joule1 Imagine yourself lying on a chaise, cocktail in hand, listening to DJs spin at The Joule. photography courtesy of The Joule

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

MUSIC // The Cult. This British rock band is well-known for songs like “She Sells Sanctuary” and “Fire Woman.” Here’s the deal: they don’t have a new album. In fact, singer Ian Astbury said, “iTunes destroyed albums.” But that’s good for you and me, because they’ll be playing the songs we want to hear, like “Love Removal Machine.” 7:30 pm. House of Blues. www.ticketmaster.com.

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES // First Fridays at the Modern. Make plans to visit The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for First Fridays and never feel pressure to hang out with the in-laws on the weekends again. Here’s what you can expect: a 20-minute docent-led tour of the galleries, dinner at Cafe Modern (which is normally open only for lunch), and a performance from a musical group. This month, it’s jazz from Nick Kithas, and the featured cocktail is the Soul Soother. 5–8 pm.

FOOD & WINE // Friday Night Flights at Nana. We’ve been dying to eat at Nana in the Hilton Anatole for years, but unfortunately, the only guys we date are unemployed or working at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Good thing we can ditch them and get our girlfriends to go with us to Friday Night Flights. For just $20, we can dine on three dishes from chef Anthony Bombaci and three tastes of wine. This week’s offerings include crab croquettes, prosciutto-wrapped dates, and more, paired with Italian wines. 6–8 pm.

MUSIC // Graham Colton. This Oklahoma-born singer has a strong following around these parts. He has recently released an EP of acoustic songs, and we love the title track, “Twenty Something.” (We can remember what it was like to be that age, after all.) He is most famous for “Best Days,” which was featured on American Idol, and he’s also well-known for dating Kelly Clarkson, whom he toured with a few years back. He’s cute, he’s young, and his concerts are a lot of fun. Plus, Dallas musician Creed Williams opens. 8 pm. Cambridge Room at House of Blues. www.ticketmaster.com.

THEATER & DANCE // Guys and Dolls. Spending Labor Day on the lake is for amateurs. Spending it at the theater is for sophisticates. Lucky for you, Guys and Dolls is playing at Addison Circle Park this weekend. The WaterTower Theatre and the Dallas Wind Symphony are coming together for the romantic comedy, which tells the story of two couples “betting on love despite the long odds,” according to the press release. We’re just going so we can hear songs like “Lucky Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” Bonus: coolers with drinks and picnics are welcome. Through September 5. 8 pm. $10 for adults; $5 for students and senior citizens. 972-450-6232.

NIGHTLIFE // Suits and Stilettos at AMPM. We already like the sound of this party at AMPM, thanks to the clever name: Suits and Stilettos–From Business to Pleasure. Can you see why that would excite us? Will we wear a suit or stilettos? Only time will tell. Anyway, actress, model, and Celebrity Apprentice star Brande Roderick is on hand to host, so make sure you give her a big ol’ Texas hello. 10:30 pm–2 am. No cover.

MUSIC // Trees Dallas. Rock out the entire weekend at Trees in Deep Ellum. Let Vellejo serenade you on Friday, get crazy with Los Straitjackets on Saturday, and mosh on Sunday with Metal Shop. Check web site for daily drink specials, including $3.50 pitchers! Encore!

Aura Aura Lounge is hosting a Pink Party benefiting Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. photography by Jerry McClure

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5

FOOD & WINE // Dallas Wine Trail Part Deux. Did you know Dallas has a wine trail? No? You must not be much of a drinker, then. If you were, you’d know all about our award-winning wineries, all within 15 minutes of each other. The best way to experience them is to hop from one to the next, which is why we won’t be missing this Dallas Wine Trail Grand Tasting, Part Deux. The folks at Calais Winery, Times Ten Cellars, Fuqua Winery, and Inwood Estates Vineyards will be offering up three tastings each, plus light food, and the price of admission also gets you a crystal “Dallas Wine Trail” wine glass and a bottle of wine to drink out of it. $39 in advance; $45 at the door. Calais Winery, 3000 Commerce St. 214-453-2548; Times Ten Cellars, 6324 Prospect Ave. 214-824-9464; Inwood Estates Vineyards, 1350 Manufacturing St. 214-902-9452; Fuqua Winery, 3737 Atwell St. 214-769-1147.

