Make A Day Of It.

Some graduate students at Swiss university École cantonale d'art de Lausanne crafted a rocking chair that knits you a cap while you rock. You just go about your business, rocking as usual and — pow! — you walk away with a warm new cap.

Then again, who needs a winter cap this time of year? Wouldn't a big ol' list of ways to spend your weekend be a better reward for your going about your business as usual? Welp — pow! — here ya go. — Cory Graves

Dallas International Film Festival
This is the tenth annual Dallas International Film Festival. This 11-day festival organized by the Dallas Film Society includes exclusive film screenings, filmmaker luncheons, award shows, talk shows and short-film screenings. Really, there's just too much going on to fit into this little blurb, so check out the link above. — Roberto Aguilar

A Fat Wreck World Premiere at Angelika Film Center
One Dallas International Film Festival screening we did want to call out, though is the world premiere of A Fat Wreck at the Angelika. It's a documentary (or “punkumentary”) by some local filmmakers centered around the '90s punk record labe Fat Wreck Chords, which was responsible for such groups as NOFX, Rise Against, and Propaghandi. It's a gritty, authentic take at some of the low and high points of the punk scene in the '90s from the perspective of Fat Wreck's band members — and there's puppets! —Paul Wedding

Dallas Art Fair
As I stood in a small shack next to the Erin Cluley Gallery, swaying underneath the pale light of a disco ball inscribed repeatedly with the word “me,” listening to a slowed down version of Carly Simon's 1972 hit “You're So Vain” inside of Oliver Cregg's installation, I knew I was finally ready for Dallas Arts Week. Hands down, this is the busiest week of the visual arts calendar year. There are parties, there are openings and there are people from around the country and the world. There is money to be made, friendships to be kindled, hearts to be broken and more art than you can possibly see. So think of this guide as an exclusive look into how to navigate the busiest week of the art-world year. — Darryl Ratcliff

Let's Dance with DJ Sober at Winston's Supperclub
DJ Sober's new Friday night weekly kicks off here, where he'll be joined by his new regular Winston's collaborator Mutemor of the Faded Deejays set and, at this one at least, where he'll also be celebrated the birthday of The Outfit, TX's Dorian. Given the venue and Bowie-aping event name, you might want to go into this one expecting something a little less grimy than what you'd normally hear Sobes spin at Beauty Bar's Big Bang Thursdays. No promises, though. — Pete Freedman

Burlesque is a Basterd at Three Links
Burlesque is taking on a whole other level with this show commemorating the films of gore and violence master Quentin Tarantino. There will be more than 15 of Dallas' best burlesque performers splashing the crowd with blood and gore including Bang Bang Lu Lu, Tequila Mockingbird, Carmel Sutra and The Pistolletes. Also, there will be a contest for patrons who dress in their best Tarantino-inspired costumes. Hooray for burlesque, blood and prizes! — RA

Homer Henderson at AllGood Cafe
Homer Henderson has been local Texas country musician for 30 years now. He excels at what Texas Country does best when it's good, which is telling stories. His songs have a kind of comforting loneliness to them, with their soft, slow-tempo guitar. He's also the only person to ever write a sympathetic song about Lee Harvey Oswald, so there's that. — PW

Blazing Saddles at Inwood Theatre
Blazing Saddles is one of several comedy classics directed by Mel Brooks, often considered his best. It follows Cleavon Little as the new black sheriff in town, alongside him is Gene Wilder, who's fantastic as always. The movie is hilarious and about as smart as parody can get, fart jokes and all. — PW

Arden Myrin at Hyena's (Dallas)
Arden Myrin is a very funny woman who has been doing her thing for over 20 years. In 1997, she starred in the TV series Working as Abby Cosgrove alongside Fred Savage. She had a few good years at MADtv where she wrote a lot of her own skits. Currently, she's a regular on @Midnight, she hosts a ridiculous podcast called Will You Accept This Rose? that pokes fun at The Bachelor TV series and is kicking ass in her new role on the show Fresh Off The Boat. — RA

