Wig Out With The Elm Street Tattoo Crew.
Forget partying like it's 1999: Yesterday, The Atlantic profiled a family that parties like it's 1986.
Partly an effort to save some cash and partly a social experiment conducted in hopes of helping their children to more fully cherish their childhood, the McMillan family has renounced all technology invented after the year 1986. To date, they've given up the internet and email, cell phones, GPS devices, DVD players, videogame systems, digital photography, most other electronic gadgets, and, oddly, whatever hairstyle succeeded the mullet.
But maybe the family should have done a little research before starting their endeavor. As far as we can tell, they've given up a lot items unnecessarily. Cable TV, for instance, first came around in the '40s; the first commercially-available mobile phone was released in 1983; the first Nintendo Entertainment System was released in the US in 1985.
Anyway, without computers and cell phones, how are they supposed to find out what's going on around town? Fortunately, you're not a member of the McMillan clan and you're able to see all the options we've laid out below.
Elm Street Tattoo Wig Party at Three Links
Elm Street Tattoo's 24-hour Friday the 13th tattoo marathons are a pretty well-ingrained tradition in these parts. And, though it's a lesser-known affair, so too is the wig party that precedes each of those sessions. Every Wednesday before a Friday the 13th, Elm Street tattooers throw a wig-themed party and aim to stay up as late as they can, all in hopes of skewing their sleep clocks so much that they'll sleep all day Thursday and be fresh and awake when the calendar turns to Friday. Tonight, Bowie cover band The Thin White Dukes and a special edition of Good Luck Karaoke will make sure this party keeps rolling into the wee hours of the morning. — Melanie Shafranek
Luke Bryan at House of Blues (Sold Out)
Last month, Bryan's latest album sold over 500,000 copies in its first week alone. All signs point to the Nashville native as the hot ticket in country music right now and, as such, Bryan's had no trouble selling out the decent-sized House of Blues for this performance. Still, even if you don't have a ticket to this one, we'd have to think Bryan would like you to find a way to sneak and/or otherwise finagle your way into the venue for his performance tonight; he did name his latest album Crash My Party, after all. — Cory Graves
The Balvenie Collection at Hickory Street Annex
The Balvenie is the only distillery in the Scottish Highlands that maintains its own malting floor in-house. That, of course, is just one way in which the craftsmen that own and operate the distillery pay more attention to detail than many of their competitors. And the difference, they say, can be tasted in their single-malt Scotches. Try some for yourself at this event, where a representative from the distillery has also curated an exhibition of like-minded craftsmen, clothiers, milliners, luthiers and whatever you call the profession that handcrafts ping-pong tables. — CG
Rock Paper Scissors Tournament (Season 2 Opener) at Caves Lounge
This is exactly what it sounds like. Every Wednesday, you can play some Rock-Paper-Scissors, dominate the competition and win cold hard cash. Oh, and well drinks are on sale for a buck each. — Erika Lambreton
Trillwave at The Boiler Room
This weekly has brought quite a steady stream of quality DJ acts to Deep Ellum since relocating there in the wake of Zubar's closing. But 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 DJing without paying cover, and only spending $2 on wells all night long? Yup: Shuttle tops a list of performers that also includes J Who, Trailer Swift and Dubble A at the Boiler Room tonight. — CG
To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.