Take Me Home.

Before the Internet was so popular, Kel Mitchell died at the age of 27. Now that Wikipedia's a thing, we all know never happened. Something else that didn't happen for a whole 15 years was a reunion between Mitchell and his old Nickelodeon pal Keenan Thompson.

After actively avoiding each other for more than a decade, though, late-night miracle worker Jimmy Fallon got the two to reunite for a Good Burger sketch on The Tonight Show. Was it good? No, not necessarily.

But it did make us realize that anything is possible.

It's like, if we bothered to leave our house just once this weekend, there's no telling what all might happen. Except, well, that's not entirely true, either. We have a pretty decent idea as to some of what might go on.

Curious? Keep reading. — Cory Graves

Opening Day at the State Fair of Texas
They may have banned selfie sticks at this year's “Passport to Texas”-themed State Fair, but they'll never outlaw being gluttonous as fuck. Smoky Bacon Margaritas, Deep-Fried Lobsters and plenty of other new gut-busting battered and fried delights. Oh yeah, and The Voice winner Craig Wayne Boyd will perform for free on the Chevy Main Stage tonight. Best get your fill before it wraps on October 18. — CG

Oaktopia Fest in Denton
Sets from Father on the Central Track-presented stage at Hailey's and a double feature of Jason Lee's Almost Famous and Midlake: Live in Denton are the best bets from Oaktopia III's opening night festivities. Speaking of Lee, here are some other places you may or may not run into the new Denton resident this weekend. — CG

Hall & Oates at Majestic Theatre
If Yacht Rock bastions Hall & Oates aren't on your list of the best things in life, well, they should be. Come on bro, get your dick out of your heart! Do you even know what the kids on the street are listening to? Hall and motherfucking Oates. Their parents dig it, too. We're pretty fond of it ourselves. — CG

Jibe at Gas Monkey Live
Originally set to take place at the much smaller Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill, this reunion from '90s butt rockers JIBE sold out in less than 10 hours, prompting the move to the larger venue. Yup. — CG

Civil Twilight at Dada
Civil Twilight is a South African band that loves you very, very much. In an emotional sort of way. You can tell by the grandiose ballads and all the falsetto singing, and also by the fact that they are sad all of the time. Maybe you should cheer them up by going to the show? Bring flowers. — Chelsea Upton

Park & Palate at Klyde Warren Park
You know when the best time to ask people for money? Right after they've been fed and wined up by celebrity chefs. Klyde Warren Park knows what's up. Proceeds from this two-day food festivity goes to support the park's free, year-round programming. — CG

The Diamond Center at Lola's
Athens-born, currently Austin-based psych-folk act The Diamond Center headline a bill that also includes a band from another of their former hometowns, Richmond, Virginia's Lady God and Fort Worth's Starbass opening. — CG

Ratatat at The Bomb Factory
Ratatat, in their early years, was an impressive duo that combined bleeding guitars and punkish electronic elements. It had some break beats here and there, too. Then, somewhere along the line, Ratatat started to make music that's quite beautiful. After a bit of a hiatus, five years, the band's returned and it's headed straight for Dallas. — H. Drew Blackburn

Toxic Holocaust at Trees
Though Toxic Holocaust hails from Portland, it does anything but live up to the pretentious indie rock stereotype the city seems to exude these days. The Reprise Records-signed thrash metal vets typically go at it so hard that 2013's heavy punk tinged effort, Chemistry of Consciousness, was considered a bit more toned down than usual. Lord Dying, Tolar and Hood Rat open. — CG

Instrument at Texas Theatre
Released in 2003, Instrument is documentary, of sorts, covering a decade of Fugazi, from 1987 to 1996. Following the screening, Mindspiders, Funeral Shoes and Codetalkers will play punk-inspired sets of their own behind the theatre's screen. In true Fugazi fashion, tickets to the screening and concert are $5 apiece. — CG

Critical Mass at Main Street Garden Park (Free)
This month's Critical Mass takes off from Main Street Garden at 7:30 p.m., as usual, this time winding up at the once Bob Wills-owned Longhorn Ballroom — y'know, where the Sex Pistols famously played one of its last-ever shows — for beers and live music happenings. The ride's about eight miles, and helmets and lights are strongly encouraged. — CG

