Laugh At The Other Rock.

We’re no different from you. When the weekend finally starts coming into view on the horizon, we sometimes get so excited that we just jump the gun and started the party a day early.
 
First, though, comes to the true test — patiently awaiting the moment that clock strikes 5 o’clock. As you wait, try to get some work done so your boss doesn’t hate on you too hard. And try not to be too distracted by your various social media streams, either. Remember: Those #tbt pictures that are neither cute nor all that funny.
 
If you really need a break from the grind, just start planning what you’re going to do when you get off of work later today. If that doesn’t cut it, well, maybe this will help you have a whale of a day. 

Kevin Brown at Hyena’s Comedy Night Club
You’re probably familiar with Kevin Brown’s hilarious Dot Com character on 30 Rock, where he serves as one of the more logical members of Tracy Jordan’s entourage. If you’re not, start watching the show, like, now. Apparently Brown’s pretty funny live, too. With his straightforward, witty delivery on the show, we get the feeling that his stand-up is likely to be pretty entertaining. — Jessica Petrocchi

FILMAGE: The Story of Descendants/ALL at Texas Theatre
After months of being teased with trailers for the new, locally-helmed doc featuring the likes of Dave Grohl and Keith Morris gushing about the importance of punk pioneers the Descendants, the Dallas-based filmmakers behind the film are finally hosting a free screening of Filmage tonight in Oak Cliff. Considering how well-received the film’s screenings went at Toronto’s NXNE recently, we’re expecting great things. — Cory Graves

The Sword at Granada
Frequent Metallica tour mates The Sword kickoff their headlining tour at the Granada Theater tonight in support of last year’s Apocryphon. That latest release from the Austin-based sludge-metal act features the same time-tested heavy doom of their previous albums, so don’t go to this one expecting to have your life affirmed or anything. Still, you should be able to get your [hard] rocks off tonight all the same. — Stephen Young

Tony Rock at the Addison Improv
Looks like comedy runs in Rock’s family. Like his older brother Chris, Tony too is a comedian and actor. With his current stand-up tour and Apollo Live hosting gig, he’ll aim to step out of his brother’s shadow some tonight in Addison. — JP

#FreshBeats Producer Battle at The Crown and Harp
As the Dallas hip-hop scene continues its rise in the national game, so too does the competition to make it to the top. Tonight, Too Fresh Productions presents #FreshBeats, the first of a monthly, bracket-style beat battle showdown giving eight hopeful producers a chance to show off what they’ve got. Expect tonight’s scene to be packed with familiar faces, such as host Slim Gravy of A.Dd+, DJ Whiz T (the official Dallas Mavericks DJ) and guest judges Gensu Dean and J Rhodes, the latter of which has produced for the likes of The Game and Talib Kweli, among others. Keepin’ it fresh, one beat at a time. —Zoe Mattioli

Air Review and Chambers at The Belmont (Sold Out)
As with every other show at The Belmont’s “Barefoot at the Belmont” series, this one’s sold out. In fact, this one even sold out in just five minutes. Not bad for a couple of local acts. Be sure and checkout the above link — like now — if you have any desire whatsoever to see the next edition of the gorgeous venue’s series, which features Cody ChestnuTT and Larry g(EE). — SY

Josh Weathers at Sundown
Josh Weathers, the self-proclaimed “hardest working man in local music,” will perform tonight as part of Sundown’s free monthly Chevy Music Showcase series. And, as with all shows at Sundown, this sucker is totes free. — JP

Havok at Three Links
Denver band Havok highlights a night of old-school metal at Three Links. If thrashing is your cup of tea, expect to have a good time at this one. The headliners — and local openers Warbeast and Maleveller, for that matter — have no problem bringing the pain. — SY

Red Bull Curates: Canvas Cooler Project at Life in Deep Ellum
Dallas contemporary artists turned their designs into canvas-wrapped coolers for this one. Don’t fret: This isn’t amateur hour like when sorority girls paint coolers with images of their frat boyfriend’s favorite beers (read: Bud Light and Natty). No, the art you’ll see on the coolers at tonight’s event are of the rather legit variety. A number of the city’s best artists have decorated coolers for this event, all of which will be on display today at Life in Deep Ellum. — JP

An Introduction to Performance Art at the Dallas Museum of Art
If you sometimes feel confused, intimidated or angered by performance art, check out this free event at the DMA and have all of your concerns washed away. This panel is the first of four spearheaded by PERFORMANCESW, a new collaborative project from Dallas-based artists Courtney Brown and Alison Starr, and it’s part of the museum’s month-long DallasSITES: Available Space project. Baby steps, y’all. We’ll get you there yet. — Elaine Sun

Decks in the Park at Klyde Warren Park
The July edition of the park’s monthly DJ series features family-friendly sets from A-1, Feezy, Jeff Mitchell, DVDJ Washington, Paradise and Waric Cameron. Don’t let the kids at this one scare you off. As we learned recently, Dallas’ young ’uns can more than hold their own on the dance floor. — SY

Free Outdoor Screening of Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz Double Feature at Alamo Drafthouse
The Alamo Drafthouse brings you back-to-back showings of the first films in the so-called “Blood and Ice Cream” trilogy in anticipation of the concluding, upcoming release, The World’s End. For $20, you can imbibe in beer tastings from six local breweries, too. The event itself is free of charge, though. Just BYOC (bring your own chair). Seat-grabbing opens at 9 a.m., so we’re guessing this is sure-to-be packed event. —ZM

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