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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: The Fourth of July Edition

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve, for the duration of a long weekend, the political bands which connect them to work, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation of three days.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness — best realized on the Fourth of July in the shooting of fireworks, the barbecuing of meats or your preferred vegetarian options, and the general revelry of a National Holiday. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world:

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: June 28

Time is a goon that moves inexorably in one direction, turning boy bands into old man bands and putting beloved hit songs in the hands of Smash Mouth. But we still have “Last Train to Clarksville,” and all the memories. Davy Jones may be gone, but the Monkees are forever. Take your mind off the inevitability of decay with the Monkees’ 50th anniversary tour, a production of 42nd Street, or a performance from the one and only G-Eazy.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: June 23

The air conditioning at D Magazine World Headquarters is on the fritz, transforming the entire building into a sweat lodge and unexpectedly turning my workday into something resembling a disturbing and humid vision quest. Assuming I don’t ascend to a higher plane and transcend these soggy, earthly limitations at some point before 5 p.m., I will spend tonight sucking on ice cubes as I crawl into my refrigerator and close the door, weeping and clinging to the cold months-old celery I really need to throw away. But you, you with your temperate climate controlled conditions and mechanically cooled air, you can do something else. You can go see Beauty and the Beast, or the goofy alternative rock band Bowling For Soup.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: June 21

In the 1980s, a trio of teenagers in Mississippi spent seven years filming a shot-for-shot, line-for-line adaptation of Raiders of the Lost Ark, blustering their way through budgetary limitations and a level of public ridicule that would have ground down anyone less dogged. The film is far from a masterpiece, but its enthusiasm for moviemaking, friendship, and Indiana Jones is inspiring. In a pre-internet era, their reimagined take on Raiders gradually became something of a cult sensation, but the film remained unfinished — one scene involving an exploding airplane and a decapitating propellor proved too much to pull off on a shoestring budget.

So, in their 40s, the men behind the “greatest fan film ever made” resolved to finish what they had started. Documentary filmmakers followed along to record the greatest fan film about the greatest fan film ever made. That documentary, Raiders!, is screening tonight at the Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson, and while I’m not saying that you should download the adaptation itself on a BitTorrent site of ill repute, I am saying that you could. We’re already in pretty murky waters here regarding intellectual property theft and copyright law.

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: June 17-19

The Oak Cliff Film Festival whirred to life last night, making this an exceptionally good weekend to hang out on the other side of the Trinity. (And, tonight, at the Majestic for a screening of The Phantom of the Paradise.) Along with more great movies than you can shake a stick at, the festival boasts live music, parties, and other events to occupy you for the next three days. But there’s plenty to do elsewhere, including a production of Dreamgirls and a summer block party in the Arts District.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: June 16

The long-lost Texas classic Last Night at the Alamo, recently restored and returned from the forgetful brink, opens the Oak Cliff Film Festival tonight at the Texas Theatre. There are a lot of movies to see as the festival settles into venues throughout North Oak Cliff this weekend. We went ahead and picked seven we’re especially looking forward to, but the festival programming is on point across the board.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: June 14

Alcoholics, recovering and otherwise, tell the best stories. It takes a big imagination to illuminate the blackouts. The flawed (relatable) hero of an alcoholic’s story is typically self-destructive and foolhardy, making the kind of bad decisions that unleash spectacular chains of events. There’s usually an arc of tragedy and redemption, sometimes repeated ad infinitum. And in AA, you get a lot of practice at confessional storytelling. It’s a shame most of these storytellers are anonymous.

Fortunately, Sarah Hepola slapped her name on the cover of a book about her experiences with drunkenness and sobriety. Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank To Forget is out in paperback — affordable — and Hepola is reading tonight at Wild Detectives — free. But perhaps your moment of clarity is better found with one of two musicals in town tonight.

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