: If you can brave yet another winter blast, do the following things this weekend. Assuming you’re not buried under a sheet of the dreaded and feared “wintry mix.”Full Story
We were informed this morning that today is National Bacon Day. So that’s a thing. It’s also apparently a bit of a disputed thing. After some hard-hitting boots-on-the-ground reporting and in-depth research (I Googled it), I discovered that, in various corners of the Internet, Bacon Day is also observed the Saturday before Labor Day, and sometimes on Dec. 30. It’s absolute chaos, and I don’t know who to believe. What if there were competing editions of Thanksgiving, scattered arbitrarily throughout the year? Society would crumble. It’s a slippery slope that begins with National Bacon Day, and the shadowy cabal that dictates when these absurd holidays are recognized needs to get its act together. I’m drawing a line in the sand.
Until that gets sorted out, let’s live every day like it’s National Bacon Day. Let’s go out tonight, and do things. Like see Diana Ross, or go to an art gallery. Here are our recommendations on how you should spend your evening.Full Story
The ice that has forced us to hide, fearful and cowering, in our homes for the last two days has largely melted away. We are left with a snow-like substance, which is almost kind of whimsical but mostly just unpleasant, and a lot of disappointing slush. Assuming you had enough rations and booze to make it through the last two days intact, it’s time to emerge from that warm cubbyhole and see what’s happening in Dallas. The city is happy to oblige you, with music, theater, and more all on deck for tonight. Here are our picks for things to do.Full Story
Enjoy whatever respite the fickle whims of Mother Nature has given us today, because we may be encased in ice again tomorrow. Most galleries and museums, including the Nasher and the DMA, have closed down today. Transgender advocate and actress Laverne Cox’s scheduled appearance at UNT is looking unlikely, although I’ll update this post once that’s a little more definitive either way.
However, there’s no such thing as weather-enforced hibernation here in Dallas. There are still things to do tonight that don’t involve making sleet dolls, falling on ice, or any of the other fantastic ways to enjoy this inclement weather. As always, safety first. But if you’re strapping on those skates and headed out, here are some options.Full Story
With most of North Texas encased in ice, sleet, and various degrees of cold unpleasantness, it may be wisest to enjoy a quiet Monday indoors. Safety first, and all that. Most museums and galleries have shut it down for the day (I say “most” just to hedge my bets, although “all” might be more accurate from what I have gathered), but the show will go on at a handful of venues around town tonight.
If you do plan to venture into the Dallas Popsicle tonight, here are some things to do. Until the Great Thaw arrives, good luck out there.Full Story
As a pusher of things to do in Dallas, I’m particularly impressed with the variety of ways to get your entertainment fix this weekend. Whatever you want, whatever you need, is here: sports, music, art, theater, dance, and a little fashion thrown in for good measure. Diversify your cultural intake this weekend, and try some of these things on for size.Full Story
I’m a savage who can barely microwave a potato without courting disaster, but for those among us who are capable of more advanced degrees of home cooking—you know, real-life adults—the Barefoot Contessa herself is in town to dish about secrets of the kitchen. If you’re content with your take-out and peanut butter sandwich lifestyle, your less culinary programming for tonight includes the start of the Thin Line Film Festival in Denton and a Chicago rapper playing a venue he’s destined to outgrow. Here are our recommendations.Full Story
Mardi Gras has arrived, and while the reveling here in Dallas may be a little low-key compared to the festivities you will find in New Orleans, you can still get some locally-sourced beads, parades, and debauchery this year. For those looking ahead to 40 days of fasting and penance, it’s important to enjoy this Fat Tuesday eve for all it’s worth. For the rest of us, there are still plenty of things to do tonight.Full Story
For President’s Day, I tried to step inside the minds of the Founding Fathers and determine how they would enjoy a cold Monday evening in February. It was not the most fruitful mental exercise, and I have learned nothing relevant. If George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the rest of the gang were around today, in Dallas, and looking for things to do tonight, it’s entirely possible they would go to these events. But they might not.Full Story
It’s a shame Valentine’s Day is one of those fixed-date holidays, set in stone for Feb. 14 and denying us the cosmic coincidence of getting the alleged most romantic day of the year on Friday the 13th. There’s a lot of potential there for bad jokes about luck and love, and think of the Hallmark cards that will never be: forlorn black cats walking under ladders, cracking wise about how they haven’t been able to find a decent lover in any of their nine lives. Nevertheless, we’ve got a one-two punch of made-up quasi-holidays here this weekend, and plenty of things to do.Full Story
When it’s time to turn the page on the workday, you don’t have to go to Katmandu to find things to do. If you’re not too busy working on some night moves ahead of Valentine’s Day, there’s some old time rock and roll downtown, some younger rock and roll in Deep Ellum, and a few new flicks showing. Here are the strongest recommendations we’ve got tonight.Full Story
The Internet can bring out the worst in people, and we could all benefit from getting out more. Fortunately, there’s plenty of things to take you out of the house and away from the glow of a computer screen tonight, including a lecture on women in video games at UTD and music’s bitterest old man at the Kessler.Full Story
It’s hard to imagine that a wildly successful Broadway musical is more shocking than a cross-dressing rock star who once reportedly bit the head off a chicken on stage, but these are the wild and wonderful times we live in. The once and future king of shock rock is in Dallas tonight, but he faces some stiff competition from the current holder of the “most scandalous act in town” heavyweight title belt, a piece of theater about a pair of Mormon missionaries. If you’re looking for something a little more family-friendly to do tonight, a world-renowned Russian pianist is set to demonstrate why the word “virtuoso” should not be taken lightly. Here are our recommendations.Full Story