Alright! Reach tall and stretch high, you guys! It's the weekend and we've got, quite frankly, a shitton to do. Have you heard about the live-action retelling of Jurassic Park over at Texas Theatre yet? No worries, it's in this list (see Sunday). So are: slutty puppets, male strippers, psychedelic dance parties and a couple of great art shows. Be a pal and share this party plan with your friends, and click the event titles for more details. Now, Double Dream Hands! It's the weekend!
Thursday 6.28 Thunder From Down Under -- For the uninitiated, Thunder is not your standard male strip show. It's a Vegas-based hunkathon featuring a pack of high-kicking, bump 'n' grinding, pectoral pulsating Adonises. Also, they take their clothes off. It's at House of Blues for one-night-only.
Resource Center Dallas' Pride Power Hour -- Laze and gaze around the W's 16th story Wet Deck (aka: fancy pool) with bevies and appetizers. A $20 donation to the organization gets you three cocktail tickets, snackateasers, permission to dance to the DJ, and eye candy -- there will be models trussed up in Billabong gear.
WAAS Gallery Opening -- Alberto Mena would never be described as a "typical" photographer. You wouldn't ask him to work your wedding, that's for sure. His art is part Hitchcock, part feats of science -- together, it's all spectacular. His new show Dream With Me opens tonight at WAAS, a gallery that (just between you and me) throws great parties.
Brad LaCour at Dallas Comedy House -- This five-year veteran of the Dallas comedy scene gets a little raw -- sex with the mentally disabled, raw. So bring mom!
Avenue Q -- Sesame Street is about sunshine and monosyllabic words -- the puppets of Avenue Q are not. If they ran into Burt and Ernie, they'd torture 'em, rob 'em for drug money, and leave them bound with masking tape by a smelly river. Also, puppets on this darker side of town tend to be slutty. (Not for kids.) Ruby Review Supports the Troops -- Stand at attention, boys. These lovely gals are celebrating America the old fashioned way, through strip dancing.
Derby, Baby! Screens at Texas Theatre -- Just stay at Texas Theatre all weekend. There's great stuff every day, like this roller derby documentary hosted by Assassination City Roller Derby. It covers teams from all over the globe, so you can finally understand how that crazy sport works.
Dirk Nowitzki's 2012 Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game -- Watch Dallas' best soccer and basketball stars try to play baseball for a day. It'll be funny, and money generated goes to charity. Thanks, Dirk!
Slip Inside This House -- If you like to dance as though on an acid trip while absorbing the paisley printed sounds of the psychedelic era, you're in luck. This party at Texas Theatre is a revivalist DJ night for lovers of groups like the 13th Floor Elevators and generally sick Farfisa solos.
Jurassic Park Live-Action Dino Show -- IF YOU SEE NOTHING ELSE THIS WEEKEND, SEE THIS. Brought to you by the same folks who performed Alien, on Ice, this sketch troop resurrects another favorite flick of your youth: Mother fucking Jurassic Park, yo! Expect puppets, cardboard dinosaurs, crazy props and possibly a musical number.
Lucian Freud Opens at the Modern -- Lucian Freud is the grandson of Sigmund "the couch whisperer" Freud, but through art he found an identity that was perfectly his own. Known for his cool-toned, realism-based portraits, Lucian developed and defined his style well before passing away in 2011 at the age of 88. This collection of 90 paintings is going to blow your mind.
Raw: Natural Born Artists -- Strangely following the dino show is this giant event at Texas Theatre. Featuring 20 different artists (bands, a DJ, visual artists, short film makers, spoken word, and a fashion show) this event's ten dollar cover is well worth the cash.
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