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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: Aug. 7–9

This is the weekend Dallas transforms into a modern day Sodom and/or Gomorrah, as the Exxxotica sex expo descends on the convention center. But before we, as a city, are turned into pillars of salt or otherwise smote for allowing this adult depravity, there are a lot of things to do this weekend: The Cotton Bowl will host some powderpuff football, Raekwon and Ghostface are coming through the House of Blues, and Wendy Williams will drop knowledge at the Verizon Theatre.

Also, it’s going to be really, really, hot. So plan accordingly.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Aug. 6

Tonight, a clown car full of millionaires with expensive haircuts will dump its cargo on stage at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. These 10 men with opinions will spend several agonizing hours bloviating over each other and the Fox News moderation dream team of Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly, and Chris Wallace. Former Gov. Rick Perry will not be on set, but rest assured that Sen. Ted Cruz is more than up to the task of embarrassing the great state of Texas on a national stage.

The first Republican primary debate is prime time, must-see entertainment. But you can catch up later. Spend your evening doing something more pleasant. Go out and do some hip-hop karaoke, or spend an evening at the Dallas Farmers Market, or answer the eternal question: Man or Astro-Man?

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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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