Take Care of Business.
On January 1, a good many of you downloaded those apps that'll take a photo or short video of you every day for the whole year. And should you remember to keep up with it, it'll put together some sort of cute year-end recap for you to post on social media next year.
Not to be outdone, though, is one hero who has vowed to draw a butt every day this year. Seven days in, his Tumblr's got seven new butt jpegs to show for it.
Personally, our only daily vow has been to keep finding you cool things to do in North Texas.
So here's your seventh such collection of goings on. The Huffington Post isn't writing about it, but we still think it beats a butt doodle.
Local Education XII: Orgullo Primitivo, Rat Rios, Teen Slut, Honor System at Three Links
Earlier this week, promoter King Camel threw down the gauntlet, packing out this same venue with one of the most fun shows we've been to in a while. Here's the thing: It was an all-local bill, too. King Camel knows a thing or two about putting lineups together, especially when they involve nothing but homegrown talent. There's certainly no shortage of that these days. Look for a similarly worthy, totally local bill here.
Naughty Bits: Standup & Sex Advice at Dallas Comedy House
Ella Gale and Katie Stone's monthly combination sex advice/comedy show is one of the hottest tickets in the Austin comedy scene. Tonight, the self-proclaimed sexperts save you the three-hour drive by bringing the dirty jokes to you.
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 at Meyerson Symphony Center
Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 is such a challenging piece to learn that some pianists crumble under its demands, ultimately winding up in the psych ward, receiving electro-shock therapy — according to Hollywood legend, anyway. In any case, guest pianist Kirill Gerstein tempts fate this weekend.
Will Johnson at Dan's Silverleaf
Without the benefit of hindsight, it's sometimes hard to appreciate just how great some artists are. Denton's Will Johnson might not be as flashy a name as, say, Willie Nelson, but time will reveal how his work in Funland, Centro-matic, South San Gabriel, Monsters of Folk, New Multitudes, Overseas and separately as a solo artist make him one of the most respected artists of his generation. He'll be doing the solo acoustic thing at this one.
“Not That Simple” at 1501 S. Ervay Street (Free)
Nobody is coming for your guns. They are, however, coming for the reproductive rights of women in Texas like all the damn time, though. That in mind, the Texas Equal Access Fund presents this night of activism and awareness featuring performances from Danielle Georgiou, Hillary Holsonback, Hannah Weir, Kayla Anderson and Amanda Neff. Due to popular demand, there will be two showings, one at 8 p.m. and another at 9.
Carlos Mencia at Addison Improv
You could argue that the best two episodes of Marc Maron's acclaimed WTF podcast are his two-part 2010 episodes where the host grills notorious joke-stealer Carlos Mencia about the decades of allegations that he's lifted material from other comics and/or treated guys he's worked with like shit. To a man, though, nobody ever claimed he was a bad comic, which is, well, something.
Rache, Yung iPhone Lord Byron, Merlin EP, Koa Ho, RBQ at The Prophet Bar (small room)
Maybe you aren't aware of Dallas jazz band Rache. It's OK; there are literally thousands of local bands in North Texas alone. We get it. But you are, no doubt, aware of Erykah Badu's “Hotline Bling” re-imagining, which features Raché's Benjamin Hixon and Ethan Worland on guitar and drums, respectively. Yung iPhone & Lord Byron, Merlin EP, Koa Ho and RBQ also perform.
DUMFest 2 at The Door
The second edition of the DUMFest (wherein “DUM” stands for “Dallas Underground Music”) goes down tonight. Like so many other all-local hip-hop extravaganzas, this one probably features too many artists, with no fewer than 14 acts slated to perform. The performers to keep an eye out for here are Devy Stonez, Fat Boogie, Young Street and Loudiene. Expect them to perform later in the night, although you still may want to arrive early: Admission before 9 is free; entrance afterward will cost you $10.
Kings of Cowtown Comedy Tour at Rockin Rodeo
It's all cowboy comedy here tonight, as five-year Carnival Cruise Lines performer Cowboy Bill Martin headlines this western-themed comedy show. It's kind of like regular comedy, only with cowboy hats. George Strait cover band King George also performs.
Jerry Springer's Karaoke Elvis Tribute at Big Al's McKinney Avenue Tavern
This too-hot-for-TV Elvis tribute comes on the day before what would have been The King's 81st birthday. Whether it's a gimmick is hard to discern. No, you probably weren't previously aware you wanted to catch The Ringmaster convincingly croon along to midi versions of Elvis' biggest hits — but for his part, Jerry's not doing bits at this thing. He's genuinely an Elvis fanatic, and he does a pretty spot-on job impersonating the guy to boot, as we found out one year ago today. Our final thought? You can't help falling in love with the cardigan-clad Elvis impersonator.
Cover photo by Kathy Tran. To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.