Support local comedy for the same reasons you should support local businesses. Put money back into your economy. Or something like that. Listen, just support local comedy. If you want a place to get away and laugh and drink, then you need to make an effort to keep those places open. You keep them open by attending shows they put on. And by laughing at your local comedians. Exercise this plan at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at Noble Rey Brewing, 2636 Farrington St., and see Comedy! A Showcase, featuring local comedians such as Zachariah Rippey, Tony Compian, Marissa Nieto, Hannah Harvey Vaughan. It’s a free show. For more information, visit the show’s Facebook page. Paige Skinner
Does this depressing world bring you to the brink of despair? Pocket Sandwich Theatre has just the cure, and it involves no pills, injections or side effects that prevent you from operating heavy machinery. The theater that’s best known for their hilarious melodramas presents a special run of Larry Shue’s play The Foreigner. This Obie Award-winning comedy tells the story of a shy Englishman named Charlie who finds himself hiding away in a Georgia fishing lodge filled with guests who think he can’t speak English, and they can share all of their deepest secrets with him about the lodge and their fellow guests. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday through Sept. 22. Tickets are $20 each and $18 for seniors over 60 and students on Friday and Saturday and $15 each and $13 for seniors and students on Sunday. The Pocket Sandwich Theatre is located at 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at pocketsandwich.showare.com. Danny Gallagher
The past year has been a productive one for Israeli-born DJ and EDM star Borgore. He toured the world, playing large music venues and festivals, released new music and continued to develop his record label, Buygore. Most important, 2017 was the year Borgore declared he had "quit giving a shit” after years of being dubbed an "enfant terrible" and blamed for ruining dubstep. He rubs some folks the wrong way, but he has certainly shaken up EDM. Borgore is formally trained in jazz music, and he continues to incorporate diverse sounds into his mixes. Elements of classical, hip-hop and heavy metal are consistently woven into the fabric of his live shows. 10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at Stereo Live, 2711 Storey Lane, stereolivedallas.com, $35 and up Jeff Strowe
By day, the sidewalks of the Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, teem with strollers and kids smacked out on cotton candy and sno-cones. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but if you like your animal encounters a little less wild, perhaps the 2018 Brew at the Zoo is more your speed. At 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, the zoo clears out the juice boxes in favor of beer tastings from over 30 local and national breweries, including Noble Rey, Pegasus City Brewery, Austin Eastciders, Lakewood Brewing Co., White Rock Ale House and Brewery, Bishop Cider Co. and many more. Sip your frothy, hoppy delights while you take in live music from The Texas Gentlemen and The Suffers and enjoy plenty of food options. You’ll also get a chance to marvel at zoo residents up close throughout the evening. The 21-and-up event is $55 for brew tickets and $25 for those all-important designated drivers; you can purchase tickets online at dallaszoo.com. Jennifer Davis-Lamm
It’s a classic story of alien girl comes to Earth and tries to figure things out. For Space Girl, a play by Flexible Grey Theatre Company, the girl is a 15-year-old lesbian from the planet Zlagdor. She and her dad, Nancy, are just trying to figure out what life means on Earth, where the only things that make sense are roller derby and salads. See the play Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 at Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman St. Friday’s performance is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 at brownpapertickets.com. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page. Paige Skinner
Westfest has kolaches. Lots of kolaches. Sure, there are traditional Czech costumes, endless polka dancing, a parade, other food, live music and all the good stuff of a festival. Which is nice, if not strictly necessary. If a bank were advertising it was giving away $100 bills plus lollipops, we’d show up and skip the lollipops. Still, good on you, West. The festival starts with a preview party starring musical headliner William Clark Green. Fairgrounds are on 10th Street in West, two blocks east of Main Street. (Just listen for the sound of accordions, if you lack a kolache detector.) The preview kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday, and the fest continues 9 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-midnight Sunday. Friday tickets are $20, $10 for adults Saturday or Sunday, $5 for kids 6-12. Kids under 6 get in for free. Visit westfest.com for a complete schedule. Patrick Williams