BodyCon Dallas at Common Table
BodyCon is annual convention for body and face artists. Not like tattoo artists, like they make a living painting people. It's a bunch of workshops spread out for three days based around different painting methods, from eyes to animal faces to faeries and so forth. These are serious workshops too, some of them last like seven hours. If that's a hobby of yours or you want to get more into it, check it out. —PW

Blue Oyster Cult at Gas Monkey Live
You should know who this band is by now. They're one of the defining heavy metal bands of the '70s, putting out some of the biggest hits of the decade like “(Don't Fear) The Reaper” and “Burnin' For You.” Just don't be that guy shouting for more cowbell. — PW

Cadillac Three at Billy Bob's
Hard-rocking Nashville country trio The Cadillac Three has only released one album, but the band has already turned in a duet with schlocky pop country superstars Florida Georgia Line and appeared in an episode of ABC's Nashville that saw the outfit damn near signing to Rayna James' Highway 65 label. Tonight, the band will play two distinct types of songs: The half where they tell you where they're from (“The South,” “I'm Southern,” “Tennessee Mojo”), and the ones where they tell you what to do (“Back It Up,” “Get Your Buzz On,” “Turn It On”). — CG

DJ Snake at South Side Ballroom
DJ Snake is coming to the South Side Ballroom with special guests Tchami, Mercher and Malaa for the Pardon My French tour. Though the tour is small, only hitting six US cities, it is mighty. Fill up your vape, bring your best tank top and get ready for a whole night full of EDM extravaganza. — Jessi Pereira

Fred Eaglesmith at Granada Theater
Fred Eaglesmith is a Canadian alt-country singer who writes songs best described as to be listened to in a lonely bar. Imagine Tom Waits if he never evolved past the '70s and had a weird steampunk aesthetic, not that that's a bad thing. It is a little sleepy, though. Tif Ginn opens. — PW

The Used at House of Blues (Sold Out)
The Used is on a nationwide tour celebrating the 15th anniversary of its self-titled debut album. The band will play two nights in each city it visits, and each night is a performance of one of two of its two most popular albums. The first night, the band plays The Used and in the second night they will jam the entirety of In Love and Death. The Used is also doing meet and greets, photo ops and selling side stage access during the band's concerts. Word is that both shows at the House Of Blues are sold out, so good luck with that. — RA

Ten Foot Beast, Mountain of Smoke at Crown and Harp
Ten Foot Beast is a Dallas duo that puts the heavy in heavy metal. The name is appropriate, because the guitar actually sounds like it's growling at points. This is an instrumental band focused on a lot of build up and bombastic climaxes of guitar and drums. Mountain of Smoke and PARTAKER open. — PW

James Taylor at WinStar World Casino (Sold Out)
James Taylor pretty much goes without saying. He's a five-time Grammy winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and the winner of a shitload of other awards. He's also inspired pretty much any famous singer with a guitar performing today. — PW

Bane, Burn, Axis, Out of Body at Dada
Bane is easily considered one of the best hardcore punk bands of the last 20 years. The band has only released a handful of albums, but remains an inspiration to up and coming musicians of the hardcore genre. Unfortunately, Bane is calling quits this year, so this show at Dada with Burn, Axis and Out Of Body will be the last time Dallas gets to experience the brutality that is Bane. — RA

Norma Jean, Forevermore, Rival Choir, With Bright Lights, The Vanity Affair at Tomcats West
This Norma Jean show is jam packed with loud and noisy talent. Joining the metalcore/screamo quintet from Atlanta will be Forevermore, The Vanity Affair, Rival Choir, With Bright Lights and Born Under Fire. Each band is more wrathful and ear splitting than the next, which should make for a fun time for those of you that enjoy the sonic abuse. — RA

Victor Victoria at Texas Theatre
Iin gender-bending 1982 classic, Julie Andrews plays the titular character, a down and out female playing a male impersonating a female in order to get ahead in life. Singing, dancing and laughs ensue. — CG

