The Dream Of The '90s Is Alive In Allen.
Last year, Burleson native Kelly Clarkson bought a ring that once belonged to author Jane Austen at British auction.
Here's the thing, though: After spending somewhere in the $200,000 range for the ring, Clarkson wasn't allowed to bring the artifact back home with her.
It seems a British-based Jane Austen museum was miffed enough by Clarkson's bid of five times the estimated price to involve the British government, who last month put a temporary export ban on the ring in the hopes that they could finagle a way to keep the artifact in its country of origin.
For her part, Clarkson has agreed to sell the ring to the museum if they can raise $235,500 by December. To date, though, the museum has only managed to raise $155,000 — with most of that coming from a single donor.
While we don't currently possess that kind of cash, we're probably still going to walk around town like dollar-menunaires tonight anyway, acting like we own the place.
Shwayze at Trees
We can't think of a better way to start winding down a great summer than with the chillest of the chill: Shwayze. So chill is the “Buzzin'” rapper, in fact, that he's oft cited Jimmy Buffet as an inspiration of his. He's also not afraid to take a few chances. Case in point? He first became famous after hopping on stage at a Whitestarr concert in 2005 and freestyling. Weekend Hustler and G.O.A.T. open. — Jessica Petrocchi
Chicago at Verizon Theatre
Let's be clear about something right up front: This is not the musical about murderous cabaret singers. Rather, the rock band that formed in 1967 will be doing their thing out in Grand Prairie with four of its six founding members. (Sorry, Peter Cetera fans.) — JP
All the Labor: The Story of the Gourds at Dan's Silverleaf
This rock doc — which promises to both celebrate and examine Austin alt-country legends The Gourds — is, appropriately enough, being screened at a bar. The film's official release isn't until November, and even then it won't be particularly easy to find in theaters. That being said: Anyone interested in learning a bit about an important chunk of our fair state's recent musical legacy should check this one out. — Stephen Young
Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Vertical Horizon and Fastball at Allen Event Center
Remember this song? Or maybethis one? What aboutthis one? Or hell, even this one? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be in the target demographic for this blatant nostalgia ploy. But don't feel too bad about it if that's the case. At least you'll be able to hear a dozen or so legitimate radio hits from your youth at this one. — SY
The Hussy at The Crown & Harp
Boy/girl psych-punk duo The Hussy drops by the Lower Greenville dive in support of its brand new Pagan Hiss LP, as well as recently-released Clothes Moutain EP, plus a pair of new 7-inches. In other words: This band is nothing if not prolific. The always fun Party Static open. — Cory Graves
Trillwave at The Boiler Room
It didn't take long for this weekly event to find a new home following Zubar's recent closing. Tonight's edition will feature DJs Genova, Trailer Swift Dubble A, Johnny Cache and $2 wells all night long. — CG
Sneak Peek at the New Kettle Art Gallery
For the past month, Frank Campagna has been raising funds to help furnish and build out the new version of his long-Deep Ellum-based Kettle Art Gallery, which is about to open up shop in a new spot, just about a block over from its old one. Tonight, Campagna welcomes donors old and new to his new space so as to thank them for their support and to show them what's in store at the New Kettle. —Pete Freedman