Do A Bad Turn.

From book clubs to bibliotherapy programs for prison inmates, there's plenty of evidence that reading makes people happier. Some studies show that those who read a lot of fiction are better at empathizing with others, while other research shows reading releases an inner calm.

On top of all that, there's anecdotal evidence that shows reading things like the blurbs below potentially leads to having a happy evening. Yay for reading.

Niykee Heaton at House of Blues
Siting such influences at Tom Waits and Chief Keef, 20-year-old Chicago musician was discovered when one of the many acoustic covers of pop tunes she posted to YouTube finally gained some traction on WorldStarHipHop. Released last fall, her debut EP hit No. 38 on the Billboard 200 despite being a digital-only release. At the time of this writing, Ticketmaster says there aren't many tickets left to this show, either.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest at Alamo Drafthouse
Jack Nicholson's easy-going anti-authoritarian Mac and Louise Fletcher's unyieldingly cold Nurse Ratched were respectively one of the greatest heroes and villains to ever appear on screen. And for their portrayals of each, Nicholson and Fletcher each won Academy Awards. It's, as they as say, a good 'un.

The Ghost Inside at Tomcats West
Jim Riley, bassist for Los Angeles metalcore band The Ghost Inside once described his band as being similar to As I Lay Dying but “with a little bit less guitar solos and a little bit less singing.” Pulling up the slack will be Misconceptions, mediums, The Optimist and A Sounding Sea, all of which open.

Ben S. Bernanke at McFarlin Auditorium
The epitome of calm drops by SMU to discuss his new book, The Courages to Act, which puts forth the claim that he saved the country from a catastrophe worse than the Great Depression. Tickets come with a signed copy of said book.

To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.

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