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Recently, a 19-year-old Connecticut man made a video of himself cooking a turkey with a flamethrower attached to a drone. The lighter fluid soaked turkey was subsequently rendered inedible, though that's beside the point. The whole impetus for the move seems to be just because he could.

That's one way to spend the day, we suppose. Below you'll find a whole bunch more. They're worth checking out, no simply because you can, but because they're fun. — Cory Graves

Dom Kennedy at South Side Music Hall
Los Angeles rapper Dom Kennedy has released a handful of mixtapes and a trio of studio albums in the past five years or so, though he's best known for his hit “My Type of Party,” which ranks among the best hip-hop songs of 2012. The vibes as this sure-to-be-packed show should be pretty chill, though, y'know, in case you were wondering exactly which type of party Dom's is. — CG

!!! at Dada
There are few things more annoying than people who are overly enthusiastic on the Internet (like people who capitalize the first letter of every word in a sentence, much?). But dance-punk band !!! is fully deserving of each and every one of their exclamation points, and probably a few more at that. Aside from Denton's Pageantry, tonight's other opener will be Stereolads, aka !!!'s Stereolab cover band. — Zoe Mattioli

Jim Florentine at Hyena's (Plano)
Before this year, longtime stand-up Jim Florentine was probably best known for voicing the Special Ed character on Comedy Central's puppet prank call program Crank Yankers. This year, though, he played a smalltown fart comic in an especially tragic episode of Louie and made a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo in Amy Schumer's Trainwreck, aka the funniest movie of 2015. Like all Thursday shows at Hyena's, this one is free to attend. — CG

Bikes vs Cars: Social Ride + Movie Screening at BrainDead/Texas Theatre
Last week a new documentary about city planning and fossil fuel lobbies hit select theaters. It's called Bikes vs Cars and looks at how important bikes will become to city infrastructure in the future largely out of necessity. A group of cyclists (read: the film's target demo) have organized a group ride from BrainDead Brewing in Deep Ellum to the Texas Theatre. The thing departs at 6 p.m. to make the 7 p.m. screening. — CG

Immortal Technique Toy Drive at Ridglea Theater (Free)
You didn't read that wrong. To earn back some karma points after robbing some of his fans in California earlier this year, Immortal Technique headlines a free show out in the Fort. The catch, if you can even call it that, is that you bring a new, unwrapped toy for some needy tots. And download your free ticket here beforehand. — CG

White Christmas at Inwood Theatre
Catch Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney's 1954 winter classic at midnight both Friday and Saturday. May your night be merry and your Christmas white. — CG

The Roast of George Lucas at Dallas Comedy House
At this very real fake roast, a fake George Lucas will sit center stage while real local comedians playing the roles of fake characters the real Lucas created roast the poor bastard. Sounds pretty fucking fantastic, actually! — CG

Soft + Opening at Dallas Farmers Market
Everything seems to be dying and withering away as winter approaches, but your love life doesn't have to do so as well. Instead, do like the Dallas Farmer's Market is doing and expand your horizons this weekend by attending the grand opening weekend of their remodeled concept. It's double the size and double the healthy, wholesome fun. That's how it goes, right? But, real talk, it's more than just fresh veggies and fruit. They've added dozens of new vendors ranging from Taqueria La Ventana to an antique store or two. Stop and smell the candles, learn about the produce from the farmers that grew it and feel bad about the McDonald's you ate at 2 a.m on your way home the night before. — Hannah Steiner

88 Killa (Album Release) at Spinster Records (Free)
Killa's new 88 Karats EP comes out this weekend. To celebrate, he and some pals — B. Dogg, Sam Lao, David Morgan — will be spitting some raps while DJ Sober does his thing behind the decks. — CG

Knifight at Crown and Harp
Austin's own Knifight brings its electronic-heavy, post-industrial offering three hours north to Dallas — and unlike its last trip through town, this one goes down on an actual weekend night. Our very own Zelfel and Caterpillars get the party started. — CG