MUSIC // ’80s Night in the Voodoo Lounge at the House of Blues. We think a perfect way to spend a Saturday night—other than a date with a person who is devastatingly attractive, rich, and funny—is to put on our leg warmers, crimp our side pony, and head to the House of Blues for an ’80s concert. Live 80 is the band, and they perform everything from Journey to Rick Springfield to the Go-Go’s. Screaming and head-pounding is encouraged. 9 pm. www.ticketmaster.com.

THEATER & DANCE // Guys and Dolls. Spending Labor Day on the lake is for amateurs. Spending it at the theater is for sophisticates. Lucky for you, Guys and Dolls is playing at Addison Circle Park this weekend. The WaterTower Theatre and the Dallas Wind Symphony are coming together for the romantic comedy, which tells the story of two couples “betting on love despite the long odds,” according to the press release. We’re just going so we can hear songs like “Lucky Be a Lady” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” Bonus: coolers with drinks and picnics are welcome. Through September 5. 8 pm. $10 for adults; $5 for students and senior citizens. 972-450-6232.

FAIRS & FESTIVALS // Labor Day Blues and BBQ Festival. If you live in Bedford, this is your lucky weekend. The City of Bedford is throwing its annual BBQ and Blues Festival, and blues legends Buddy Guy and The Fabulous Thunderbirds are in the lineup (along with several others). The other highlight? A BBQ contest sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Pit masters compete to win $10,000, while we sample the fruits (or briskets) of their labor. $5. 2–11 pm. Texas Health: Harris Methodist Hospital, Bedford.

HAPPENINGS // Poolside at The Joule. Like pools? Hate the absence of live disc jockeys spinning the latest hits? Then you will be very excited about Labor Day at The Joule. The pool at The Joule is awesome; even more awesome is the all-day DJ lineup. It’s like being in a club, except there’s a pool, and everyone is wearing a swimsuit. 1 pm–2 am. www.pmnightlifelounge.com.

MUSIC // Saturday Night in the City. The Nasher Sculpture Center is hosting its popular outdoor music series on the first Saturday evening of every month in the outdoor Sculpture Garden. Bring blankets so you can get comfortable, but be prepared to be on your feet dancing, too. September’s musical guest is Cary Pierce, of Jackopierce (we can’t wait to hear “Vineyard”). A three-course dinner on the terrace is available (call for reservations), and Wolfgang Puck’s pizzas are available in the garden. 6-11 pm. 2001 Flora St. 214-242-5100.

KID STUFF // Target First Saturdays. We know you love your children. But don’t spend another afternoon inside watching Hannah Montana. Grab your kids and head to the Nasher Sculpture Center. Everyone gets in free, and kids get to enjoy family tours, scavenger hunts, and more. There’s even a Kid’s Meal in the Nasher Cafe with their name on it (and maybe even a glass of wine with yours). This month’s theme: Personality. Kids make personality visors and take home personal videos. Miley Cyrus, eat your heart out. 10 am–3 pm. 2001 Flora St. 214-242-5100.

MUSIC // Trees Dallas. Rock out the entire weekend at Trees in Deep Ellum. Let Vellejo serenade you on Friday, get crazy with Los Straitjackets on Saturday, and mosh on Sunday with Metal Shop. Check web site for daily drink specials, including $3.50 pitchers! Encore!

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

MUSIC // Cross Canadian Ragweed. You know you’ve got a creative group of guys when they rearrange and combine their last names to come up with the band name. That’s the story behind Cross Canadian Ragweed, whose Oklahoma roots have made them one of the top red dirt bands in the nation (called “red dirt” because of the color of the soil found around Stillwater, Oklahoma). This country band really rocks. Listen for “This Time Around” and “Alabama." Noon. Billy Bob’s, Fort Worth.

NIGHTLIFE // End of Summer Beach Party at The Bank. Can’t afford a long weekend at the beach? No problem. The Bank is bringing the beach to us! The downtown nightclub will be transformed into paradise with sand, surfboards, and palm trees, so BYOCB (bring your own cabana boy). Also, enjoy $4 shots and $5 mojitos all night long. Beach attire strongly suggested. Sounds by DJ Richard Blake.

