May the Force Be With You.
Happy Star Wars day, folks. Today is a day worth celebrating, one we've been waiting over two years for, and one most of us have held tickets for since October. So there's a good chance plenty of people you'll see at the theater tonight, including yourself, will throw on a costume.
Before doing that, or choosing your character anyway, that you take a look at this list, which details each theater chain's policy on bringing lightsabers to tonight's screening. You've waited so long, you don't want to be turned away at the door.
On the other hand, there's a ton of places that are totally cool with you carrying your little toys around. Probably. I mean, we didn't ask or anything. — Cory Graves
A.A. Bondy at Three Links
In the early aughts, Augeste Arthur Bondy fronted a grunge outfit called Verbena that was so reminiscent of Nirvana that Dave Grohl actually jumped on board to produce the band's major label debut. More recently, he's recorded a trio of folkier, mostly solo acoustic guitar and harmonica albums for the ever-hip Fat Possum label, which is more along the lines of what he's up to these days. — CG
The Pin Show Presents: Scene at Trees
Calling itself a “fashion concert,” Scene brings together a pair of local bands (read: Rat Rios and TomKat ) and four alumni of the Pin Show's annual independent runway event. Rock out while Yomono, Folksie, Jesse Thaxton and Levenity showcase their latest designs. — Lauren Rushing
Girl in a Coma at Dada
After a self-imposed hiatus in 2014 in which Nina Diaz focused on a solo album, and Jenn Alva and Phanie Diaz toured with FEA, San Antonio alt-rock trio Girl in a Coma is back at it. Opening for the Morrissey-loving threesome is fellow San Antonio-based rock outfit Lonely Horse. — CG
Dean Edwards at Hyena's Plano (Free)
The SNL alumn (don't worry if you don't remember him, he got almost no screen time in his run on the show from 2001 to 2003) hits Plano for three nights of stand-up. He's since gotten all kinds of face time on MTV2's Guy Code and in clubs all across the country. Unlike his other shows this weekend, tonight's offering is totes free. — CG
A Christmas Story at Granada Theater
Oh fudge, A Christmas Story is on the big screen tonight. Take that TBS. — CG
Freddie Jones Jazz Group Holiday Performance at Dallas Museum of Art
In case you haven't heard, the DMA will be discontinuing its Jazz in the Atrium series in 2017, meaning this holiday concert from the official trumpet player of the Dallas Cowboys and the rest of his jazz outfit will be the last-ever edition of the series. So, um, don't miss it, and y'know, all that jazz. — CG
Cas Haley at Kessler Theater
The Arlington-based and America's Got Talent-approved reggae performer plays cuts from his full-length, <LA SI DAH, with a show opened by Collin Hauser and Vanessa Peters. — Stephen Young
Charles Kelly, Maren Morris at House of Blues
Lady Antebellum founding member Charles Kelley might be the bigger draw here, but not to be missed is tonight's opener, local expat Maren Morris. All sorts of industry publications have predicted 2016 will be a breakout year for the now Nashville-based country singer-songwriter. She also landed on Billboard's Heat Seekers chart earlier this month, a big indicator that all those proclaiming her one of the genre's next big things are probably right on the money. — <,em>CG
Star Trek at Alamo Drafthouse
To celebrate the release of the new Star Wars flick, the trolls over at the Alamo are leading up to the screening with a marathon of Star Trek flicks, including The Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock and The Voyage Home. One ticket gets you in to all three. May the force beam you up, or something like that. — CG
Big Bang Toy Drive at Beauty Bar (Free)
Thursdays as Beauty Bar are almost always fire. This holiday edition, though, is going to be pretty, how do you say, lightbulb emoji. Joining Sober and 88 Killa will be Nicole of Nina Sky. Be sure to bring an unwrapped toy for a local kid in need. That's the spirit. — CG
Dave Little, Billy Bones and J. Paul Slavens Song Swap at AllGood Cafe
How's that for an eclectic bunch? A guy that splits his time as a professional comedian, another that drums in a party punk band, and a third that does double duty as a radio host and pianist that makes up songs on the spot will come together to swap solo tunes at this Deep Ellum café. — CG
To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.