It feels odd to say the most exciting thing happening in Dallas tonight might be a building opening its doors, but here we are. The Bomb Factory returns this evening with a performance by the great Erykah Badu. We’re pretty excited for Badu, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens now that the venue has been brought back from the dead. If you’re going to adopt more of a wait-and-see approach to the new music venue, consider taking in an inspirational speech or a play that feels “like a comic book brought to life.” Here are our picks for things to do tonight.Full Story
Here are the questions we face going into tonight, Dallas. Will Young Thug find redemption after his no-show non-performance in Dallas last year left a ticked-off audience covered in fire extinguisher spray? Who is the fairest queen of all of RuPaul’s Drag Race traveling tour? Does a 10-year-old stand-up comic have any material outside of jokes about Lunchables and assigned seating in home room? Answers to those questions and more, if you do these things tonight.Full Story
If my high school English class had been held at a bar, I would have paid way more attention to the works of William Shakespeare, and maybe I would be able to write more good than I do now. So a pairing of theater and alcohol at The Wild Detectives tonight has me particularly intrigued. Much Ado About Nothing is one we skipped (I skipped, at least) in class, but I gather it’s a comedic play with a significantly lower body count than some of The Bard’s other famous works.
We’re also enjoying the last bit of fallout from the musical atom bomb that was SXSW in Austin last week, so there are some bands to catch before they hit that dusty trail out of Texas once and for all. Here are our picks for things to do tonight.Full Story
Happy first day of spring, everybody. It may not look like it, but love is definitely in the air. I saw a happy couple get engaged at the Granada last night with some on-stage help from TV on the Radio, so it must be true. Let’s start spring off right. Here are our picks for things to do this weekend.Full Story
A pretty thick fog has descended downtown, which I’ve seen enough movies to know means one of two things. Either something supernatural that means us harm is lurking in the mist, or an army of Orcs is hiding nearby. More realistically, I’m concerned about the folks headed to Savor Dallas’ Arts District Wine Stroll later this evening. A few glasses of wine can make you get lost. A thick fog can make you lost. Combine the two and you may never escape. There are worse things than being condemned to an eternity of strolling and drinking in an unearthly mist, but hopefully it clears up. I don’t care what your culinary credentials are, you can’t eat or drink your way out of the fog.
After surviving a good deal of ice, I think we’re going to make it through this. That’s good news, because there’s a lot going on tonight, from the dining bacchanalia of Savor Dallas to the fist-pumping weirdo rock of TV on the Radio.Full Story
Everybody settle down. St. Patrick’s Day is over, and while you might still be enjoying your spring break, the real world is here. It’s time to get serious and buckle down. We have things to do. Fortunately, some of those things are a lot of fun. Tonight, for example, you can see a legendary post-punk act at Trees, or catch the classic “boy meets girl, boy and girl instantly fall in love, then out of love, then back in love, and then, as in most romantic operas, girl dies tragically” story at the heart of La Bohème at The Dallas Opera. Here are our picks for things to do.Full Story
I’m no psychic, but I think I have a pretty good idea what much of Dallas is going to be doing for St. Patrick’s Day: putting on silly green hats and drinking beer. If you’re already decked out in your pinch-proof gear and waiting for the clock to strike 5 (or earlier, there’s no judgment here), we’ve got you covered with the best places to celebrate tonight.
