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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Jan. 21

Tonight’s lineup of things to do is about as stereotypically Texas as can be. We’ve got country music, a rodeo, and an oil-rich egomaniacal family keeping a white-knuckle grip on its unsustainable lifestyle. We’re missing guns, football, and an inflated sense of self-importance based on geographical size and a decade of semi-sovereignty that ended more than 150 years ago.

Remember the Alamo tonight at a Kacey Musgraves show, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, or Oil at Theatre Three.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Jan. 20

Lacking a compelling introduction to today’s “things to do in Dallas” post, I Googled “today in history” and learned several fun facts about Jan. 20. In 1981, the Iran hostage crisis ended. In 1961, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as president of the United States. In 1973, Jerry Lee Lewis played the Grand Ole Opry.

I hoped one of those fun facts would help me segue to the matter at hand, but that didn’t really work out. On this day in 2016, Todd Rundgren’s at the Granada, Surfer Blood is at Club Dada, and high fashion is tonight’s topic at the DMA.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Jan. 19

Now that Glenn Frey is taking it easy at the great Hotel California in the sky, will we see a David Bowie-esque glut of local events paying tribute to the late Eagles guitarist? Probably not. Blame The Big Lebowski. Don’t let Jeff Bridges or the cool kids tell you what to do, however: Play “Tequila Sunrise” tonight, and play it loud.

2016 is sure off to a deathly start. Are we on the brink of a wave of aging boomer icons shuffling off the old mortal coil? Bob Dylan is 74. Neil Young is 70. Iggy Pop is 68. Keith Richards is older than recorded history. Life is fleeting. Time is a one-way street. You never know when you’re going to go.

But we’ll always have tonight, a wonderful time when we were looking forward to a trio of new shows at the Dallas Contemporary, a “How Stuff Works” podcast at the Texas Theatre, and the pianist Yefim Bronfman at Bass Performance Hall.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Jan. 18

Reading (or rereading) Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” is never a bad idea, and you should spend part of your MLK Day doing just that.

The city’s parade has run its course by now, but a festival celebrating the civil rights leader’s legacy will be at Fair Park through the afternoon. A handful of other events in King’s honor are set for tonight.

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Jan. 15-17

We’re two weeks into 2016. How’s the new you holding up? How’s your resolve? My Spanish is possibly even worse than it was in 2015, and I haven’t made it through the first page of Moby-Dick. I’m 0 for 2 on resolutions.

Take your mind off your failures by doing things in Dallas this weekend. We’ve got all kinds of David Bowie tributes, great music, and some early MLK celebrations.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Jan. 14

Disregard the image of the dancing hippopotamus and crocodile. There are no dancing hippos or crocs in Dallas tonight.

There is, however, a performance of the composer Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia On A Theme, a haunting orchestral piece The Guardian hailed as “time travel enacted in music.” The work has nothing to do with the Disney film Fantasia — or American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino, or any of these other compositions, for that matter — but Mr. Williams’ mug isn’t that visually compelling. I wasn’t particularly enamored with the publicity photos for the Randy Rogers Band or author David Searcy, either.

If you came here expecting more on anthropomorphic hippopotamuses and crocodiles, perhaps some marching brooms, I’m sorry for the deception. I think you can find Fantasia on YouTube.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Jan. 13

David Bowie-centric events are cropping up left and right this week, starting tonight with a tribute show at the Granada. In other, nothing-to-do-with-David-Bowie things to do, we have an acclaimed play beginning previews at Second Thought Theatre, and a Motown-inspired musical returning to North Texas.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Jan. 12

Explosion enthusiast and film director Michael Bay has made a movie about the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. 13 Hours, starring John “Wait, That’s Jim From The Office” Krasinski, will have its world premiere tonight at the Death Star in Arlington.

We’re glad that giant screen is getting put to use during the Cowboys’ offseason, and we fully expect the director of Transformers and Bad Boys 2 to have a nuanced, thoughtful take on an incident that left four Americans dead and spurred a seemingly never-ending series of congressional investigations. The screening is free, and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell is on deck for a performance. It should at least be better than the Thanksgiving halftime show at AT&T Stadium.

Elsewhere, it’s indie publisher night at Wild Detectives, LeBron James and co. visit the Mavs, and band geeks thump their chests at the Meyerson.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Jan. 11

If you want to spend the evening at home listening to David Bowie, nobody’s going to hold that against you. You can also listen to Bowie’s 1983 recording sessions with Oak Cliff’s Stevie Ray Vaughan, or watch his 1978 performance at the Dallas Convention Center. I’ve got Station To Station and Ziggy Stardust queued up myself.

It is, however, a remarkable Monday lineup out and about in Dallas. Janeane Garofalo cracks wise at the Granada, Mary Karr and Weeds’ Mary-Louise Parker rhapsodize about memoirs at the DMA, and a bunch of ink-stained wretches come together at Half Price Books.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Jan. 7

I made the mistake of starting my day by visiting a website with the express mission statement of “blogging the end of the world.” The blog went to the trouble of compiling the “50 doomiest graphs of 2015,” drawing from various news sources to paint a gloomy picture of environmental degradation, rising sea levels, and mass extinction. I found this one, “U.S. population below projected high tide lines in two global warming scenarios,” to be especially terrifying. Most of my morning was occupied with thoughts of New Orleans joining Atlantis on the seabed. It was not a happy commute to the office.

But after looking at today’s events, you can’t convince me that it’s not a wonderful time to be living and breathing in Dallas, TX. Jerry Springer is doing Elvis karaoke in Uptown. Life is amazing.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Jan. 6

In the last 50-plus years, North Korea’s greatest cultural exports have been pictures of Kim Jong-Un looking at things and the sort of global existential uneasiness that comes about when a reclusive totalitarian state makes a habit of belligerently detonating nuclear weapons. South Korea, on the other hand, has in recent years given the world — among many other things — the gift of K-pop, where girl groups, boy bands, and “Gangnam Style” reign supreme.

Apink, one such K-pop act performing tonight at Verizon Theatre, may not hold the keys to world peace or Korean reunification. But they should put on a heck of a show. Find some peace, love, and understanding this evening through the joys of Korean pop music, Chinese dance, or American theater.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Jan. 5

Why do bad movies inspire more devotion than bad books, or bad music? To the best of my knowledge, there are no book clubs ironically dissecting Glenn Beck’s The Overton Window. Nobody is throwing spoons at listening parties reliving the joys of William Hung’s Inspiration.

Anyways, be the Mystery Science Theater 3000 you want to see in the world. The Texas Theatre’s Tuesday Night Trash resurrects cinema’s greatest goof-ups, pratfalls, and catastrophes for your viewing enjoyment. The 1992 film Winterbeast, an unfinished garbage soup in which “people are being killed off by possessed totem poles” is on the screen this evening. Elsewhere, read up at Deep Vellum’s inaugural book club or say farewell to the Kehinde Wiley exhibition at the Fort Worth Modern.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Jan. 4

We are back at D Magazine Central Command after a wonderful break, and I hope you enjoyed the holidays as much as I did. I rested and read. I saw Star Wars three times and The Hateful Eight once. I took a trip to the traffic-choked streets of Austin and then on down to sunny San Antonio, where I had a much better time than Trevone Boykin.

Now we’re back to our regularly scheduled programming. It’s a new year, and it will be a special one. It’s a new month, which should be pretty solid even without Janet Jackson. While 2016 may be a time of great change and growth, some things stay the same. There are always things to do in Dallas, starting tonight with the Outward Bound Mixtape Sessions’ migration to a new venue, a reading at Wild Detectives, and Christmas’ last gasp. Or go to the movies.

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