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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Aug. 28–30

There are things to do every weekend, as those of you who regularly read about things to do in Dallas on weekends are probably aware. But this weekend, and these things, are exceptional. Consider, for a moment, the water balloon wars in Deep Ellum. Or a culinary showdown starring fried lobster and bacon margaritas. Or the director of Clerks speaking at the Texas Theatre. We’re looking at some serious world class things worth doing in Dallas this weekend.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Aug. 27

Anna Badhken is about as intrepid as journalists come these days. Her reporting has taken her to wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, and Chechnya. Her writing’s landed her in The New York Times, The New Republic, and in five books of her own. The most recent, Walking With Abel, is about her time spent with a nomadic community traversing the West African savanna. The point here is that Badkhen has a lot of stories to tell. She’ll share a few tonight at Wild Detectives.

There is also a whole mess of concerts to choose from, and a fight club we’re allowed to talk about. Behold.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Aug. 26

Despite a youthful run of reckless behavior and several years of high-impact sports in grade school and high school, I have never broken a bone. As one of many young people who grew up considering Evel Knievel — a guy who suffered more than 433 bone fractures in his career — something of a role model, I used to think of this as a great and abiding shame. Now, I’m pretty content with a bubble-wrapped lifestyle. Leave the daredevil-ing to others, and appreciate dangerous stunts from a distance.

Tonight, you can appreciate the master of broken bones from the comfort of the Texas Theatre, which is showing a new documentary about Knievel. Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen play an acoustic show at the House of Blues, and you better believe there are other things to do in Dallas.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Aug. 25

The Von Erich wrestling family, who D Magazine wrote about in one of its 40 greatest stories, features prominently in a new photo exhibition at the University of Texas at Arlington. Ringside: Memories of World Class Championship Wrestling includes photos from North Texas’ wrestling heyday, most of them taken at matches at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth in 1982 and 1983. It’s free, and it’s worth going to see. It’s at least worth reading more about.

David Crosby’s at the Granada, and your umpteenth chance to see that Dirk Nowitzki documentary might be your best yet.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Aug. 24

It’s Monday, and school is back in session. The bummers are coming on strong today. If you need some motivation to get through the start of the week, think of everything you can do tonight. Head out to the North Texas Fair and Rodeo, go see a new fashion and art exhibition at NorthPark, or embrace the weirdness with an experimental music showcase.

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Aug. 21–23

I haven’t looked at a weather forecast, because I like surprises, but let’s hope we get a little bit more rain. Not enough rain to cancel anything or ruin anyone’s day, just enough precipitation to make this one of those unusually cool late August weekends. It will make all of these wonderful things to do — from a celebration of NorthPark’s 50th anniversary to MegaFest — a little more wonderful. Regardless, here are some suggestions to make your weekend worthwhile.

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Rob’s Chop Shop Celebrates 20 Years

The old-school barbershop in Exposition Park run by third-generation barber Rob Villareal — and recent Best of Big D winner — will celebrate two decades in business on Saturday with a shindig from 6 to 9:30 pm. Plus, it’s Rob’s 50th birthday. So after drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the shop, there’s an after party at 10 at the brand-new Eight Bells Tavern (in the old Amsterdam space) with a performance by The Rhythmaires and tunes by DJ Mr. Rid.

Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Aug. 20

I imagine we all have a lot of work-related things to do today before we can get to the fun-related things to do, so let’s not waste any time on extended introductions. MegaFest kicks into high gear, Incubus and Deftones rock out at Gexa, Tera Melos and Power Trip play at Trees, and God of Carnage thrills and repulses at the Addison Theatre Centre. Go forth and do things.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Aug. 19

Dallas megachurch leader T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest, which will settle into the convention center and American Airlines Center for the next several days, is so big it’s a little overwhelming. “Mega” may not do justice to the size of an event that has Tyler Perry producing a Madea play, a film festival, and at least 150 speakers featured within a “faith, family, and entertainment” extravaganza that’s expected to bring 85,000 people downtown. Hopefully crews tidied up the convention center after last week’s big expo.

In less-mega happenings tonight in Dallas, Michael McDonald performs at House of Blues, and noted charlatan Kim Russo claims to see dead people at the Kessler.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Aug. 18

Have news organizations become too cavalier about the use of the word “breaking?” I think maybe we’ve gone too far when this city’s paper of record opts to use a hashtag, capital letters, and — just in case you weren’t already paying attention — an exclamation point in a tweet about fried food. Is this just an internet thing? Are Minions memes about Dallas City Council meetings next?

I understand the excitement about bacon margaritas and fried alligator meat, but this is not exactly a developing situation we’re dealing with here — The State Fair, as it is wont to do, will have some wacky new fried food. Let’s put a moratorium on the word “breaking” as it pertains to news. Even when used ironically, it feels like overkill.

In today’s breaking entertainment news, Alabama Shakes will play at Verizon Theatre, the Rangers will play Seattle at home, and the Texas Theatre is screening a documentary about a manic depressive cult musician who’s playing a show at Dada later this week. Stick with us as this situation develops.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Aug. 17

Take a minute today to complain about the weather and the start of the workweek. Just get it out of your system. It’s too hot and it’s too Monday. With that out of the way, let’s look on the bright side: Sam Smith is in town, and Dallas’ premier DIY, pop-up theater group is throwing a shindig. We’re all invited.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Aug 14

The Dallas Cowboys’ first preseason game is tonight, which is good because it means the return of football is nigh. It is bad because preseason games are bad, and if you are a football fan, you may nevertheless be tempted to watch this thing unfold in real time. Resist that temptation. There are better things to do tonight. Trees gets noisy with the punk band Metz, the DMA gets roaring with some 1920s-themed activities, and the Our Productions theater company gets savage with God of Carnage.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Aug. 12

We are in the waning days of American Idol, with the upcoming 15th season set to be the last gasp of the reality TV singing show that loosed Ryan Seacrest upon the world. That means there won’t be many more editions of American Idol Live, the tour that trots out top contestants from the most recent season of the program.

So tonight is not only your chance to see superstar idols like Jax, Clark, Rayvon, Nick, and Tyanna in the flesh — It may be your last chance to say an in-person goodbye to the institution that made both Simon Cowell and William Hung into things that people used to talk about. A quick “where are they now” detour: Hung now makes a living as an administrative assistant for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Cowell is probably sitting on a throne of money and being mean somewhere.

American Idol Live is at the Verizon Theatre, Damien Rice is at South Side Ballroom, and the Texas Theatre is screening the new Kurt Cobain documentary.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Aug. 11

DFW Restaurant Week has overtaken us, which means relatively cheap eats at these participating restaurants, some charity fundraising, and a city full of even-more-stressed-than-usual servers and cooks. The most important thing you can do tonight: Eat. The second most important thing: Sleep. The third most important thing is a free movie screening at the AAC. Seeing a band called Trapt wouldn’t qualify as the fourth most important thing to do on most nights — it probably wouldn’t even clear the top 10 — but it’s a quiet Tuesday. Here’s how to make the most of it.

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