Turn It Up To Eleven.
The fight to get people to not text during a movie seems to be a never-ending battle.
For his part, Alamo Drafthouse's fearless leader, Tim League, has made it very clear that if you're caught on your phone when the movie starts, you're getting kicked the fuck out.
Well, League's fight will be quite tough if he opens a theater in China: According to the Hollywood Reporter, major chains in Chinese cities are trying out “bullet screens,” where moviegoers can text something obnoxious and it will show up on the screen.
This method is only used as mockery in the states for comedy shows, mostly, but it looks like China wants to stay ahead of the U.S. in the idea, whether it's stupid or not.
That said, don't text tonight at Howard the Duck — or any of these events, for that matter. Because, far as we're concerned, an unwanted text is fair grounds to punch someone in the wiener.
You've been warned. — Chase Whale
Red Bull Sound Select Presents: El Ten Eleven at Sons of Herman Hall
Instrumental post-rock power duo El Ten Eleven love using looping pedals to create huge sonic works. At the same time, they hate it when you call them a math rock duo, which they decidedly are not. Maybe next, they’ll decide to finally be fed up with reviewers that continue to use tired lines like “I can’t believe two guys create all that sound!” to describe the band’s efforts. Frenetic Austin electro-rock duo Zorch and Dallas' TEAM* open things up, and the first 100 through the door will receive a free Popsicle from Steel City Pops. Like all Sound Select offerings, you'll have to RSVP here for $3 admission. — Cory Graves
ArtLoveMagic and Jedigoddess Presents: “In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…” at South Side on Lamar
A bunch of awesome nerds got together and put their love of movies, comics, games and other mediums of nerdom to all mediums of canvases. Come out and support your local artist — this show looks pretty awesome. Runs through August 30. — CW
Howard the Duck at Texas Theatre
By now, you know to stay after the end credits of Guardians of the Galaxy for a scene involving one of Marvel's original superheroes, the cigar-smoking, foul-mouthed quack, Howard the Duck. I don't know how long it's been since you've seen this movie, but as a grown up, you are not going to see it the same way as you did as a rebellious teen. To put it bluntly: This movie has a famous beastiality scene. Here's hoping that's a term you didn't know of during puberty. — CW
Fresh 45's at Crown and Harp
For this month’s edition of their Third Thursday monthly, DJs Spinderella, JT Donaldson, and Jay Clipp will be joined by special guest Chicken George from Austin in spinning nothing but vinyl 45s all night long. — CG
Jim Norton at Addison Improv
Between his guest appearances on Louie, his remotes for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and his role as a fixture on the Opie & Anthony show (for which he now serves as a co-host in the wake of Anthony Cumia's firing), trust me: You've seen Jim Norton's often-cringe-inducing work. But credit where it's due: This comedian's more than just self-deprecating, he's painfully honest — and hilariously so. Which explains why so many of his peers are so quick to cosign his efforts. — Pete Freedman
Terrence Spectacle at Curtain Club
By now, you've likely heard about #NewDallas, the hip-hop movement taking over Dallas. If not, here's a a primer. Need more? OK, well, tonight's lineup at this one offers just that. Expect banger and very few givings of fucks, as Dallas' latest crop of hip-hop upstarts make their case for being heard. — CW
“Artpocalypse” at Kettle Art
Four diverse artists have collaborated for the art show to end all art shows. Or so one might imagine given that they're calling this thing “Artpocalypse.” The show opens today from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and runs until September 6. If only the end of the world fit so nicely and predictably into such date parameters. — CW
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