Miami-based rapper Rick Ross has had an eventful year, so far. He's released a few singles, "Florida Boy" and "Green Gucci Suit," which should be featured on his anticipated full-length album, Port of Miami 2. It's a project that has been teased quite a bit in recent months with proclamations and subtle hints through Ross' various social media channels. Unfortunately, it's likely taken a back seat as Ross has been hospitalized for recent heart ailments suffered this past spring. Here's hoping that the maestro is feeling better and up to the challenge of bringing his immense presence, rhyme and flow to the various cities on his late summer/early fall tour. Joining Ross at The Bomb Factory is Houston's own Bun B, whose eclectic career dates to the early '90s when he served as a founding member of the influential UGK. Lately, he's collaborated live with Parquet Courts, lectured at Rice University and worked with author Shea Serrano on Bun B's Rap Coloring Book. He also has a history of working with Ross, so some stage-sharing may take place. With Bun B and kap G, 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton Street, $53 and up at thebombfactory.com Jeff Strowe
Back in 2010 a little known rapper by the name of Maichael Atha, dropped a mixtape titled Trunk Muzik. The release made Atha, a.k.a. Yelawolf, a top prospect in the eyes of Shady Records founder Eminem. Now seven years after signing with Shady, the Alabama-born rapper has announced his amicable departure from the label after the release of Trunk Muzik 3. A release date for the third installment of Yela’s breakout mixtape has yet to be announced, but the rapper is already touring under its banner. The Trunk Muzik 3 Tour will end after winding its way to Huston after the show at the Granada. Joining Yela for the tour are the duo of Nashville rapper/singer Jelly Roll and Waylon’s own grandson, Struggle Jennings. The two joined forces shortly after Jennings’ 2016 release from prison and have gone on to drop Waylon & Willie and a follow-up album less than six months later. Their countrified rap style fits in nicely with Yela’s normal delivery, though Jennings and Jelly Roll tend to lean more toward a slower country music influence, compared with the cavalcade of sound normally delivered by the headliner. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave, $25 at prekindle.com Nicholas Bostick
Ten years into their enormously successful DJ careers J2K and Autobot, collectively known as Flosstradamus, are already one of the premier acts in EDM today, known for expertly blending hip-hop trap music with up-tempo electronic music. Flosstradamus has a reputation for delivering dynamic live shows featuring elaborate stage setups, grand light shows and of course over-the-top antics from Autobot, who always knows how to work a crowd whether he’s dancing, spraying water or on the mic encouraging the crowd to get rowdy. 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Stereo Live, 2711 Storey Lane, stereolivedallas.com, $25-$40 Mikel Galicia
The Riverfront Jazz Festival is back after a successful debut last year and features some of the best voices and talent in all variations of jazz, including Erykah Badu, Kenny Lattimore, Bobby Rush and more. Spanning three days, consider your Labor Day weekend plans made. Friday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 2, at Dallas Convention Center Arena, 650 S Griffin St., $55-$125 DV
An immersive performance art piece featuring large-scale puppets, shadow puppetry, video and sound installation, Dirty Turk is a theatrical production that examines cultural assimilation, racism and identity of central character Ozlem through her daydreams, nightmares and memories. Testimony from local immigrants and refugees are woven into the script. It sounds like just the kind of thought-provoking conversation-starter your MAGA-hat-wearing stepdad could’ve used if he didn’t reply “Hell no” immediately after the phrase “immersive performance art.” Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Sept. 29 (and possibly extending into October) at Artstillery’s West Dallas performance space, 723 Fort Worth Ave. Tickets are $10 for students with ID and people from La Bajada and $25 for everyone else. There’s also a two-hour “Talkback!” fundraiser with cocktails and mingling for $20 for those who want a VIP look into how the production came to be on the 29th. Call 512-994-8832 or visit artstillery.org. Jesse Hughey
In addition to its lumbering leviathans, gnashing teeth and visionary world-building, Jurassic Park owes much of its grandiosity to John Williams’ timeless score. Flitting between razor-edge intensity and moving tranquility, Williams’ soundtrack is among the most memorable in cinema history, every bit the equal of other Williams’ classics like Star Wars and Jaws. For the film’s 25th anniversary, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is performing the score live in toto alongside an HD screening of Spielberg’s scaly thriller. Constantine Kitsopoulos conducts. There are three performances: at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. All dates take place at the Meyerson, 2301 Flora St. Tickets are $10.50 for children, $16.50 for adults. More info at mydso.com. Jonathan Patrick