Lavell Crawford at Addison Improv
As somewhat serious as AMC's wildly popular Breaking Bad proved to be in its five-season run, it's kind of wild to think about how many comedians played substantial roles in the series. Think about it: Bryan Cranston was primarily known for his role as Hal on Malcolm in the Middle; Bob Odenkirk, who played Saul, starred in Mr. Show; stand-up comedians Bill Burr and Lavell Crawford played Saul's con-man Kuby and bodyguard Huell, respectively; and DEA Agent Steven “Gomie” Gomez was played by stand-up Steven Michael Quezada. This weekend, Kuby will be flipping his switch back to funny mode. — CG

Magda Berliner Trunk Show at TENOVERSIX
Magda Berliner is a Los Angeles-based clothing designer that is most well known for her intricate and feminine lace women's wear. The trunk show will feature 28 styles of her signature lace pieces, plus she will be in attendance for all your meet-and-greet needs. Berliner's most famous clients are probably the Olsen twins who can be seen wearing her designs in numerous Hollywood functions. — RA

Show Boat at Winspear Opera House
Show Boat was first produced in 1927 by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II. The story follows the crew of a show boat that travels along the Mississippi River, and is based on the book of the same name by Edna Ferber. Nowadays, the musical gets a lot of flack for being out of date in regards to race relations. However, it did bring us great songs like “Ol' Man River” and “Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man.” Did you catch that? Yup, dat. — RA

Damn XIII at Green Elephant
DAMN! is what organizers of this transcendent, recurring audiovisual experience hope you'll be saying after this one. Experimental music from names like Artificial Earth Machine, Jobert, Wormsign, Chad Mossholder, Triangulum and Water Falls will be accompanied by projections from Evan Henry, Brian Tomerlin, Michael Morris, John Barker, Sean Miller, Thor Johnson, Jessie Alexandra, Blair Johnston and Benjamin Crowley. Damn, indeed. — CG

Grapevine Chocolate Festival
Grapevine Chocolate Festival is in its 12th year and going strong. Dallas' dessert scene has been experiencing a boom with talented chocolatiers like Kate Weiser making waves, and this festival brings together the best of the best for you to enjoy. Their Friday night event is especially popular, called “An Evening of Chocolate and Wine,” and definitely wins the title of most romantic food festival date choice for this weekend. Be sure to get tickets early though, it usually sells out and this isn't something you want to miss. — Hannah Steiner

Old 97's County Fair at Main Street Garden Park
After years of teasing to do so, the Old 97's will finally get a festival to call their own — the new Downtown Dallas-held music festival known as the Old 97's County Fair. This day-long affair will go down in Main Street Garden Park and feature performances from Drive-By Truckers, Lucero, Deer Tick, Justin Townes Earle, Nikki Lane, Brent Best and Madison King, in addition to a headlining set from the festival's namesake. Oh, and a 40-foot Ferris wheel. — PF

Kurt Vile at Granada Theater (Sold Out)
KXT has been playing Kurt Vile's “Pretty Pimpin” ad nauseam ever since his new album b'lieve i'm goin down… fell into their hands. However, it is the first track on the album, so if you've had your fill, just skip it. The rest of the album is a spectacular journey of nuanced folk-rock songs drenched in Vile's own brand of wit and heartache. The album is an acoustic departure from his previous ones, which is a great sign of maturity in an artist. Purling Hiss' Mike Polizze opens the show with a solo set. — RA

Record Store Day at Good Records
Good Records is cramming two holidays in one for an all day celebration: Record Store Day and Good Records' 16th birthday. The party begins bright and early at 7 a.m. and doesn't end until midnight. Sandwiched between those long hours are tons of in store performances ranging from Sad Cops to Kurt Vile to Sudie to Black Taffy. For an complete list of the lineup, check the out the link above. — JP

