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Strapped for ideas on how to spend your next few work-free days? Your always dependable pals right here at CT have a number of ways in mind, all compiled into the handy list below. Our treat. — Cory Graves

So What?! Fall Edition in Deep Ellum
For the next three nights, Third String Productions is taking over stages at The Prophet Bar, Three Links, Curtain Club, Trees, Liquid Lounge, Dada and Reno’s. Friday’s lineups include Acceptance, Hatebreed, Devildriver, and dozens more. — CG

Boo Dallas at South Side Ballroom
For the next two nights, Insomniac and C3 Presents are taking over the South Side Ballroom with some of EDM’s biggest names. Playing Friday (in alphabetical order) are Baauer, Bro Safari, G Jones, Unlike Pluto and Zed’s Dead. — CG

JagoeFest at The Jagoe House
Not to blow up their spot, but this three-day house party is hosting over 30 bands over the course of the weekend. Good ones, too. BYOB and don’t be a jackass, both of which should go without saying. — CG

Brew-Haha Comedy Series at Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery
Laugh until Crunktoberfest comes out your nose, as comedian Jon Stringer headlines this edition of the local brewery-set stand-up series. — CG

Prelude: A Preview of Aurora 2017 at AT&T Performing Arts Center
Ten massive (as in the facades of buildings massive) light installations will get your feathers all ruffled for next year’s big light-centric throwdown in the Arts District. Brave Combo performs during Friday’s viewings, and Larry g(EE) holds it down Saturday. — CG

WellRED Comedy Tour: Trae Crowder at Texas Theatre
Crowder, better known by his YouTube sensation alter-ego the Liberal Redneck headlines this “blue”-collar comedy tour. Corey Ryan Forrester and Drew Morgan also perform. — CG

“Kult Klassic” and “Desktop” at Conduit Gallery
New works by Heyd Fontenot and Ludwig Schwarz. They run through November 26.

“Italian Dressing” at Tractorbeam
A painted portrayal of Austin artist Xavier Schipani’s Italian-American upbringing. He’s here from 7 to 11 p.m., drinking vodka and schmoozing. — CG

Selena Night at Crown and Harp
Slap on your Selena makeup and help DJ Leo J celebrate the Queen of Tejano music’s induction into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. — CG

Alessia Cara at Verizon Theatre
At 19 years old, Alessia Cara is already sold out the Granada Theater earlier this summer. Now she’s moving up to rooms five times the size. Jesus. You most likely know her from her single, “Here.” It’s smooth as hell, with a great beat sampling from Portishead’s “Glory Box,” and Cara’s vocals are top-notch. — Paul Wedding

Danny Brown at South Side Music Hall
Remember the days when Childish Gambino was a more respected rapper than Danny Brown? Crazy times. Anyway, point is, be nice and accommodating to both Brown and his opening acts tonight. — CG

RX Bandits at Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
RX Bandits are punks who love rock, reggae and ska and who are known for their strong political views. So make sure not to be upfront if you have opposing views — it doesn’t take much effort to spit that far. — Chase Whale

Dilly’s Dance Party at The Whippersnapper
Dallas’ own DJ Dilly returns from San Francisco for his monthly dance party at The Whip.

So What?! Music Fest in Deep Ellum
With Dance Gavin Dance, Hawthorne Heights, Psychostick and dozens more. — CG

Boo Dallas at South Side Ballroom
Performing on the second day of this one are Big Gigantic, Meaux Green, Pantyraid, Party Favor and Snails, though probably not in that order. — CG

Preoccupations at Dada
The Canadian post-punks formerly known as Viet Cong hit town with a new name and a new self-titled album released last month. Methyl Ethel and Bummer Vacation open. — CG

Stand-Up Comedy Battle of the Sexes at Black Box Theatre
Future reality television star Saffron Herndon headlines an all-female 9 p.m. show, while Nick Fields heads up the earlier, 7 p.m. all-male showcase. Whichever of the two has the biggest draw gets some prize cash. Our money is on Saffy’s squad. — CG

Ranch Bash at Panther Island Pavilion
Holy crud this radio-sponsored fest’s lineup is packed. Cody Jinks, William Clark Green, Sam Riggs, Dale Watson, Bonnie Bishop and a bunch more all perform. Just don’t drink the water. Or venture into it. Maybe don’t even look at it. — CG

Park & Palate: Grand Taste at Klyde Warren Park
More than just the park’s standard lineup of food trucks, it’s Park & Palate event includes “the region’s most popular chefs, wineries, breweries and spirits,” some of the best the Texas culinary scene has to offer. The event is strictly 21 and up. — CG

An Intimate Tribute to Guy Clark at Belmont Hotel
A Billy Reid pop-up will be here, and Clark biographer Tamara Saviano will be here signing books. But the big draw of the Belmont’s Guy Clark tribute weekend is the poolside show that’ll see the Texas Gentlemen covering his tunes with some help from Jack Ingram, Alejandro Escovedo, Jonathan Tyler, Nikki Lane and more. — CG

Texas Veggie Fair at Reverchon Park (Free)
Whether you’re strict vegan, vegetarian or dabble in meat eating, the Texas Veggie Fair invites you to learn about plant-based diets and the welfare of all animals. They’ll have meat alternatives to all your favorite foods, games, contests and vendors with everything from cruelty-free cleaning products to vitamins. — Diamond Victoria

Poetry vs Hip-Hop at South Dallas Cultural Arts Center
A friendly battle between poets and emcees.

