Keep Searching For a Heart of Gold.

Yesterday, during his first solo press conference since taking office, Lord Trump Almighty lamented about the many ways our country’s gone to hell in a handbasket.
“We’re becoming a drug-infested nation,” he said. “Drugs are becoming cheaper than candy bars.”

That’s pretty cheap! You can search all weekend, though, and we’re not sure you’ll find any hard narcotics selling cheaper than a Snickers. If you do, jump on it, that’s a really good deal.

So we recommend not wasting any time searching in vain. Instead, here are a whole bunch of other things you can do. — Cory Graves


Cirque du Soleil’s Kurious Cabinet of Curiosities at Lone Star Park
A steampunk circus featuring flying bicycles, human pyramids and all manner of acrobatic feats and whimsical costumes. Basically everything you’ve come to expect from the Cirque du Soleil brand over the years. — CG

WWE: Road to Wrestlemania at American Airlines Center
Low key, the six-way women tag match was the best thing about last year’s record-setting Wrestlemania, and there’ll be another one as finally, the WWE comes back to Dallas. On top of that, a triple threat tag match for the RAW championship and another three-way bout between Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman and The Big Show. — CG

Tacocat at Three Links
Tacocat performed one of the best sets of anyone at last year’s 35 Denton. They’re a feminist pop-punk band from Seattle, with songs about the first day of your period, breaking up with guys that just broke up with you and catcalling. But it’s never preachy enough to distract you, because the overall sound and energy that they give off is light and dance-y enough that it just works as a whole. — Paul Wedding

MxPx at Trees
Coming up in the ’90s, vaguely Christian skate punk band MXPX was one of those safer alternative groups your parents would reluctantly be cool with you listening to. Anything to keep you away from the Black Flags and Descendents of the world. These days, members of the group have renounced Christianity, and some have turned their backs on religions and/or deities altogether. How do you like that, mom? — CG

Punk Mock at Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
Fast-riffing tributes to The Ramones, The Descendents and Fugazi. Three chords and the anti-authoritarian truth. — CG

Blind Pilot at Kessler Theater (Sold Out)
Doesn’t get much more Portlandia that Portland-based indie folkers Blind Pilot, who used to tour the West Coast via bicycle back when they were just a two-piece. Now that there’s six of ’em, they’ve given in and bought a vehicle, which is good, because it takes a long time to pedal all the way from Oregon to Dallas. — CG

Eisley at Cambridge Room
Tyler’s favorite family band has its fifth full-length, an effort called I’m Only Dreaming, dropping today. On the album’s lead single, they get some backing vocal assistance from Circa Survive and Saosin frontman Anthony Green. It bumps a little harder than earlier stuff, but still manages to capture that token ethereal Eisley feel. — Pete Freedman

Le Cure at Granada Theater
Joining Dallas’ favorite tribute to The Cure here is JG & the Robots, a Kraftwerk tribute. — CG


The Pin Show at The Bomb Factory
The Pin Show is an independent fashion show showcasing more than 160 walks from independent designers. The show is meant to put the cutting edge of fashion on display, from small-time independent companies to established brands. Music will be provided by ZHORA, Blue, The Misfit, Sam Lao, Picnictyme and Ronnie Heart. — PW

Four-Year Anniversary at Community Beer Co.
An even bigger blowout than its regular jam-packed Saturday tours, this anniversary shindig features 40-plus beers on tap, including some rare and special releases, bands, food trucks, live screen printing and more. — CG

Best Beards of Dallas 2017 at The Rustic
Beards have been all the rage among men for the past several years at this point, with grizzly growing out their neck manes to varying degrees — all the while catching the attention of potential suitors. Yeah, beards are considered sort of sexy nowadays. And in the tradition of those collections of beautiful women posing in an at least somewhat artful and empowering ways in the form of a calendar, one local man is using beards to put together a male counterpart this January. Dallas photographer Brent Baxter has put together a collection of the Best Beards In Dallas for your coffee table. There’ll be live bands playing here and, naturally, there will also be a best beard contest for those who feel like they’ve been snubbed in the book. — H. Drew Blackburn

Animal Spirit (Album Release) at Lola’s Saloon
The Fort Worth outfit celebrates the release of its latest, This Is Relevant, with support from Denton’s Dome Dwellers and Dallas’ Trai Bo. — CG

The Last Midtown ARTwalk at Valley View Center
After six-and-a-half years, these regularly recurring art walks come to an end after this one. So too does the venue, which faces demolition in the coming days. Live music, tons of art and your last chance to say goodbye to ol’ Valley View. — CG

Power Trip “Executioner’s Tax” Video Shoot at Andy’s Bar
Want to maybe see yourself on our site one day? Make your way over to Andy’s Bar this Saturday for a Planned Parenthood benefit/video shoot for Power Trip’s new “Executioner’s Tax” single. Downbeat for that one is 7 p.m. — CG

