Awesome Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, Aug. 20 -23: Spelling Bee, Punk Rock Movies, Wine Walk and More

The Texas Theatre goes punk rock this weekend with The Decline of Civilization trilogy.EXPAND
The Texas Theatre goes punk rock this weekend with The Decline of Civilization trilogy.
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Thursday, Aug. 20
Spelling Bee
You’ll never forget the moment when it all came crashing down. You made it through the classroom trials, passed the grade-level competition with flying colors, and advanced from the school finals to the district spelling bee. “Soliloquy”, no problem. “Puerile”, you got it. And then, your kryptonite: “tchotchke”…and it was all over, in front of God and everyone, as you stumbled over a Yiddish word that would haunt you for decades. But now, you’ve got it on lock—and you’ll have a chance to redeem your logographic mastery at the Dallas Observer’s Granada Spelling Bee, at 8 p.m. Thursday on the Granada Sundown Rooftop, 3520 Greenville Avenue. Aided with a little bit of liquid courage, and encouraged by master of ceremonies comedian Paul Varghese, you’ll fly through vocabulary lists with the greatest of ease, right that junior high wrong, and reclaim the title of Spelling Bee Champion. To participate, simply sign up at dallasobserver.com/event/granada-spelling-bee-7442383. - Jennifer Davis-Lamm

Crate Dating
Crate Dating is back and that’s something to celebrate. Put down your Tinder app and stop trying to meet your soulmate at church because your beau is at Crate Dating. Here’s how it works: You arrive at 8 p.m. at Off the Record (2716 Elm St.) and pick a record from its collection that best represents you. Then you put it in a crate depending on what you’re looking for (man seeking man, woman seeking man, etc.). Then a person will come by and pick a record that piques their interest and wa-la, if they picked your record, soulmates are formed. It takes the awkwardness out of coming up with something to talk about when you can discuss the She and Him record in front of you. Crate Dating is from 8 to 11 p.m. every third Thursday of the month at Off the Record. - Paige Skinner

The Tribe Presents: Dallas, Etc.
 If you're looking for some brand spankin' new, totally fresh, never been seen before theater, you'll want to catch The Tribe's newest show. A piece crafted from interviews in and around the city, Dallas, etc. is described on the event page as, "A play, a conversation, a dance party." This new piece was devised over a series of months and is being presented in a house in East Dallas. See it at 9 p.m. Thursday or Friday. Tickets are limited and cost $10. Reserve yours by emailing: producedbyatribe@gmail.com.

Deep Ellum Wine Walk
When the date was originally set for Thursday's wine walk, the organizers made an educated guess about the weather and named it the "hot edition." Of course, if you stepped outside today you know how wrong they were and how lucky we are for it. Barring any rain, the weather should be perfect for a neighborhood wine walk. Grab a wine glass and a passport for $10 at  Kettle Art, 2650-B Main, and navigate through the dozens of shops and participating spaces, filling up along the way. More here. LS

Upcoming Events

The Future of the Past
A good artist has one paintbrush in the past and the other moving quickly toward the future. Knowing whose footsteps you’re following in is important in any endeavor, but in the art world it’s inescapable. In that regard there is far too much to know, which is why we turn to experts to teach us everything from history to the art of collecting. For that, we turn to Aja Martin of Zhulong Gallery and Hahn Ho of Cydonia Gallery. They’ve been leading helpful and insightful seminars on collecting. The series continues this week, doubling for an opening reception at Cydonia (167 Payne St.) for the latest show, The Future of the Past. Reserve your spot in the conversation by emailing info@cydoniagallery.com. Don’t miss out on the knowledge. More information can be found at cydoniagallery.com. LS

Common Desk Oak Cliff Grand Opening
Celebrate the opening of the new branch of the popular co-working space, Common Desk, at 5 p.m. Thursday. There will be food, music, and an art installation by Kyle Steed. Tickets are free at eventjoy.com

