Good Friday: Sounding the Silence, Playboy Comedy Tour, Polyphonic Spree Holiday

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The weather outside is frightful but possibly worth getting into with some of the following shows around town. In fact, I even kept that in mind with shows that can also offer some cozy toastiness. With weather slated to go no higher than 51 degrees, we figure warmth should be a key factor in getting you out.

Playboy Comedy Tour with Robert Kelly, Paul Hughes, Cort McCown and more 8:30 p.m. Friday, December 14. Lakewood Theater, 1825 Abrams Parkway.

More than likely this will be a guy’s night out kind of thing. Especially with the “and more” part listed above because also making appearances will be 2007 Playmate of the Year Sara Jean Underwood, 2006 Playmate of the Year Kara Monaco and Miss March 2005 Jillian Grace. You might know Robert Kelly from Dane Cook’s Tourgasm show, but …hello? Um, I think I lost some readers back at Underwood’s name. The silly and the silicone should no doubt induce comic relief and some heat under the collar.

Sounding the Silence and Jackson Edwards 8 p.m. Saturday December 15. Opening Bell Coffee, 1409 S. Lamar St.

Coffee shop music isn’t always an acoustic snooze-fest. The peeps over at Opening Bell book some solid stuff week after week. And whether Missouri power pop band Sounding the Silence is going to amp it up or play it unplugged, the band is sure to give a show no matter. When the group was kicked off a bill in its own hometown last month, the members played a free show for fans in the cold outside the venue and gave away cookies and hot chocolate. I doubt anything on Opening Bell’s menu will be free, but saddle up with some java or even something stronger to warm your insides.

Collision: A Night of Art and Music with Red Monroe, Lovie, Miss CJ and DJ Andrew Blanchard 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 15. The Continental Gallery (inside the Continental Loft lobby), 3311 Elm Street.

This looks to be a sweet deal following the formula of local art + indie rock = total scene. Go for the art where local talents Clint Scism, Ange Fitzgerald, Mark Nelson and Havi Frost all peddle their wares to sell you what you think you’ll give away as gifts but in fact end up keeping for your own walls. Stay for the music because for a non-venue weekend night in Deep Ellum, Collision has an impressive lineup with Lovie and Red Monroe at the helm and DJs Miss CJ and Andrew Blanchard on hand spinning the tunes. We likey. Plus, no cover, free hot food and cold beverage should be incentive to get you going.

The Seventh Annual Polyphonic Spree Holiday Extravaganza! 3:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Sunday, December 16. Lakewood Theater, 1825 Abrams Parkway.

We’d be pretty remiss not to include the Spree’s extravaganza here. The show, a tad shy of being a decade old, is totally the holiday hipster’s answer to, say, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra or the Turtle Creek Chorale. But we’re also excited to see the Spree bring back Gustafer Yellowgold for the kiddos. In fact, check out this week’s print edition for more on the funny, sunny creature and its creator, Morgan Taylor. Double check your tickets though, as there has been some confusion on show times between the matinée and evening performances.

VHS or Beta, Adult., Black Tie Dynasty 8 p.m. Sunday, December 16. House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St. Free.

This is the pick with the gold star next to it. Camel cigarettes is at it again with one of its free shows that somehow always get planned underneath our very noses only for us to luckily find out about it in just enough time to let you know about it. It’s 18 and up and the music hall will be a smoking venue for the first time ever, which would only make sense. According to HOB rep Emily Kopp, the show is by invitation only but she said pretty much just show up, prove your old enough and you’re in. Sweet. -- Rich Lopez

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