19 Awesome Things to Do This Weekend, July 10 - 13
The whining has officially begun. It's finally hot. The mild summer June introduced us to was stripped away by the rising temps of July and triple digits are on the way. This isn't your official weather report and to be perfectly honest, from this ice cube of an office I'm working in, 100 degrees sounds like the tropical vacation all my Facebook friends are on this week. If you, like me, won't be escaping Dallas anytime soon, that's probably OK, because the arts don't take a break around these parts. Sleepy summer, my hiney. Here's a few scoops of awesome to melt away your mean reds.
Thursday, July 10
Dallas Observer Comedy Crawl
Paul Varghese, one of the funniest men in Dallas, has organized another Dallas Observer Comedy Crawl. After last fall's inaugural crawl was hilariously successful, we couldn't even wait a year to bring back more laughs.If you're sick of listening to your friend's jokes at a bar, but still want to spend your Thursday night drinking your way through Deep Ellum, all you have to do is show up at 8 p.m. July 10 at Three Links and follow the tour to Twilite Lounge and then Green Room. More info.
Over the Line
If you frequent this Web site, you've heard plenty about Deep Ellum's Kettle Art Gallery. From the owner Frank Campagna to his diverse artist roster, including the recently profiled Dan Colcer, we're quite fond of this space. Speaking of Colcer, he's one of the four artists - also including Clint Scism, Larry Carey, and Raymond Butler - on display in Over the Line, which opens with a reception at 7 p.m. Thursday. More info at Kettleart.com.
Label Other End
On the West side of town, Caldwell Arte Exposicion hosts the work of Dylan Hunt in Label Other End, for which he combines surrealism with collage and street art. Swing by the opening reception at Caldwell (103 Howell St.) at 7 p.m. Thursday. His show will run through August 7 if you can't make the opening. More info: caldwellarteexposicion.com.
The 6th Annual Dallas Big, Sexy Weekend of Improv
Just how big and how sexy are the laughs? Well, you'll have to attend to find out. The Alternative Comedy Theater and Audacity TheatreLab present The Big Sexy Weekend of Improv in its sixth year running. There are family-friendly shows and musicals. Visit the Web site for times and details.
Friday, July 11
Festival of Independent Theatres
Starting Friday and continuing for four weeks, this theater festival presents a variety of shows by eight companies that range from a new spin on Mark Twain's The Diaries of Adam and Eve to two movement-based pieces, one about sleepwalking and the other about a clown on a quest to save the world's happiness. Check out our handy guide here or festivalofindependenttheatres.org for ticket information and show schedules.
Ricardo Paniagua: Retrospective: 2004-2014
For Ricardo Paniagua, the canvas is sculpture and his sculpture is a canvas. He uses vivid colors to reconfigure recognizable shapes, suggesting interests in geometry and psychedelia, and to talk to Paniagua is to talk to someone inspired. His self-taught artistry and varied creative outputs are what he considers "assignments" from somewhere otherworldly, somewhere spiritual. If his art is transcendent, he can only take credit for the execution, not the idea. See the work of the self-described "ugly duckling" of Dallas when the Latino Cultural Center (2600 Live Oak St.) hosts Ricardo Paniagua-Retrospective: 2004- 2014. See it 10 a.m. -5p.m. Friday or through August 30. Read our profile here or visit dallasculture.org/latinoculturalcenter for more information.
Taste of Dallas
Every year tens of thousands of people show up to learn what Dallas tastes like. At least, that's what the name of the event would seem to imply. In many ways, the Taste of Dallas encapsulates Dallas' true flavor. These aren't the trendy restaurants that have found 20 new takes on tuna tartare; these are 50 of the foods that fill you up. Sample the greasy goodness of Herrera's Tex-Mex or the smoky meats of Lockhart Smokehouse. Then, stop by Trailercakes, the adorable cupcake food truck, for a little something sweet. And if you've never made it to the State Fair of Texas -- shame on you -- grab a Fletcher's corny dog a few months early. This weekend-long eating event kicks off at 4 p.m. Friday and runs through 8 p.m. Sunday throughout Fair Park (1200 S. Second Ave). One-day admission is $12, but the Taste of the Town VIP Indoor Tasting Experience is $40 per person and includes beer, wine and spirits. More information at tasteofdallas.org.
Asian Film Festival of Dallas
13 years strong, this fest is one of the country's largest celebrations of Asian film, spanning a full week and screening more than 50 films, along with parties, and meet and greets with directors, actors and producers from all over the world. Friday is the first full day of the festival and starts with a screening of experimental shorts at 2:30 p.m. and concludes at 9:45 p.m. with the live action/anime mystery film Black Butler. Read our feature about the festival here and grab tickets and passes at asianfilmdallas.com.
Cartoonists should be funny. It only makes sense. Take Steve McGrew, for example, the Oklahoma native whose career began as a cartoonist for the Houston Chronicle before he took to the stage with the likes of Bill Hicks and Sam Kinison at the Houston Laff Stop's comedy workshop. This eventually led to starring in his own Comedy Central Presents special and on Showtime's Full Frontal Comedy and Comedy on the Road. He brings his comedy to Hyena's Comedy Nightclub (5321 Mockingbird Ln.) at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. on Friday and 8 and 10:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Summer Mockbusters: Con Air
When it comes to making fun of movies, having Nicolas Cage in the cast is like soft-balling the set up to the joke. In almost every role, he turns an action film into a campy, over-acted flick that's more pantomime than drama. Perhaps that's why the good folks at The Granada Theater are screening the 90's classic Con Air at 8 p.m. Friday as the next movie in the Summer Mockbusters series - a concept in the vein of Master Pancake, during which local comedians from Dallas Comedy House live Tweet their snarky one-liners as the film plays on the theater screen. So to recap: see a movie, drink the drinks, Tweet your jokes, and put the bunny in the box. The event is free and 18+ only. More info at granadatheater.com.