Urban Scene
Let no one ever say that Landon Burke is not efficient: the Dallas realtor is a model for combining the practical with the aesthetic, a skill likely honed from years of evaluating, staging and selling homes. But somewhere between trying to make homes look appealing to buyers and cultivating a personal appreciation for contemporary art, Burke had a light bulb moment: what if he combined open houses with pop-up art shows? He’s been doing just that since 2014—curating occasional pop-ups in homes that are for sale, and showing new and exciting works from local artists in a way that highlights architectural and design elements in select properties. The latest installment of “Urban Scene: Art, Architecture, and Culture” will wow visitors to the home at 4505 Lorraine Avenue in Highland Park from 6 until 9 p.m. on Thursday. Art from Robert Bellamy, Mary Peyton Burgher, Toni Martin, Maxx Henry-Frazer, Kevin Page, Jason Caldwell Stallings, Martin Lawrence Gallery, Peter Lynch, Brad Oldham, Kris Lombardi Trevino, and Jessica Jesse will adorn the walls of the Bella Vita-built home, and because Burke is a master of efficiency, know that he’s managed to make this a charity event as well: a percentage of proceeds from art sales will go to the Wilkinson Center. For more information, head to facebook.com.  

Friday, Aug. 21

Weird Al
There’s an unspoken rule in popular music that you haven’t made it as a superstar until “Weird Al” Yankovic has done a parody of one of your songs. That doesn’t explain why Gerardo “Rico Suave” Mejîa and Chamillionaire failed to get a second hit on the charts but at least the parody pop star gave them their shot. Yankovic has been twisting the words of chart topping songs for almost 30 years and last year, he finally scored the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the release of his 14th album “Mandatory Fun.” The sales coupled with the release of five hilarious videos that all went viral made the comedy musician one of the biggest pop stars of the year and not just because someone needed to take Robin Thicke down a peg or two. He’s contributed an original and funny voice to a medium that sorely needs a sense of humor. How else do you explain how a musician like Moby has a career when no one can name one of his songs? Yankovic also puts on a raucous concert filled with songs from his latest album and some of his most beloved hits from the last 30 years and you’ll be able to see and hear him when he makes a stop at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie at 1001 Performance Place at 7:30 pm. Friday. Tickets are between $39.50 and $59.50 depending on available seating and are available at axs.com. - Danny Gallagher

North Texas Fair and Rodeo
For many kids in Texas, earning their way to college involves raising, showing, and selling off a prize pig, cow, or other piece of livestock. Usually, more than one. Other times, it starts with riding—maybe then stunts or roping. Some of those kids grow into adults that make a living in the saddle. It’s easy to forget the rich, dusty history that comes with our great state once we get into the concrete and skyscrapers, but there’s a lot of dirt and rustling that came before all that, and that led to what we now know as rodeo. The North Texas Fair & Rodeo, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd. in Denton, runs 6 p.m. Friday -August 29, and offers nine packed evenings of junior livestock shows, mutton busting, open breeding cattle, sheep, and goat shows, roping, tying, and riding contests, and of course, musical entertainment. It wouldn’t be complete without an appearance by the Charlie Daniels Band, now would it? Ronnie Milsap and the rest of the headliners ain’t too shabby now either. Single admission is $15, four-day is $40, and full pass is $90. Participation in some contests requires a registration fee (call 936-539-3852). Call 940-387-2632 or visit discoverdenton.com for complete schedules and details. - Merritt Martin

'Til Midnight at the Nasher
“Oh shit, it’s ’til Midnight at the Nasher!! Hell yes, I’m gonna stay up past 10 p.m.” That’s pretty much the general sentiment of anyone over the age of 35, except for those few rare birds who’ve managed to get everything right in life and don’t have to clock in at an office five days a week. ’til Midnight is a monthly series that’s free for anyone with eyes, a blanket and an appreciation of movies and music. This month an acoustic singer-songwriter showcase will kick things off at 6 p.m., followed by a concert by TEAM* at 7 p.m. If you listen to KXT you have most def heard them and thought they were Vampire Weekend. Rounding out your big night on the town (again – over 35 set only) is The Lego Movie at 9 p.m. “IT’S FOR ADULTS TOO” yelled way too many adults, way too defensively. Pretend you’re 29 again and head to the Nasher Sculpture Center at 6 p.m. Friday. More at nashersculpturecenter.org.  -Nikki Lott