SOAR Wrestling Presents: Remembering a King at Dallas Elks Lodge #71
The local wrestling promotion remembers the life of Viscera, aka King Mabel. His old Men on a Mission tag team partner Sir Mo appears here, along with fellow WWE Superstar Charlie Hass and many more. — CG

Drone Wars at Cavanaugh Flight Museum
Some say this mini-unmanned version of Star Wars pod racing is the sport of the future, the thing we’ll all turn to once concussions derail the NFL altogether. I dunno. drone racing is pretty cool. — CG

Dallas, Save Your History at Sons of Hermann Hall
Built in 1890, the Struck home is one of the oldest in Dallas — and it could be demolished soon. A bunch of bands are playing this show in hopes of raising cash to possibly move, restore or otherwise save the historic home. Those would include Christian Sly & the Nine Zero’s, Oil Boom, Dead Flowers, and the Dallas Christian Jazz Orchestra. — CG

Cupid’s Undie Run at Trees
There’s a pre-party and post-party sandwiching this mile-ish long, underwear-clad run to raise awareness and cash for Neurofibromatosis research. #endNF — CG

Dale Watson at Longhorn Saloon
Dale Watson; revered as a “true country troubadour,” “chicken shit bingo pioneer” and “keeper of the flame,” but above all, he’s a bona-fide metropolitan country legend. — CG

Delbert McClinton at Granada Theater
Perennial sideman and songwriter, McClinton, was eventually able to carve out a pretty successful solo career, charting several albums and singles of his own. His longevity, musicianship, and consistency have made him a legend in the roots community. He’s also said to have taught John Lennon the distinctive harmonica sound made famous in songs like “Love Me Do.” — CG

MxPx at Trees
Back for more. — CG

Polyphia at Dada
Three words: instrumental prog metal. — CG

Speedealer, Mothership, Against the Grain at Links
Dallas trio Mothership has no trouble churning out heavy riffs. The dudes are currently on a packed string of North American dates in support of their band’s upcoming third album, High Strangeness, which drops March 17 via Ripple Music. Fortunately, that thing swings back through their home turf this weekend. — CG

The Pam Grier Fan Club at Texas Theatre
It’s a Pam Grier double feature with Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown and a Pam-inspired dance party in the lobby after. — CG

Lincoln Day Dinner Protest at Omni Hotel Fort Worth
We’ve been told that Congressman Roger Williams has been blowing off his constituents in Austin, who have been desperately trying to set up meetings with him to discuss things like the gerrymandering that helped him get elected. He’s one of the confirmed esteemed guests at this event, so a bunch of folks from Austin are driving up to protest. They’ll be joined by his constituents from Fort Worth, too. He’s got a big district. Gerrymandering! — CG

President’s Day March and Rally at Dallas City Hall
Presidents Day? It’s more like Not-My-Presidents Day for half of us, who are gathering to protest the King Baby’s unconstitutional immigrant bans. — CG

An Evening With J Dilla at RBC
A celebration of one of hip-hop’s greatest producers, featuring his old buddy House Shoes and local boys Jay Clipp and JT Donaldson. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Dilla’s kids. — CG

A Poet’s Tribute to Nina at Margo Jones Theatre
Days before what would have been Nina’s 84th birthday, poet Lynn Lyric performs a work based on her songs. — CG

John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes at Nasher Sculpture Center
It takes a few hours to prepare a piano with the necessary screws, bolts, pieces of rubber and such that Cage requires to play the 20 pieces in this cycle. The end result is like something you’ll hear nowhere else. — CG

Fea at The Prophet Bar
Whenever Phanie Diaz and Jenn Alva aren’t ripping stages apart in their visceral Girl In A Coma project, they’re, well, doing the exact same thing in Fea. Blending the immediacy of punk with a more melodic edge, this group most closely resembles the force of a mosh pit. Down with the male patriarchy! — CC

Fea DJ Party at Good Records (Free)
Before they play instruments at Prophet Bar, the punks will play some records over at Good – for free. — CG

PBR: Built Ford Tough Series at ATT Stadium
The toughest athletes on the planet battle the “meanest” steers in the game for a chance at the $140 million prize. — CG

Keep Denton Thrashing at Oak Street Drafthouse
The friends of Nick Thrasher keep his memory alive with their second annual event that’ll include punk rock karaoke, live music and a fundraiser for First Book, where a donation will be made in Nick’s name. — CG

Mardi Gras Texas Style at Fair Park Automobile Building
Mardi Gras Texas Style is a music festival meant to bring you some of Texas’s best country music acts. I guess for them, “Texas style” means a week early. The festival features acts such as Casey Donahew, Cody Johnson, Stoney LaRue, Shooter Jennings, Mike Ryan, Roger Creager, Kyle Park and more. — PW

