Have The Hap, Hap, Happiest Christmas!
Forever, we've used the “all work and no play” adage to justify cutting out of work early or to excuse our penchants for avoiding hard work. Turns out, though, we weren't just blowing smoke; all that playtime actually might have helped keep us alive all these years.
Recently, just hours after tweeting about working for 30 straight hours, an Indonesian copywriter slipped into a coma from which she wouldn't awake. Needless to say, it's a good idea to slack off every now and then.
Make sure you take a break tonight and check out some of what the city has to offer. For your health!
Everything Is Terrible at Texas Theatre
For one night only, the minds behind Chicago's found footage blog are bringing their collection of holiday home videos, clips of forgotten straight-to-tape films, infomercial outtakes and more of the worst moments ever committed to VHS to the Texas Theatre. Calling tonight's EIT Christmas special unwatchable might be considered a compliment of the highest order. And that's by design: This crew's product has been described as “A Clockwork Orange reel for toddlers,” which sounds terrible in the most awesome way imaginable. — Cory Graves
Christmas Vacation Quote-a-Long at Alamo Drafthouse
Let out a collective sigh when Clark Griswold overloads his house's electrical circuits with Christmas lights. Seriously, it's cool. The benefit of these quote-a-long flicks is you're not going to disturb anyone with your added commentary or exaggerated, cartoonlike laughter at tonight's screenings. — CG
Trillwave at The Boiler Room
This weekly has brought quite a steady stream of quality DJ acts to Deep Ellum since relocating there following Zubar's closing. And the thing that sets Trillwave apart from similarly high-quality weekly dance parties in town is the bang-for-the-buck factor. Where else in town can you see a former member of Passion Pit DJ without paying cover, and only spending $2 on wells all night long? Ex-Passion Pit drummer Shuttle tops tonight's list of performers, which also includes Redsean, Dubble A, and Shygirl69 (aka Trailer Swift). — CG
The Cult at Billy Bob's
Not to be confused with Cults (or actual cults for that matter), this English group is mostly known for its '80s hard rock. Well, that and the fact that lead singer Ian Astbury bears a passing resemblance to Jim Morrison. — Chelsea Upton
Vinyl Preservation Society at The Crown and Harp
The B.Y.O. vinyl club meets on Lower Greenville once again for its yearly Christmas-inspired gathering. If you plan on bringing some wax to this one, though, make sure it fits in with the night's holiday theme. — CG
A Lindby Christmas at The Chuggin' Monk
This Fort Worth pop act is no stranger to holiday music, having recently released its second Christmas-themed EP in as many years. The band will perform its mix of original holiday tunes (including one sung from Yoda's point of view) and some old favorites tonight out in Arlington. Convoy & The Cattlemen opens. — CG
Charitable Cider Crawl in the Design District
Kill two birds with one stone tonight as you get tanked up on various spiked ciders while picking up some last-minute gifts out in the Design District. And feel slightly less guilty about contributing to the commercialism of Christmas as you do, knowing that you're supporting local retailers who are, in turn, donating a portion of tonight's proceeds to local charities. — CG
To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.