Throw Tomatoes At Ted Cruz, Cheer On Some Kid Rockers, Embrace Your Inner Punk And Other Rad Ways To Spend Your Wednesday In Dallas.

Joey Chestnut is back on top. After failing to win the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Competition in 2015 — his only loss since 2007 — the perennial champ set a new event record as he won his second consecutive title at the annual July 4, Coney Island-hosted contest yesterday, wolfing down a whopping 72 hot dogs (with buns!) in the event’s allotted 10-minute time limit.

Per ESPN’s Darren Rovell, that means Chestnut consumed 20,160 calories, 1,296 grams of fat, 2,160 milligrams of cholesterol, 56,160 milligrams of sodium and 720 grams of protein in less time than you take to shower.

No matter how much you stuffed your face this Independence Day, you didn’t eat that much. So here’s hoping you still have an appetite for all that’s going on around town today. — Pete Freedman

Ted Cruz Town Hall at The Sheraton McKinney
If you’ve ever hoped for a chance to tell Ted Cruz how you feel, this is your shot. The Texas Senator will be on hand at the Sheraton hotel in McKinney to talk about issues impacting veterans and answering questions from the audience. This is a strictly bring-your-own-tomato event. — Blake Lumley

Game of Thrones Night at Globe Life Park
Winter is coming… to Globe Life Park in Arlington? Seems it! The Rangers have teamed up with HBO for the first ever Game of Thrones Night at Globe Life Park. The first 10,000 fans get a free “House Banister” Bobblehead, something all seven kingdoms can agree is pretty badass. — BL

Otherwise at Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
They say you should never judge a book by its cover, and that’s especially true when it comes to these Vegas-based hard rockers. Overcoming personal demons, the band has taken on the mantra “peace at all costs” and are on tour to support their fourth album. — BL

School of Rock Continental Summer Tour – Midwest Kickoff Show
Experience the final scene from the classic Jack Black movie in person! — BL

Henna Roso & Whiskey Wednesday at Sundown at Granada
Menna Roso is a band dedicated to fighting hunger. Whiskey Wednesday is a weekly promotion at Sundown that’s dedicated to fighting sobriety. — PF

Sealion, Howardian, Night Pits, Loafers at Independent Bar & Kitchen
Some of the best punk bands in the region, all for free. Can’t beat that. — PF

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