Take Skeletor Down a Few Pegs at the Texas Theatre.
It's been a hypothetical bet since the late '80s, back when a 20-year-old Mike Tyson emerged as a major force in the world of professional boxing: Would you take one punch — a single punch — to the face from Iron Mike for a million bucks?
It's good bar fodder, for sure. And let's not forget: Kid Dynamite won his first 19 bouts by knockout, with 12 of those coming in the first rounds of his fights.
So, yeah, it's a tough call.
Or, well, is it? The more we think about it, the more we doubt that we could even these days take a single punch to the face from The Baddest Man on the Planet's eight-bit likeness in his eponymous Mike Tyson's Punchout for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Even back in the day — when we were actually pretty good at that game — we'd still almost always fall after a single punch from Tyson's notorious end-of-game character.
We're pretty sure we could beat the real-life Tyson in that game, though. Recently, Fox Sports cameras caught what they claim is the champ's first time ever to play the iconic videogame named in his honor. In short: Things did not go well. Tyson clearly struggles with Glass Joe, a character who looks like a guy we probably could take in real life.
If there's something to be learned here — other than what an awful life decision face tattoos are — it's that trying new things can, at times, be rewarding. Maybe think about following Mike Tyson's lead tonight and step out of your comfort zone a little.
Party in the Park at Belo Garden
It's hot outside. There's no denying that. But when you're with friends and family enjoying live music and ice cold beverages of your choice, who cares about the heat, right? That's the idea, at least, behind Downtown Dallas, Inc.'s Party in the Park series which kicks off again this evening. Tonight and every Thursday for the next few weeks, they'll be hosting happy hours in various public parks. — Jessica Petrocchi
Blue October at House of Blues
Did you know Blue October started in Houston? Tonight, the Texas band makes a stop just north of home in support of its most recent album, Sway, which dropped just two days ago. Another fun fact: The band was discovered by Kid Rock, although we're still not sure what, if anything, that really says about the band. — JP
Masters of the Universe 35mm at Texas Theatre
In this 1987 live action flick, Dolph Lundgren, as He-man, takes part in many a shirtless battle against the dark lord Skeletor. If you were a fan of the old toys and/or animated series — or just really into old Rocky villains — then you might want to swing by the theater tonight. After all: You have the power. — JP
Edwin McCain Acoustic Trio at The Kessler Theater
Long time friend of Hootie and the Blowfish — and performer of your mom's favorite song of 1998 — Edwin McCain brings his notorious indie rock acoustic guitar stylings to the Kessler Theater for this show. McCain's acoustic trio come to town in support of McCain's recently-released live album. Check it out and maybe take your mom as a way of saying thanks for being such a big “fan of your life” for all these years. — Nicole Arnold
Huggy Lowdown at Arlington Improv
Every Monday morning, hundreds of thousands of listeners to the nationally-syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show” tune in to hear Huggy dish on the latest Hollywood gossip. Here, fans of the show have an opportunity to put a face with the voice as Huggy's current stand-up tour stops through town this weekend. — Cory Graves
Tiger Darrow at Opening Bell Coffee
Tonight marks the only scheduled performance by local singer-songwriter Tiger “Hipster Snow White” Darrow before she heads back to New York for school. Darrow was a staple at this South Side coffee shop before becoming a viral sensation in the Big Apple, so expect a nice little sendoff. — CG
Ishi at The Dram (Free)
Unlike most Ishi shows, this one's a.) not at a big, music-first venue, and b.) it won't cost you a dime to attend. So why not make it a night to remember and pool all that scratch you and your crew saved on cover by springing for a table and/or bottle service? Come on, you know you want to. — CG
Nervous Curtains and Hormones at The Crown & Harp (Free)
Unlike tonight's other free show over at The Dram, there won't be any bottle service to be had on Lowest Greenville tonight. No worries. There'll be plenty of heavy, moody New Wave and punk jammage going on just the same. Also? It'll be one of your last chances to catch Hormones before drummer/vocalist Jordan Williams leaves town. — CG
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