Party at 1212 Nite-Club
Word has it that members of The Outfit, TX, Fungi Girls, Bummer Vacation, Tornup and YUNG WAVE have maybe been cross pollinating a bit as of late. Or have they? Only way to find out. And if it does turn out to be true, you'll want to see and/or hear what they've been working on. — CG

My Jerusalem at Double Wide
Austin-based indie quintet My Jerusalem brings its vintage “Post-Modern Southern Gothic Soul” to the Double Wide this weekend. Picnic, Lightning opens. — CG

State Fair Records' 2nd Annual Holiday Showcase at Poor David's Pub
Local labelmates, Ed is an Island, Shanghai 5, The Family Piano, Colby Belshe Music and TABLET share the stage at Poor David's. Talk about a company Christmas party with built-in entertainment. — CG

Dead Kennedys at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill
The Dead Kennedys — sans its most interesting and integral member — continues its reunion run in Dallas. Original frontman Jello Biafra hasn't played with the band since its first split in '86. He's since been replaced by Wynona Riders singer Ron “Skip” Greer. So there's that. Ten Can Riot and Electric Vengeance open. — CG

Jesse Marchant at Three Links
The Canadian-born singer-songwriter formerly known as JBM headlines Three Links on Friday, a far cry from the club's typically punk-leaning ways. Fellow contemplative crooners Heather Woods Broderick and local boy Matthew McNeal open. — CG

The Milk Carton Kids at Majestic Theatre
The brains at NPR once described the contemporary Cali folk duo as “Gillian Welch & David Rawlings-meets-Simon & Garfunkel with a splash of The Everly Brothers.” Good news Milk Carton Kids fans, if you like this show, David Rawlings will be playing this same venue in a few weeks. — CG

Mike Ryan at Billy Bob's
Just a couple weeks back, local country outfit Mike Ryan saw its “Girls I Date” single top the Texas Music Chart. Now it's topping the bill at the world's largest honky-tonk. Those things just kind of go hand in hand. — CG

Die Hard at Alamo Drafthouse
n a lengthy but poignant essay for Movie Fone, film critic Drew Taylor argues that Die Hard is, hands down, the greatest Christmas flick ever made. He reasons that, like Home Alone, another contender for the title, Die Hard is full of scenes of bad guys getting their asses kicked. In this case, though, there's 100 percent more F-bombs, boobs and cocaine. Merry fucking Christmas, indeed. — CG

No Sleep at 607 Clinton Ave.
Catty-corner from the Kessler all of Dallas' hippest DJs will partying together. Sober, Zach Witness, bemyfriend, TNGHT/TMRW, Junk Food and K-Wash will all be there. Just look for the big red Marilyn Monroe mural. — CG

The Polyphonic Spree's Holiday Extravaganza at Majestic Theatre
Every city has its annual traditions come Christmastime, and, in that regard, Dallas is no different. Except that, well, it is. Nearly annually since the year 2000, Dallas has been graced each year with a holiday-themed performance from hometown heroes The Polyphonic Spree. And, since the start of this particular tradition, Dallas has had that leg up over everywhere else. In its first go-round at the Majestic, they'll be joined by accordionists, animals from the Dallas zoo, pre-teen stand-ups, stilt-walkers, ventriloquists and all sorts of other junk. They don't call it extravaganza for nothing. — CG

A Merry Little Christmas Show With Ricki Derek at Granada Theater
Ricki Derek and his orchestra celebrate the holidays Sinatra-style. Frankie says have yourself a merry little Christmas, babe. — CG

Mind Spiders, Nervous Curtains, Cliffs of Insanity at Three Links
Mind Spiders frontman Mark Ryan is a just a bona fide, lo-fi, pop-punk songwriting genius. That's why he's so often sought out to produce pretty much every other likeminded act in the region — and why even those he doesn't work with try to bite his style. None are as strong as his own Mind Spiders group, though. — CG

