5 Things to Do, August 8-12
If you've got a thing for Aussies, or naked men in general, you'll want to be at House of Blues on Tuesday.
courtesy Thunder From Down Under
The Big Feat: The World’s Largest Shoe Drive
8 p.m. Monday, August 8
AT&T Plaza at American Airlines Center
2500 Victory Ave.
The circus has come to town, and it’s brought a challenge for the people of Dallas: Surpass the current World Record for “Most Shoes Donated to a Charity in a 24-Hour Period.” For inquiring minds, that record currently stands at 17,526 (Manila, Philippines, on April 29, 2016) … and we can totally top it. From 8 p.m. to midnight Monday (and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday), swing by the AAC to drop off new and like-new closed toed shoes (sneakers are preferred; no sandals, flip-flops or high heels are accepted) to help Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and 94.9 KLTY assist the Shoe Bank in providing shoes to children and families in need locally, and via relief organizations worldwide. Visit ringlingcharityshoedrive.com for details on donating to the Big Feat; visit the shoebank.org to learn more about the organization.
Thunder From Down Under
8 p.m. Tuesday, August 9
House of Blues
2200 N. Lamar St.
If your fantasy involves lightly oiled, chiseled abs on another gyrating human, then you should probably point your compass to Oz and head below the equator by way of House of Blues Tuesday. That’s right, folks, Thunder From Down Under is back with their Las Vegas-style touring show, and thanks to Magic Mike XXL, we’re sorta more than cool with it. After all TFDU touts a “fully interactive experience,” which is nice, because sometimes it’s so boring to sit there still, sipping a cocktail while a half-dressed “firefighter” fights “fire” with his “hose,” when you’re thinking about how empowering and body-positive Channing, Jada and the crew were with all that audience participation. Visit thunderfromdownunder.com for more details on the groove near you.
Ladies Night: Shifters
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 10
Local Hub Bicycle Company
2633 Main St., Suite 130
Yes, fixed gear bikes are popular right now, and they can be super fun, but most riders, from pros to weekend warriors, still value the privilege of shifting gears. The power there in your grip, making a steep hill flatten with an easier gear, or challenging yourself to regulate your cadence over gradual inclines and declines. But with great power comes … dirty shifters. And maybe some stretched out cables. Such things can be fixed, and if you’re a cyclist of any sort, you should know the ins and outs of your shifters, cable housing and more. Local Hub Bicycle Company offers a variety of fun-ed meet-ups, and Wednesday’s is about sweet, sweet shifting. This event is a Ladies Night, though, so female-identifying folk should bring their bikes (especially if they need adjustment), and everyone else can watch the live class feed. Visit localhubbc.com for details and for the rest of the month’s calendar.
Summer Sangria Wine Walk
6 p.m. Thursday, August 11
Bishop Arts District
Bishop and 7th streets
Iconic summer tastes include a perfectly ripe watermelon, “baseball hotdog” and, of course, sangria. Fruity, boozy and refreshing all at once, if made well, it both cools you off, while putting the heat of a summer evening in your cheeks. The Bishop Arts District is celebrating the summer sip by hosting its inaugural Summer Sangria Wine Walk Thursday evening. For $20, select a mini canning jar or brandy snifter to house the samples you’ll receive as you wander from shop to participating Bishop Arts shop. Pre-purchase at prekindle.com, as only a limited number of glasses will be available to purchase on site before the event. Pick up glasses and get your ID checked at the tents across from Bishop Street Market (Bishop and 7th streets). Drink, and shop, responsibly.
6 p.m. Friday, August 12
Thunderbird Roller Rink
3200 Thunderbird Road, Plano
You thought the craze would die down after a couple of weeks. “It’ll be fun, and then I’ll forget about it,” you said. And then there was a big update and you realized you now wanted to trade some Pokémon for candy in order to evolve the pets you actually care about. Then a guy named Jared Guynes decided to crowdfund PokeSkate: A Pokémon Go Party! and you feel like you should probably block off Friday evening and hit the Thunderbird because holy Psyduck, it’s gonna have free lures all freaking night, super-fast egg hatching while you skate, and prizes. The catch is (of course there’s a catch when “You gotta catch ’em all”) you have to purchase your tickets in advance. None will be sold at the door because if 430 tickets don’t sell in advance, the event will be scrapped ... just like all those balls you lost the first day you played Pokémon Go, before you’d primed your catchin’ finger. Bring your own skates, or rent for $2, oh and, trainers? Don’t forget money for concessions. Make PokeSkate a reality at tilt.com.
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