Beer My Valentine’s Bar Crawl in Uptown
Local bloggers Dallasites 101 are hosting the Beer My Valentine Bar Crawl this weekend in Uptown in partnership with Bumble. Besides the clever name, they’re offering drink specials from local brewery 3 Nations Brewing at all the bars, a cute T-shirt to add to the pile on your floor and the chance to woo a potential mate through a flip cup tournament. To make things easy for attendees to metaphorically swipe left or right in person, they also have color coded bands to wear: yellow for single, and pink for taken. Why can’t all bars have that system? Grab your guys or girls and get out there, I’ve already got mine. — Hannah Steiner

Intro to Beekeeping and Local Honey Tasting at Denton Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center
Beekeeping is more complex than you would think. Well, not that much more complex. You’re keeping fucking flying thumbtacks. The event will cover the history, art and science of beekeeping as instructed by Rachel Seida, a master beekeeper, which is apparently a thing. There’s also going to be observation of bees and a honey tasting. — PW


Neil Fest at Granada Theater
From the minds that brought Petty Fest to last year’s Oaktopia comes this star studded night of tributes to Neil Young by big names like Norah Jones and Boz Skaggs. Alison Mosshart, The Flatlanders, Charlie Sexton, Nikki Lane, Danny Masterson and many others will share the stage there, too. — CG

Jonathan Richman at Three Links
In the last 40 years Richman’s evolved from teenage frontman of punk rock forbearers the Modern Lovers to the equally quirky acoustic guitar-toting troubadour best remembered for narrating There’s Something About Mary. To hear Richman and longtime drummer Tommy Larkin tell it, though, they’ve never stopped evolving. “Me and Tommy play totally different than we played two years ago,” Richman once wrote in an old bio. “We already play a different style than we played on that live DVD, and the way we played then was totally different from the way we played three years before that. I still feel like we’re just starting out, and I still learn new stuff every night.” — CG

Ash Studios V: Some Shades of Black at Dallas Public Library
Eight prominent black Dallas artists — Jeremy Biggers, Diamond Gray, Riley Holloway, Dom G Jones, Jess Lee, Morgana Wilborn , and Chesley Williams — will show off paintings, photography, textiles and more. There’ll also be a talk by the artists about what it means to be a black artist in Dallas. — CG

Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys at Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill (Free)
Now in their 29th year together, Big Sandy and his rockabilly revivalist backing band are so authentic, it’s hard to pick their records from a bin of actual ’60s albums. Thanks to their artwork, recording methods, songwriting, effects and costumes, they’re one of the most authentic retro-influenced acts around. — CG

The Griswolds at Cambridge Room
In 2012, the Australian indie pop outfit The Griswolds rose from the ashes of four bands that were going nowhere quickly. Kinda had to, really. Prior to forming, this new band, the four players that now make up the Griswolds had each reached a breaking point. They were more than becoming disillusioned with the directions of their previous music projects; they needed a stark complete change of pace. And so The Griswolds formed — out of necessity, in many respects. It grew into more than that with time, though. Together, The Griswolds’ members found common ground through a new, unabashedly laidback and intoxicatingly uplifting pop-rock sound. Better still, the foursome found a whole new audience — all the way across the Pacific in America. For more information on this show, check out a recent interview we did with the band here. — Allie Williamson

Secondhand Serenade, Hawthorne Heights, Ronnie Winter at Trees
Secondhand Serenade is really just John Vesely writing songs for and singing them to his wife. The rest of us are all just bystanders, hence his chosen moniker to release them under. — CG

Yes at Majestic Theatre
The recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees continue their album series by performing their Drama album in full, plus sides one and four of Tales From Topographic Oceans and a smattering of greatest hits. — CG

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner at Alamo Drafthouse (Richardson)
In some ways, things have changed quite a bit since 1967, when this progressive comedy about a white girl bringing her black fiance home to dinner to meet her parents. In many others they haven’t changed a bit. Sad! — CG

The Spin Show at Spinster Records (Free)
A free in-store featuring John Earle Mainord, Silas Nello and Brothers & Bride. — CG

Matthew Posey Benefit Concert at Dada
Recently, the beloved local playwright/actor was injured in a random act of gun violence. So a bunch of bands are donating sets, hoping to raise money to help him get his teeth fixed. Party Static, PVC Street Gang, Hawk Vs Dove, The Van Sanchez, Ricki Derek, Mother II, Jeff Whittington, Nick Earl Trio, Jenna Clark, John Pedigo, Manet Jackson, George Quartz, Greg Schroeder, Madison King, Deanna and Trey, and Sarah Ruth. — CG

Hemingway Book Club: Jurassic Park at Black Swan Saloon
Black Swan Saloon has been hosting a bimonthly book club, dubbed Hemingway Book Club, for some time now. Each edition consists of a discussion regarding a specific literary work and a selection of thematic cocktails for you to ingest. — Calvin Cashen

North Texas Craft Beer Chili Challenge at L.U.C.K.
Now in its third year, 31 local breweries have made chilis for this competition. A 10 spot gets you 10 cups to taste, and the proceeds go to the North Texas Food Bank. — CG

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