Grapevine Get free food and cheap drinks at The Grapevine Bar’s annual Labor Day BBQ. photography by Jerry McClure

NIGHTLIFE // The Grapevine Bar Labor Day Bar-B-Que. First and foremost, there is free food. All. Day. Long. Drink specials include $2 wells and $3 premiums. Afterward, work off a few cals with a game of drunken basketball. Oh how we love The Grapevine.

HAPPENINGS // Labor Day at The Joule. Like pools? Hate the absence of live disc jockeys spinning the latest hits? Then you will be very excited about Labor Day at The Joule. The pool at The Joule is awesome; even more awesome is the all-day DJ lineup. It’s like being in a club, except there’s a pool, and everyone is wearing a swimsuit. Celeb alert: Brent Bolthouse of The Hills spins from 1–4 pm. 1 pm–9 pm. www.pmnightlifelounge.com.

HAPPENINGS // Labor Day at Legacy. It’s almost Labor Day, and you live in Plano. It’s likely you’ll be hitting the Shops at Legacy, because it’s pretty much the coolest place around (besides Ikea, which is in Frisco, anyway). Lucky for you, the folks at the fabulous Shops are throwing a party celebrating the North Phase II addition. Fourteen new stores and restaurants are open to the public, and Olympic Gold Medalist Nastia Liukin is signing autographs. Enjoy live music from Inner City All Stars, the Pit Pops, and more; face painting; a caricature artist; and much more. Adults can take part in a wine tasting (yes, please), and Cowboys All-Pro lineman Jay Ratliff will make an appearance, as well. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Children’s Medical Center. noon–8 pm.

NIGHTLIFE // Labor Day at Lift. Nothing says “Happy Labor Day” like free shots. Come on out to Lift and get your fill of complimentary shots on Labor Day eve; if you’re really into vodka, bottles of Svedka are $100. Soundtrack by Inzo, with special guest DJ Avi. No cover.

NIGHTLIFE // Labor Day Sleepover at the W. Tonight, falling asleep at the Ghostbar won’t get you kicked out. Well, it might. But the W Dallas Victory Hotel folks are encouraging you to get a room–literally–for the Labor Day Sleepover party. Here’s the deal: the theme of the party is “1978,” and DJs Skeet Skeet, Parker Lawson, and WishFM are spinning. Designer Abi Ferrin is also doing a fashion show. 9 pm.

NIGHTLIFE // The Old Monk Labor Day Party. The Monk knows how to do Labor Day—with live music and lots of booze. Get $3 summer beer, $2 hot dogs, and $2 PBR all day. The Deathray Davies go on at 10 pm.

NIGHTLIFE // Pink Party at Aura. This Labor Day weekend, cocktails and pool time are musts. So is supporting a good cause. Join us at Aura’s Pink Party Sunday night to raise a glass to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. A $5 (minimum) donation gets you through the door and a free glass of champagne. Wear pink! Sounds by DJ Rev. Doors open at 8 pm.

MUSIC // Trees Dallas. Rock out the entire weekend at Trees in Deep Ellum. Let Vellejo serenade you on Friday, get crazy with Los Straitjackets on Saturday, and mosh on Sunday with Metal Shop. Check web site for daily drink specials, including $3.50 pitchers! Encore!

NIGHTLIFE // The White Party at Sting. If you play by the old-school rule that you’re not supposed to wear white after Labor Day, then take this last chance to prance in your white pants. The White Party at Sting features four rooms, five DJs, and one band. Tickets are $15 at the door.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

HAPPENINGS, SPORTS // Free Day of Yoga. Yoga is good for you. Why aren’t you doing it? Oh, you’re afraid? You? The person who fearlessly chowed down on that chicken-fried bacon at the Fair last year, and then rode the Tornado? We know you’re not afraid of a little Downward Facing Dog. Join thousands of other yogis on the third annual Free Day of Yoga, presented by the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex area yoga community, and sponsored by Luke’s Locker. Studios around the city are offering free classes all day long, so you’re sure to find one in your area. The night before, there is a kick-off event at One Arts Plaza, where you can learn all about the different types of yoga, meet instructors, and learn a few moves. Check web site for studios and times.