Stay Loose.

As with most long holiday weekends around these parts, there’s a ton of stuff going on these next four days. Just remember: Whether you decide to head to the lake, a music festival or whatever, you absolutely shouldn’t risk drinking and driving.

For one, that’s never ever a good idea. But also, this weekend, local police departments will conduct a No-Refusal DWI Initiative from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, during which they’ll use warrants to obtain blood samples from anyone who refuses a Breathalyzer test.

Not worth it!

Anyway, now that all that’s out of the way, let’s get to long weekend-ing. — Cory Graves

Out today is the new album from sexy Oklahoma indie-rockers BRONCHO. Since the band’s last album, one of its members got married, and another got divorced, lending a push-and-pull effect to the latest effort, weighing the pros and cons of the institution. — CG

“For the Birds” at Dallas Comedy House
A sketch comedy revue written and starring Jua Holt, Daniel Matthews, Lauren Oxford, Monica Phantharath, Tyler Simpson and Jade Smith, and directed by David Allison. — CG

Close Encounters of the Third Kind at Inwood Theatre
This ’77 classic Spielberg film is one of those movies that you probably saw as a kid, only to be left completely scared shitless. The movie was pushed back over and over again by Spielberg until his success with Jaws allowed him to finally make the movie the way he wanted to. What came of this alien-abduction film was not only a successful movie in the box office, but earned a strong cult following, making it a midnight movie favorite today. — Jordyn Walters

Ron Funches at Addison Improv
An avid gamer and wrestling fan, Funches has written and starred in Kroll Show and The Eric Andre Show on top of appearances in Bob’s Burgers, New Girl, Drunk History and Portlandia. He’s pretty cool! And he’s here all weekend. — CG

Escape From New York at Texas Theatre
Continuing their recent John Carpenter kick, the Texas Theatre is screening his dystopian 1981 action flick. — CG

Flogging Molly at Gas Monkey Live
The long-running Celtic punks sing their drunken lullabies to the Dallas crowd this weekend. Just be sure not to yell out any requests for Dropkick songs. They hate that. — CG

Trio Grande at House of Blues
Ain’t asking for much? Then you shall receive. This ZZ Top tribute act, and its clip-on beards, boogie into the HOB this weekend. — CG

Cabaret at Winspear Opera House
Running through June 5 is classic Broadway musical Cabaret, which has returned to Dallas as part of its 50th anniversary tour. — CG

Radioactivity at Three Links
Earlier this month saw the 10th anniversary of The Marked Men’s Fix My Brain. This weekend members of the band will open for theirselves as both the Krautrock-inspired Mind Spiders and the more melodic Radioactivity. Birthday Suits and Nature Boys also perform. — CG

The Polyphonic Spree at Levitt Pavilion (Free)
The alleged most racist city in America hosts free concerts from the Spree and Pleasant Grove tonight under the stars. — CG

Henry the Archer, Joe Gorgeous, Ryan Brewer at Shipping & Receiving
According to Paste, “Joe Gorgeous is the manic, glam, alter ego of Joey Goreman, the creator and front man of Fort Worth, TX garage rockers The Longshots.” Together with members of Kopecky backing him, his new solo effort leans a lot more Everclear than his jangly garage rock days of yore. — CG

DJ Sober’s Birthday Bash at Winston’s Supper Club
If you’ve lived in Dallas within the past decade, you’ve heard (or heard of) DJ Sober. List the projects and events he’s been involved with and you’ll run out of ink. The dude’s fully ingrained himself into the culture of the city at this point. Listen: There’s a reason this mild-mannered guy’s so revered — he’s given the people something to dance to for quite a long time now. So tonight, let’s give back and join him in celebrating his birthday in grand fashion. — Brian Knowles

FOE Friday Night BBQ Blowout
Events at the Fraternal Order of Eagles’ much-storied pool tend to be two things: cheap and fun. Kicking off the long weekend is their Friday Night BBQ Blowout where, for only $8 a person, you can chow down on slow-smoked pork and sausage, sides like potato salad and beans, and ice cream and beer to wash it all down. Even better, you’ll be able to relax in the pool and feel good knowing your money went to the Kids Playground Fund. — Hannah Steiner

The Van Sanchez, A. Sinclair, Drug Animal, The Sour Notes at Crown and Harp
Austin post-punk outfit A. Sinclair seems to play in town every other weekend of late, which is definitely a good thing. Even still, this killer outfit is criminally underappreciated in this neck of the woods. For now. — CG

Tony Quattro at It’ll Do Club
Tony Quattro has been called “the Joe Pesci of NYC House,” which means he’ll beat you over the head with his updated take of the late ’90s East Coast sound. Does that amuse you? — CG

