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Hash Over: Armadillo Day, Vodka Tasting with a Side of Russian Opera Music, One2One Opens in Frisco, Libertine Bar Raises Awareness

The armadillo is the new groundhog? What the what? According to J. Black's Feel Good Lounge it is.

The new Henderson Avenue hot spot will be celebrating Armadillo Day this Saturday, August 21. The event is inspired by Groundhog's Day, and will celebrating the coming of fall or everlasting summer heat.

Drink specials will feature Makers Mark and Texas beers alongside a special menu with items such as the Armadillo Egg, a fresh jalapeno stuffed with andouille sausage, onions, and asadero cheese wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon; Australian lamb chop lollipops; and Texas Kobe beef sliders.

Speedbump the Armadillo will make a special appearance for the festivities. We're not sure if it's a real armadillo or a guy in costume. If it's the latter, then man, we feel sorry for him.

Also going on this week....

Let's see a show of hands: Who wants to travel over to the W Hotel to drink some liquor and listen to some good ol' opera music? Well, The Dallas Opera will hosting Baritones & Beachballs this Sunday, August 22, from 4-6 p.m. For $20, guests will enjoy a vodka tasting and the music of the opera Boris Godunov. For more information or to make reservations, call 214-443-1000.

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One2One Restaurant and Bar opened last Friday, August 13, in Frisco. We're guessing they're not the superstitious kind. Anyway, the new eatery will feature American cuisine, happy hours and live music. Check out www.one2onerestaurant.com for more info.

The Libertine Bar will be raising awareness this Sunday, August 22, for Lissencephaly, a rare brain form disorder. The benefit will have face painting for kids, raffles, silent auction and live music. So, head over to Libertine at 3 p.m. this Sunday for a great cause.

GattiTown North Dallas will hold a Back-To-School Backpack Drive from today until Sunday, August 16-22. When you bring in a backpack full of supplies to be donated, GattiTown will give you a $20 game card to use in its midway. A few supplies that you might want to include for the kiddies are binders, colored pencils, dividers, rulers, glue, scissors...you know, all the regular stuff.

Also, it's a big week in the Dallas restaurant world. Are we going to tell you what it is? Nope, not until you sign up for Hot Off the Grill, because all the details are in there. And you should probably register for it right now considering the newsletter is going out tomorrow morning.

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