Thursday 8.8 Performance art Double-up at the DMA -- It's a great night to immerse yourself in performance art when two events happen simultaneously at the DMA. In one wing, PerformanceSW and Apophenia Underground bring a panel/performance combo. In another, local body mover/shaker Danielle Georgiou rips through I hate it when a book smells bad. Both go from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown -- It's a humorous collection of monologues that's managed to hold tough and relevant for 20 years. Sample that shelf life on opening night.
Friday 8.9 Polyester with "Odorama" and themed After Party at Texas Theatre -- Because John Waters loves gimmicks and Texas Theatre loves you, the little art house that could shows Polyester as it was meant to be smelled: with scratch-and-sniff "Odorama" cards. Catch it on Thursday and Friday nights. Of course, Friday's screening kicks out to a pencilstache-rich lobby for an afterparty tribute to the King of sleaze, John Waters.
Post Tenebras Lux at Texas Theatre -- I won't lie to you: this is one of the oddest, most divisive films of the year. It isn't a "safe programming bet," especially for a one-screen cinema. And still, Texas Theatre offers it on Friday and Sunday so that you won't be left out of the global argument Post Tenebras Lux has spurred. Thank 'em by buying a ticket and a beer.
Kathy Griffin -- She's sassy. She's brassy. She'll dish for days. Griffin gal pals around with you on Friday night at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie.
Saturday 8.10 Full-Length Screening of Metropolis, with Live Band at new Alamo Drafthouse -- The new Alamo Drafthouse Richardson location opens this weekend, so if you've been craving a five dollar shake or that damn-it's-so-good grilled cheese sandwich, consider your urges satisfied. Adding to the fanfare is the two-and-a-half hour screening of Metropolis, with a live band. You could drink A LOT of beer buckets by the end of that one.
Design District Market with Dumpster Pool -- Finally: socially acceptable dumpster diving. The Dallas Contemporary hosts the Design District Market, a big ol' shopping to-do this Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. As an added perk, they've tossed in a dumpster pool, with a specially built deck and swim-up bar. Miss this party and risk sob scrolling through your Instagram feed.
Pete Holmes at Texas Theatre -- Host of the weekly Nerdist Podcast, You Made It Weird, Holmes is best known for breaking down the funny with fellow comedians like Aziz Ansari, Bill Burr, that yellow-toothed Adam Carolla and more. He'll have a talk show soon, so see him now before you can't afford it.
Summer Santa Rampage -- Who says red velour is December-specific? Those Santa Rampagers have a summer edition planned for Saturday. Join their Facebook group and follow them on Twitter to find out specifics regarding meet-ups, make-outs and where everyone's getting their jollies.
Saturday's Don't Miss Art Openings -- Locals take center stage at Circuit 12, Red Arrow, Cohn Drennan and The Safe Room inside Texas Theatre. Click the link for the run-down.
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Sunday 8.11 North American Reptile Breeders Conference and Trade Show -- A whole room of cold-blooded reptiles? Either it's a convention of your ex-relationships or a massive meet-up for herpers. (Spoiler alert: it's the second one.)
Can't Stop the Serenity -- Joss Whedon's celebrated space western goes marathon on Sunday, thanks to the North Texas Browncoats. The Equality Now fundraiser lets you chill out with your favorite cult series; they'll also screen a Dr. Horrible's Singalong show. There's trivia parsed throughout, prizes and a bar to help Funday up your Sunday.
Kiss of the Spider Woman -- This tale of two cellmates trapped in a Latin American prison is web-like, but also oddly jovial considering all those song and dance numbers. Watch cuffs get slapped on jazz hands as Uptown Players revives this Tony-winner.