Now that it’s summer, it’s hard to want to do anything other than the daily grind, followed by quick dipping your sorrows in a pool after downing a bunch of beer. Even though the temperatures are higher, it’s still important that you get your culture on this summer, even if it is only at events with free cocktails.
This week, Dallas has plenty of free and cheap entertainment that will also make you feel a little bit smarter, a little more cultured. If you’re really, really broke, you’re in luck — the most expensive event on this week’s list is only $3.
Leon Bridges Listening Party
Tuesday, June 23
Leon Bridges is well on his way to becoming an international superstar, but he’ll always belong to Dallas-Fort Worth. To celebrate Bridges’ first release, Josey Records will host a listening party. You can listen to Bridges’ addictive sound, enjoy the DJs the record store has lined up for live entertainment, and pick up your very own copy of Coming Home on vinyl. Bridges himself won’t be in attendance, but it’s still important to give a show of support to one of the best local artists to come out of our scene in decades.
Conversations & Cocktails
Tuesday, June 23
The Tower Club
If you’re interested in the development of the Dallas Arts District, one of our city’s biggest points of artistic pride, Conversations & Cocktails is a great way to hear about the development of this neighborhood from the folks in charge. This week’s talk will feature Collen Walker, the Eugene McDermott CEO of the Perot Museum of Nature & Science. Unfortunately, the cocktails are at the cash bar, but parking and hors d’oeuvres are free. Pro-tip: you don’t have to be a member of the Tower Club to attend this talk.
Little Downtown Market
Thursday, June 25
Dallas Fort Work (Downtown)
Buying local is important to us yuccie types, and it isn’t always easy to make sure that your decor, food, and other necessities are locally sourced. If you need a vast selection of locally made goods to round out your decor (or kitchen), check out Little Downtown Market on Thursday. Items from Triple Threat Press, Sparkle Candle Co, and plenty of other vendors will be offering their unique creations, which you can reserve all of your funds for — this event features free food from Dallas Tamale Co, Oak Cliff Creperie, and Steel City Pops, and free cocktails provided by Minibar. Score.
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Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert Screening
Thursday, June 25
As part of their ongoing classic film series, the Granada Theatre will screen drag culture hit Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert. This is the kind of movie that really needs to be enjoyed on a big screen, if only so that you can appreciate the crazy outfits and hijinks appropriately. To sweeten the pot, tickets to the screening are only $3, and $3 shot and beer specials will run all night long.
Oak Cliff Literary Festival - Dallas Noir
Saturday, June 27
The Wild Detectives
Even if you’re not particularly attuned to to the Dallas literary scene, this celebration of Dallas Noir cannot be missed. Indie imprint Akashic Books commissioned a series of stories from Dallas authors — including Merritt Tierce and Catherine Cuellar — to examine the weirder, darker, and slightly creepy elements of our fair city. The result, edited by David Hale Smith, was pretty astonishing. On Saturday, talk with the authors about their stories and your own experiences with Dallas’ unique brand of noir.