Come On, Get Happy.
As the weather starts to turn in our favor, we're reminded by all the Emergen-C we're seeing pop up on convenience store endcaps that we're also easing into flu season. But that doesn't mean we've got to camp out inside all fall/winter to avoid falling ill.
Tempting as it may be, there's tons of ways to guard against catching the flu, including flu-avoidance apps for your phone, probiotics and zinc tablets among others.
It doesn't mean you should stay in, it simply means to remember to load up on vitamins before heading out. — Cory Graves
Garbage at South Side Ballroom
After producing Nirvana's Nevermind, post-grunge drummer Butch Vig leveraged his newfound notoriety to steal Angelfish vocalist Shirley Manson for his own new project. The rest, as they say, is history, and Garbage is still leaning heavy on hits like “Only Happy When it Rains” two decades later. No, really, this tour is the 20th anniversary tour of the band's debut. Torres opens. — CG
Marc Anthony at American Airlines Center
Following his split with Jennifer Lopez in 2014, Marc Anthony released his first salsa album since they got together a decade prior. It's probably just a coincidence, but his return back to his dance-friendly roots is a welcome one for the arena full of folks shaking their hips in the aisles at this one. — CG
Don Henley at Verizon Theatre
North Texas boy Don Henley recently “returned to his roots” with his new country music LP. It's an odd way to promote an album from a guy that spent forever drumming for country rockers The Eagles. Maybe you've heard of them. Anyway, his first solo album in 15 years features appearances from Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, Vince Gill and The Slack guitarist Chris Holt. Yee-haw. — CG
The Internet at Trees
We know it's hard to keep all the Odd Future side projects straight, so we'll help you out here: This is the one that involves Syd Tha Kyd and Matt Martians. Now you know. Moonchild and St. Beauty open. — CG
Seaton Smith at Arlington Improv
You might recognize Smith from his role playing the singularly-named standup Motif on John Mulaney's failed sitcom. Or, more likely not. The show was cancelled after 13 episodes. Still, he and his buddy Mulaney basically played fictionalized versions of themselves on the show, and you know how hilarious/successful that guy is. — CG
Bob Wills Fiddle Festival & Contest in Downtown Greenville
You've heard it said before, but it bears repeating; It don't matter who's in Austin, Bob Wills is still the king. Long after his passing, the originator of Texas swing, and author of the first song broadcast in outer space, remains a hero to thousands of folks, many of which will compete in this weekend-long fiddle competition. — CG
The World's Biggest Eye Contact Experiment at Continental Avenue Bridge (Free)
Because most of us spend way too much time focused on our phones and avoiding interaction with as many people in public as possible, the Promote Love Movement crew organized this event, which challenges people to come and lock eyes with strangers for one minute at a time. — CG
Kickstarter Film Festival at Texas Theatre (Free)
Whenever a genre spoofs gets released, it's usually pretty easy to spot just how well-versed the filmmakers are in the tropes of that realm. In turn, the best spoofs come of less like send-ups and more like humorous homages. In other words they fit within the same genre boundaries as the films they're mocking. Take Airplane!, for instance. It's one of the best disaster movies and comedies produced. Then, on the other end of the spectrum, you'vie got entries like Epic Movie. Films like that one miss the mark, casting D-list actors into roles where they do little more than just re-create scenes from 300. Here's the good news: What We Do In The Shadows, the vampire send-up from Flight of the Conchords' Jemain Clement and his sometime collaborator Taika Waititi, falls in with the Airplane! category. Beyond simply existing as one of the best-written comedies released in recent history, it also mixes in a fine understanding of vampire lore. It's just one of the fully crowd-funded films being shown tonight as part of this interesting little free festival. — Javier Fuentes
Brew-Haha Comedy Series at FireWheel Brewing Co.
Laugh until Rowlett Red comes out of your nose at this brewery-set standup comedy tour. They brew root beer there, too, if that's more your speed. — CG
The Room at Alamo Drafthouse
Widely considered to be one of the worst (if not straight up the worst) movie ever made, The Room is a film that's screened quite a bit around town. Typically screenings include audience participation during the film's showing, which usually means that a bunch of patrons cackle and yelling at the film and throwing plastic spoons at the screen when it's shown. It's a pretty good time. Tonight, however, should be an even grander time, as the film's leading man, Mark Sestero, will be in attendance for this one. — Trace McCaslin
Maggie Messitt Reading at The Wild Detectives (Free)
Immersion journalist Maggie Messitt will drop by Oak Cliff literary hub The Wild Detectives to read from her book The Rainy Season: Three Lives in the New South Africa, a work she wrote after spending years observing a village in South Africa. — CG
Refueled Makers Bazaar at Shinola Plano
Refueled Magazine publisher Chris Brown curates this bazaar of “high desert inspired curation of craftsman.” So, y'know, it won't be pretentious at all. Nashville photographer/musician Joshua Black Wilkins will play some songs, and Lockhart Smokehouse will bring some barbecue. — CG
Riff Raff at Lizard Lounge
At this point, a RiFF RAFF appearance in Dallas is almost becoming as common as a Devin The Dude show. The practice and repetition is starting to pay off, though. When we first saw RiFF RAFF in Dallas it was all about seeing the spectacle and enigma that was THE FREESTYLE SCiENTiST, RAP GAME JAMES FRANCO and THE NEON iCON in anticipation of the release of his debut album. Since then, the fervor has died down, sure. But the rapper born Horst Simco still draws a crowd — and, these days, he's a much better performer. The only question left is whether the acting game James Franco will show up, too. — Mikel Galicia
HSY at Double Wide
Though their names are pronounced exactly the same, the Toronto noise rock outfit headlining Double Wide tonight should not to be confused with Milwaukee trash duo The Hussy. There's no confusing what you'll get with openers Teen Slut, Orgullo Primitivo or Seres, though. — CG
Aer at House of Blues
Never underestimate the power of solid vibes, brah. There might not be anything stronger — in the whole world, even. And the vibes will be vibin' on the real tonight as reggae-rap outfit Aer rolls through Dallas. It'll be a happy, chilled-out time, to be sure, with the bass turned up, the breezy vibes ever-present and the smoke in the air impossible to avoid. — Dominique Goncalves
Amity Affliction at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill
Australian metalcore outfit The Amity Affliction brings the pain — and a pair of new guitarists — out Gas Monkey way this eve. Chelsea Grin, Secrets, Cruel Hand and The Plot in You open. — CG
Monty Python: The Meaning of Live at Angelika Film Center
For the first time in a very long time — more than 30 years, give or take — Monty Python's John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin regrouped at London's O2 Arena last year for Lots Of Laughs and a good ol' time with the boys. Now those performances will be sceened anew as part of this year's Dallas VideoFest. — Chase Whale
Xavier Rudd & the United Nations at Granada Theater
Prior to his most recent album, Australian singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd operated primarily as a one-man band, incorporating several instruments — including, yes, a bunch of digeridoo — in his live shows. Of late, he's taken more of a backseat to his collection of World Music singers and instrumentalists, which has broadened his sound in a major way. Chadwick Stokes opens. — CG
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