Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: June 30

During my hike from the Parking Garage of Doom this morning, I was making a grocery list on my phone and happened to scroll down through some old notes. I found one from April 16 that I didn’t recognize, and it reads: “Coffee prince. You’re beautiful.” I don’t remember writing it, but I did check Twitter and learned that I was definitely at a Starbucks. But that brings me to my next point, which is that I have never once called a person of the male variety beautiful. Anyway, I now feel like I’ve been dropped into some bizarro alternate universe where I have lost my knight in gleaming espresso beans and must embark on an epic quest to find him again.

So that’s what I’ll be doing tonight, among other things. You, on the other hand, have no such restrictions. Especially if you are a film nut/purist. As you may know, shooting and viewing in 35 mm is basically the holy grail. Very few filmmakers even shoot in 35 mm anymore because it’s so darn expensive, and digital equipment can mimic the look for a fraction of the processing costs. But since the Texas Theatre is often feeling contrary (though I’m sure they’ve all read No. 54 in the Evil Overlord Handbook), they’ve gone and gotten themselves a 35 mm projector. Head to Oak Cliff tonight, where the theater crew will be testing out their new toy by screening rare clips and giving you free drinks hosting a “cocktail ballot” for people to vote on what films they’d like to see. Drinks are not free, but they are cheap. Happy hour specials all night.

Elsewhere in Oak Cliff, Oil and Cotton presents the latest installment of Anemic Cinema, an arts-centric film series. It’s BYOB and food, ostensibly for sharing, but I’m pretty selfish about my six packs. They’ll screen visual artist Matthew Barney’s Drawing Restraint 9, a fantastical narrative project that defies any sort of succinct written explanation. Other options for BYO tonight include a visit to the guy with the enormously recognizable nose at Shakespeare Dallas. Lance Lusk of FrontRow deems their production of Cyrano de Bergerac a major Go See It. Listen to the expert.

To start planning your Fourth of July weekend, check out our handy list of celebrations large, small, and extremely American. For more things to do with your last day of June, go here.