Head Onward & Upward.
Much like other modern day pejoratives (see: “hipster,” “yuppie,” etc.), the word “bro” can mean a lot of different things, most of which aren't at all complimentary.
Whatever you call this breed of human, though, we think we can all agree that it's probably best to avoid them in public whenever possible.
And thanks to this new United States of Bro field guide, spotting a bro in the wild is easier than ever. According to the chart, the “Dallas Bro” enjoys “boat shoes without socks and pastel shirts,” “a good pair of comfortable shorts and the occasional visor” and “sometimes wears gingham button downs.”
That should give you a pretty good idea of what to look out for as you head out tonight.
Madison King (Album Release) at Trees
It was veteran singer/songwriter Chris Knight who best summed up the current state of country music when he recently told DC9 at Night: “Some of the women seem to sing some good songs and write some good songs, but the guys are afraid they are going to offend somebody. They write about how all their girlfriends are beautiful with their pretty little legs and their toes up on the dashboard. That's about all they can write about anymore.” It's true; acts like Kacey Musgraves have blown up of late thanks to honest, tender songs about drinking whiskey and not conforming to the establishment. For her part, Dallas' Madison King shares a degree of that same no-fucks-to-give attitude that's helped make Musgraves so successful of late. And although King's new Onward and Upward disc — which officially earns its release at tonight's show — has its share of misses, album closer “Saved by a Son of a Gun” is the most raw and rowdy thing she's put out to date. Dead Flowers and Dovetail open. — Cory Graves
Dallas International Film Festival at Dallas City Performance Hall
Tonight's screening of Words and Pictures kicks off another Dallas International Film Festival. The feel-good Clive Owen vehicle is about a teacher who learns just as much from his students as the other way around. But somehow in the middle of the film, alcohol is involved and a gender war along with a war of “words and pictures” ensues. The festival runs through April 13 at various locations around town. For a full schedule of films and locations head here. — Porschia Paxton
AT&T Patio Sessions at Sammons Park
Kicking off another season of AT&T Performing Arts Center's free, weekly local music concert series are solo sets from Denton singer-songwriter Doug Burr and Whiskey Folk Ramblers frontman Tyler Rougeux. — CG
Donnell Rawlings at Addison Improv
Yes, Rawlings was the guy who screamed “I'm rich biatch!” at the end of every episode of Chappelle's Show, but please try not to be that guy who repeatedly yells the line at the comedian if you end up at one of his stand-up sets this weekend. Besides, he's been in lots of other stuff, too, like those episodes of The Wire where he played Senator Clay Davis' corrupt legislative aide, Day-Day Price. — CG
The Last Lost Generation at Crown and Harp
Tonight will mark the last edition of Wanz Dover's Lost Generation weekly at The Crown & Harp — and he's going out with a bang, too. Dover and DJ Red Eye will both be on the decks tonight, and members of Dover's Black Dotz project will also be on hand for a live band/DJ hybrid thing, too. — CG
Aeroplane at The Globe
Do you doubt that Belgian house DJ/producer Aeroplane is ahead of the game? Before she became one of the biggest indie acts going last year, Sky Ferreira was tapped by Aeroplane to provide some vocals from his 2010 debut LP. Tonight, he helps to continue to break in this still new-ish local dance spot. — CG
Belk Grand Opening at Galleria Dallas
It's no secret that NorthPark draws many more shoppers these days than does the Galleria. So what better way for the Galleria to try and regain some of that relevancy and increase its traffic than by continuing to add stores that not many people shop at, am I right? Still: Belk's grand opening tonight is more than just a grand opening; it's also a charity gala benefiting the Susan G. Komen foundation. Entertainment offerings will also include a fashion show and appearances by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and Nashville's Hayden Panettiere. — PP
Fashion Cited: A Style Event at Frontiers of Flight Museum
Fashion Cited is an annual event benefiting The Legal Hospice of Texas. Since starting up in 2007, the annual event has quickly become a must-attend. Not only do many of the biggest names in the area fashion scene attend, but many emerging designers collaborate for a high-energy show, too. And, as the Lawyers of Style, the local attorneys that support The Legal Hospice do more than just attend this bash; some of them even walk the runway as models themselves. — PP
To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.