Get a Hard On with New Science Projects.

We're not gonna lie, Dallas: Upon first glance, the cultural cupboard looks pretty bare tonight.

After further inspection, though, it appears that tonight's docket isn't as bleak as we once thought. There are, in fact, a slew of reasons to drag yourself out of the house tonight.

For starters, there's a punk-folk show going down at Rubber Gloves if you feel like heading up north. Meanwhile, there's a student short film showcase going down at the Texas Theatre. And there's a pretty cool art exhibition going on at the RGB Gallery, too. If none of those work for you, well, you can always join in on the folks listening to vinyl at The Barley House.

In any case, there are plenty of opportunities to get out there and try something new tonight.

So get out there and live, dammit.

New Science Projects at Rubber Gloves
Rubber Gloves may have banned smoking but, lucky for New Science Projects frontman Dale Jones, they haven't forbidden artists from performing shows while covered in fake blood. In any case, Jones' band's new album, Hard On, which dropped April 29, showcases NSP's pretty distinctive style, which mixes screaming punk vocals and folk instrumentals. Combine that with his neurotic stage presence and you've got the makings of a pretty interesting evening. Fellow locals Old Potion, Claire Morales and Daniel Folmer round out tonight's bill.

North Lake College Video Showcase at the Texas Theatre
The spotlight film of this showcase of North Lake student and alumni works is Jeremy Williams' award-winning short, Spirits, which asks the question of what happens when the power goes out. Hopefully his answer is a little more insightful than “the air-conditioner goes out and the frozen pizza melts,” which is exactly what happened to me just the other day when my own power went out for a few hours. Head to the Texas Theatre tonight if you care to find out his answer.

Vinyl Preservation Society DFW at Barley House
Tonight's theme is “One,” which, as is typical of these regular offerings, organizers say you can interpret in whatever way you see fit. Just don't be the person who brings who brings U2's Achtung Baby. It's too obvious a choice.

From Nowhere at the RGB Gallery
Tonight, the Deep Ellum gallery hosts its first solo exhibition featuring New York watercolorist Dez'Mon Omega Fair. Festivities include a meet-and-greet with the artist, plus free wine and appetizers. Culture and free booze, eh? What else could one possibly want?

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