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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: April 6

I hope the Easter Bunny brought you something nice over the weekend. He can be a frustrating gift-giver–Claus would be out of a job if he crammed that new bicycle for Little Jimmy into an egg and hid it from you on Christmas morning–but free candy is still free candy. I’m not much for presents myself, but I do have something to give today. Surprises are overrated, so I’ll just dispense with the wrapping paper and/or egg-shrouded mystery and tell you what it is. It’s our picks for things to do in Dallas tonight.

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: April 3-5

Regardless of your opinion on anthropomorphic rabbits, there’s a lot to like about Easter. For one thing, it’s an opportunity to brunch. Brunch hard. Once you’re done with your chocolate-gobbling and mimosa-sipping, you can hunt for eggs, or see a movie, or shear some sheep. But it’s not all about the eggs this weekend. Here are the rest of the ingredients to throw into your “things to do” omelet.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: April 1

The most important thing you can do in Dallas this month is crack open a book. Everybody who’s anybody is going to read the 1968 novel True Grit, and you should join us. It’s for Big D Reads, D’s literacy nonprofit, which all this month will be sponsoring events throughout the city, including screenings of the 2010 Coen Brothers movie based on the book and discussions about the meaning of “grit.” Things really get underway with a Western festival at the Continental on Saturday, but make sure to take a peek at the Dallas skyline tonight for a chance to win a prize. Keep reading for details on that, or go here if you’re impatient.

Also, a public service announcement: We will not be indulging in any silly April Fool’s jokes for something as serious as this “things to do” post. This is the real deal. For those of you who like to plan ahead, the 25 things you must do this month are over here. And for today, we’ve got Ariana Grande and some dinosaurs.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: March 30

I liked George W. Bush more as the nose-picking minority owner of the Texas Rangers than as president of the United States, and was happy to hear that 43’s library at SMU will be hosting an exhibit looking at the connection between baseball and U.S. presidents through the years, mostly because it reminded me of the existence of this video. I have mixed feelings about the U.S. presidency and baseball, but do appreciate the uniquely American nature of both institutions. This is the first major exhibit at the Bush Center this year, so it’s worth stopping by on a relatively sleepy Monday in Dallas. Elsewhere, there’s a screening of a modern cult classic and a handful of Monday night rock shows. Here are our picks for things to do tonight.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: March 26

It feels odd to say the most exciting thing happening in Dallas tonight might be a building opening its doors, but here we are. The Bomb Factory returns this evening with a performance by the great Erykah Badu. We’re pretty excited for Badu, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens now that the venue has been brought back from the dead. If you’re going to adopt more of a wait-and-see approach to the new music venue, consider taking in an inspirational speech or a play that feels “like a comic book brought to life.” Here are our picks for things to do tonight.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: March 24

Here are the questions we face going into tonight, Dallas. Will Young Thug find redemption after his no-show non-performance in Dallas last year left a ticked-off audience covered in fire extinguisher spray? Who is the fairest queen of all of RuPaul’s Drag Race traveling tour? Does a 10-year-old stand-up comic have any material outside of jokes about Lunchables and assigned seating in home room? Answers to those questions and more, if you do these things tonight.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: March 23

If my high school English class had been held at a bar, I would have paid way more attention to the works of William Shakespeare, and maybe I would be able to write more good than I do now. So a pairing of theater and alcohol at The Wild Detectives tonight has me particularly intrigued. Much Ado About Nothing is one we skipped (I skipped, at least) in class, but I gather it’s a comedic play with a significantly lower body count than some of The Bard’s other famous works.

We’re also enjoying the last bit of fallout from the musical atom bomb that was SXSW in Austin last week, so there are some bands to catch before they hit that dusty trail out of Texas once and for all. Here are our picks for things to do tonight.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: March 19

A pretty thick fog has descended downtown, which I’ve seen enough movies to know means one of two things. Either something supernatural that means us harm is lurking in the mist, or an army of Orcs is hiding nearby. More realistically, I’m concerned about the folks headed to Savor Dallas’ Arts District Wine Stroll later this evening. A few glasses of wine can make you get lost. A thick fog can make you lost. Combine the two and you may never escape. There are worse things than being condemned to an eternity of strolling and drinking in an unearthly mist, but hopefully it clears up. I don’t care what your culinary credentials are, you can’t eat or drink your way out of the fog.

After surviving a good deal of ice, I think we’re going to make it through this. That’s good news, because there’s a lot going on tonight, from the dining bacchanalia of Savor Dallas to the fist-pumping weirdo rock of TV on the Radio.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: March 18

Everybody settle down. St. Patrick’s Day is over, and while you might still be enjoying your spring break, the real world is here. It’s time to get serious and buckle down. We have things to do. Fortunately, some of those things are a lot of fun. Tonight, for example, you can see a legendary post-punk act at Trees, or catch the classic “boy meets girl, boy and girl instantly fall in love, then out of love, then back in love, and then, as in most romantic operas, girl dies tragically” story at the heart of La Bohème at The Dallas Opera. Here are our picks for things to do.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: St. Patrick’s Day Installment (03/17)

I’m no psychic, but I think I have a pretty good idea what much of Dallas is going to be doing for St. Patrick’s Day: putting on silly green hats and drinking beer. If you’re already decked out in your pinch-proof gear and waiting for the clock to strike 5 (or earlier, there’s no judgment here), we’ve got you covered with the best places to celebrate tonight.

We’ve also got some options if you want to lay low and dodge the revelry. And you may have to make some agonizing musical decisions tonight, because Dallas is starting to enjoy the first wave of flybys from bands making the trip out to SXSW. Here are our picks for things to do.

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Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: March 16

Hopefully you’ve all recovered from your St. Patrick’s Day hangovers, and the “back to reality” sledgehammer of Monday isn’t quite as crushing as it could be. Considering the actual holiday is still tomorrow, you’re going to need to be in tip-top shape. Here are some things to do tonight to help you bounce back: a little tango, a little music, and some basketball.

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Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: March 13-15

St. Patrick’s Day is the greatest. Other holidays have the food, or the family gatherings, or the lessons about gratitude and love. But St. Patrick’s Day in Dallas has the parade, the informal OK to drink beer in the street, the excuse for men to wear skirts (my apologies to kilts), and bagpipes, the most metal instrument of all time. There are probably some lessons about thankfulness and charity in all this, but it’s mostly just the best party in Dallas all year. Regardless of whether you’re wading into the bedlam on Greenville Ave. on Saturday, it’s an action-packed weekend. So let’s get to it. Here are the things you should do.

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