The Decline of Western Civilization
In her rarely screened music documentary trilogy, filmmaker Penelope Spheeris put to film the Los Angeles music scene in the 1980s. At least that's what she set out to do. What she accomplished was far more monumental than just memorializing a moment. In The Decline of Western Civilization part 1, she put to screen punk bands like Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Fear; then in part 2 she followed the metal scene, interviewing Ozzy Osborne and Steven Tyler; then, in part 3 she captured the undgeround scene and the life of gutter punks. The Texas Theatre (231 W. Jefferson Blvd.) shows part 1 at 8:30 p.m. Friday, part 2 at 9 p.m. Saturday, and part 3 at 7:15 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10. More at thetexastheatre.com.  -LS

Saturday, Aug. 22
Brew Ha Ha
If we are all open, and vulnerable with one another, we understand, as responsible adults, that hoisting a few cold beers should simply make an already fun time even more so, you know, because we should never drink simply to get the party started, right? When one attends the Second Annual Brew HaHa Benefitting the Genesis Women's Shelter at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at the Oak Highlands Brewery, located at 10484 Brockwood Rd, Dallas, TX, 75238, the tasty brews from one of the area's newest breweries will be well-earned after enduring a gauntlet-style workout including keg-related exercises, kettle bells, and yes, barley bags. Portions of the $20 entry fee will go to helping the shelter stock up on much-needed items, and it will allow attendees to rest up after their workout during Oak Highland's weekly open house and tasting. After a grueling hour of getting fit, you will deserve a pint or two that will replenish a few calories. For more information, call Oak Highlands brewery at 469-688-4674 - Kelly Dearmore

It Came From CalArts
Alumni events are where you go to find out that the former stoner dude that lived down the hall in your dorm is now a CEO, or to see pictures of all the mission trips that the girl who cheated off you in organic chemistry has been on since she found Jesus. There’s a reason they usually do those things in bars. But if you’re a CalArts grad, things look a little different: instead of hovering around iPhone photo galleries, these alums look at gallery walls. In CentralTrak’s It Came from CalArts exhibit, the local artists’ residency brings together works from nine CalArts graduates in a show that explores their influence on and inroads into the Texas art scene. Grads Justin Boyd, Elaine Bradford, Danielle Dean, Adrian Esparza , Robin Myrick, Peter Bo Rappmund, Ariane Roesch and David Stout come from different eras and different corners of the state (San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, El Paso, Austin and Denton are all represented), but have a common pedagogical thread that can be seen throughout their diverse mediums. The opening reception for this delightful blend of work will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at CentralTrak, 800 Exposition Avenue, and will include live music, film screenings, and discussions. The exhibit will run through September 19 and can be viewed Saturdays from 12 until 5 p.m. See centraltrak.net/portfolios/august-22-at-800-pm-it-came-from-calarts for more information. -JDL

Sunday, Aug. 23
His Girl Friday
Journalism used to be sexy. These days, it’s all about working in your pajamas: blogging from home, scrambling to manage a zillion different freelance projects, and contemplating yet another buyout from yet another day job. It’s not all pencil skirts and ace reporters anymore; and deadlines aren’t things to be met by sprinting breathlessly through a news room at 2 a.m.—unless you want people to think you’re crazy. But it’s still fun to revisit that fantasy with His Girl Friday, the gold standard journo film that launched a thousand dreams of notepads and Pulitzers with its portrayal of hardboiled newspaper editors and crackerjack reporters, portrayed by Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in the 1940 screwball comedy. It’s a romantic comedy, about the relationship between those characters, but the real love letter here is to the golden age of news reporting. The AT&T Performing Arts Center presents the classic film as part of its Sunset Screenings series at the Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 23. Admission is free; visit attpac.org for details.- JDL

Jenny Milchman and Julia Heaberlin
A good summer reading list always includes something that will send chills down your spine, even in the sweltering heat. Thrillers should be a staple—forcing you to stay up late on humid nights and take in just a few more pages, a few more chapters…until you’re done and ready for another taut poolside read. The Wild Detectives, 314 West 8th Street, understands the appeal of the thriller and has arranged for two of the genre’s rising stars to give readers the basics behind a good page-turner. Authors Jenny Milchman and Julia Heaberlin head up a double feature of author insight as they discuss and sign their books starting at 6 p.m. Sunday. Milchman’s As Night Falls is a crackling psychological suspense novel, while Heaberlin—a former Dallas Morning News staffer—penned Black Eyed Susans, a tense stunner of a book. For more, navigate to thewilddetectives.com. - JDL


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