5 Things to Do, July 25-29
Will Everett's novel We'll Live Tomorrow takes on the topic of aid work in Afghanistan. He delivers a free talk at The Wild Detectives on Tuesday.
courtesy The Wild Detectives
Indoor activities are where it's at right now, and thankfully Dallas is blessed with a variety of them. From TV geek-fun to stand-up comedy mayhem, there's something for everyone this week. Our plans for you are as follows:
Game of Thrones Trivia Night
9 p.m. Monday, July 25
2810 N. Henderson Ave.
Do you wish you could see the spinning astrolabe every time your Game of Thrones ringtone goes off? Spoiler alert: Did you jump up and down when you noticed the flayed man had been replaced on the flag of Winterfell? Are you the one who explains the symbolism of every episode to someone before you ever even read online synopses the next morning? Quick: How many “E”s are in the city-state currently ruled by Daenerys Targaryen? Get thyself to the wine- and lager-serving seats of Vickery Park tonight for some trivia perfect for those who love themselves a dire wolf. Before you get all canon on us, just know that the event page says “Questions based on HBO television series.” There will be specials on Sessions Lager and Jameson. Team sizes are 3 to 5 people, and prizes include gift cards and GoT swag.
Will Everett discusses We’ll Live Tomorrow
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26
The Wild Detectives
314 W. 8th St.
Every day, aid work continues in places like Afghanistan, where aid workers are focused on their goals for improvement, not on the danger that surrounds them. Equipped with medical or environmental supplies, but rarely their own weapons, aid workers depend on military protection. And every day they’re there, someone — whether it’s a family member who loves them, a stranger who doesn’t believe their difference is worth the expense, or a violent local threat — wants them out. This is the basic setting of Will Everett’s 2015 novel We’ll Live Tomorrow, the focus of his free reading and discussion at The Wild Detectives. Multi-layered, the story also delves into self-exploration, knowing one’s past and unlikely friendship while it examines more obvious topics related to the main character’s job as an aid worker. Drinks will be available during the discussion. Visit thewilddetectives.com.
Ultimate ’90s Sing-Along
9 p.m. Wednesday, July 27
The Alamo Drafthouse
100 S. Central Expressway, Richardson
Find your stored Delia’s catalog purchases and your old copies of Sassy (Jane will do). Pop in your Beverly Hills, 90210 taped episodes — No, NOT the DVDs! They have different music! We need a reminder of 1990s style STAT. The Alamo Drafthouse is hosting its Ultimate ‘90s Sing-Along. The event page promises, TLC, Alanis and Oasis, but please, please let the Spice Girls make an appearance, and Donna Lewis, and Tupac, and Pearl Jam and … The Alamo lovingly provides themed props, plus a darkened theater in which to croon to your heart’s content with minimal embarrassment. Dance moves are also encouraged — your happening host may just welcome you to the front of the theater for more legroom. As Vanilla Ice might say, “Yo, VIP, let’s kick it.” Visit drafthouse.com.
The Tribe presents Claire Carson’s Hypochondria
8 p.m. Thursday, July 28
Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park
1121 First Ave.
$10 to $25
Thanks to the internet, and especially social media, people can’t be normal hypochondriacs anymore. Now there’s too much information at your fingertips (which are touching a germy keyboard, but whatever). There’s no six degrees of card catalog, four friends and a doctor between you and a weird skin thing. Now there’s ... Web MD. But there’s also Claire Carson, a local playwright who understands these anxiety-riddled internal monologues (which so often happen in public) so well she’s making her pro playwriting debut with a play called Hypochondria Thursday-Sunday at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park. Far more poetic than a maybe-it’s-new bald patch, but just as endearing, Hypochondria delves into what it’s like to try to remain a functional person when there are so many worrisome things to Google. $10 gets you general admission and probably some FOMO, because $25 gets the VIPs reserved seating, a drink and a copy of the soundtrack. Purchase at the-tribe.ticketleap.com.
Denton Comedy Festival
7 and 10 p.m. Friday, July 29
J&J’s Pizza on the Square
118 W. Oak St., Denton
OK, stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Forty-plus comics walk into a basement on the Denton Square. Wait, wait, though, upstairs is a pizza oven because the place is actually a pizza place: It’s J&J’s (118 W. Oak St.)! The comics hang out all weekend making their fans laugh for as little as $10 a day ($5 for the Thursday thing at Killer’s Tacos, 424 Bryan St.). This part’s hysterical: For $13, you can a three-day pass to see all the laugh masters, including Shane Mauss, Paul Varghese, Carey Denise, Bob Biggerstaff and others. Drop $150 and you could get four passes, a hotel room, two pizzas and a 12-pack of Schlitz. SCHLITZ! And it’s not like you’ve got only one chance each night for a laugh riot: Friday and Saturday both feature shows at 7 and 10 p.m. … And the mushroom said to the pepperoni: Why not, I’m a fun-gi! Get the full line-up at odbcomedyfestival.com.
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