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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: July 30

Spend your Thursday evening with a con man. Grifters, from Frank Abagnale, Jr. to Don Draper, are glamorous, exciting people. Just keep an eye on your wallet. Embrace the con tonight and see Catch Me If You Can. Or enjoy some more upstanding entertainment, like a party at Klyde Warren Park, or a chamber concert at the Meadows Museum.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: July 29

D Magazine (that’s us) is throwing a party tonight to celebrate the Best of Big D. Tickets for this little shindig at the Bomb Factory will run you $55, which is about how much a ticket to D’Angelo cost. But the D’Angelo concert didn’t have food from Carbone’s, El Corazon, East Hampton Sandwhich Co., Braindead Brewing, Luscher’s, Uchi, Pecan Lodge, Gemma, Sundown at the Granada, Knife, Cane Rosso, Neighborhood Services, Mesa Veracruz, Lavendou, Tei-An, Remedy, and Henry’s Majestic. D’Angelo didn’t have something called a Flipbook, and another something called SloMo. D’Angelo didn’t have Sarah Jaffe on the decks. D’Angelo didn’t have staff members from your favorite magazine.

On the other hand, no one at D has written a song as good as “Untitled (How Does It Feel?).” Best of Big D Party: Almost as cool as a D’Angelo show.

The circus is in town, which may or may not pose an ethical dilemma for you, and a bunch of hippies are invading the Verizon Theatre. Here are some things to do tonight.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: July 28

The first season of Denise Lee’s cabaret reclamation project wraps up tonight at Fair Park with Too Old, Too Fat, Too Black – Songs I’ll Never Sing On Broadway. The Dallas diva is taking cabaret back from the strip club, and has been doing so for a few months now as the force behind the monthly cabaret series at the Women’s Building in Fair Park. Lee herself will close out the season. As far as nights out go, it’s much less expensive (it’s free) and much less depressing (it’s downright uplifting) than a trip to a strip club. Motown the Musical starts its run at the Winspear, and a masterpiece of Spanish court portraiture is on display at the Meadows.

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: July 24–26

Deciding what you’re going to do with your weekend is about equal with “what to eat for lunch” on the important decision scale. So it’s critical that you give all of your options serious consideration. This weekend you’re picking from a variety of concerts (Earth, Wind and Fire, Miguel, Fall Out Boy), parties, and more. Choose carefully, and do things in Dallas responsibly.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: July 23

Kid Rock — a man who thinks “Sweet Home Alabama” should be the national anthem and once urged America to “bawitdaba da bang a dang diggy diggy diggy” — is not known for his good ideas. His $20 ticket tours seem like a good idea, and they might be. But is going to see Kid Rock in concert a good idea? Not for me to say. Other ideas of potential value: Go to an enormous video gaming convention at the Hilton Anatole, or go see a free movie at Fair Park.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: July 22

I have a lot of respect for a fan base that calls itself the “Little Monsters,” and even more respect for those fans committed enough to attend a Lady Gaga sing-along at the Alamo Drafthouse tonight. Gaga’s music videos are creative enough and spectacular enough to work on the big screen, so even if it turns out the Little Monsters of Dallas have some truly monstrous vocal abilities, this Gaga karaoke night could be worth your time. In other things to do tonight: The Asian Film Festival of Dallas barrels toward its conclusion, and Oil Boom and War Party rock the doors straight off the garage.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: July 21

If you want people to take your ideas seriously, you’re going to need a slideshow and a stage. Amateur TED talkers get both tonight at the Texas Theatre, where you will find local speakers holding forth on topics such as “pretending you know what you’re talking about,” and “rocking to the beat of your own drum.” I’m glad Dallas’ greatest minds are boldly tackling such important issues.

For an education in love and rock music, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo are at House of Blues, and a 10-person art exhibition is also worth your time.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: July 20

Another weekend is in the books, and you’re not ready to let go. I know the feeling. To keep the spirit of the weekend alive, you should probably do some things tonight. Ease your way into the grind of the week. Hold on loosely, as they say. Try a pay-what-you-can performance of Othello, an R&B show, or the Asian Film Festival of Dallas.

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: July 17–19

I’ll be brief. It’s Friday, and we’ve all got things to do. A lot of things to do, in fact. Danzig, Steely Dan, Elvis Costello, and Nicki Minaj are all performing — Not on the same bill, sadly. The Asian Film Festival picks up steam, a sneaker convention kicks off at The Bomb Factory, and Moon Day sets up a direct line to the International Space Station.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: July 16

Now that the average temperature in Dallas has climbed to a steady 9,000 degrees Fahrenheit with a heat index of “spontaneous combustion,” it’s important to carefully consider how you spend those precious evening hours, when the sun is setting and the sidewalk won’t burn holes through the soles of your shoes.

Your best options this evening include a night at the movies, a dip in the river, or a drink with the birds.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: July 15

Who is the biggest villain in Dallas tonight? Is it unabashed cat lover and professional wrestling supporter Billy Corgan, whose crimes include a lifetime of being a pretentious maniac and an ongoing refusal to let The Smashing Pumpkins rest in peace? Is it the preening goth rocker Marilyn Manson, who people once considered shocking? Is it Iago, who delivered some really wonderful soliloquies about his inscrutable evil while betraying Othello? Or is it Barenaked Ladies, who count among their many sins this song and the theme for The Big Bang Theory?

Choose from a rogues gallery of entertainment options tonight in Dallas.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: July 14

Dallas’ French connection can be traced to La Réunion, a short-lived colony that brought the spectre of utopian socialism to the banks of the Trinity River. Bastille on Bishop, the Francophile festival in North Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts District, may have some value as a history lesson, but it’s best enjoyed like any street celebration: food, drinks, music, and so on.

The French Revolution — in all its cake-eating, guillotining terror — is our second favorite historical revolution, so it’s nice to see Bastille Day get a proper festival in Dallas.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: July 13

Judas Priest may not have embedded subliminal messages in its music, but I’d rather have a metal band planting ideas in my head than Coca-Cola. Regardless, subliminal messaging doesn’t seem like a very effective way to get a point across. I prefer a less subtle and more polite approach. Do these things in Dallas tonight, please.

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: July 10–12

The weekend after a big holiday is always going to feel a little anticlimactic in comparison, especially when it’s following a holiday that involves detonating colorful explosives in the sky. But the Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth of July are all mighty fine days. To prove it, here are a bunch of things to do this weekend, including an independent theater festival, a new documentary about Dirk Nowitzki, the opportunity to hear Anthony Bourdain hold forth on food and life, and a city-wide expansion of Dallas Gallery Day.

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