Record Store Day at Doc's Records
Doc's continues its streak of being the place in Fort Worth to celebrate Record Store Day, and this year should be no different. The lineup of in-stores this year will include Andy Pickett, Jake Paleshic, FOGG, Chanel Zero and The Cush. — CG

Record Store Day at Josey Records
Over at Josey Records' party, they'll be releasing a limited edition RSD vinyl featuring some of the bands playing live in the store. To recap, those would be Malandros, Native Fox, Cryptolog, Trai Bo, Taylor Louis & the Legacy and Ghoul5ive. — CG

Record Store Day at Spinster Records
The ever so tiny and reliable Spinster holds it down for Bishop Arts District. For Record Store Day, they're kicking things off right at 11 a.m. with Kirk Thurmond, followed by city favorite DJ Sober and 88 Killa. Don't worry. The eclectic line up doesn't end there. There's something for everyone ranging from psychedelic rock to indie to straight punk. Find the rest of the lineup at the link above. — JP

Dave Liebe Hart at RBC
Depending on who you ask, Dave Liebe Hart is either a man with alien ancestors who turned down the role of Opie's black friend on The Andy Griffith Show and later learned the art of puppetry from Jim Henson himself or he's a Bluetooth-wearing, mentally-challenged individual being held hostage by his punk rock backing band. While the real truth is probably somewhere between these two extremities, it doesn't make paying dollars to gawk at the train wreck feel any less uncomfortable. — CG

Tablet Reunion at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill
Tablet was kind of a big deal around Dallas in the '90s. They were a local band that managed to make it big, with a deal with a major record label and radio airplay. They unexpectedly broke up after the frontman left. Now, they're back together after a re-release of their album, Pinned, and will be playing a free live show at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill. These guys were said to have mesmerizing live shows back in the day, come check it out and see a little bit of what the Dallas music scene was like in the '90s. — PW

The Inaugural Dallas Bridge Bash at Continental Avenue Bridge (Sold Out)
The inaugural Dallas Bridge Bash is a fundraiser organized by The Dallas Association of Young Lawyers that aims to support education programs at Ketchup Saturdays. The event will include musical performances from Time Machine Band, Trevor Douglas and manintheraw. There will also be a host of food vendors like Urban Taco, Fadi's and Pop Star Popsicles. Booze will be provided by Tito's Vodka, Community Brewing and Patrón Tequila. — RA

Delta Rae at Dada
Delta Rae is a folk rock band from North Carolina that has a lot of talent but it just a little too poppy. They have a few strong tracks where they go balls-out folk rock but oftentimes the lyrics and the voice of the lead singer really bring it down. There's a boy band aesthetic to them in many of their videos that just doesn't fit, but they do have the capability of making good music. — PW

Gin Blossoms at Park Village South Lake
Are the Gin Blossoms Arizona's version of the Toadies? Think about it: They had one massive radio hit in the early '90s, “Hey Jealousy,” followed by three just-as-good-but-not-quite-as-popular singles in the next couple of years. They broke up in 1997 and re-formed in 2002 with most of the core members returning, and they released three albums most folks outside of their home region have never really given much of a chance. And now they're playing off-the-beaten-path shows like this one out in the mid-cities. Spooky, right? — CG

Hayes Carll at Kessler Theater (Two Shows)
Hayes Carll is just the best. A hyperliterate lyricist in the vein of Rhett Miller and a vocalist crooner indebted to Ray Wylie Hubbard, Carll's music is pure Texan — and in the best way possible. It swings and it swaggers, it rollicks and it bites. And, in live settings, his charms are only multiplied. He's a treasure. And he's playing an early show and a late show, at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively. — PF

Uptown Crawfish Boil at The Rustic
The Uptown Crawfish Boil is a charity event hosted by Salvation Army Echelon. There's going to be crawfish, obviously, crawfish races and live music provided by the Rebirth Brass Band, one of the staple bands of New Orleans. — PW

