Stay On Target With The Amanda Shires Show in Denton.

Happy middle of the week! To celebrate, I carefully crafted an itinerary of things that you should most definitely do this evening. Just consider me your bossy friend. Or your literal boss. Or maybe just a really bossy stranger.

Save strategically plucking your eyebrows into a “V” shape for some other time (Monday, duh) because there's plenty to get done tonight.

The Wonder Bread Years
Hey, do you like nostalgia? Do you like consumerism-based nostalgia? Well, tah-dah! The Wonder Bread Years is a theatrical performance/stand-up routine that will no doubt reinvigorate your brittle bones with memories of times past.

Cannibal Corpse at House of Blues
I have heard that Cannibal Corpse's lyrics are offensive (looks like we'll have to take the kids to see “Pappy's Magic Cookie-Baking Trainset Jamboree” instead), but when I saw them at Fun Fun Fun Fest last year, I couldn't hear “words” so much as “guttural screams.” I'll take everyone's word for it, though, because between the menacing band name and the width of lead singer David Fisher's neck (malevolently large), I'm guessing they don't write thoughtful lyrical critiques of the U.N.'s policies regarding failed states.

Lorie Leigh Photography at the Belmont
There's not much time left to catch the 30 photographs of Lorie Leigh at the Belmont, as the display goes down at the end of this month. It would be a shame to miss it, though, because Leigh's western-style photographs are a new spin on a Southern tradition, and amazingly free from cliches.

Amanda Shires at Dan's Silverleaf
If you asked me what I imagined musicians from Lubbock sounded like, I'd point straight in the direction of Amanda Shires (or perhaps I'd gesture, as pointing is rude). She's an interesting, upbeat Americana artist who's recently caught the attention of NPR's All Songs Considered.

Christmas in July at Austin Street Center
I'm still waiting for the day when Christmas in July becomes a huge deal — so much so that two competing factions of people get into heated conflict about the “true” Christmas. Originalists will stay loyal to Christmas in December, while a new faction threatens to tear everything apart by celebrating Christmas in July instead, thus leading to the Great Tinsel War of 2033. While that's not happened (yet), you can still have fun and do some good work today, as Austin Street is having a Christmas in July event, where folks are encouraged to drop off donations for the needy. To celebrate, there will be a Christmas Tree, some barbecue and, of course, a Santa.

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