Bow Before The Trap Lord.

After so many months of build up and unrelated ancillary art events, Dallas will finally lead the nation this week in commemorating the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination on Elm Street.

Was it a historic event that happened in Dallas and significantly changed many aspects of the country? Absolutely. But that doesn't discount the fact that, somehow, over the course of the last few decades, the city has gone from trying to distance itself from the fact that a president was killed here and from the “City of Hate” nickname that plagued us for years to almost embracing it.

To that end, the city's planned events this Friday in Dealey Plaza have an almost morbid, celebratory feel to them.

It's not that you should forget about the events of November 22, 1963 as you go about your week. But Dallas as a whole would be best served putting on an air of reverence and, otherwise, treating the day with the proper level of respect.

Sunday (11.17)
Kate Nash at Trees
Kiss the grrrl.

Bill Maher at Winspear Opera House
Keep it real.

Meat Fight at Four Corners Brewing Co.
Featuring guest judge Nick Offerman.

Monday (11.18)
Lil Flip at Prime Nightclub
I can do dat.

Tuesday (11.19)
Koyaanisqatsi at Magnolia Theater
A life out of balance.

Dallas Chamber Symphony presents: The Comedic Three at City Performance Hall
Live music synced to the onscreen works of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd.

Dead Confederate at Dan's Silverleaf
Run from the gun.

Wednesday (11.20)
Diakiaju at Three Links
Premium action heroes deliver most high rocket music!

Vinyl Preservation Society at Crown and Harp
This month's theme: “Well, that was unexpected.”

Thursday (11.21)
Built to Spill at Granada Theater
Keep it like a secret.

THRWD Release Party at Gin Mill
With live art by Arturo Donjuan and music by George Quartz.

Afroman at Hailey's
I wasn't gonna go to Denton. But then I got high.

Instant Film Workshop at Kettle Art
Shake it like a Polaroid picture.

State of the Arts at Dallas Museum of Art
Featuring guest speaker Sarah Jaffe.

Friday (11.22)
Chance the Rapper at Trees
Smoke again.

Rob Schneider at Addison Improv
He's all grown up.

Nevada Hill Benefit at Rubber Gloves
Featuring Drug Mountain and more.

War is Hell at Texas Theatre
One of many planned JFK tributes at the theatre.

Saturday (11.23)
Chvrches at South Side Ballroom
Will you be my comfort?

Rusko at Lizard Lounge
Hold on.

A$AP Ferg at Trees
Let it go.

True Widow at Double Wide
Your aim is true.

Sarah Jaffe at Dan's Silverleaf
The body still wins.

Besnard Lakes at Dada
And her eyes were painted gold.

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