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Best Things To Do in Dallas This Weekend

Blake Shelton isn't in town. But you can still hear his music.
Blake Shelton isn't in town. But you can still hear his music. Patrick Michels


It’s not so much the securing of a designated driver. No, when it’s time for a group outing, the big problem is deciding on the destination. Which bar? Does it have food? Whose house is the meet-up? The Party Bus Bar Crawl from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday removes all the bickering and provides not only the transportation, but a surprise itinerary. For $39.99 a person (or $139.99 for a group of four), the weekly crawl provides a chance to check out new and popular bars in the Downtown, Uptown and Deep Ellum neighborhoods. After RSVPing (and paying to secure a spot), attendees are given the first location: For Aug. 24, it’s the backyard of Bottled Blonde, 505 N. Good Latimer Expressway. Crawlers meet there. From then on, they board the bus about every 45 minutes to a new destination. By the end of the night, the group has visited four bars, had a grand time and no one accused Karen of always wanting to go to the same place. Dress code is business casual. For tickets (and a list of previously visited and potential bars), visit Merritt Martin

When Michael Jackson was the “King of Pop,” he specialized in transcendent live experiences, the type of concerts that make today’s fireworks-and-aerialist extravaganzas look almost quaint. He soaked up the spotlight, moving in a way that defied physics and putting on a show that made you forget all about anything happening outside that venue. And while nothing can ever replace the energy and showmanship of Jackson in his live concerts, the performers of MJ Live: Michael Jackson Tribute Concert capture the pure theatrics of the gloved one in their epic show at Lava Cantina, 5805 Grandscape Blvd. in The Colony, at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Led by a spot-on Michael Jackson impersonator, the band will roll through all the hits accompanied by quintessential MJ choreography and lights. Tickets are $15 to $100; you can purchase them at Jennifer Davis-Lamm

The future is uncertain. Who will you marry? Where will you live? Will this job last forever? The only thing you can count on is uncertainty and Major Tom Schick. From 8 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, Schick will be in Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway on the Promanade between Olive and Pearl, giving out free fortunes using a single tarot card. There, he'll answer all your burning questions about life, love, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. For more information, visit Paige Skinner

There was a time when only The Onion would have run an opinion column titled “Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money.” Last month, it was Forbes. The business magazine deleted the dispatch from Late Capitalism hell, but it cannot erase that we live in an era when Amazon founder Jeff Bezos makes $191,000 per minute and our public library system raises funds by selling old titles by the bag. This year’s Dallas Public Library Book Sale is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St. Titles are $1 each, or buy in bulk so you’ll have money to chip in next time a loved one living in the world’s richest country has to crowdfund their health care. Visit or call 214-670-1458. Jesse Hughey

Evanescence make their way to Dos Equis Pavilion as part of their tour promoting the band’s fourth album, Synthesis. Much like the album after which the tour is named, the Synthesis Tour treats Evanescence fans to reworked versions of their previous hits, trading in the guitars and drums for a full orchestra with elements of electronica. Mixed in with Evanescence’s most notable song, “Bring Me Back to Life,” will be a few originals written for their latest album. The lawn seats are $19, but die-hard fans can pay for a champagne meet-and-greet with the band and a pre-show soundcheck for the low price of $150. 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, Dos Equis Pavilion, 3839 S. Fitzhugh Ave., $19 and up at Brad LaCour

He's not dead, but Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill is dedicating a night to him anyway. If your dream is to go to a Blake Shelton concert, but you don't want to see Blake Shelton, this is the perfect event for you. The band consists of musicians who come from all different types of musical backgrounds, and on Friday night, they will play all of Shelton's biggest hits. What's better than a Blake Shelton cover concert? Nothing, we say. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24, Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill, 10261 Technology Blvd E., $10 and up at Paige Skinner


If the idea of an “interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show” doesn’t tempt you to turn a fictional murder mystery into a real-life open-and-shut homicide investigation, The Dinner Detective could make for a killer weekend. Unlike traditional murder mystery dinner shows, the actors aren’t in costume but hidden in the audience. One could be sitting at your table, and you could even become a prime suspect yourself. Establish an alibi by avoiding the thing altogether or build a mystery at 6 p.m. Saturday at Eddie Deen’s Ranch, 944 S. Lamar St. The show includes a dinner of roast beef or grilled chicken with the expected down-home sides and desserts, and a cash bar will offer other drinks available for purchase. Tickets start at $59.95 per person at, but you can find them at for $48.50. Jesse Hughey

