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20 Things To Do in Dallas This Week

It's pride season.
It's pride season. Melissa Hennings


Are you one of those people, aka normal, who isn’t up to the challenge of ordering wine with dinner in a restaurant? Why exactly, does a diner want to sniff a cork? Will it get us high? That first little pour — how long are we expected to fake a look of contemplation before saying, “Fill that bad boy up, garkon”? Is spitting it out in a spray and slapping the sommelier appropriate behavior if you don’t like it? Can we just get a damn Coors Light? Perhaps you have more class than the typical Observer writer (God help you if you don’t) or want to learn how to get some. Del Frisco's Grill in Plano offers a monthly wine dinner, which pairs a four-course meal with chef-selected wines, where you can learn how to be snoo ... we mean, learn something about specific wines. This month’s vintages come from Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. The dinner is $95 per person, plus tax and tip. It happens 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at 7200 Bishop Road, Suite D9, in Plano. Check out for reservations. Patrick Williams


Don’t you hate comedians who think that louder equals funnier? Comedian Hannibal Buress has one of the most monotone voices you’ll ever hear through a microphone and one of the funniest. The Chicago native cut his teeth onstage in the Windy City’s booming comedy scene in the 2000s and honed himself into a clever and sharp comic. He can mine great material from just about anything from safe spaces like getting compliments and working for Starbucks to more edgy fare like Reddit users who write online about sleeping with him. He also wrote for Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock and acted in major movies including The Disaster Artist. Buress will perform at The Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St. at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. Tickets are $36-$46 and can be purchased online at Danny Gallagher

Do you like wine? Do you like getting drunk but your pesky kids keep getting in the way? Good news, the largest wine festival in the Southwest is right in your own backyard — AND it’s a kid-friendly event! The 32nd Annual GrapeFest is a family-friendly, wine-tasting, food-eating and music-listening (courtesy former members of the Eagles) extravaganza. There will be Texas wines, Champagne and varietals from all across the globe, not to mention countless contests and other wine-adjacent festivities. The festival runs from Thursday, Sept. 13, through Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, 636 S. Main St., Grapevine. Tickets start at $5. More info at Jonathan Patrick

Borne from the collapse of 88 Finger Louie, Rise Against broke away from its underground beginnings to become one of the millennium’s biggest punk rock acts. Formed in 1999, the band’s early days belied their eventual rise to stardom. Finding it difficult to meld as a band initially, the group took some time to finalize their lineup. But by the mid-2000s the band was charting in the top 10 in North America and in heavy rotation on alt-rock radio stations across the nation. Singles like “Prayer for a Refugee” and “Savior” did much to raise the band’s stock, and their 2017 release Wolves was the band’s fifth consecutive Top 10 album. Most recently they’ve begun experimenting with their sound, putting out The Ghost Note Sympathies, Vol. 1. An acoustic “greatest hits” album so to speak, the change in tone is a welcome evolution for Rise Against. They’ll be touring through Dallas alongside fellow punk rock brigades Anti-Flag and AFI, so be sure to strap the knee pads under your skinny jeans. 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, 316 West Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, $24 and up at Nicholas Bostick


If you love nonstop controlled skids and the smell of smoking rubber — endless clouds of it — and are so much more interested in variables such as angles, lines and style than speed that you don’t mind watching 1,400-horsepower muscle cars driving at speeds that would get them tailgated on Central Expressway, you might dig Formula Drift. Otherwise, it might look a bit like smoke-obscured race car gymnastics. But if that appeals to you, Formula Drift Round Seven Showdown, the penultimate event of the Formula Drift season, comes to Cowtown this weekend. Grandstand tickets are $30 for Friday or Saturday, or $35 for a two-day ticket. VIP Experience tickets are $150 and offer track access during opening ceremonies, a front-of-line pass for Friday’s autograph session and exclusive check-in at will-call. The event runs noon to 10 p.m. both days at Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth. Visit for tickets and more information. Jesse Hughey

When audiences watch So You Think You Can Dance, they hear choreographers speak on the “story” behind each dance, what the characters are meant to convey or examine. With Diavolo: Architecture in Motion, audiences may think the story is predictable — an expression of how humans relate to the architecture around them — but it’s much more. The ooh-and-aah-inspiring dance with and around the original stage structures deal with that relationship at the physical level, but in a supremely emotional way. Diavolo is coming for three shows Sept. 14-15 to Moody Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. The company has a beautiful array of talent in various dance styles, but it comes together for a cohesive athleticism that’s accessible for new audiences. See them 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday or a 2 p.m. show Saturday. Tickets are $25-$75. Call 214-880-0202 or visit Merritt Martin

