Drool Over Some Classic Cars, Watch Jurassic Park at the Symphony, Shut Down City Tavern, Judge a Homebrew Competition and More.

The new blue dress/gold dress or Yanny/Laurel was very nearly beach/door. That is, a woman posted an abstract photo to her Twitter, asking users to guess whether it was of a beach or a door.

Fortunately, in this case there is a definitive right answer, which she revealed a couple days later, saving us weeks of water cooler arguments. And it’s a good thing she did, because we didn’t want that weighing heavy on our minds this long, holiday weekend.

Another thing that shouldn’t weigh us down is the conundrum of how to spend that extra day off from work. Fortunately, we’ve got some definitive answers to that puzzler, too. — Cory Graves


Jurassic Park Movie in Concert at Meyerson Symphony Center
When it comes to sucking in non-classical music enthusiasts, the symphony finds a way. Here, they’ll be screening the original Jurassic Park in HD while John Williams’ iconic score is played live by the orchestra. — CG

School of Rock: The Musical at Bass Performance Hall
The show combines the original movie plot with 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber for an all-ages rock ‘n’ roll experience. — Porttia Portis

Brew at the Zoo at Dallas Zoo
For once the zoo is not allowing kids to come in. On top of that, more than 30 breweries will be on hand to dish out 4-ounce tastings, while The Suffers and Texas Gentlemen perform. There will also be some sort of encounter with a cheetah. — CG

Riverfront Jazz Festival at Dallas Convention Center
The Black Academy of Arts and Letters’ second annual jazz festival runs Friday through Sunday, and features Erykah Badu and TuTu Jones performing on this kickoff day. — CG

Yelawolf at Granada Theater
Opening for the trunk rattler is one of his associates, a rapper called Struggle Jennings, who is a grandson of the late great Waylon, and oft rhymes over the legendary outlaw’s samples. — CG

Disco, TX’s Dallas Is Burning at It’ll Do
Blake Ward’s party series takes over the cozy confines of East Dallas’ It’ll Do for a decidedly retro affair filled with vogue dangers, drag performers and, surely, a crowd of party people who are all to ready to “work it.” — Pete Freedman

Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival at 1951 L. Don Dodson
Friday will be a free-for-all, with general admission and parking on the house. Quentin Moore performs and there’ll be a steak tasting event in addition to all the barbecue. — CG

Graceland Ninjaz at House of Blues
Ever wanted to watch an Elvis impersonator cover Rage Against the Machine? The self-proclaimed world’s greatest party band brings its world’s greatest back-to-school party to town. — CG

Corb Lund at Hank’s Texas Grill
The Canadian alt-country star brings his refreshingly traditional approach back to town — this time, and unlike most of his prior stops through, he’ll be doing so with a full band backing him. — CG

JES at Don’t Tell Supper Club
The vocalist from Motorcycle’s 2003 dance hit “As the Rush Comes In” performs for the bottle service crowd. — CG

War Party at Three Links
This is the first time the Fort Worth punks have played Dallas since releasing their latest album, so I guess that makes this one a Dallas album release party. Grab a physical copy of the LP in person at Links, where Same Brain, Bitch Bricks and Acid Carousel also perform. — CG

Flosstradamus at Stereo Live
Kid Sister’s big brother spins the Post Malone song he produced and many other songs with over a million Spotify plays at this rager. — CG

Lil’ Jon DJ Set at Lava Cantina
What?! OK!! — Dave Chappelle

Rick Ross, Bun B, Kap G at The Bomb Factory
The Buffalo Wild Wings boss also moonlights as a rapper. He’ll pimp big with Kap G and B-U-N B. — CG

CID at Lizard Lounge
The Grammy-winning New York DJ spins his future house this three-day weekend kickoff party. It’s free, too, if you RSVP and arrive before 10:30 p.m. — CG

Toilets and Tiaras: Jello Wrestling at Double Wide
Drag queens, showing off their finishing moves. — CG

Otis Wilkins at Fred’s Texas Cafe
The former Otis the Destroyer releases his debut solo EP on Friday via local label Matte Black Sound, run by Matt McNeal. Shannon LaBrie headlines. — CG

H&H House Party at The Nines
Brush off your Kid n’ Play Kickstep, because DJs Kmor and Imperial are bringing a two-level house party to Deep Ellum. It is $5 if you show up early, but the price doubles if you show up too late. — CG


Umphrey’s McGee at House of Blues
Umphrey’s McGee is a jam band from South Bend, Indiana. The band is currently made up of six members who play modern progressive rock. They are known for covering songs like “Shine on You Crazy Diamond,” “Ignition (Remix)” and the Peanuts theme song.—Roberto Aguilar

Residente at South Side Ballroom
Residente used to be the frontman for Puerto Rican rap group La Calle 13. But after taking a genealogy test, he found that he had a genetic makeup comprised of 10 different countries. So what did he do? Well, his latest album features collaborations with 10 artists from each of those countries revealed in the DNA test and it landed the self-titled Residente on Rolling Stone’s best albums of 2017 list.Obed Manuel

Nervo at Stereo Live
The Australian, twin sister DJ duo close out SL’s three-day party. — CG

