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Cell phones are the worst, right? Along with all the cancers, eye problems and finger ailments they give us from over texting, spinal surgeons are now saying constantly looking down at our phones is fucking up our backs. Over the years, they say, it matches the effects of walking around with a 60-pound weight on your neck.

So once you're done reading this post, probably while on the toilet, let's pocket those suckers for the night. Here's some things to help you avoid the temptation of whipping them back out. — Cory Graves

Amy Schumer at Verizon Theatre
The comedian's tour in support of her Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer continues in Grand Prairie. While she likes to say that she's “sluttier than the average bear,” we find that she's funnier than the average bear, too. — Stephen Young

Suicide Girls at House of Blues
Many of the tattooed, “alternative” models who pose for the SuicideGirls website and/or books like to think of the company as feminist-friendly and otherwise view its focus on non-traditional subjects empowering. The company's owner, Sean Suhl, has said on record before, though, that he started the site “just to see hot punk rock girls naked.” The trick here, then, is figuring out where attending tonight's burlesque performance stops being a showing of support for a positive subculture and talented performers and starts being a form of financially supporting a misogynistic and ultimately pretty harmful company? — CG

Eyehategod at Double Wide
NOLA sludge metal heroes, and 35 Denton 2013 dropouts, head up this heavy quadruple bill along with frequent tourmates Venomous Maximus, as well as Today is the Day, Swingin' Dicks and Terminator 2 open. — CG

Brew Haha Comedy Series at Firewheel Brewing
Laugh until Midnight Ninja comes out of your nose at the Firewheel Brewing Co. stop on the Brew Haha comedy series. In addition to stand-up sets from a handful of local comedians — including nine-year-old sensation Saffy Herndon — your ticket will score you a tour and three tastings of Firewheel's brews. — CG

Wine Walk in Deep Ellum
Taking a cue from neighborhoods like Bishop Arts that throw these types of things on the reg, Deep Ellum launched a wine walk of its own back in September and has since turned it into a rapidly expanding monthly event. Purchase an official wine walk glass at 2646 Main St. for $5 and then fill 'er up for free at participating locations, such as The Akola Project, B4, Dallas PinUp, Dallas School of Burlesque, Deep Ellum Trading Company, Elluments, Epocha, Get Reel Goods, Kettle Art, Life of Riley, Lula B's, Michael Terstriep Gallery, The Rag Parlor, Stella & Dot and Unbranded. — CG

John Mark McMillan at The Prophet Bar
After starting out his life playing in secular rock bands, McMillan's career took a turn when a close friend died on the way home from a church staff meeting. The event led McMillan to pen “How He Loves,” a song that's been covered by a dozen Christian rock acts and become an oft-used praise song in contemporary worship services. — CG

Grapevine Craft Brewing's Year of Beer Party at Chill
Many in the North Texas beer community were reasonably shocked in June, when a then relatively unknown brown ale was named the best non-seasonal beer in North Texas, beating local heavyweights like Peticolas' Velvet Hammer, Community Mosaic, Lakewood Temptress, etc. Sir William's English Brown Ale is certainly not the best beer in North Texas, but it's also not the worst. In any case, the controversial brew has help earn the upstart brewery a ton of press in its first year in the game. — Colin Alsheimer

Tim Reynolds at Trees
Tim Reynolds isn't just the lead guitarist for both The Dave Matthews Band and Matthews solo projects, he's said to be the guy that initially convinced Matthews to leave behind his job tending bar in North Carolina and start making music. Thanks a lot Tim. For what it's worth, he encourages bootlegging at his shows, because “no two are alike.” — CG

Fresh 45s at Crown and Harp
About a year ago, we expressed confidence that the third-Thursday, all-vinyl DJ affairs presented by Salt-N-Pepa's Spinderella and Too Fresh Productions' Joel Salazar had capably “established itself as one of Dallas' new must-attend affairs.” Resident DJs Jay Clipp and JT Donaldson will also be there. So expect a time, folks. Oh, and get there early, too. Why? Well, because not only is this sure to become a crowded affair, but because the cover charge goes from $10 to $15 at 10:30. — Pete Freedman

Pegasus Reading Series at Two Bronze Doors
Dallas-based novelist and creative writing professor, Blake Kimzey and Denton-based playwright, Lauren Belmore will read from their works tonight as part of the fourth installment of Word Space's new Pegasus Reading Series. There'll be some open mic spots available following the presentation for any poets that show up. — CG

Big Bang at Beauty Bar
Seems wheels of the Dallas DJ residency turntable are spinning again: A year and a half after packing up his Big Bang! residency at Beauty Bar and taking it across the Central Expressway and into the basement of The Travis, DJ Sober is now switching things up again, bringing Big Bang! back to its original Beauty Bar home starting this Thursday. Sober still anticipates his nights being as hip-hop-heavy as ever, but he says he hopes Big Bang!'s return could signal more sonic freedom for his sets, too, because, as he puts it, with all of its more dance-oriented nights, “hip-hop's kind of a rarity at Beauty Bar.” — PF

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