Often in musical theater, the entertainment comes through the spectacle. Plots are bolstered with costume changes and strobe lights, while music becomes an amped-up series of power chords designed for maximum volume. Once has none of those things. This stripped-down little musical doesn’t even give its main characters names; the set pieces are minimalist; the cast doubles as the orchestra; and the songs manage to convey a world of emotion without even a hint of a thumping bass line. It’s a masterpiece of understatement that packs a wallop, and Theatre3, 2800 Routh St., will produce the Tony Award-winning play onstage from Thursday, Sept. 13, through Sunday, Oct. 7. Find yourself engrossed in the tale of an Irish busker who’s encouraged to pursue his dreams by a musical soulmate. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10 to $20 at Jennifer Davis-Lamm

After 40 years of recording and touring, California-based punk rockers Social Distortion never shied away from speaking on social issues the band cares about from the stage and in interviews. Fans of the band know what to expect. But Social Distortion’s frontman Mike Ness recently made news when he climbed off the stage at a Sacramento concert July 19 to confront a so-called fan who had been flipping the band the bird. After expressing Ness’ thoughts on the Trump administration and its ostensibly racist policies and attitudes, a Republican farmer and self-described “longtime fan” of the punk band yelled back: “I paid for your music, not your politics!” (Perhaps, the least punk thing ever screamed at a punk show.) Then, for a couple songs, as a silent protest, “Farmer Fan” began flipping off the band until the beatdown went down. Ness allegedly spit on the farmer before jumping off the stage and into the crowd to punch the fan in the head several times (cellphone video of the incident circulated widely online, and Sacramento police are now investigating the altercation). As the video shows, the whole episode took less than a minute, as Ness & Co. went right back to playing. Punk as fuck. 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14 at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., $40 and up at Daniel Rodrigue

If you've ever wondered what Led Zeppelin would sound like through the voices, riffs and beats of four badass women, then you need to catch Zepparella live. This all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band is one of the best — and for good reason. Noelle, Gretchen, Angeline and Clementine bring the magic and intensity of the bluesy, psych rock band to life with their unique skills and interpretations. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or, $15-$18. Diamond Victoria

Ever heard of “Psychedelic Rock?” Roky Erickson invented it. His music, both as a solo artist and with his former band the 13th Floor Elevators, is lush and timeless. His life is a thing of legend — and tragedy. After pioneering the early days of psych and garage rock, the Austin musician slipped into a spiral of poor mental health, misfortune, and exploitation by the music industry. In the late ‘60s, he was arrested, committed, given shock treatments and force-fed anti-psychotic chemicals. It would be over thirty years until he found health and toured again. As a vocalist, guitarist, harmonica player and songwriter, Erickson is rightly recognized as pathfinder. His voice is elemental, pure energy. His songs are haunting things, each a visceral rush of delectable grooves, celestial silences and sumptuous guitar play. Rock music and the history of our fine state were changed forever by this artist. It’s a pleasure to have him back again. 8 p.m. Friday, Sept 14 at The Granada theater, 3524 Greenville Ave, $24 and up at Jonathan Patrick


For its 35th season opener at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Undermain Theatre, 3200 Main St., will present the world premiere of Len Jenkin’s How is it That We Live or Shakey Jake + Alice. Jenkin, playwright, director, screenwriter and novelist, frequently collaborates with John Arnone, who designed the set, lighting and costumes for the cast — Bruce DuBose, Danielle Georgiou, Sharon Kearns and Jim Jorgensen. Artistic director is Katherine Owens. You’ll spend an evening following the lives of two lovers through the years, from first kiss to final goodbye, as the lifelong partners strive to answer the question, “How is it that we live?” For a variety of ticket prices, call 214-747-5515 for shows running Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Oct. 7. For information: Reba Liner

Dallas Pride Weekend is upon us, and the Oak Lawn area is about to get hella festive. And yes, that means rainbow flags, outrageous outfits and an outsize parade, but more than that. Dallas Pride is all about celebrating unity, identity, safety and the freedom to be who you are. You’ll find all those vibes flowing freely from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Reverchon Park, 3505 Maple Ave., during the Dallas Pride Festival in the Park. In addition to the music festival with performances from Thea Austin, Effie Passero, David Hernandez, DJ Deanne, Asia O’Hara and The Rose Room Cast, you’ll also find a Family Pride Zone with games, bounce houses and kid-friendly activities, plus a safe space for teenagers at the Teen Pride Celebration. Admission to the festival is free for 17 and under and $10 for adults 18 and up; you can purchase in advance at Jennifer Davis-Lamm