The First Ladies: Style of Influence exhibit continues from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 1 at the George W. Bush Library and Museum, 2943 SMU Blvd. The photos and historical documents cover the very first lady, Martha Washington, to Melania Trump and examine all the wives' roles, from hostess to policy advocate. Displays include Eleanor Roosevelt's black velvet evening gown, Dolley Madison's red velvet dress and snuff box, Lou Hoover's uniform she wore as national president of the Girl Scouts, Grace Coolidge's black clutch and Melania's red skirt suit by Dior, which she chose for a Paris visit. Buy tickets online, go to [email protected] or call 214-200-4300. Admission ranges from $10 to $16 and free for children 4 and under, SMU students, faculty and staff and active military. Reba Liner

Since forming in 1999 in Columbus, Ohio, Rascal Flatts have become one of the highest grossing touring acts in the country music game. With their core traditional and Christian values displayed prominently on their sleeve, they've been able to appeal to a large number of mainstream country fans who flock to amphitheaters in droves every summer. By touring relentlessly and graciously embracing the off-stage demands of the job, the three main members — Jay DeMarco, Joe Don Rooney and Gary LeVox — have earned much goodwill in the overall entertainment world, as well. It's not uncommon to see them appear in the pages of Us Weekly or People Magazine. You won't read about any lewd scandals or vicious meltdowns, though. Just recaps of wholesome family gatherings, gentle tour-bus shenanigans and songwriting inspirations serve as insights behind the curtains. As for the music, the band packs a deep and storied catalog of songs. Expect quite a bit of that on display when they take the stage on Saturday. 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, Dos Equis Pavilion, 3839 S. Fitzhugh Ave., $29 and up at Jeff Strowe

If you thought a paint class with a nude woman in the center of the room was just something you saw on TV or movies, think again. For Beauty in Nudity Paint Party: Female Nude Model, award-winning painter Johnavich Foster will guide you on how to paint the nude woman in the center of the room. It's BYOB and you're probably going to need it. The class begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at For The Culture Studios, 4220 Main Street. Tickets are $39.50 at Paige Skinner

Who doesn't love a good night of family-friendly comedy and magic? Forget the R-rated humor of superstar comedians. Or the naughty magic of naughty magicians. Sometimes all you need for your soul is a nice night of wholesome comedy and magic. And for cheap. Head to Addison Improv for Comedy and Magic Show For All Ages, night of wonder and laughs with magician Mike Williams. The show begins at 2 p.m. and tickets are as cheap as $10. See for more information. Paige Skinner


Anyone can identify with the protagonist of Rebecca Gilman's comedic play The Sweetest Swing in Baseball in this time of rising health care prices and an insurance industry dedicated to making sure it stays that way. The play tells the story of Dana Fielding, a severely depressed artist whose fear of failure drives her to a suicide attempt and a visit to a mental hospital. When her insurance refuses to cover the cost of the help she needs, she decides to convince her doctors and her insurance that she’s psychotic by pretending to be a mental patient who thinks she’s New York Mets star and cocaine enthusiast Darryl Strawberry. She gets some help from two other patients struggling with their own inner demons who teach her everything they know about the troubled ballplayer. See this hilarious play at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24 and Saturday, Aug. 25 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26 at Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St. Tickets are $21-$23 and can be purchased at the box office or online at Danny Gallagher

In 2018 Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa has trained with a Muay Thai legend, released a line of designer socks and dropped a follow-up to his breakout album Rolling Papers. That’s a pretty impressive list of things to have done by August, especially for the Pied water-piper of rap. Khalifa’s love of weed is well documented and unfortunately becoming all too expected in his music. Especially when paired onstage with the infinitely more fresh-sounding duo of Rae Sremmurd. While Rolling Papers 2 does little to improve on the formula that made Khalifa a star, it’s notable for the number of features by up-and-coming artists. Rap prodigy Lil Skies drops an impressive verse on “Fr Fr,” and Jimmy Wopo gives a bittersweet contribution on “Blue Hunnids.” But whether you feel Khalifa has only stopped circling the drain to stagnate or you’re still bumping “Penthouse” when the squad comes to congregate, just avoid this one if you’re not already a fan. It might be too much to tolerate. With Rae Sremmurd: Dazed & Blazed Tour, 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, Dos Equis Pavilion, 3839 S. Fitzhugh Ave., $21 and up at Nicholas Bostick

We're nearing the end of August, which in the end is a good thing, because the month sucks. But it's a bad thing if you're looking to max out on the Dallas Arboretum's August Dollar Days. For the entire month of August, the Dallas Arboretum is offering $2 general garden admission, $5 parking and $2 admission to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. On top of that, the hot dogs and root beer floats, brownie sundaes, sodas and frozen pops will be discounted, too. Yay for cheapness! Visit for more information. Paige Skinner
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Paige Skinner has written for the Dallas Observer since 2014.
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