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Today, the New Horizons probe will become the first spacecraft to fly by Pluto, where it will take detailed measurements and photos of the planet and its moons. To honor the occasion, the world's sexiest astronomer, one Neil DeGrasse Tyson, has been tweeting a string of Pluto fun facts.

So far, he's offered up interesting bits like: “Earth's Moon is five times more massive than Pluto. Get over it.” And, “You could jump 15 feet or more on Pluto, and you'd shatter like glass when you landed, because you'd be frozen solid.”

We've got one more #PlutoFacts for you: There's more going on in Dallas tonight than on the entire “planet” of Pluto. Get over that one, too. — Cory Graves

Bastille on Bishop
Beyond being the basis for a classic Rush song, this French holiday is of particular meaning to North Texas — or, more specifically, Dallas. Among the first settlers in the city were the group of French ex-pats who formed the Utopian La Reunion colony in 1855. Ever since, Dallas has had a French influence and various landmarks named after the colony — including Reunion Tower and Reunion Arena (RIP). To celebrate, the Bishop Arts District is hosting its sixth annual Bastille on Bishop block party featuring star chefs, wine tastings and an outdoor market. Go check it out and show off your newly-found knowledge about the day's local origins. — Stephen Young

It's Just Banter Live Recording at Off the Record (Free)
If you're a listener of KTCK 1310-AM or 96.7 FM, you probably feel like you already know TC Fleming and Jake Kemp well. And if you're not a listener of The Ticket? Well, whatever. Hopefully, by now, you've at least checked out their It's Just Banter podcast, which, for the past several weeks now, we've partnered up with to release. Either way, you've got your best opportunity to familiarize yourself with these two tonight, as they tape a future edition of “your second favorite podcast” live at Off the Record. — Pete Freedman

Surf Ninjas w/ Ernie Reyes at Alamo Drafthouse
Objectively, Surf Ninjas is not a good movie. Subjectively, however, it's one of my all-time favorites. I grew up watching this on VHS with my sister on a regular basis and I can't help but love it. Here, Ernie Reyes, Jr. and Nicolas Cowan play brothers who are adopted by an American chef after their home country is overthrown in a military coup. Later, a mystery man (Ernie Reyes, Sr.) shows up, imploring them to return home to fight the evil dictator Colonel Chi. Yes, Leslie Nielsen plays the bad guy. And, yes, he's part robot, too. The '90s were a weird time. But the best part of this screening is that it's a benefit for Ernie Reyes, Jr, who needs a kidney transplant. If you can't make this one, you can still donate to his GoFundMe page.Kip Mooney

Dallas Tacography at El Come Taco
Former Texan, and Dallas Morning News writer, Lesley Tellez is releasing a cookbook on Mexico City street food. The book, Eat Mexico, chronicles her adventures exploring authentic Mexican cuisine. To showcase the release, Tellez will be a part of the Dallas Tacography panel tonight, at El Come Taco. She will also teach a cooking class at the Lovers Lane Central Market tomorrow night. — Porttia Portis

K.Flay at Dada
The low hum of K.Flay's voice is immediately intriguing. She's an indie hip-hop artist who has also been described as alternative pop. Her music is very personal, and with a beat that gets you hooked. Her first album, Life As A Dog came out last year and reached the 133rd position on the Billboard 200 chart. Check her out tonight at Dada. — Diamond Victoria

Sebastian Bach at Gas Monkey
After spending a couple decades fronting acts like Skid Row and Hep Alien, Sebastian Bach's doing the ol' solo thing tonight — though, he's more likely to cover one of his old band's tunes than the other. — CG

Moon Waves at Crown and Harp
It ain't easy for small local bands to hit the road, and most have at least one member giving up a paycheck to make it happen. Dallas' psych-playing teens Moon Waves hit the road after this show, meaning the good and just thing to do in this instance would be to catch them tonight, buy up some merch and send off with a little cash in their pockets. Dead Mockingbirds and Psychic Killers open. — CG

To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.

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