Ride The Wave.
Do you have lingering fears that a pair of baddies is going to break into your house at any minute to swipe your good silverware and whatever gifts are under your tree? You could always go the Kevin McCallister route and booby trap the hell out the place.
But then you'd pretty much be stuck there 24/7. I mean, how effective are paint cans tied to the ceiling if you aren't there to personally whip those suckers at the burglars' faces? Not very.
But as this home security company points out through a series of infographics, most of Kevin's traps have drawbacks. Giant Mexican Redknee tarantulas are not only “made of nightmares,” but they also “feel no mercy.” Uh, so you're probably better off just getting an alarm system anyway.
That way, you can set it and forget it while you hit the town tonight. — Cory Graves
Dave Chappelle at House of Blues
We should be used to this, I suppose. Two years ago, Dave Chappelle did pretty much the same thing he did this time around, throwing the whole town into a tizzy by announcing a show on short notice. Of course, whereas that one would go on the very next day, Chappelle graciously gave us a little more warning this time, adding tonight's pair of shows a few days in advance. These shows, of course, will mark Chappelle's third time through Dallas in as many years: After that surprise return to town in 2012 (check out a bootleg of that show's audio here), he came through town again last year as the headliner for Funny or Die's inaugural Oddball comedy tour. But, at the very least, Chappelle's probably the greatest comedian of the '00s. So don't act like your interest isn't piqued. — Pete Freedman
La Cage Aux Folles at The Magnolia
This 1978 French-Italian adaptation of the 1973 play is one of the greatest foreign films ever released in the States. To wit: It's got a 100 percent fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. You'll no doubt enjoy it loads more than the 1996 remake, The Birdcage. — CG
Soundwaves at Sunset Lounge (Free)
While known primarily as a couple of wordsmiths — Simon Phoenix for his poetry and -topic for his output as one of Dallas' best young rappers — this twosome will be taking their talents to the DJ booth tonight, and most every Tuesday, as they spin neo-soul, R&B and hip-hop at Sunset Lounge. It's free, and there's usually $2 tacos. — CG
Bijules Trunk Show at Grange Hall
Despite what she says, Beyonce does not, in fact, wake up like that. Rather, she spends who-knows-how-long to achieve that flawless look. And she oft throws on a piece of Kim Jule's jewelry. Tonight, the New York-based designer will be in town, showing off some of her pieces at Dallas' Grange Hall. — CG
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