Fencon XII at Westin DFW
For three days this weekend, an entire floor of the Westin DFW hotel will be taken over by fens. What is a fen? Glad you asked. Per the con's handy FAQ page, “Fen has several meanings including 'a low-lying wetland with grassy vegetation' and 'one one-hundredth of a yuan,' but we mean it in the fannish context where 'fen' is the plural of 'fan' in the same way that 'men' is the plural of 'man.'” According to these same science fiction fanatics, “con” is short for “convention.” The more you know. — CG

Grace Potter at South Side Ballroom
It seems like blues-rock throwback bands have been en vogue for the past few years, but in 2012 that whole thing's dwindled a little bit. Grace Potter is still going strong, though, and it's probably because of her intense, gravely voice. What's a Janis Joplin sound-alike to do? — CU

Cooder-White-Skaggs at Granada Theater
If it's got strings, Little Ricky Skaggs can play it. Now in his 60s, the former child prodigy has shared the stage with the likes of Phish, Emmylou Harris, Old Crow Medicine Show and The Raconteurs, among others. Expect the consummate showman to put on one hell of a mandolin clinic at this one, where he'll be joined onstage by the also super talented Sharon White and Ry Cooder. — CG

Western Days Festival in Old Town Lewisville
Cheekily branding itself as being “A little country. A little retro. A little funky. A little metro.” Lewisville's annual family-friendly festival not only brings together folks from all walks of life, but also the surviving members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the world's best competitive tamale eaters. Yippee ki-yay. — CG

Ghostbusters at Inwood Theatre
Danny Aykroyd, Billy Murray and the rest of the all-male Ghostbusters cast return to the big screen both midnights this weekend. — CG

John Wayne Film Festival at LOOK Cinemas
All weekend long, members of The Duke's family will be in town raising money for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation with screenings of 10 of his best films. There are some things a man just can't run away from. — CG

The Veuve Clicquot Tour at DEC on Dragon
Bubbles, bites and quote-unquote surprises. That's all we've been told to expect from the luxury champagne maker's promotional Dallas stop this Friday. And, quite frankly, that's plenty. — CG

Brew-Haha Comedy Series at Deep Ellum Brewing Co.
Laugh until DEBC's “playfully brash” blonde comes out of your nose at this Deep Ellum stop of the rotating, brewery-held stand-up comedy shows. — CG

Oaktopia Fest in Denton
Minus the Bear, our man Thundercat, The Polyphonic Spree and Horse Thief are among the highlights from the fest's second day. — CG

The Budos Band at Trees
After years of carving out a niche as “Brooklyn's Afro-beat Kings,” The Budos Band changed things up with its most recent offering, last year's Burnt Offering, going down a sleazier, more psychedelic '70s movie soundtrack path. The Daptone-signed outfit is no worse for the wear. — CG

Retropalooza III at Arlington Convention Center
In its third year as Retropalooza, the 2014 edition of this convention established itself as a beacon for fans of all things retro and nostalgic. Guests are mainly pulled from the works of YouTube and, yeah, it's one of the smaller conventions in town, but it still has a big con feel. The vendors are unique as well as the artists, with the alleys doubling in size almost every year. They also host old-school videogame tournaments throughout the event. The cosplay scene continues to grow every year with an annual contest that's fast becoming a draw all its own. — Taffeta Darling

Dallas Derby Devils Playoffs at NYTEX Sports Centre
Derby playoffs come to Dallas for all of those who have ever been interested in what the hell that looks like. Or perhaps you've seen Whip It and felt the urge to get a crowd perspective. There will be shoving, falling, elbows and trips all while balancing on skates. Sounds like a good time. — Lauren Kuehmeier

Reunion Lawn Party at Reunion Tower
Like each of these monthly lawn parties that've come before, the final Reunion Tower shindig of the summer will involve food trucks, live music and an appearance from the Mavs. Just remember, while lawn chairs and/or blankets are recommended, outside food, drinks and pups are forbidden. — CG

Grambling vs Prairie View A&M at the Cotton Bowl
Though it doesn't always get the same shine the annual Texas-Oklahoma game does, the State Fair Classic, as this game is sometimes called, is steeped in just as much tradition. Most years, it's just as exciting a contest, too. Plus, it has a better halftime show. — CG

Panther City Pep Rally at Lola's
Sticking with the nostalgia-rich, old school vibes, the venue that recently hosted the Panther City Prom is back at it with a day-long fest featuring 12 hours of '90s cover bands. It'll be a hell of a lot fun than your real high school pep rallies. Because booze. — CG

