Ultimate Guide to Your Weekend, July 29-31

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Do This!
There's a reason so many kids' toys say "suitable for ages 1-99" on the side of the box. The desire to spend a couple of hours experimenting and constructing with nary a thought of adult responsibilities never goes away, even when the bills start coming. Indulge your inner child on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. when Legoland Discovery Center in Grapevine Mills mall (3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway) hosts Adult Night. Play to your heart's content for $21. Purchase at legolanddiscoverycenter.com

Denton's first comedy festival kicked off last night and will continue tonight and Saturday at J&Js Pizza (118 W. Oak St.), with sets at 7 and 10 p.m. both nights. Thirty-five local and national comedians make up the Denton Comedy Festival lineup, and Shane Mauss, whom you may know from his Netflix special Mating Season, will headline Saturday night. To see the schedule and purchase tickets, $5 to $13, visit odbcomedyfestival.com. 

The most remarkable thing about the Deep Ellum Lit Hop taking place from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday across multiple venues is that Dallas has enough of a literary scene that a hop can happen in the first place. Presented by nonprofit Wordspace, the evening will take you from bookshops to art galleries to bars for eight hour-long showcases featuring work by some of Dallas' most important writers. For the full list of participants and venues, visit the event on Facebook

Eat This!
Hon Sushi in Carrollton (1902 E. Belt Line Road) prepares great sushi, but presentation is where they really excel. For a beautiful summer meal, order the Waikiki Roll ($10.95), filled with crabmeat and cucumber and topped with tuna and mango salsa; and the Kai-Lana Roll ($13.95), featuring fried soft-shell crab and grilled eel.

Everyone knows Cane Rosso (2612 Commerce St.; multiple locations) is one of the best pizza joints in town, but did you know they have excellent burrata too? The dish, which consists of fresh mozzarella cheese filled with curd and fresh cream, made our list of best of the year. Made fresh in-house, Cane Rosso's version does all the things a good burrata should. Namely, it spreads perfectly on the toasted crostini served alongside. Food editor Beth Rankin advises you to doctor it with a little sautéed rapini and fresh arugula, too.

If brunch is in the stars for you this weekend, consider visiting Ida Claire (5001 Belt Line Road). You won't regret ordering the turkey and dumplings, built on one of Ida Claire's stellar signature biscuits that's split in half, filled with shredded dark turkey meat and dressed with a creamy sauce. "This dish will likely find fans in lovers of biscuits and gravy, for it hits many of the same notes while doing so in a way that does not explicitly command the wearing of elastic waist pants," says brunch writer Kathryn DeBruler.

Drink This!
Grapevine Craft Brewery recently released a fruity take on one of their post popular beers, the Brewers Reserve Douple IPA. The Tropical Double IPA cashes in on the opportunity to do a version for summer by adding blood orange and mango purée. Everyone has their own idea about whether fruit belongs in beer; investigate for yourself by picking up a four-pack ($12.69) at Central Market. 

Ocean Prime (2101 Cedar Springs Road) is serving a Rum Punch made with ingredients that you probably don't have in your pantry at home — unless you frequently mix drinks with chile liqueur and chocolate bitters. So what better excuse to stop by and order one from their experienced bartenders? The drink is completed with Don Pancho 8-year rum, Orchard apricot liqueur, orange juice, lime juice and simple syrup. 

Hear This!
At 9 pm. Friday, a balanced blend of punk, electro-pop and psych rock will take the stage at Three Links (2704 Elm St.). King Camel has put together a bill of DFW bands consisting of Clifffs, Paper Saints and Sunbuzzed, and best of all it's free. For more info, see the event on Facebook.

If you feel like show hopping Friday, there's another great free option just down the street at Twilight Lounge (2640 Elm St.). Dallas' best and only Strokes cover band will play at 10:30 p.m. The Strokes are one of the most enduring bands from the early aughts; their older and newer hits blend together seamlessly and it's still as much fun to sing and dance along as it was then. Different Strokes, led by Party Static's Brett Michael Strawn, will have you doing both. Visit the event on Facebook for more.

See This!
2016 Dallas Observer Mastermind Michael Morris has been presenting a three-part performance called Black Boxes and Dark Rooms, and it's essentially a retrospective of his work in filmmaking. The final piece will be added Friday with an event that's part performance and part screening. "Hybrid Cinema: Films, Video and Expanded Cinema" takes place from 8:30 to 11 p.m. at Morris' Oak Cliff studio (1719 W. 10th St.). Admission is free. More info on Facebook.

Theater collective The Tribe is back with another play by an upstart Dallas playwright, and the subject matter is something we can all relate to. Claire Carson's Hypochondria explores the all-too-familiar downsides of heading to WebMD to investigate that arm rash you just noticed. The play runs at Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park (1121 1st Ave.) at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $10 to $25 at the-tribe.ticketleap.com.

One time I let a friend coax me, a person who does not dance well, into a beginner’s hip-hop class. This experience traumatized me, sure, but it also gave me an enduring appreciation for people who are actually good at it. There will be lots of those people at the Majestic Theatre (1925 Elm St.) at 7 p.m. Saturday for the Dallas Hip Hop Dance Festival. For $25 you can see a competition and showcase celebrating professional companies and crews from all over Texas. For tickets and more info, visit dallashiphopfest.com.

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