The Sword at Gas Monkey Live
A surprisingly blade-less group, the Austin band instead uses rock music as its weapon of choice to deliver good, old-school hard rock riffs. — Trace McCaslin

Sam Beam & Jessica Hoop at Kessler Theater (Sold Out)
Sam Beam has been creating music as Iron & Wine for more than a decade now, putting out five studio albums, several EPs and singles, and a few download-only releases in that time. More recently he put out a collaborative record with singer-songwriter Jessica Hoop. BYO pillow. — Lauren Rushing

POG Tournament at Oak Highlands Brewery
Dallas’ Oak Highlands Brewery hosts its first POG tournament to celebrate the release of its new POG Slammer brew, made with — you guessed it! — passion fruit, orange and guava. The first 64 entrants will have the honor of competing in the tournament. POGs will be provided, although you’re free to bring whatever lucky limited edition Power Rangers sawblade caps you feel the need to for nostalgia reasons. — CG

Beardfest 5 at Wits End
For the fifth year in a row, the Dallas Facial Hair Club — which is, apparently, a real thing! — hosts a beard competition and celebration of all things hairy. — CG

Panic, Thin White Dukes, Carz at Three Links
Wig-wearing tributes to Morrissey/The Smiths, David Bowie and The Cars? All on one bill? Just what I needed. — CG

UltraViolet Rock Show & Art Auction at Dada
Each year Cystic Fibrosis takes over the life of countless Americans, including adorable young Dallasite, Violet Dixon, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2006. For the past few years Violet’s local rocker parents have been raising funds to help find a cure for the disease with, among other things, rock concerts. This one will feature performances from the likes of The Oxen, Lovie, El GATO and The Happy Bullets. — CG

Nada Surf at Granada Theater
My mom says they’re a catch. Facebook says Nada Surf is also playing a free set at Good Records before heading up the street to perform at the Granada. Two even more killer bands, Austin’s Moving Panoramas and our own The Misteries open. — CG

Gorgon City at Bungalow Beach Club
Gorgon City is a purveyor of deep house. It’s a beautiful rave type of situation going on in the City of Bass. If you’re into all of that shuffling, neon light twirling and most importantly drugs like ecstasy , this is your Heaven. — H. Drew Blackburn

“Welcome Stranger” at CentralTrak
A 2013 CentralTrak (one word, no “c”) resident, Jim Nolan returns to Dallas with a solo show of painted, collaged and manipulated objects and a fanzine. — CG

Burlesque Boudoir at The Bomb Factory
A burlesque revue starring the girls of The Ruby Revue and NOLA’s Stormy Gayle. — CG

Pup Crawl at Cold Beer Co.
This pup-friendly pub crawl starts at 1 p.m. at CBC before moving on to places like Twilite and Anvil Pub. Proceeds benefit Dallas Pets Alive. — CG

National Beer Mile at Fair Park
For those that don’t know, the Beer Mile is a challenge where you run a mile and shotgun/chug/sloppily drink a can of beer every quarter mile. It’s harder than it sounds, but at the end you’re handsomely rewarded with an open bar beer party with you and thousands of your closest friends. — HS

Blood, Sweat & Tears at Levitt Pavilion (Free)
What goes up must come down, and what goes to Arlington will have the opportunity to catch free sets from fusion legends Blood, Sweat & Tears and The Voice alumn Reagan James. — CG

Bugs and Beer by Bitter Sisters Brewing
This one gets bonus points for not only having both crawfish and beer, but because a portion of the proceeds will go towards helping our military members, which is what Memorial Day is all about anyways. This isn’t your normal backyard boil, though, as you’ve got the excellent Bitter Sisters brew selection to choose from instead of the Natty Lite your weird uncle inexplicably still drinks. — HS

The Charlie Daniels Band at Billy Bob’s
The devil’s band was better than Johnny’s, sure, but truth be told, both were just Charlie doing his thing. — CG

Dead Twins at Double Wide
The Brothers Cardinale were at least something of a deal around these parts a few years back when they were still gigging regularly and releasing albums for Kirtland Records. Yeah, some time has passed, but the return is welcome: Balls-out rock ‘n’ roll never goes out of style. — Pete Freedman

#letsmakedentongucci at Rubber Gloves
After three years behind bars, Gucci Mane was released from prison Thursday. Cash & Respect celebrates with this 18-and-up show at Gloves featuring Kundalini, Elijah Heaps, Nikolai Rya, Gas House Smitty, Chromat!k and more. — CG

Dirtyphonics at Lizard Lounge
This being the Lizard Lounge, you’d probably assume that Dirtyphonics exists in an EDM realm of sorts. And, of course, you’d be right. But would you have guessed that these dudes are also French? Because they totally are! — HDB

