Born with no front legs, a month-old shelter pup, appropriately named Tumbles, took his first steps this week thanks to the help of a 3-D-printed set of wheels. Watching him do so is equal parts adorable and inspiring.
And if he can get up and get around with just two legs and no complaints, there's no reason you can't follow suit. Why sit around at home and sulk tonight? You've got no excuses, especially given that we've already laid out so many options for you. It's what Tumbles would want.
Houndmouth at Granada
Earlier this year, Indiana Americana outfit Houndmouth hit No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Alternative chart, with its single “Sedona,” which is partly why you've probably heard it played so often on Dallas Adult Album Alternative radio station 91.7-FM KXT. The other reason, though, is because the station celebrates its sixth anniversary this month with this show that's headlined by the admittedly and wonderfully catchy folk group. Folktronica — their words — outfit, Howard, opens.
Annie Lederman at Hyena's Dallas (Free)
You might have seen comedian Annie Lederman on MTV's The Girl Code, or as a guest on shows like @midnight, World's Funniest and Chelsea Lately. Either way, you'll certainly be seeing a lot more of her moving forward as, back in September, E! gave her and co-host Julian McCullough their own pop culture-skewering comedy show We Have Issues, which runs on Friday nights right after The Soup. She's in town all weekend performing stand-up, but only tonight's show is free.
Monica at House of Blues
The singularly-named Monica has a new album due out mid-December, which is pretty cool. What's even cooler is that she had a song on the Space Jam soundtrack. But did you also realize she's only 35? Doesn't it seem like she's been around forever?! I mean, she had a song in the movie and she was right in that movie's target demo. That must be really cool for her. I'm totally jellz, anyway.
William Clark Green, Dalton Domino at Rockinn' Rodeo
Long hailed as Red Dirts next big for so long that his critically hailed 2015 disc, Ringling Road actually has a song called “Next Big Thing.” Still, he represents Texas Country's next generation and one of its brightest stars. As such, he's personally passed that “next big thing” torch onto tonight's opener, Dalton Domino. Can't argue there.
Ari Shaffir at Addison Improv
Shaffir is, perhaps, best known for his Comedy Central series This is Not Happening, which is fairly similar to Dallas' live Oral Fixation storytelling series, but strictly for fellow comedians. It's pretty hillarious. He recently got in a bit of hot water when he talked a bunch of shit/body shamed a fellow comedian, who he mentioned by name. Of course, he's kind of always lived on the edge. I mean, the first time he popped up on our radar was for a web series called The Amazing Racist that he created, so… Anyway, he'll be here all weekend.
A Silent Film at Dada
What's the name of the silent film that's screening at Dada tonight you ask, trying to set us up for a bad Abbott and Costello bit. But we don't take the bait, replying A Silent Film is the name of the English alt-rockers that are playing the venue tonight. Face. A band that's also not a film, and that goes by the name Flagship, opens.
Team Having Fun Monthly Get Together at Off the Record (Free)
Attention Tick-heads, the Sirois boys and the rest of Team Having Fun will gather for the first of a new monthly series next door to Dada. Dozens of Ticket B-teamers will be on hand for fun times, half-price drinks and a silent auction.
Holst: The Planets at Meyerson Symphony Center
Whether it be in a Reese's cups commercial or some far nobler vehicle, you've almost certainly heard passages from The Planets. By far Holst's most popular works, the seven song suite (Earth and Pluto didn't warrant songs) is one of the most popular/frequently recorded orchestral works of all time. Pfitzner's Palestrina, Prelude to Act 1 and Glass's Violing Concerto No. 1 each make their DSO premieres at this two-hour concert.
Star Wars Night at Oak Street Drafthouse
Come in costume (there'll be a contest) and take home a free pint glass, y'know, if these are the beers you are looking for.
Sweet Science at Texas Theatre
Not much has happened with boxing doc Sweet Science since it premiered at DIFF in 2010. The Oak Cliff-centered film does feature over eight years' worth of footage, though, so that's pretty neat. Director Chris Howell will be in attendance at this screening.
Nervous Curtains at Rubber Gloves
Not all that dissimilar to a bill one might find at one of Crown and Harp's regular Monday Outward Bound Mixtape Sessions shows, the trio of Dallas acts playing Denton tonight include post punks Nervous Curtains, ambient post rockers, Glasir, and Spanish synth punks, Seres.
To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.