The weather isn’t great, which is bad news. But unless you were planning a picnic or a barbecue, it’s not really that bad. Here’s some good news: Almost everything worth doing tonight, from concerts to artist talks, can be done indoors.Read More
I had a cold slice of pizza (the great Zalat, ignominiously ejected from our ongoing pizza tournament in the first round) and a hot cup of coffee for breakfast. Not much later, I narrowly dodged stepping in a smelly surprise left outside my door by the overgrown rat the neighbors across the way call a chihuahua. Neither incident set a great tone for the rest of my morning. But there’s time to get this thing back on track. Today can be rescued. We can’t let our A.M. dictate how our P.M. goes. Regardless of how your day started off, it can close out strong: Great Scott will make an opera lover out of you, The King Khan and BBQ Show bring the ruckus to Club Dada, and a weirdo podcast about an imaginary town returns to North Texas.Read More
You should fulfill the bare minimum of your civic duty and vote today. If I was in the habit of power ranking things to do in Dallas, that would come in at a dominant No. 1. But once you’ve participated in the electoral process and done your part to ensure the health of democracy, you’re allowed to have a little fun. The Mavericks play their first home game of the season, an artist talks about her work destroying the American mythology, and drunk history takes place in Oak Lawn.Read More
I hope everyone had a safe and spooky Halloween, but let’s not dwell too much on the past. It’s a new month, which comes with 25 new things you must do. Start off tonight by hearing a punk band at Three Links, checking out Lyle Lovett in Fort Worth, or catching a show at Theatre Three.Read More
Halloween falls on Shabbat this year, which means conditions are ripe for a “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” scenario. It’s also the end of Daylight Saving Time, giving you and yours an extra hour to eat candy, drink booze, and dress in silly costumes. Plan accordingly.
I love Halloween. I love watching scary movies on Halloween. I love going to concerts that happen to fall on Halloween weekend. I love partying on Halloween. I love being with my family on Halloween. I love going to art galleries on Halloween. I love blog posts about Halloween. So one more time, spookier and scarier than ever before, here’s how to have a jam-packed weekend in Dallas.Read More
It is allegedly National Cat Day. I’m more of a dog person. Both are often preferable to people.
How should one celebrate National Cat Day? There’s a website that has some suggestions, but I’ve got better ideas. I’m sure your cat is great. Still, leave it at home tonight. Go see the best rapper alive. Find out what Erykah Badu’s one-woman show is all about. Let Charles Busch vamp it up.Read More
A friend of mine recently pointed out that “Monster Mash,” the 1962 novelty hit by Bobby “Boris” Pickett, does not include the word “Halloween” in its lyrics even once. Wolfman, Dracula, those hip “coffin-bangers,” the groovy “Crypt-Kicker Five,” — they come from all around to dig the rockin’ sounds at this happenin’ laboratory, but the graveyard smash isn’t tied to the calendar, man. Monster shindigs can happen at any time, at any place. True Halloween heads may already know spooky parties are year-round affairs, but this was news to me, and I wanted to share it.
I also bring this up because tonight Austin’s Invincible Czars will visit the Texas Theatre to perform an original score for the classic silent vampire film Nosferatu, and I think it would be hilarious if they pulled a fast one and just played “Monster Mash” on repeat for the movie’s 81-minute run time. We’ve also got Meat Loaf, an historic Halloween happy hour, and this month’s edition of the Pegasus reading series on deck.Read More
Tonight’s top entertainment comes to you courtesy of the heavens. While this evening’s view may not be able to match last month’s “blood moon” in terms of its novelty or ominous name, that great disco ball in the sky will illuminate a special party at Klyde Warren Park. If your fear of werewolves or general lunar lunacy is too great to allow this, there are plenty of things to do indoors, including a fashion show and a new exhibition at the Nasher.Read More
It’s not a very busy Monday, but it is a dry one. We’ve got that going for us. It’s also Halloween week, which means you–a presumably respectable adult with a job and real-life responsibilities–can play dress-up in public without anyone batting an eye for at least the next seven days. That’s a wonderful thing to do right there.Read More
It’s going to be a wet weekend, so plan accordingly. Waterproof your Halloween costumes, build your canoes, and swim out into the city, because there are plenty of things you won’t want to miss.Read More
A great deluge is about to hit us and carry on through the weekend. This could have an adverse effect on things, and on you doing them. Keep an eye on the weather and the various channels at your disposal. At the time of this writing, the outdoor things in this blog post are still on. With that disclaimer, I absolve myself of any and all responsibility if you get rained out or rained on tonight. It’s worth risking a few raindrops to see an itinerant music venue, or catch Lianne La Havas at the House of Blues.Read More
As you may know, today is the day depicted in Back to the Future II, in which Marty McFly and Doc zip into the future to save the next generation of McFlys and get into all kinds of hijinks. Noted astrophysicist and buzzkill Neil deGrasse Tyson has taken this opportunity to point out via Twitter that double neckties, drone-walked dogs, and flying cars have not, contrary to the predictions of an action-adventure-comedy film released in 1989, become staples of everyday American life. (The film’s prophecy of a Cubs World Series win may yet be fulfilled.) Your friends on Facebook are probably doing something similar.
Even if we’re not zooming about on hoverboards, there’s still a lot to appreciate about Oct. 21, 2015. A traveling music hall is coming to a neighborhood near you, a Selena tribute act performs downtown, and local storytellers talk about time in the doghouse.Read More
Does anybody else have any hot Star Wars opinions to share following the release of this new trailer? I’ve got some theories I’d like to bounce around. I think it’s going to be a heck of a star war.
But that movie’s not out for another two months, and there are things to be done in the meantime. It’s a beautiful day. This is ideal weather for rolling your windows down and blasting “Roadrunner,” and lo and behold, Jonathan Richman is in town. The nu metal revival is on at South Side Ballroom, and a new art exhibit ostensibly takes its cues from the great Cy Twombly. Here are some things to do tonight.Read More
The State Fair is done. Over. Finished. It’s gone. But we managed to do things in Dallas before the fair. We will continue to do things after it. Fill the fair-shaped hole in your life with the musical stylings of Mac DeMarco or the macho soap opera of the WWE.Read More
Whatever the opposite of “howdy” is, get ready to say it to Big Tex. This is the final weekend of the State Fair of Texas, and this is our final guide to everything to do at the fair.
An extraordinarily busy three days are upon us, with outdoor art museums, massive skate events, comic conventions, Taylor Swift, and more all competing for your attention. So let’s just get into it.Read More