Falcons at PRIME HQ
The folks at PRIME are starting up a new monthly, hip-hop-oriented dance party series this weekend called “Somnia.” Headlining the inaugural edition is LA future R&B maker Falcons, along with a bunch of other local, like-minded talent. You'll need to RSVP at the above link if you want to attend this one. — CG

Pegasus Music and Craft Beer Festival at Verizon Theatre
So what exactly constitutes a festival these days? Sometimes it's so hard to tell. How many bands does it take? Six? More? Rise Against, Thrice, Glassjaw, O'Brother, Citizen and Werewolf Therewolf all play this show, er, festival. — CG

Madden 16 Tournament at Fox & Hound
You mean to tell me it's possible to win $10,000 playing videogames against some other local yokels? And our parents said we'd never amount to anything. — CG

Chameleons at Three Links
1980's post-punk outfit The Chameleons UK is simply known as Chameleons on its side of the pond. When the band's Mark Burgess performs the group's material all by his lonesome? That's called The ChameleonsVox. Chameleons disciples, AKA Portland's Soft Kill open, along with Dallas' NITE. — CG

THE SKULL, KEN Mode, Child Bite, Baring Teeth at Reno's Chop Shop
Winnipeg noise/hardcore act KEN mode continues its tour in support of March's Entrench at this show tonight. Beyond that, this show is probably your best chance to see some classically trained musicians — that's right the members of KEN mode met at music conservatory — play some loud, loud, punk music in North Texas tonight. Headliners THE SKULL and openers Child Bite and Baring Teeth will do the same. — Stephen Young

The Hood Internet at Dada
Fact: Mash-up party animals The Hood Internet's Aaron Brink and Steve Reidell have college diplomas but are following their dream. Instead of being stuck behind a desk from 9 to 5 p.m., they are blasting out mixes and bangers for you and your buddies to shake yourself to. Tonight, the party monsters will team with Hall & Oates cover band The Rich Girls and Prince-loving Ronnie Heart to celebrate the launch of Do214's new things to do app. — CW

Red Bull Air Race World Championships at Texas Motor Speedway
This weekend, a rather high-velocity affair will be coming to Fort Worth's Texas Motor Speedway complex as Red Bull welcomes a spate of international flyboys to the region to participate in its annual Air Race World Championships. You've seen this sort of thing before — in TV commercials, if nowhere else — wherein aerial daredevils compete with one another by flying jets through obstacle courses at impossibly breakneck speeds. The whole thing's pretty nuts — not to mention sort of a weird way to get one's rocks off. But, hey, you're not the one up there thrill-seeking, and, from the comfort of the TMS stands, the whole thing should make for quite the spectacle, especially for any Top Gun fans out there. — Pete Freedman

Blues Traveler at House of Blues
John Popper and his bandolier of harmonicas will be in town tonight with his band Blues Traveler, performing drawn-out versions of the band's many '90s hits as such jam-oriented band are wont to do when performing live. Matt Jaffe & the Distractions open — CG

Zedd at South Side Ballroom
After accumulating multiple production credits and collaborations with big-name artists and amplifying numerous festivals with his diverse electronic sound, Zedd has become something of a revered name in the EDM sphere. And he'll look to further endear himself to that set tonight at his “True Colors” tour, which takes places outdoors at the Gilley's complex, with Alex Metric and Madeon in tow. — Jordyn Walters

Greenfest on the Greenbelt at Greenbelt Park
The “other” festival in Denton this weekend might not boast performances from bands like Edward Sharpe, but there will be pony rides, kayaking, archery and other outdoor activities, all in the name of raising money to build a bridge between FM 455 and 428. — CG

DAMN: Dallas Ambient Music Nights VII at Texas Theatre
For it's seventh installment, Dallas Ambient Music Nights moves its operations to the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff and drifts into a more pop approach with infinite angeliscm and minimal electronics from that of Moth Face, Lily Taylor, Ethereal and the Queer Show, along with plenty more to further drift one into a higher consciousness. Utilizing the entire plain, Texas Theatre succumbs the usual visual oceans common with the DAMN series. Expect all that more for only 10 bucks. — Evan Henry

Batman Day at Red Pegasus
Along with several other comic book shops across the country, Dallas' own Red Pegasus will be celebrating the Dark Knight's 75th anniversary with Batman Day, featuring promotional items, artists Thomas Branch and Mr. Eddie Medina and exclusive comics for purchase. — CG