Before forming post-punk synth-rock trio Nervous Curtains in 2008 with drummer Robert Anderson and companion keyboardist Ian Hamilton, DOMA award-winning vocalist and pianist Sean Kirkpatrick had a brief stint in Spoon and a long run on synths and keys in local favorite band, the pAper chAse. But Kirkpatrick’s distinctive haunting, thunderous, driving and evolving style has been known to many fans of local music for decades – first in the mid-’90s in Denton-based Maxine’s Radiator, then in Dallas-by-way-of-Denton’s The Falcon Project. Over the years, Kirkpatrick garnered numerous DOMA nominations from Best Instrumentalist to Best Pianist/Keyboardist to Best Solo Act. Commemorate Nervous Curtains’ 10th anniversary at this all-local stacked bill with three more local favorites: Mind Spiders, Sealion and don’t show up late or you may miss one of Dallas’ best all-girl acts, The Bralettes. The three-piece girl band’s brand of catchy, danceable lo-fi bubblegum punk has already attracted a local following, and the trio’s Friday EP was one of the best local EPs of 2017. With Mind Spiders, Nervous Curtains and The Bralattes, 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., $10 at ticketfly.com Daniel Rodrigue
There's more to celebrate this Labor Day than just the long weekend: All day Saturday, Oak Cliff's first major craft brewery, Oak Cliff Brewing Co., celebrates its grand opening with tours, food trucks and OCBC's flagship brews, the Oak Cliff Black Lager, Oak Cliff IPA, Oak Cliff Export Lager and the Oak Cliff Farmhouse Beer. They'll also offer tastings of a few limited-time only brewers’ specialty beers, such as the Sombre Imperial Stout, brewed specifically to celebrate the brewery's launch. If you've yet to check out Tyler Station, the massive warehouse filled with independent shops, businesses and co-working space, this is a prime time to do it. As an added bonus, Tyler Station is located just steps from the Tyler/Vernon DART stop, so it's easy to get there without driving or relying on Lyft. The festivities are free to attend. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at Tyler Station, 1300 S. Polk St.
Yoga at a liquor store? If that doesn't sound too zen, you haven't been to Bar & Garden, the gorgeous sunlit Ross Avenue wine and liquor seller specializing in limited-production spirits and naturally produced wines. Bring your mat for an all-level flow class and stick around after for a spirits or wine tasting. Class is $10; tastings are complimentary. Snag a ticket early in case it sells out. 9:45 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at Bar & Garden, 3314 Ross Ave. Beth Rankin
Speaking of yoga and booze, head to Four Corners Brewing Co. on Saturday with your yoga mat for an all-level vinyasa flow class followed by a cold beer. Your $15 ticket covers the cost of yoga and a pint of Four Corners beer for Vinyasa and Brew. 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at Four Corners Brewing Co., 1311 S. Ervay St. Beth Rankin
When shopping and booze come together, everybody wins. Head to Deep Ellum on Sunday afternoon (don't feel guilty about Sunday Funday — you don't have to work on Monday, after all) to sip and shop, filling up on mimosas at participating retailers at the Deep Ellum Mimosa Walk. Upon check-in, guests will receive a souvenir glass, map and wristband. Tickets are $10 in advance and $25 Sunday. Noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 at 2814 Main St. Beth Rankin
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Fill up on all the Turkish coffee, falafel and shawarma you can eat at the second annual Arab Texas Festival, a cultural celebration with DJs, comedians, dancers and a ton of delicious halal food. Tickets are $30; food and drink not included. 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday, Sept. 2 at Double D Ranch, 12809 Eastgate Dr., Mesquite. Beth Rankin
Anyone who brews beer at home knows that it truly is a labor of love — and an intensive one at that. Sample stellar local home brews this weekend at the seventh annual Labor of Love Homebrew Festival at Deep Ellum Brewing Company. For $20, you'll receive a Labor of Love Membership, which includes entrance into the home brew competition and festival, along with a tasting glass, samples and access to food trucks and live music. 5-10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 at Deep Ellum Brewing Co., 2823 St. Louis St. Beth Rankin
Alamo Drafthouse and Toyota Music Factory are hosting Pix in the Plaza, a night when you can teach the kids something about ’80s cinema. Load up the family for a night of movie-watching at Alamo Drafthouse in Las Colinas, 320 Las Colinas Blvd. There, you will watch a classic ’80s movie on its outdoor inflatable movie screen. At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2, the movie is Back to the Future. There will be preshow activities themed to each week’s movie, as well as bounce houses, music, games, food, themed non-alcoholic beverages, and beer and wine for the adults. Admission is free. For more information, visit drafthouse.com/dfw. Paige Skinner