There's No Excuses For Missing Alice In Chains Tonight.
As part of a publicity tool for New Deal Distillery, a group of filmmakers were paid to get sloppy drunk on the company's spirits and then write, direct and star in a sci-fi short. Though words are slurred here and there — and there are most certainly more than a few moments when red-faced actors are doing their damndest not to vomit — the resulting Star Drunk is, quite surprisingly, top notch.
Now, we're not saying that getting your drank on tonight will make you as awesome as these folks. Not at all. In fact, the film's underlying message is actually one about drinking responsibly. But if you do happen to toss a few back at one of these events happening around the city tonight, just try not to fire any ray guns at your commanding officer. Or, y'know, anything else you might regret.
Uproar Festival at Gexa Energy Pavilion
Say what you will about the undercard of this bill, but headliners Alice in Chains and Jane's Addiction are unquestionably two of the few acts left over from the mid-'90s alt-rock boom that are still able to deliver a quality live product. Somewhat shockingly, the new look Alice in Chains are arguably just as much a force to be reckoned with these days as they were in their prime (read: prior to frontman Layne Staley's passing in 2002.) In fact, we'll just go ahead and put it out there that their 2013 release, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, just might be one of the year's best. — Cory Graves
Krishna Janmashtami at Kalachandji's Hare Krishna Temple
Without a doubt, the vegan buffet at Kalachandji's Hare Krishna Temple is well worth visiting all year round. Today, though, is an extra special one at the temple: To celebrate the birth of Krishna, a.k.a. the eighth avatar of Vishnu, there will be spiritual presentations, kirtan and dance all day long. A free vegan feast will also be provided. — CG
Grand Opening of Kira Plastinina's Lublu Flagship Store
Russian fashion designer and SMU student Kira Plastinina may only be 21-years-old, but with the help of her bajillionaire father, she's already opened over 250 of her namesake stores around the world. Even more impressive? She opened her first store at age 14. Though none of the 12 previous Lublu locations in the U.S. have fared all that well, Plastinina's new flagship store in Preson Center Plaza could be the start of something new. — CG
Wednesday Jam Session at Prophet Bar
Every week, Erykah Badu's musical director R.C. Williams and his band The Gritz lead Dallas' best and most consistent weekly event in town. The highlight of their regular mid-week “jam session” is the open mic portion, during which The Gritz are joined by some of the best musicians and vocalists around town. Anyone who has followed the event for long knows that folks like Talib Kweli and George Clinton are just as likely to drop in on the session as members of the Cannabinoids, badass jazz sax wizard Shelly Carroll, Dallas' up-and-coming emcees or even Ms. Badu herself. — CG
To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.