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
Do not be alarmed by the large, glowing orb in the sky. That is the Sun. We knew it well once, and hopefully we will know it well again. Of course, the record snowfall might have been the first thing to grab your attention when you walked out the door this morning. That’s understandable. With any luck, the reappearance of real daylight will put an end to the tyranny of this freezing weather. As for today, all the big museums are closed, as are the Dallas Zoo and Arboretum. The opening of the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival in Addison has been cancelled. You can call the WaterTower Theatre’s box office tomorrow at 972-450-6232 to work out any ticketing issues.
There are still a number of things going on tonight that haven’t been snowed in, including a Chopin Festival in Fort Worth, Kyle Kinane at Sons of Hermann, and Waka Flocka Flame in Denton. Here are our picks for things to do.Full Story
Considering the amount of cocaine the members of Fleetwood Mac reportedly hoovered up when the group was recording in the 1970s, it’s striking that the above photo doesn’t look more like the before-and-after mugshots you see in those anti-drug pamphlets cops hand out at elementary schools. The Mac seems to have aged fairly well, although the hairdos have gotten a little less adventurous. The music certainly holds up, and if you missed the classic rock band when it played a sold-out show at the AAC just last year, tonight is your second chance. A charity concert at the Meyerson will benefit research to fight cancer, and an experimental photo exhibition in Oak Cliff will recognize modern black history-makers. Here are our picks for things to do tonight.Full Story
Today is allegedly National Pancake Day, which is fine. I’ve come to terms with food-based holidays since having a minor existential crisis about National Bacon Day last week. We’re moving on. More importantly, I neglected to note that Monday was Texas Independence Day. Happy belated, Texas. If you, like me, also forgot to get Texas a gift or even a card, let’s rectify that mistake and honor this state by doing these things tonight. We’ve got one of the noisier bands I’ve ever encountered, a short showcase for local filmmakers, and a gathering of folks trying to shape the future of public art in Dallas. Here are our recommendations.Full Story
March has begun with more of a whimper than a bang, as the city shakes off last week’s sleet and slush with the knowledge we might be doing it all over again in a couple days. So spring hasn’t exactly broken yet, but there are plenty of things to look forward to this month besides the promise of better weather. Here are some things to do tonight to help get you started.Full Story
A lot of very smart people are converging on Dallas this weekend for the Festival of Ideas. Award-winning architects, journalists, academics and other smarty-pants types will weigh in on education, culture, and more for the two-day festival, a check-up on the state of the city. The state of the city will unfortunately be very cold and wet, but that shouldn’t stop the free-flowing exchange of big ideas about Dallas and its future. Here’s my big idea: If you can brave yet another winter blast, do the following things this weekend. Assuming you’re not buried under a sheet of the dreaded and feared “wintry mix.”Full Story
We were informed this morning that today is National Bacon Day. So that’s a thing. It’s also apparently a bit of a disputed thing. After some hard-hitting boots-on-the-ground reporting and in-depth research (I Googled it), I discovered that, in various corners of the Internet, Bacon Day is also observed the Saturday before Labor Day, and sometimes on Dec. 30. It’s absolute chaos, and I don’t know who to believe. What if there were competing editions of Thanksgiving, scattered arbitrarily throughout the year? Society would crumble. It’s a slippery slope that begins with National Bacon Day, and the shadowy cabal that dictates when these absurd holidays are recognized needs to get its act together. I’m drawing a line in the sand.
Until that gets sorted out, let’s live every day like it’s National Bacon Day. Let’s go out tonight, and do things. Like see Diana Ross, or go to an art gallery. Here are our recommendations on how you should spend your evening.Full Story
The ice that has forced us to hide, fearful and cowering, in our homes for the last two days has largely melted away. We are left with a snow-like substance, which is almost kind of whimsical but mostly just unpleasant, and a lot of disappointing slush. Assuming you had enough rations and booze to make it through the last two days intact, it’s time to emerge from that warm cubbyhole and see what’s happening in Dallas. The city is happy to oblige you, with music, theater, and more all on deck for tonight. Here are our picks for things to do.Full Story
Enjoy whatever respite the fickle whims of Mother Nature has given us today, because we may be encased in ice again tomorrow. Most galleries and museums, including the Nasher and the DMA, have closed down today. Transgender advocate and actress Laverne Cox’s scheduled appearance at UNT is looking unlikely, although I’ll update this post once that’s a little more definitive either way.
However, there’s no such thing as weather-enforced hibernation here in Dallas. There are still things to do tonight that don’t involve making sleet dolls, falling on ice, or any of the other fantastic ways to enjoy this inclement weather. As always, safety first. But if you’re strapping on those skates and headed out, here are some options.Full Story
With most of North Texas encased in ice, sleet, and various degrees of cold unpleasantness, it may be wisest to enjoy a quiet Monday indoors. Safety first, and all that. Most museums and galleries have shut it down for the day (I say “most” just to hedge my bets, although “all” might be more accurate from what I have gathered), but the show will go on at a handful of venues around town tonight.
If you do plan to venture into the Dallas Popsicle tonight, here are some things to do. Until the Great Thaw arrives, good luck out there.Full Story
As a pusher of things to do in Dallas, I’m particularly impressed with the variety of ways to get your entertainment fix this weekend. Whatever you want, whatever you need, is here: sports, music, art, theater, dance, and a little fashion thrown in for good measure. Diversify your cultural intake this weekend, and try some of these things on for size.Full Story
I’m a savage who can barely microwave a potato without courting disaster, but for those among us who are capable of more advanced degrees of home cooking—you know, real-life adults—the Barefoot Contessa herself is in town to dish about secrets of the kitchen. If you’re content with your take-out and peanut butter sandwich lifestyle, your less culinary programming for tonight includes the start of the Thin Line Film Festival in Denton and a Chicago rapper playing a venue he’s destined to outgrow. Here are our recommendations.Full Story
Mardi Gras has arrived, and while the reveling here in Dallas may be a little low-key compared to the festivities you will find in New Orleans, you can still get some locally-sourced beads, parades, and debauchery this year. For those looking ahead to 40 days of fasting and penance, it’s important to enjoy this Fat Tuesday eve for all it’s worth. For the rest of us, there are still plenty of things to do tonight.Full Story
For President’s Day, I tried to step inside the minds of the Founding Fathers and determine how they would enjoy a cold Monday evening in February. It was not the most fruitful mental exercise, and I have learned nothing relevant. If George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the rest of the gang were around today, in Dallas, and looking for things to do tonight, it’s entirely possible they would go to these events. But they might not.Full Story