Devi Sri Prasad at Toyota Music Factory
The face behind so many Bollywood soundtrack tunes jump off the silver screen and shows itself in person tonight. — CG

Lobster Boil at Trader’s Village
Boiled lobster, lobster rolls and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese are all on the menu this Saturday and Sunday. — CG

Your Name at The Modern
Inspired by the museum’s current Murakami exhibit, they’ll be screening Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 anime flick Your Name Saturday evening. — CG

Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival at 1951 L. Don Dodson
Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials, Tab Benoit and several others play on Day 2 of the fest. — CG

Invasion Car Show at Trees
For over 10 years now, old school rides will line the streets of Deep Ellum for Labor Day. Gawk and admire the hard work and dedication the vehicle owners have put into maintaining and rebuilding these machines. An after-party follows in the venue, where Sleepin’ Rattlers, Station Wagon and Convoy & The Cattleman each play. — OM

Riverfront Jazz Festival at Dallas Convention Center
Hiroshima, Rachelle Ferrell, Sir Charles, Bobby Rush and tons more play on Day 2. — CG

Dumpling Pop-Up at Four Corners Brewing
Homemade dumplings plus the freshest beer possible. — CG

Sealion, Mind Spiders, Nervous Curtains, The Bralettes at Three Links
The very upper echelon of local punky/subversive bands – none of which Gavin Mulloy’s dog sings for – all share this overloaded bill of awesome. — CG

Locked & Loaded: Rosegarden Funeral Party, Sub-Sahara, TBA at Armoury, D.E. (Free)
One of the few all local bills this weekend worthy of competing with that Links one above. And if the TBA turns out to be Gavin’s dog, well, then we have a new champion. — CG

Redfoo at Lava Cantina
LMFAO. — SkyBlu

Emo Nite Dallas at 2513 Deep Ellum
The monthly, Los Angeles-born, emo dance party returns, though it’ll be the last one for a minute. Tilian, Royal Coda, Andres and Sunsleep all play lives sets, too. — CG


Labor of Love Homebrew Competition at Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
Celebrate Labor Day weekend with the Deep Ellum Brewing Company when they host their seventh annual Labor of Love homebrew competition. Come drink and vote on brews made by tons of local homebrewers. Hey, folks like Lakewood Brewing’s founder got their start as homebrewers, so, who knows, maybe you’ll get a sip of Dallas’ next big brewer? Food trucks, bands and lawn games will be on hand as well. — Jessica Petrocchi

RL Grime at SiSu Uptown Resort
The last of SiSu’s weekly pool parties of the season is one that’ll give you goosebumps. — CG

The Scrutches at Three Links
If you like Blink-182, Green Day, Weezer and The Ramones, you’ll love Long Island pop-punkers The Scrutches. Fat by the Gallon and Dead Words open. — CG

The Yacht Club at Dada
The kiddie pool party will turn up the smooth and sail away with DJs Kenny Floggins, Haulin’ Boats, Jackson Drown and Feely Dan, plus a supergroup called Cabin Cruisers Hot Licks & Rhetoric, featuring Son of Stan and “members of v famous bands.” — CG

Daniel Graves at Lizard Lounge
With no work on Monday, you can finally take advantage of The Church’s 4 a.m. closing time. — CG

Riverfront Jazz Festival at Dallas Convention Center
Tito Puente Jr. & Julio Iglesias Jr., Lalah Hathaway, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and several others close out the fest’s three-day run. — CG

Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival at 1951 L. Don Dodson
Samantha Fish, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and many more play the fest’s closing day. — CG

2001: A Space Odyssey at Texas Theatre
For its 50th anniversary, this film was un-restored. All digital elements were stripped away to create a version of the film that looks and sounds just like it would have to audiences in 1968. — CG

Boys Named Sue, Madison King, Greg Schroeder, 40 Acre Mule at City Tavern
The last-ever show at the original City Tavern, before it moves locales and nixes music from its agenda, features a bunch of folks that have been regulars there over the years, both on stage, at and behind the bar. — CG

Dallas VHS Swap at Prianha Vintage
Bring your dead format goodies and trade away. There’s no booth fee or nothing like that. — CG


Pretty in Pink at Angelika Film Center
For those that can’t seem to keep John Hughes’ two Molly Ringwald-starring flicks straight, this is the one where she rejects the loveable, comic relief-providing nerd in favor of a makeout sesh with a hunky, but slightly hateable douche nugget. Not specific enough? Um, well this is the one that plays OMD’s “If You Leave” at the end, whereas Sixteen Candles ended with the Thompson Twins’ “If You Were Here.” — CG

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite at House of Blues
I’ve got the I-have-to-go-back-to-work-tomorrow-after-a-three-day-weekend blues. — CG

Jam and Toast Brunch at The Rustic
They typically reserve their award-winning brunch offerings for the weekends, but they’re throwing in a bonus day this holiday weekend. Don’t sleep on it. — CG

Drink Us Dry Party at City Tavern
You know when folks move and they have a big garage sale first so they don’t have to haul as much garbage with them? This is kind of like that, except instead of dirty old couches, it is booze that they’re practically giving away. — CG

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