Skate Or Die.
There are few things in life more regrettable than, say, getting a Taco Bell tramp stamp permanently affixed to your body. But beauty, they say, is in the eye of the beholder. And, turns out, there's at least one guy out there who didn't think it was the worst idea of all time.
Now, granted: Your decision to opt out of this cool list of goings on tonight might not bring on the kind of life-long shame that getting inked up with one of your own selfies, might, either.
But there's a good chance you'd regret it all the same.
Skaters at Dada
While nobody in Skaters is originally from New York, the band was influenced plenty enough by the New Wave and post-punk history of its adopted hometown while making its debut record. So much so, even, that the band decided to name the sucker Manhattan. The lo-fi leaning outfit also mixes in plenty of Brit influence, as well. Think London Calling-era Clash and early Smiths. Hell, if you're lucky, maybe they'll even pull out its cover of the latter's “This Charming Man” at this one. Locals Brave Young Lion and Catamaran open. — Cory Graves
Red Fang at Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Portland stoner rock quartet Red Fang has been making its brand of loud, fast, neo-classic rock for a few years now. But last fall's Whales and Leeches is “bigger, bolder, heavier, catchier and even more savagely fun” than ever — according to the Alternative Press, anyway. More recently, the band released a new seven-inch called The Meadow, which you can stream here — or, better yet, grab it at tonight's show. Big Business and American Sharks open a stacked bill.– Ashley Gongora
Nolan Ryan Book Signing at Lincoln Park Barnes and Noble
If there's anything legendary hurler Nolan Ryan knows more about than throwing fastballs or protecting the Texas snow monkey population, it's definitely meat. Ryan, who also owns his own beef company, will be signing copies of his new beef and barbecue cookbook this evening at Barnes & Noble. — CG
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club
As is customary with most stops on the PGA tour these days, this weekend's Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth will be preceded by today's pro am event. As current KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer will be playing in this one, fans who show up to this one sporting the band's trademark face paint will eligible to win Champions Club badges for the real tournament. This year's actual tournament field looks quite strong this year, too, with three of the world's top-10 golfers (read: No. 1 Adam Scott, No. 4 Matt Kuchar, and No. 9 Jordan Spieth) set to compete. — CG
#NoKungFu Meetup at MoMo's Italian Restaurant
Pretty much since it opened, Uptown arcade-themed bar Kung Fu Saloon has been accused of turning away customers based on race. But now Dallas-based marketing professional DeAndre Upshaw, who is at the center of the most recent batch of racist allegations, has organized the most vocal boycott on the establishment to date. Today, he'll lead an anti-Kung Fu meetup at nearby Uptown eatery MoMo's. Per Upshaw, attendees to this thing are encouraged to wear shorts, camo, high tops, shoes with no socks and/or anything else from Kung Fu's ever-fluctuating “dress code” that it uses to turn away people of color. — CG
Skaters cover photo by Shane McCauley. To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.