Hot Club of Cowtown at The Live Oak
With a name like Hot Club of Cowtown, you'd naturally expect this trio to be from Fort Worth. Alas, it's from Austin, though. The group includes guitarist Whit Smith, whose Django Reinhardt-influenced jazz licks raise their bar beyond just the typical western swing fare. — CG

Mr. Gnome at Dada
Like our own Mr. Troll, Mr. Gnome is not a band comprised of mythical creatures. Unlike the Dallas-based hippie folk rocker, though, the latter is an Ohio-based husband-wife art rock duo. I guess it's not really that similar after all. Killer Denton rockers The Birds of Night open. — CG

Tommy Trash at Lizard Lounge
Australia's biggest electro house producer, one Thomas Olsen, will make the Deep Ellum cats dance until the wee hours of the morning. — CG

DDFW Master of the Mic Finale at Trees
After months of preliminary rounds, this three-city freestyle competition will crown its final champion this weekend. More specifically, celebrity guest judges Erykah Badu, Dorrough and The D.O.C. will do the crowning. For more info on each of the finalists, head here. — CG

Cowtown Indie Bazaar 2015 at Amon Carter Exhibit Hall (Free)
Shop small, like as small as it gets, in fact, at this handmade goods fair. It beats trying to Freakazoid yourself into your favorite Etsy shops. And unlike a lot of these things, this one's free to get into. — CG

Fifth Anniversary at Texas Theatre
It's not hyperbole to say The Royal Tenenbaums changed my life. I discovered it right as I was getting into good movies. This was my gateway to smart comedy, leaving the Adam Sandlers of the world behind for laughs laced with melancholy. I still think Wes Anderson has yet to improve on this witty, warm-hearted tale of a truly dysfunctional family. It's also a victory lap for Gene Hackman, who was simply magnificent here as the self-absorbed patriarch. The man only made three movies after this. He retired in 2004 before he had too many blemishes on his resume. The film is screening as part of the Texas Theatre's 5th Anniversary celebration, which also includes a screening of The Shining and a big concert/dance party with Pinkish Black, Party Static and Blue, the Misfit behind the screen. — Kip Mooney

Gary Wilson at Double Wide
In 1977, Gary Wilson recorded a strange lo-fi classic album in the basement of his home in Endicott, New York. You Think You Really Know Me used bizarre synthesizers and sound effects; it was electro-funk new wave before new wave existed. Over the years, the album achieved cult status, and even Beck referenced Wilson in the lyrics to his 1996 single, “Where It's At.” But, for a while there, mainstream adulation mostly evaded Wilson. Only in 2003, as Wilson worked a minimum wage job in San Diego, was his seminal album finally reissued. The following year, Stones Throw Records released his Peanut Butter Wolf-produced Mary Had Brown Hair. And now, following the release of his seventh album in September and an EP of old material that came the following month, Wilson will play his first ever Dallas show. — Jeremy Hallock

End of '80s Night at Hailey's Club
For years DJ Yeahdef's weekly '80s and '90s nights nearly singlehandedly kept Hailey's Club in business. At least that's the way we remember it. And now that Hailey's has decided to shut 'er down and relaunch as a barcade next year, it's throwing one last edition of its once famous ragers for old time's sake. — CG

96.3-FM KSCS Country Fest at Verizon Theatre
They forgot to add quotation marks to this event's name. They did not, however, forget to invite Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Dan + Shay, Canaan Smith and Jamie Lynn Spears to perform at the thing. Yee haw! — CG

Greg Schroeder's Birthday Show at Adair's Saloon
Despite being one of the better guitar pickers in town, Schroeder's not always given enough credit by the local music press — ourselves included. He's a good'un, though, something we don't say often enough. And what better birthday present could you possibly offer the man than your presence — see what we did there? — at his birthday show. See, you'll get a little something out of it, too. — CG

DecemBeard at Rahr & Sons Brewery
Attention lumbersexuals and other facial hair enthusiasts, the fifth annual NTBA Beard and Moustache Competition goes down this weekend at Rahr. It's $15 to watch, or $20 compete, with proceeds going to benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank and Wise Hope Shelter & Crisis Center. Man up! — CG

