Experience a haunted house where you're encouraged to fight back this Friday and Saturday when Zombie Apoc Army takes over Fort Worth's Cutting Edge Haunted House (1701 E. Lancaster Ave.) For $39.99 you can use toy guns to defeat an army of the undead. Reserve tickets online at
cuttingedgehauntedhouse.com or pay at the door. Groups will be let in at intervals between 7 and 11 p.m.
Cat cafes first became a thing in Japan, but they're starting to become popular here, too. If you want to check out the concept, or are looking to take home a furry friend, visit The Cat Connection (14233 Inwood Road) Saturday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to play, adopt and have a snack. Admission is free. For more, visit thecatconnection.com.
If you want to see a regular drag show on steroids, try attending one produced by MyOhMy. Their shows attract talent from all over Texas, and your next opportunity to see one arises at 8:30 p.m. Saturday when Drag Show Extravaganza gets going at The Kessler Theater (1230 W Davis St.) Tickets to the vaudevillian evening of comedy, over-the-top costumes, singing and dancing are $20 to $160 at prekindle.com.
The crab tostadas at Urban Taco (3411 McKinney Ave., multiple locations) are bite-sized wonders piled with fresh lump crab, smokey morita sauce, roasted corn, capers and pickled veggies. A $12 order gets you three, and a perfect summer appetizer.
Wayward Sons (3525 Greenville Ave.) has a winner in their rabbit agnolloti, a pasta similar to ravioli that's in this case filled with rabbit, shell peas, okra and edible flowers. But the best part is the creamy sauce it's bathed in; it's so good you'll want to lick the plate clean.
The brunch at Boulevardier (408 N Bishop Ave., No. 108) still knocks it out of the park, and the best thing on the menu is the duck confit, a technique that involves poaching meat in its own fat. Boulevardier's version is fork-tender with crispy skin, and served with crisped grit cakes topped with sunny side up eggs, huckleberry preserves and oil- and vinegar-dressed greens. Try it for $16.
The Full Nelson at Street's Fine Chicken (3857 Cedar Springs Road) combines four simple ingredients — blackberries, bourbon, mint-infused simple syrup and ginger beer — for a simple but inventive take on the whiskey smash that bodes well for the future of the restaurant that recently took over Black Eyed Pea's long-held spot. Get the recipe here.
Try a new coffee spot this weekend from our updated list of the best coffee shops in Dallas. What about a nut-shaken latte or cold-pressed juice from Oak Cliff's Local Press+Brew (1605 N. Beckley Ave.)?
America's weirdo laureate, Weird Al, makes an unusual stop at the Winspear Opera House (2403 Flora St.) at 8 p.m. Friday. He's touring in support of his album Mandatory Fun, and as the album title suggests, there's no way you won't at least be entertained. Tickets are $49.50-$69.50 at attpac.org.
It's too hot for your old favorite pop rockers Weezer to wear sweaters, so there won't be anything for you to destroy, but show up to hear them play songs from their new White Album at 7 p.m. Friday at Gexa Energy Pavilion (1818 1st Ave.) anyway. Tickets are $25-$75 at dallaspavilion.org.
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Backstage drama is the subject of Terrance McNally's Broadway satire, It's Only a Play. See the Uptown Players' production at Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., beginning at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10 to $40 at uptownplayers.org.
The Asian Film Festival is taking place at the Angelika Film Center (5321 E Mockingbird Lane) now through Thursday, July 21. The diverse lineup represents Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Iran, so make sure to visit asianfilmdallas.com and get the full lay of the land, but for this weekend our pick is Samurais and Idiots, a documentary about corruption at camera and optical company Olympus Corp. It screens at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5-$15.