Hate Your Friends (Album Release) at 1919 Hemphill
Pop-punk revivalist act Hate Your Friends posted its new Quit Your Job LP to BandCamp roughly a month ago. This weekend, they officially celebrate its release by taking a pretty spot-on nostalgia trip along with Slingshot Dakota, Stymie, Serious Shit and Bad Times. Bring money to cop a physical copy of the new disc, but leave your jerk friends at home. — CG

Boy Band Sing-Along at Alamo Drafthouse
Don't look now, but Backstreet's back. BSB, NKOTB, 'NSYNC and several other Lou Pearlman creations are back on the big screen, waiting for you to sing and dance along with them. You'll want to bring four similarly-sized buddies along to this one, lest you look like a fool when you don't nail the choreography. Alright! — CG

Troy Cartwright at Twilite Lounge
Local boy Troy Cartwright just released a new music video for his “My Girl” single, which is currently worming its way up the Texas Regional Radio Charts. Meaning? You'll want to catch him for free in this tiny spot before he blows the fuck up. Then you can be like those folks that talk about all the times they caught Jack Ingram back when he used to play Adair's all the time. — CG

Mark Knopfler at Majestic Theatre
Rolling Stone's 27th greatest guitarist of all time hits the beautiful Majestic stage sans his old Dire Straits bandmates. Heads up, for the last few years, he's been dabbling in country music. — CG

Brenda Lee at Arlington Music Hall
Rock and Roll, Country Music and Rockabilly Hall of Famer Brenda Lee is one of the most badass female vocalists to ever open her mouth. These days, you probably best recognize those distinctive pipes when her rendeition of “Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree” gets spun ad naseum starting about a month from now. But she also charted 47 other times, so she's no one trick pony. — CG

Oaktopia Fest in Denton
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Sarah Jaffe, The Bright Light Social Hour, Eisley, Mineral, Israel Nash and Stardeath & White Dwarfs are among the bands putting a capper on Oaktopia III. — CG

Mac Sabbath at Trees
Why does everybody hate on shitty pizza-themed Velvet Underground “cover” band The Pizza Underground get constantly panned when equally disastrous, McDonald's-themed Black Sabbath cover band Mac Sabbath get a free pass? Better costuming I guess. — CG

Hotel Tesseract at Three Links
It was several years in the making, but this spring, Sir Silky finally managed to re-grow his mustache, which turns out, was the source of all his sexual prowess, releasing his long awaited sophomore album Silk is the Gentleman's Weapon this spring. Finally, he marks his return to live performance this weekend, along with The Immortal Light Beings, Reinventing Jude and La Brucci. — CG

MS MR at House of Blues
Since releasing their debut full-length back in May New Yorkers Lizzy Plapinger and Max Hershenow have become fixtures on television, with their dreamy dark wave tunes having appeared on Pretty Little Liars, Grey's Anatomy and Game of Thrones. That being said, the self-proclaimed electroshock are on the rise, and you can bet we're not going to miss out on this one. Circa Waves and Crater open. — JW

Vacationer at Dada
Vactioner blends the escapist dream pop of Beach House with the mystical electro-pop of Panda Bear. Formed in 2011 as a side project for Philly-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Kenny Vasoli, Vacationer has created a blend of unique sound and catchy lyrics. If you've never heard of him, he also pairs well with acts like Reptar, Geographer and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., this is for you. Great Good Fine OK opens. — Lauren Rushing

Ultimate Painting at Double Wide
London's minimalist guitar pop duo Ultimate Painting drops by Dallas' favorite trailer for a slice of real American culture. That means Yoohoo Yeehaws. The Paperhead and Social Echoes open. — CG

Moon Waves, JustNLongorio at Spinster Records
Dallas' best under 21 band plays an in-store at Oak Cliff's favorite record shop. — CG

Chess Club Ice Breaker Meetup at Fairmount Community Library
Fort Worth's new chess club (1400 ratings and below, please) holds its first-ever meeting this Sunday. It's the first of many such meetups to come, hopefully. Check and mate. — CG

Harvest Moon Pop-Up Dinner at Wine Poste
This event plays up on Sunday's rare lunar phenomena and the new season with dishes from Justin Box (Bolsa) like rabbit ragu, pumpkin soup and orange-braised oxtail. Seating is limited, so RSVP ASAP if you want in. — Porttia Portis

Brewers Brunch: Football Fiesta at Martin House Brewing Co.
For $20 you'll get three Salsa Verde Micheladas, Bloody Marys or Day Break Mimosas as well as other delicious grub from Bite My Biscuit. Wheeden Boyz. — CG

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