Dirk Nowitzki is Dallas’ own hero, and he proves that every year with his foundation’s fundraisers. This year, on Saturday, Sept. 15, the Dirk Nowitzki Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic will include tennis legends Andy Roddick, Mark Knowles and Tommy Haas, as well as actor Boris Kodjoe and pro wakeboarder Steel Lafferty competing in tennis matches. The public can come and all proceeds will benefit the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, which gives grants each year to organizations that focus on children’s well-being, health and education. The match is at SMU Tennis Center, 5669 N. Central Expressway, and tickets are $20 at For more information, visit Paige Skinner

The Chicago-based songwriter and guitar virtuoso Ryley Walker has made a name for himself over the past several years by blending together '60s-inspired folk and '90s alternative rock. It's a charming and eclectic style that ambles along with the reflective strands of Nick Drake or Fairport Convention, and the noisy ebullience of Sonic Youth or Dinosaur Jr. His latest album, Deafman Glance, finds him moving further away from the solo troubadour territory he previously inhabited into a guide he's becoming more amenable to: that of an indie-rock songsmith. He's also probably the funniest and most self-deprecating indie rocker on Twitter. Though he's long been a "must follow", lately he's been on a roll, poking fun at his unkempt appearances, claiming to have never listened to Leonard Cohen, and reminding the Nike-boycotting country duo Big and Rich of the time he sullied their trailer at a music festival. With this in mind, expect some hearty between-song banter at Saturday night's show. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at The Foundry, 2303 Pittman Street, free. Jeff Strowe

CitySquare is hosting a benefit concert with country music legend, actor and producer Reba McEntire at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory called A Night to Remember. According to its website, where you can also learn how to get involved with the company, CitySquare fights causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy and friendship. 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, 300 W Las Colinas Blvd., $50 and up. Diamond Victoria

Twenty-two years after releasing its post-grunge smash hit "The Freshmen," The Verve Pipe is on the road promoting its latest album Parachute. Although frontman Brian Vader Ark once said that his band was a "rags to riches to rags" story, which is fair to say because they haven't quite seen again the fame they had in the '90s, The Verve Pipe has maintained momentum in the world of alternative rock, even with a handful of lineup changes. 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346,, $20 and up. Diamond Victoria

The adored Hello Kitty Cafe Truck returns to DFW this weekend with “supercute treats and merch.” Coffee, drinks and sweets seem to make up the food on this one, but it seems what draws their large crowds is the branded truck and collectible items for sale. Find out for yourself. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Southlake Town Square, 1560 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake. Beth Rankin

CorePower Yoga is heading to Lower Greenville for a rooftop yoga class. It’s a level 2 class with guided meditation at the start. After all of that sweat with a view, you can indulge in a brunch buffet with mimosas. Just bring a yoga mat, a towel, water and your ID. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 15 at HG Sply Co., 2008 Greenville Ave., in East Dallas, $15-25 at Beth Rankin


It’s officially Pride Week in Dallas, so break out your rainbow flag and flex your waving muscles for the 35th anniversary of the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade on Cedar Springs Road. The parade starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, and travels down Cedar Springs Road from Wycliff Avenue to Turtle Creek Boulevard. The Rev. Neil Cazares-Thomas, senior pastor of Cathedral of Hope United Church of Christ, and Wayne Davis, president of Dallas Bears, will serve as the parade’s grand marshals. The parade is free. For more information, visit Paige Skinner

For at least another night, hope springs eternal for the Dallas Cowboys. Sure, Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and the rest of the Cowboys offense were punchless against the Carolina Panthers in last week’s season opener, but maybe Jerryworld’s vaunted home-field advantage will save Dallas’ finest from their first 0-2 start since 2010. The schedule-makers have done the Cowboys a favor by slating the New York Giants between tough contests against the Panthers and Seahawks, the Cowboys’ Week 3 opponent. The Giants have two of the best skill-position weapons in the NFL in rookie running back Saquon Barkley and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and not much else. Jerry Jones may not have Made the Cowboys Great Again, but they have a good chance to get off the schneid in this one. Kickoff is set for 7:20 p.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Limited tickets are available through SeatGeek, the new official ticket partner of the Cowboys, as well as resale outlets like Ticketmaster and StubHub. Stephen Young
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Paige Skinner has written for the Dallas Observer since 2014.
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