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After boatloads of research, neuroscientist Jonathan Touboul says he's figured out a scientific explanation for why every hipster seems to look exactly alike. And it's as science-y sounding as you'd think, as Touboul frequently refers to the overly-bearded portion of the population as neurons.
Anyway, the Washington Post's Jeff Guo attempted to translate Touboul's findings into terms us laymen can understand. Guo writes: “The hipsters are still recoiling from the mainstream, but each holds an outdated concept of what the mainstream is. Because they are slow to react, they end up all looking alike, and all changing fashions at the same time. (Irony of ironies!)”
Alas, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Kinda like this feature — the day changes, but the fact remains, there's always tons to do. — Cory Graves
Savoy at House of Blues
Throw out everything you thought you knew about not shining lasers in your eyes. Though the ratio of content in the the “Mo Lasers Mo Problems” band's press release centering around the “raging” laser light show outnumber any discussion of music by a four-to-one margin, there's no need to worry. These lasers, so says the release, are the only 250 watt puppies in the world government-approved for shooting people in the face. Good to know. — CG
The Second City at Dallas City Performance Hall
In October of 2001, I visited my older sister in Chicago and saw the Second City crew tackle the 9/11 attacks head on, just about a month after the attacks. It was an awe-inspiring, therapeutic, hilarious and downright brave display. Comedy has incredible powers. Second City is where those powers go to hone themselves. This event, which celebrates the troupe's 55th anniversary, finds Second City's improv crew flexing those muscles. Marvel at them. — Pete Freedman
Patty Griffin, Mavis Staples at Majestic Theatre
Griffin is probably best known as a songwriter — her songs have been covered by the likes of Emmylou Harris and The Dixie Chicks among others — or as the sideman/love interest of Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant's Band of Joy reboot. That's a shame, too, because Griffin's barebones songs are well-crafted, tactfully-delivered gems in their own right, and worthy of more effusive praise or attention than her dating history has received in recent years. Making this night doubly extraordinary is the fact that at this show, which benefits the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center and celebrates “the healing power of music therapy,” Griffin will be joined by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples. — CG
Brew Haha Comedy Series at Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
Laugh until Dream Crusher comes out of your nose at the Deep Elum Brewing Co. stop on the Brew Haha comedy series. In addition to stand-up sets from a handful of local comedians, your ticket will score you a tour and three tastings of DEBC's brews. — CG
Dallas Fetish Ball Opening Night Party at Red Light Lounge
At this year's Dallas Fetish Ball — which will be held at The Church this Friday and Saturday — participants will quest for an answer to that somewhat frightening, age-old question: “Rope vs Rubber.” Whether you find that more terrifying or titillating will probably play a factor on whether you end up at this DFB pre-party. In any case, the opportunity to meet participants in this year's ball, and to take in something called a “rope clinic” lies before you. — CG
Joe Milazzo Book Release Party at The Wild Detectives
Native Dallasite Joe Milazzo is holding an official launch for his new novel, Crepuscule W/ Nellie, which the author describes as “a work of speculative historical fiction that depicts the lives of Thelonious Monk and his wife, Nellie” that in no way attempts to stick to any sort of real historical accuracy. Hey, it worked for Inglourious Basterds.– CG
Buick 6 at Vagabond
Not content just to lord over the area's best Tom Petty cover band, Mike Rhyner (read: our 9th favorite Ticket personality and recent Texas Radio Hall of Fame inductee) also does a pretty mean Bob Dylan. This is that band. — CG
Gyorgy Ligeti at SMU's Caruth Auditorium (Free)
Widely hailed as “one of the most important avant-garde composers in the latter half of the twentieth century,” you're probably most familiar with the pieces Ligeti wrote for 2001: A Space Odyssey and other Kubrick films. Like 2001, Ligeti's pieces are considered vastly ahead of their time. — CG
NICE at Wyly Theatre
The Danielle Georgiou Dance Group's fall premiere, called NICE, is an immersive dance work that deals with “femininity and pop-culture” — a topic on the forefront of just about everybody's minds at the moment — and features musical compositions by Paul Slavens. — CG
To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.