Francisco Moreno: paintingdebt POP-UP shop at Latino Cultural Center
In 2012, Moreno graduated from the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. Aside from a shiny new degree, the university also sent him off with a nice $41K debt. Hence his plan to sell enough $100 paintings at pop-up shows like this one to clear his debts. — CG

Wade Bowen at Billy Bob's
Wade Bowen recorded his second album live at Billy Bob's, so it's no surprise he's revisiting the world's largest honky tonk this weekend. Check out this little country darling sing some songs from his latest album Hold My Beer Vol. 1. — Diamond Victoria

Geeks Who Drink: Star Wars Trivia at Alamo Drafthouse
For once your nerdiness will payoff — that is, if you can outduel your fellow sci-fi geeks at this pub quiz. And by payoff, we of course mean in the form of some free booze. — CG

Jillian Harris & Todd Talbot at Stonebriar Centre
From 1 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, the stars of HGTV's Love It Or List It Too will meet, greet and offer DIY home-buying tips to interested parties. Maybe you could, I dunno, hit up the Chili's Too in the food court beforehand and make a day of it. — CG

Lucero at South Side Music Hall
You know what you get at a Lucero show? A lot of drinkers. And a lot of people sloppily singing along to the drunken lyrics. And they'll be extra drunk at this special “an evening with” event, you can almost certainly guarantee. — Pete Freedman

Trigger's Toys Fantasy Bar Draft at
With dozens of the best bartenders from around the area all slinging drinks under one roof, Uptown spot Henry's Majestic will be the place to drink on Sunday. Of course, this wasn't exactly what one would call normal night: This special charity affair, called the Trigger's Toys Fantasy Draft Main Event, pitted some 100 of the region's top barkeeps against one another as they worked to create five separate pop-up bars within the Henry's Majestic space, all in the name of raising money for charity. Each of these bars boasted unique cocktails, unique themes and unique services — and they were staffed by bartenders who'd been drafted into their roles, fantasy sports-style, for the night. And, to be sure, the novelty of the affair made for a good — and varied — time. To get a better sense of what you can expect, check out these scenes from last year's event. — Ashley Gongora

Dallas Marathon at White Rock Lake
The annual Dallas Marathon — formerly the White Rock Marathon — is a Top 10 U.S. marathon, and serves as a Boston Marathon qualifier. We reckon if you're running the thing, you've probably had this date circled for several months now. The rest of you, though, might want to avoid, well, most of East Dallas like the plague today. — CG

Heavy Baby Sea Slugs Benefit at Rubber Gloves
To help their Heavy Baby Sea Slugs brethren fund a Japanese tour, Orcanaut, Felt & Fur and Black James Franco will play this benefit show. — CG

Downtown Wander Walk: Clark Griswold Edition
Downtown is always nice this time of year. Hit one of the Park-It-Pop-Ups in Downtown to grab a wristband, then wander around the neighborhood looking for all kinds of sales, specials and pop-up events. Search the #DowntownWanderland hashtag for clues on where to look. Here's your first hint: they'll be screening Christmas Vacation at Unbranded. — CG

Vegan Pop-Up Wine Pairing Dinner at 940's
In collaboration with the Vegan Noms folks, the Midlake restaurant is serving up a fancy ass, four-course, all-vegan dinner, each with its own specially chosen wine. Reserve your seat at the table here. — CG

School of Rock Holiday Rockfest 2015 at House of Blues
Over 50 pint-sized rock bands will pack into House of Blues. Like a lot of other events this weekend, they ask that you bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child in need. — CG

Deep Ellum Holiday Party at Sons of Hermann Hall
Celebrate the holidays with your Deep Ellum neighbors and raise a glass to the fact that you live and/or frequent one of the coolest neighborhoods on the planet. — CG

The Life of Brian at Alamo Drafthouse (Free)
The Monty Python classic chronicling the life of Jesus Christ's neighbor Brian screens for free this Sunday. — CG

To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our events page.


















































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