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.Full Story
Mark Cuban is probably not having a great day, even if the Mavericks owner didn’t spend last night driving around downtown Houston in a DeAndre Jordan-induced fugue state. So it’ll be interesting to see Cuban put on a master class in grinning and bearing it when he appears tonight with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush at 43’s presidential institute at SMU.
The two former presidents and a guy who plays the president in Sharknado 3 will address the inaugural graduating class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program. Most of us aren’t invited, but you can watch live right here at 5 pm.
In other things to do in Dallas tonight, a Columbian youth orchestra pays the Meyerson a visit, a new play about Don Quixote opens in Fort Worth, and a few low-key indie pop acts perform at Sons of Hermann Hall.Full Story
There’s a part of me that wishes the musical Pippin was about retired NBA small forward Scottie Pippen. There’s an even bigger part of me that thinks a musical about Michael Jordan — the bloodthirsty competitiveness, the gambling, the father issues, and the undisputed greatness are all pretty ripe subjects, dramatically speaking — is begging to be made. Unfortunately, Pippin has no visible connection to basketball or the professionals who play it, although it does boast some acrobatic flair and is by most accounts an interesting enough show.
Go see a musical that has nothing to do with Scottie Pippen, pick your poison from three concerts, or take in a gleefully creepy art exhibition at the Bath House Cultural Center.Full Story
Hopefully you’ve still got some patriotic gas left in the tank after the Fourth of July and the U.S. women’s soccer team’s World Cup domination, because Team USA is back at it. This time it’s the men’s team, who take on Honduras tonight at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. I am not a soccer partisan, and have little to no idea what the CONCACAF Gold Cup is, but it sure sounds impressive.
The game is sold out, but should be broadcast on television at a living room or watering hole near you. I’m not sure what the tailgating situation is like out at the home of FC Dallas (again, the spreading soccer craze in America hasn’t quite made it to my house yet) but maybe you can cheer the squad from the parking lot. If that’s not your cup of tea, a traveling exhibition of American Indian art opens at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, and Shaun Martin, the Grammy-winning Dallas musician and producer, celebrates the release of his debut album with a show at The Prophet Bar.Full Story
With most of the country recovering from the Fourth of July and the exhausting demands of victory, Monday is shaping up to be a sleepy night in Dallas. We’re going to suggest a quiet trip to the movie theater, but there are a few other things worth doing today.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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.Full Story
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).Full Story
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.Full Story