Do Some Dallas-Style Independence Day Pre-gaming.
Most folks should have the day off tomorrow, what with it being Independence Day and all. That means there's lots of early celebrating to do tonight. A lot of it involves America's greatest inventions, too — things like snow cones in Oak Cliff, pop-punk music at Gexa and shitty cinema at the Texas Theatre. Or you could always go super traditional and take in one of the many fireworks displays around town. If you're into huge crowds, we hear the big Kaboom Town spectacle in Addison is one of the country's best.
Big Movie: Brief Encounter at the Magnolia
Continuing their recent string of showing some of the all-time great foreign films, this week's Big Movie is Brief Encounter, a 1945 Oscar-winning adaptation of Noel Coward's 1936 play, Still Life. Directed by David Lean, it is considered one of the best British films ever.
Vans Warped Tour at Gexa Energy Pavilion
Basically every band in the world still actively making pop-punk music will be in town tonight taking part in the 18th annual incarnation of the Vans Warped Tour. If bands like Falling in Reverse, Yellowcard or Forever Came Calling interest you, then you are very likely young enough for this to be your first big festival. Pro tip for you youngsters: Consider setting up a meeting point with your friends before you inevitably get separated in the pit.
Kaboom Town fireworks show at Addison Circle Park
It's not just the best fireworks display in DFW. Forbes ranked Addison's annual Kaboom Town fireworks show as one of the nation's 10 best. With its annual budget of over $200,000, it's no wonder a town with a population of only 15,000 residents routinely draws in 500,000 spectators for this affair.
Tuesday Night Record Club at Texas Theatre
In addition to Tuesday Night Trash — they're showing the film Joysticks tonight, in which a group of horny teens bands together to save their local arcade — the theatre also hosts a record club in their upstairs lounge on the first Tuesday of each month.
La Grange Snow Trailer grand opening in Oak Cliff
Before we even first stepped into Deep Ellum venue La Grange after it opened a few years back, we'd heard legend of their boozy snow cones. Now the suckers are getting a place of their own, just 2.5 miles west of the original bar. At 5 p.m. tonight, the La Grange Snow Trailer will open for the first time at 400 W. Commerce St. (on your left, before you reach the The Foundry, if you're coming from downtown). And because they don't have a liquor license, those optional shots of booze will be free.