“Art of the Guitar” at Kettle Art
Benefiting Foundation 45, which offers free, weekly counseling sessions and a suicide prevention hotline, artists have painted up and donated 45 guitars, which will be displayed and auctioned off here. — CG

”Wunderland” We’re All Mad Here Charity Costume Ball at The Bomb Factory
Follow the DJs down the rabbit hole of dancing and costumed excess. Performances from the reigning Dragon Goddess and others will provide spectacle as you simultaneously support art and local charities like Boys and Girls Club of Collin Co, ArtLoveMagic, Plano Christmas Cops, Christmas Ninjas and DBS. — CG

Stranger Things Party at Taboo Lounge
Throw on your best Dungeons and Dragons garb and party with Tommy H. Upside Down style. Partial proceeds will go to the SPCA. — CG

Luke Bryan at AT&T Stadium
If you want to catch Chris Stapleton this weekend, you’ll have to head to this farmer-pandering douche’s show. With fellow openers like Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch, the undercard alone will be worth the trip. And you’ll have zero traffic troubles on your way out early. — CG

Aqua Lab Fall Showcase at Aqua Lab Sound Recordings
The Deep Ellum recording studio opens its doors for a rock show including Aquaholics, Abacaba, Creepeth and the debut of Aaron “Ice Cream Punk” Barker’s new band the Eggshells. BYOB, but don’t spill any on the equipment. — CG

Allison Crutchfield at The Foundry (Free)
The twin sister and former bandmate of Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield, Allison entertains the chicken-eating crowd tonight at this free show. Party Static co-frontwoman Laura Harrell opens. — CG

NEEDTOBREATHE at Verizon Theatre
Where would Jesus rock out? We can’t say for sure, but Christian alt-rockers, NEEDTOBREATHE, do hit the Dallas suburbs tonight. Just saying. — CG

Telegraph Canyon, Oil Boom, Daniel Markham at Granada Theater
Three of the biggest acts in town – some of the few actually getting spun on local public radio from time to time – team up for one of those all-local bills that sort of feels too big to be an all-local bill. Man, there’s a lot of talent in this town. — CG

Honey Dijon at It’ll Do Club
House music DJ Honey Dijon is quite the hot ticket in the New York fashion scene and is frequently asked to spin at parties for all the industry’s biggest name designers. Back in 2013, she was profiled by the New York Times, which is an interesting read even for those not thinking about heading out to this one. — CG

Willis Alan Ramsey at The Live Oak
Ramsey put out one great, but not all that popular record in 1972, then pretty much disappeared for a few decades. In the interim, the Dallas-raised singer-songwriter saw the album’s songs, like “Muskrat Love,” and “North East Texas Women” covered by America, Captain & Tennille, Jerry Jeff Walker, Waylon Jennings, Jimmy Buffet, Widespread Panic, Shawn Colvin and many others. One of the great unknowns to say the very least. — CG

DIY Best Trick Contest at 2804 Race Street
A DIY skateboard trick contest out in The Fort. P cool. — CG

So What?! Music Fest in Deep Ellum
With Balance & Composure, The Rocket Summer, Foxing, We Came as Romans and dozens more. — CG

TIP and 2 Chainz at The Bomb Factory
Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. and Tauheed Epps are both huge rappers. Massive. The kind that can – and do – hop on big Gexa or AAC bills when called upon to do so. Packed into this space, things will feel loads more lively. — CG

Night Of 1000 Ricks!….and Morty Art Show at Barcadia (Fort Worth)
Sometimes science is more art than science, and a lot of people don’t get that. But the people behind this art show in Fort Worth sure do. Here, dozens of Rick and Morty stans will gather to share and gawk at one another’s fan art for a few hours. That’s an eternity in Meeseeks time! — Pete Freedman


“Savage Impressions” at Kessler Theater
Outsider artist printmakers will take over the Kessler’s back lawn, plying their craft and hawking their wares. Edgy! — CG

Hari Kondabolu at Sons of Hermann Hall
Das Racist hypeman Dapwell’s big brother is a comedian. He tackles some of the same racial and political issues those dudes do, with even more humor and less electronic beats behind him. This is that man. — CG

Yandel at South Side Ballroom
The Texas Rangers’ favorite musician in the clubhouse and at the plate is here in person. Alexis y Fido, De La Ghett, oDJ Lobo and Gadiel are first up to bat. — CG

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