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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: The Fourth of July 2015 Edition

Happy Fourth of July Eve. The Founding Fathers would probably be displeased to see that you’re spending the holiday reading a blog, so let’s make this quick. For America. Then you can go spark bottle rockets and chug corn dogs.

The definitive guide on where to celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend is right over here. Right here is where to find the best fireworks in town. If you’d rather just skip the funny business and get right to drinking, here are some Fourth of July cocktails to knock back.

As for the rest of the things to do this weekend, keep reading.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: July 2

When is it socially acceptable to start throwing back burgers and lighting up Roman candles in celebration of this great country of ours? I’m going with 5 pm today, although I will not judge anyone harshly for starting the Fourth of July celebrations before then.

There are a few anticipatory Independence Day events tonight to ease your journey into the holiday weekend, along with a rock show and a comedy event.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: July 1

Conventional wisdom holds that July is a front-loaded month, with the massive gravity of Independence Day pulling all the really great events into its orbit. However, this new month has 30 other days we have to live through, and 25 other things we have to do.

First up: Wednesday, July 1. The Dalai Lama is in town, the indie rock trio Blonde Redhead is at Trees, and we’re going to plug Annie again because we now have a review for it.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: June 30

This story in the Morning News made me feel pretty bad for Dallas’ poor Old Red Museum, the under-attended, indebted Dallas County history museum in the old red courthouse downtown. Like many people, I have never been to the Old Red Museum. I am now considering a pity visit, and perhaps you should too. I’m interested in seeing Lee Harvey Oswald’s handcuffs, Tom Landry’s hat, and a mammoth tusk. You can see their current special exhibit, “Check Back Soon For More Information,” through the rest of the week.

For brief thoughts on haruspicy and other things to do tonight, keep reading.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: June 29

The Fourth of July is rearing its big patriotic head just around the corner, but there is a whole week standing between us and the holiday. It’s important to stay busy until then. That boozy Bard tribute act, Shakespeare in the Bar, has a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (the one with the fairies) lined up at Wild Detectives. As is usually the case, there are plenty of other things to do in Dallas tonight.

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: June 26–28

There are a lot of events clamoring for your attention this weekend, but here’s the No. 1 thing you should make time for: Peruse our fancy new neighborhood guide, which launched this morning. It’s the ultimate, definitive, unassailable guide to Dallas neighborhoods, from Far North Dallas to Pleasant Grove. It will bring you hours of browsing joy, and will help you better understand and love the place you live. If you have questions about a Dallas neighborhood, the neighborhood guide has answers.

Once you’re done doing that, you can head out to a taco festival, or see LL Cool J in concert, or watch Dirk Nowitzki throw a baseball.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: June 25

Trash talk is an art, and Kathy Griffin is a master of the form. Watching Griffin tear into celebrities minor and major is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel, only meaner. If that sounds a little too vicious for a Thursday evening, the Avett Brothers are too polite and folksy to give a fly the evil eye, and I don’t foresee a lot of negative chatter at the Ballet Concerto’s Summer Concert in Fort Worth. Here are some things you may or may not be interested in doing tonight.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: June 24

The West Coast is well-represented in Dallas tonight, with Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson on one side of town and the surfer rock of Best Coast on the other. If you prefer the sound of Stratford-upon-Avon to the sonics of Los Angeles, we’ve also got some Shakespeare on deck. Here are the things you should be doing in Dallas tonight.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: June 23

We hope you like singing and dancing, because it’s musical season in Dallas. Dirty Dancing and Annie both start runs tonight. Plucky orphans vs. restless dancers. “Hard Knock Life” vs. “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.” Patrick Swayze vs. whoever plays Annie in the movie version(s).

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: June 22

Adults are allowed to cry at weddings, funerals, and Pixar movies. Inside Out, the latest from the vaunted animation studio, apparently rivals the first 15 minutes of Up in its ability to make grown men and women weep freely. It’s Monday, a fact that is worth crying about by itself, and you might as well take those tears to a socially acceptable place. Like a movie theater.

You might be allowed to shed a tear or two at the Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition, with the one-two combo of youthful talent and moving music. If you’re crying at the Whitesnake show tonight, though, you may deserve to be publicly shamed. Not for crying in public, but for going to a Whitesnake show. Cheer up, Dallas. Here are the things to do tonight.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: June 18

Unless there’s an unexpected sequel to Tropical Depression: The Impotent Wrath of Bill, things are looking relatively sunny for Dallas this evening and into the weekend. It’s a music-heavy Thursday night, so keep your ears on ice today in anticipation of some heavy listening.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: June 17

Bill, that wet fart wannabe of a natural disaster, has been downgraded to a tropical depression. It’s still a first-rate pain in the neck, sending rain our way and possibly throwing a wrench into the works for the ever-important things to do this week.

I’d keep a watchful eye on how the weather might affect tonight’s Shakespeare run-through at the Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre, and if that falls through, we’ve got some indoor options for your evening out in Dallas.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: June 16

Let’s roll out the red carpet for Tropical Storm Bill, which will evidently be sending rain our way for the next couple days. It’s nice to be able to put a name to the source of our unpleasant weather. I did a lot of swearing and shaking my fist at the heavens during the never-ending gloom of last month, but “the heavens” are a pretty nebulously defined thing to curse.

Now the enemy has a name. An underwhelming, nonthreatening name, but it’s something we can affix to the end of sentences involving profanity about more rain. I lived in Galveston for the better part of two years, and people referred to Ike like it was the name of a marauding conqueror who laid waste to everything in his army’s path. Bill seems to be more of a minor antagonist — the Wormtongue to Ike’s Saruman — but regardless: Sit on it, Bill.

Don’t let Bill ruin your evening. There are lots of things to do indoors tonight, including the Second Coming of D’Angelo to The Bomb Factory and a conversation about the future of Bishop Arts.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: June 15

Science is apparently cool again. I blame Neil deGrasse Tyson and Facebook pages that turn complicated theoretical concepts into memes, but you might be able to point the finger all the way back at the Hubble Space Telescope and its pretty pictures. Space does indeed look very cool.

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