Pour Your Heart Out with Ramona Falls.
It was Richard Nixon who gave President's Day the thumbs up and named the third Monday of every February — yes, today — a national holiday. The idea? That we celebrate our nation's past presidents.
Just goes to show ya: You don't have to be the best at something to call it out and honor it.
With that in mind, I promise you: Though I'm no musician, though I'm only OK at dancing and though I'm really the only who thinks I'm all that funny, tonight's concert, dance and comedy offerings around the region are pretty cool. I think you'll agree.
Ramona Falls a Club Dada.
Portland, Oregon's Brent Knopf is the driving force behind this Barsuk-signed outfit, whose name is actually a pretty decent descriptor of the band's somber, largely acoustic sound. Knopf's no newcomer, though: He used to be in Menomena. Ramona Falls' sound is far simpler than that sometimes complicated, experimental indie outfit's, however. And that's kind of the idea, actually.
Denton Harlem Shake Video Shoot at UNT's Apogee Stadium.
Baauer released his “Harlem Shake” song, intended to honor the been-around-a-while-now hip-hop dance of the same name, back on May 22. It took a whole eight months before the whole viral dance craze around the song, which has very little to do with the original dance, really burst; according to this just-posted (and rather insightful) Daily Beast interview with the Mad Decent-signed producer, the meme started with a video posted to YouTube on February 2. Two weeks later, Dallas as a city decided to get in on the meme fun. Two days after that, Denton takes its swing at UNT's new-ish football facility, Apogee Stadium. Gates open at 7:20 and filming starts at 7:45.
The Second City Improve All-Stars at UNT's Murchison Performing Arts Center.
In October of 2001, I visited my older sister in Chicago and saw the Second City crew tackle the 9/11 attacks head on, just about a month after the attacks. It was an awe-inspiring, therapeutic, hilarious and downright brave display. Comedy has incredible powers. Second City is where those powers go to hone themselves. This event up at UNT tonight ($10 for the public, $5 for staff and students) finds Second City's improv crew flexing those muscles. Marvel at them.