The quarterly North Texas Comic Book Show takes over the Doubletree Dallas Hotel from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. In addition to lots of comics for sale, some as cheap as $1, there will be special guests from Marvel and DC Comics and a cosplay contest. Admission is $10 for adults and free for those 11 and younger. To purchase and find more info, visit comicbooksdallas.com.
Wordspace Presents: Looped is a free experimental poetry event where poems can be heard through headphone stations or read on trees. At 7:30 p.m. Saturday you can do some healing through words when Looped takes over The Wild Detectives bookstore (314 W. 8th St.). Featured writers include Jennifer Whalen, Darryl Ratcliff, Courtney Marie, Christopher Hughes, Fatima Hirsi and Edyka Chilomé. More info on Facebook.
Acts of violence can only be prevented from re-occurring by educating ourselves about them. For many the holocaust may be a lesson in history class, but it's important to remember that it happened not so long ago; it was the reality of people like Fred Strauss, who miraculously survived and is still around to share his story. Hear Strauss speak at the Dallas Holocaust Museum (211 N. Record St. No, 100) at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The museum's admission fee is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students. More info here.
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's burger forms are going head-to-head at Del Frisco's Grill (3232 McKinney Ave.). Nick Rallo tried them both and deems Clinton's burger — a lamb patty with roasted tomato, fresh arugula and house-made tzatziki sauce — the winner. Do as he did and make your own informed decision this weekend.
Take a trip across the pond with a taste of the bangers and mash at Independent Bar & Kitchen (2712 Main St.) This dish isn't exactly typical summer fare: It's seared beef belly doused with light gravy and pickled mustard seeds, and served up with mashed Yukon potatoes and caramelized onions. But it's too tasty to pass up till winter.
To meet your weekend quota of Mexican food, try the Frontera Fundido taco at Tacodeli (1878 Sylvan Ave.) The breakfast item, served all day on weekends, can be ordered with sirloin, chicken or portobello. It comes with sautéed onion, poblano peppers and a Jack cheese glaze that really makes it when you add some creamy salsa verde into the mix.
Andrew Stofko recently took over as bar manager at Victor Tangos, and he's managed to inject new life into an already stellar program. Stofko turned to mixology after a 20-year career as a concert pianist, and his creativity can be seen in cocktails such as the vanilla pepper-rimmed Gimme Some Shugga, made with vodka, sugar kiss melon, lime and apricot eau-de-vie.
Beth Rankin has not one, not four, but seven ways for you to stay caffeinated this summer. One of the most appealing is the Teardrop at Drugstore Cowboy (2721 Main St.) It's a layered drink that begins with
with vanilla syrup, then adds a layer of cold heavy cream and tops it with a shot of espresso. Take it like a whiskey shot, champ, and get going on all those chores.
Atwater Alley (4900 McKinney Ave.) is serving up a Cubano Daiquiri that's stiff, and then some. Cigar smoke-infused rum is the magic ingredient and it combines with lime and simple syrup for a sophisticated refreshment. Stop by their bar or make one yourself following the recipe found here.
When it comes to free Friday entertainment, you can't beat alt-pop act Jared and the Jewelers and psych rockers Pearl Earl at The Foundry (2303 Pittman St.) The music starts at 8 p.m. and there's fried chicken and pinball, too. See Facebook for more info.
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If you haven't heard Sarah Ruth's magical voice, then Saturday night is your perfect opportunity. Her experimental folk act with Gregg Prickett, They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy, is having a record release party at Ochre House Theatre (825 Exposition Ave.) for their debut, Far From the Silvery Light. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $10 here.
Indie rock and punk rock take the night Sunday, when Pinegrove and Sports stop at Three Links (2704 Elm St.). The young bands quickly grew a following and it's still growing, so now's the time to see them if you want to say you knew them "before." The show gets going at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 here.
Festival of Independent Theatres is back for the 18th year in a row to showcase some of Dallas' most inventive theater-makers. Short plays from eight companies, six of them newcomers, will run at Bath House Cultural Center, 521 East Lawther Drive, through July 30. At 8 p.m. Friday, check out Fun House Theatre and Film’s Rush Limbaugh in Night School, followed by Frieda Dunkelberg and Company’s Hospit(al)able. Tickets are $18 for a two-play package or $60-$70 for a pass here.
Laughter is the best medicine, they say, so make sure to take advantage of one of your many opportunities to see Craig Robinson perform stand-up at Addison Improv (4980 Belt Line Road, No. 250) this weekend. (You know him from The Office, and just about every Seth Rogen movie.) Robinson performs at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $32-$42 at addisonimprov.com.
Didn't laugh hard enough? Try again with Mike Birbiglia. Besides being a fantastic stand-up and actor, he's also a budding filmmaker. See a screening of his latest venture, indie drama Don't Think Twice, at Magnolia Theater (699 McKinney Ave.) The first screening is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The second is at 8:15 p.m. Both will be followed by a Q&A with Birbiglia himself. Tickets are $11 here.