Think vending machines are just for Peanut M&Ms and hot fries? Think again. Deep Vellum Books (3000 Commerce St.) is throwing a party from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday to celebrate their new White Rock Zine Machine, which doles out zines by local poets and artists in exchange for your quarters. Admission to the party is free. For more info, visit the event on Facebook.
If you're struggling to keep up with all of the new art galleries that have opened in Dallas in the last few years, the fifth annual Dallas Gallery Day is a great time to get up to speed. From noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, 31 galleries across the Design District, Deep Ellum, the Cedars, Trinity Groves, Uptown and the Arts District will welcome visitors and give out craft beer. Food trucks will take up stations near many of the galleries, and the first 15 visitors to each will be given gift bags, one of which will contain a "golden ticket" worth $1,000 toward any work of art. For more information and a list of participating galleries, see the Gallery Day Facebook event page.
Check out some cars with loud paint jobs and louder sound systems at the JB Kustoms Lowrider Car Show at Fair Park's Centennial Building (1010 First Ave.) from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be cash prizes for the best models and performances by musical groups Los Garcia Brothers, G Crew Band, Tercia De Wilmer and Yolie Ray Y Talento. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. To purchase, visit Eventbrite.
Look, the no-bullshit $4 cheeseburger at Dairy-Ette doesn't get any points for attractiveness. But trust us, there's a reason they've been serving it since 1956."It's cooked right; a seared beef patty on a flat-top with lava-flow American cheese, chopped onions, lettuce and pickle is a collect call to our souls," says burger guru Nick Rallo. Go to 9785 Ferguson Road and order one now.
If you drink this weekend you're probably going to have a hangover. And if you have a hangover, you're probably going to need the chilaquiles at Maracas (2914 Main St.) (This is like the adult version of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.) Fried corn tortillas are the dish's base, and they're topped with onions, refried beans, avocado and cheese. Read about our other favorite Mexican hangover helpers here.
Crushcraft Thai (2800 Routh St., No. 150) is not the first place you would think to go for authentic Thai food. It's in the Quadrangle. The interior is designed within an inch of its life. Needless to say, it does not adhere to the traditional "the divier the better" model, because Crushcraft's Khao Soi-Curry, a chicken noodle curry topped with a boiled egg and crispy noodle straws, is a gift from the curry gods.
Oak Highlands Brewery, based in Lake Highlands, just celebrated its first birthday and sale. Homebrewers Brad Mall and Darrin Williams have been readying their beers for distribution and they just handed over a keg each of Golden Moustache and Derelict IPA to Capitol Pub (2401 N. Henderson Ave.) Welcome the new brewery to the Dallas beer game by drinking a pint this weekend.
This week is Belgian beer week at Meddlesome Moth (1621 Oak Lawn Ave.). Get in on the action with a simple and refreshing beer cocktail they've mixed up, Great Minds. The drink combines gin, lemon juice, Chamomile honey simple syrup, Funkwerks Raspberry Provincial and rosemary. Get the recipe here.
Drive to Fort Worth Saturday and you'll be rewarded with a killer lineup at Solidarity Fest, a free, all-day festival at 515 Bar (515 S. Jennings Ave.) in support of Fort Worth's LGBTQ community. The music starts at 2 p.m. on two stages. Eighteen bands will perform through midnight, including Loafers, VVOES, War Party, Sealion, Fungi Girls and Def Rain. Donations and a portion of bar sales will go to Equality Texas and Equality North Carolina. For more info, see Facebook.
Austin's A Giant Dog killed it at Three Links in May, and you can see two of that band's members, Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen, play another King Camel show at 10 p.m. Saturday — this time as Sweet Spirit. The nine-piece band plays rock with tropical, country and doo-wop influences, and it will be interesting to see them try and fit on the tiny stage at Crown and Harp (1914 Greenville Ave.). Dallas bands Birds of Night and Native Fox will also perform. Cover is $5. Click here for more.
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Even Marc Maron knows and loves bluesy rockers Quaker City Nighthawks, so if you haven't caught them yet, you need to get with it. Catch them with Dead Flowers and Oil Boom on Sunday when they play at the Granada as part of free week. Tickets are first come, first serve, or you can reserve a spot for $5, which also earns you a beer. More info at freeweekdallas.com.
Stand-up comedy is hit and miss, but Ali Wong's material about race and marriage is all hit. You may know her from her Netflix special, Baby Cobra, which she made while seven months pregnant. But after this weekend you'll also know her from the Addison Improv (4980 Beltline Road), where she'll perform at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 to $35 at improvaddison.com.
House Party Theatre is venturing, or should we say, dancing, into new territory with Sack Lunch. Their latest event is the world-premiere of original choreography by a team of SMU students and alums. The promo video shows people eating cupcakes and heads of broccoli in a very dramatic fashion, so it’s a fair guess that the performance has a lot to do with food. Tickets are $10 to the 8 p.m. Saturday performance at The Wild Detectives (314 W. 8th St.). More info here.
Martin Scorcese's classic rock documentary The Last Waltz blends footage from The Band’s farewell concert in 1976 — which included performances from Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and Bobby Charles — with interviews from band members. See the film, which captures an entire era, at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Majestic Theatre (1925 Elm St.). Tickets are $10 at thetexastheatre.com.