We’ve also got some options if you want to lay low and dodge the revelry. And you may have to make some agonizing musical decisions tonight, because Dallas is starting to enjoy the first wave of flybys from bands making the trip out to SXSW. Here are our picks for things to do.Full Story
Hopefully you’ve all recovered from your St. Patrick’s Day hangovers, and the “back to reality” sledgehammer of Monday isn’t quite as crushing as it could be. Considering the actual holiday is still tomorrow, you’re going to need to be in tip-top shape. Here are some things to do tonight to help you bounce back: a little tango, a little music, and some basketball.Full Story
St. Patrick’s Day is the greatest. Other holidays have the food, or the family gatherings, or the lessons about gratitude and love. But St. Patrick’s Day in Dallas has the parade, the informal OK to drink beer in the street, the excuse for men to wear skirts (my apologies to kilts), and bagpipes, the most metal instrument of all time. There are probably some lessons about thankfulness and charity in all this, but it’s mostly just the best party in Dallas all year. Regardless of whether you’re wading into the bedlam on Greenville Ave. on Saturday, it’s an action-packed weekend. So let’s get to it. Here are the things you should do.Full Story
To avoid jinxing it, I’m going to phrase this in the form of a question: Has spring finally arrived in North Texas? I’ll take “Things We Hope To Be True” for $300, Alex. The sky’s still a little gloomy for my tastes, but this is the first morning in a while that felt like we might be out of the woods. Outside of the residual winter hangover, I feel positively chipper, and hope you do too. Funnel that energy into something productive. Miranda Lambert’s in town, there’s a social media scavenger hunt in Deep Ellum, and an 18-year-old composer will see his work performed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the latest edition of things that make me feel like I wasted my teenage years. Here are the things you should do tonight.Full Story
Do you like adorable dogs? Do you like dogs who “drive” tiny little cars, and jump through tiny little hoops? Do you like dogs who dance and frolic and can perform in relatively complex, choreographed sequences? If you answered no to any of these questions, you might be a soulless monster devoid of any humanity, and there’s a Chris Brown show you can go to at the American Airlines Center. You’ll fit right in. If you do have a heart, and answered yes, a variety show featuring performing dogs is in Irving. Here are the rest of the things to do tonight in Dallas.Full Story
Without even getting into the paradoxes and dangers of time travel, there are a number of very good reasons the U.S. should put a stop to Daylight Saving Time. A British guy made the case more eloquently than I can earlier this week. Mostly, I just feel indistinctly “off,” and this entire week feels discombobulated. Texas lawmakers are doing something worthwhile and intelligent this week (I don’t think I’ve ever said those words together before) by taking a look at this insane clock-moving practice.
Until we get that missing hour back, I’m tempted to boycott events that kowtow to the authority of Daylight Saving Time. But unfortunately, there are too many things to do tonight for that to be an option. A trio of North Texas women’s choruses are joining forces, there’s a killer punk rock bill at Three Links, and an R&B superstar is pushing a new brand of “sexy” spirits at the sexiest of places: the Liquor Depot in Pantego. Here are our picks for things to do tonight.Full Story
Dallas Has a Major Pothole Problem. It’s no shocker that all the rain did not help matters, either. Crews were out on Monday temporarily repairing damaged streets, but some drivers are saying their commutes have as much as doubled from the hazardous roads. Drier weather will allow road repair workers to more permanently fix the gaping issue.
Dallas’ FBI Office Has A New Boss. And he has a pretty serious résumé. Before being named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Dallas Division, Thomas Class Sr. was section chief of the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group with the Bureau’s National Security Branch in Washington, D.C. He was a police officer and detective in St. Petersburg, Florida prior to joining the FBI.
New Alehouse To Open In Exposition Park. Taking the place of the recently-closed Amsterdam Bar, Eight Bells Alehouse is prepping to open by the end of May. The owners of Brit-inspired pub Ten Bells Tavern in Bishop Arts are behind the project, noting they’ve wanted to open a second location for a while. Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters and Expo Bar and Grill will also set up shop in Exposition Park in the coming months.
Texas Foster Care System May Double Training Requirements. The new stipulation might be 35 hours of training, a number more than two times what many foster families go through now. Republican Rep. Cindy Burkett proposed the bill at a hearing in Austin Monday afternoon to tighten up the system’s screening process, but critics are concerned it will make recruiting foster homes an even tougher job. Recommended companion reading: this MotherJones story about a child who died in privatized foster care in Rockdale, Texas in 2013.Full Story
Monday is not exactly the most cheerful day of the week, which is why it feels especially important that we go to great lengths to make it worthwhile. Break the work-eat-sleep cycle today and try to do something fun. You have options. Depending on your definition of “funny,” a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist speaking at the DMA might be just the ticket to start off your week. For something a little heavier, a metal show at Trees might be worth checking out. Considering only super villains and monsters don’t like cartoons, you should almost definitely visit the animation exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Here are our picks for things to do tonight.Full Story
As the city thaws out, it seems like we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming. The dreaded wintry mix wreaked havoc across Dallas, throwing scheduled events and “things to do” in disarray and exhausting my stockpile of phrases for “really awful weather.” Fingers crossed, but the worst seems to be behind us. We can now emerge from hibernation, blinking in the glow of the Sun, which has at long last returned to us. The end of Snowmageddon 2015 came at a great time, because there are a lot of things to do in Dallas this weekend. Now that we are largely free of ice, it will be much easier to go see Mavis Staples, or catch a show at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, or drink whiskey and dance at the North Texas Irish Festival. Here are our picks for things to do.Full Story