Moon Waves, Mink Coats, R!U!O!K! at Three Links
Three Links is putting on a free night of music with some of the most psychedelic bands in Dallas. Moon Waves is a local band centered around playing psychedelic rock much like the kind folks listened to in the '60s and '70s, but with extra influences from genres like noise and shoegaze. Mink Coats is a more straightforward rock band with a '70s vibe. R!U!O!K! isn't really anything like the other two, but is an electronic/rock band focused on creating dense atmosphere in all of their songs, which it does pretty well. — PW

Selena Sing-Along at Alamo Drafthouse (Both Locations)
Dallas is but a couple weeks removed from a weekend-long celebration of all things Selena, and they're already back at it. This weekend, the Drafthouse celebrates the late singer's birthday with another of its famous sing-along affairs. — CG

19th Big Mamou Cajun Festival at Trader's Village
Son of a gun, New Orleans may be fun, but for those of us that don't have time for a getaway there's always the many Cajun festivals happening around us this time of year. Before you complain about going to Grand Prairie, think about all the shrimp etouffee, crawfish, gumbo, and piles of boudin waiting for you. Add in free admission, $4 parking, and some good ol' Zydeco music and you've got your own little piece of Cajun heaven, without the mandatory hangover that comes with a visit to NOLA. — HS

Freaks and Fetish at Lizard Lounge
The Eighteenth Annual Freaks & Fetish show presented by Allen Falkner, founder of the first suspension group, has three very intriguing performances lined up for all you freaky-deaky people out there. The Lizardman, aka Erik Sprague, will be the freak-du-jour. According to his website, he performs sideshow acts, comedy and fronts a band. Wicked! And it's free with SusCon credientials. — RA

Aubrie Sellers at Lola's
The daughter of Nashville stars Jason Sellers and Lee Ann Womack, 24-year-old Aubrie Sellers is a badass. Think Kacey Musgraves but grittier and a little more upbeat. She calls her sound garage country, which is apt. Matthew McNeal and Kevin Aldridge open. — CG

Generation Axe at The Bomb Factory
Generation Axe is a guitar enthusiast's wet dream. Each and every guitar virtuoso is a bona fide axe master down to the last pickup. The inimitable Steve Vai headlines the show. His most recent album, Story of Light (2012), is a full-fledged onslaught of electric guitar. Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society is also all the bill along with Swedish guitar prodigy Yngwie Malmsteen, Nigerian Tosin Abasi and Nuno Bettencourt from the band Extreme. — RA

Lucinda Williams at Kessler Theater
For three nights, Lucinda Williams will be performing at The Kessler Theater. She's fresh off the release of her latest album The Ghosts of Highway 20, an album that “is literally a map of my life in a lot of ways,” Williams says. She will be joined by Buick 6, a country-rock trio from Los Angeles. — RA

School of Rock Rockstravaganza VI in Deep Ellum
The School of Rock is showcasing bands from eight of their area campuses in various venues around Deep Ellum. It looks like they will be taking over Trees, Dada, Stone Deck Pizza Pub, Three Links, Liquid Lounge, RBC and more. Ten stages in all, and dozens upon dozens of tomorrows rock stars. The Facebook event page includes an entire list of lineups. — RA

Gypsy Wagon Swap and Flea Sale
The Swap & Flea has been going strong for the past 10 years, so take this opportunity to jump on a host of bargains on everything vintage, retro and junky. The Gypsy Wagon has recruited some of the best junk dealers in Dallas to help you dig for just what you're looking for. Seriously, you'll probably find that beat-up end table, gaudy lamp and stuffed rattlesnake you've been hoping will complete your living room. — RA

Songkran Festival at The Buddhist Center of Dallas
Little did you know, this weekend is actually the Thai New Year, which means you get to put away your troubles for a little bit to revel in celebration. The local Thai Buddhist temple is opening its doors for a day of traditional ceremonies, music, and delicious homemade Thai food. The perfect way to spend your Sunday is definitely strolling the grounds of a beautiful temple with your S.O., munching on pad Thai and watching classical dances. — HS


















































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