Still hungover from Memorial Day? You're a trooper. We're going to slow the pace down by a gear shift or two and let you stabilize. Don't fret, there's still plenty to do: Get out of the heat with all kinds of movies; pop in an art space for an amazing opening party; check out the luscious babes of burlesque at Lakewood Theater, or take refuge in a local comedy house for some out-of-town action. Rehydrate. Let your sunbaked brain fade back to its normal pigmentation and ease into summer, Dallas. Here's the best of the best! Share this list with your friends and click the event titles for more details.
Thursday 5.31 QCinema Festival -- It's the 14th annual installment of this Fort Worth fest, and you've got four days to squeeze in as many GLTB flicks as possible. There are films about disco, the raid of the Rainbow Room Lounge and even one called Republicans, Get In My Vagina! -- so... there's a little something for everyone. DB12: Volume 1C-Film -- Remember that experimental biennial we had the other month? Remember when your brain swelled up because one was nested inside the other? (If you don't recall these things, don't worry. They happened.) Well tonight you can check out the final piece of the project when DB12 presents Volume 1C-Film, a collection of art films featuring special guests.
Good Luck Karaoke -- It's Thursday night, do you know where your bar tab is? This weekly event will knock you on your ass and then nurse you back to health with loads of booze-soaked music.
Friday 6.1 Viva Burlesque Presents Dirty Sexy Funny -- Get a taste of the scandelous side of comedy at this tassel spinning evening of seductive parody.
Beyond the Black Rainbow with After Party -- Have a safety word handy for this one: Beyond the Black Rainbow is a darkly cosmic survival film designed to rattle whatever remaining sensibilities you still possess. Afterwards, you'll need to shake if off with live music by Pinkish Black and Nightgame and a dj set etched out by Travis Box and George Quartz.
Ring of Fire -- A Johnny Cash tribute show with an open bar? Go ahead and set up a bail bond now.
Saturday 6.2 Tourceratops -- NewMovement Comedy is a staple in Austin, Houston and New Orleans primarily dedicated to sketch and improv comedy troupes and classes. The best performers of all three locations are in town for one night, chumming the waters of Dallas Comedy House at 8 p.m.
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Of Other Spaces Opens at the MAC -- The McKinney Avenue Contemporary offers the art trifecta: solid curation, frequently changing exhibitions and killer opening parties. You won't want to miss this new, collaborative show; it promises to take you to places your artistic GPS has never before located. Paula Poundstone -- If you like cats, politics and vests this is the show for you.
Legally Blonde the Musical -- The girliest movie in history is also the girliest piece of musical theater. Leave the dudes at home -- all of 'em -- and snag your gal pals for this one.
Sunday 6.3 All About my Mother with FREE TAPAS! -- It's high time someone started up a good Spanish cinema series in Dallas and it's no surprise that it's happening at Texas Theatre. Titled the Petra Negra Film Session, the monthly event features a tapas component, and this Sunday only those tapas are FREE! Add on that the first showing of the series is the Pedro Almodóvar flick All About my Mother and this one's a no-brainer.