The Grow Wild Tour at The Prophet Bar
Round2crew, Bad Feelings, Will Jay, Dylan Holland, Zach Matari, Ben Hazlewood, The House on Cliff, Rivers Monroe and James Barre all perform at this one. But is this show a festival? It’s so hard to tell. — CG

Jimmy Buffett at Toyota Stadium
Jimmy Buffett doesn’t shy away from intoxicants. He’s got his own brands of beer and margarita mixes, for one. He holds the record for making the largest frozen margarita and, for good measure, he named his backing outfit the Coral Reefer band. But those fearing a contact high, fret not; this one’s outdoors. — CG

Deep Ellum Mimosa Walk
My best female friends and I are frequent fliers of the regular monthly wine walk, but this one has us even more excited — because duh, mimosas. Just pick up your glass for $10 in front of Kettle Art and set off. Use that money you’d otherwise be spending on dumb boys and get some vintage clothes from Lula B’s or memberships at the Dallas School of Burlesque. Nothing says BFF like someone who will take Naughty Pilates with you. — HS

Thai Culture & Food Festival at The Buddhist Center of Dallas (Free)
In its third annual run, experience the taste among dances, song and much more at this weekend’s Thai Culture and Food Festival. Feel the burn and flavor common culture. It’s free and open to the public. — Evan Henry

Slideluck Dallas at Strauss Square
New York City-based organization Slideluck brings its art-meets-pot-luck-dinner event back to town. A shareable dish doubles as your cover to get into this community-focused art venture. — CG

Corona Electric Beach at SiSu
L.A. trap producer Party Favor and Houston dancehall musician Ape Drums hold court over the tune selection this grey-skied pool party. — CG

’90s Sing-Along at Alamo Drafthouse (Dallas)
Whereas the Alamo has earned its fair share of headlines over the years for kicking out patrons for speaking during screenings, singing and dancing are not only allowed in these events, but encouraged. They even hand out prop microphones to make you really feel like you’re really belting it out. — Angela Jones

Brand New Ancients at The Wild Detectives
Here, Kate Tempest’s epic contemporary poem will be dramatically read by local actress Katherine Bourne. — CG

The Eagle’s BFD at Gexa Energy Pavilion
You guys hear Shinedown, 3 Doors Down, Collective Soul, Adelitas Way, Sixx:AM, Shamans Harvest, Stitched Up Heart and Drowning Pool are playing Gexa on Sunday? It’s, like, a big fuckin’ deal. — CG

Margarita Meltdown at The West End
In the past couple years alone this annual margarita competition has doubled in size. This year, 40 area favorites will vie for your affection — and votes. — CG

Giant at Texas Theatre
Further proving just how fucking cool he is, James Dean moved to Marfa and starred in this ’50s blockbuster epic five decades before the rest of the cool kids moved in. Rock Hudson and Liz Taylor also star. — CG

Brew-B-Q at Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
DEBC’s sixth annual Memorial Day barbecue includes your favorite DEBC year-rounds, seasonals and limited-release beers, with barbecue courtesy of Triple G BBQ. Tickets are $30 in advance, and $35 at the door. — Porttia Portis

Modern Baseball at Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
The pop-punk/emo/folky rock hybrid Modern Baseball is a group of Pennsylvania-based early twentysomethings that sings about all kinds of real life subjects that almost never has anything to do with sports. — CG

Gringopalooza at Three Links
Ay caramba! Hickoids, Loco Gringos, Barry Kooda Combo, The Me-Thinks y Bastard City todos en el mismo, er, how you say, stage? — CG

Blake Rules at Dada
Don’t be a fuck boy. James Dean the Rapper, aka Blake Gardner, aka Blake Rules is at Dada this weekend. Frequent collaborator/loop pedal specialist Netherfriends opens, as does Obese Ghost Children and Pyrex Pirates. — CG

Sugar and Spice: Female Identity at every Age at The Wild Detectives
Five women storytellers telling stories about being women. — CG

Memorial Day is Funny at Rubber Gloves
The last comedy show at Gloves stars Riverboat Gamblers funnyman Mike Wiebe, and local favorites like Bill Curley, Darcy Littlefield and Leslea Bootishaker. — CG

Alter Der Ruine at Three Links
Power noise-turned-electronic act ADR will bring a pretty diverse set list and intense stage presence to Links. — CG

Outward Bound Mixtape Sessions at RBC
This edition of RBC’s regular Monday night outsider music series will serve as a tribute to Krissy Arnold, the late bassist for Dallas’ Mercury Rocket, who recently took her own life. Homer Street, They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy, Kallohonka, Mercury Rocket, Seres and Street Arabs will each pay their respects. — CG


















































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