Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: June 15-17

Four days of cocktails. One block party. Zero Joseph Gordon-Levitts in our life.

Today is a day that starts the weekend. I probably just blew your mind. Enjoy it.


Craft Cocktails Texas, the four-day cocktail extravaganza full of celebration and, if you wish, education, continues tonight with classes on everything from molecular gastronomy to a lesson in bitters (entitled, appropriately, “Oooh! What’s In That Bottle?!?) from Rocco Milano. You might recognize Milano from his tenure behind the bar at the Mansion on Turtle Creek, but he now hangs his vest at Private Social. Busy man about town Jason Kosmas will give a seminar called “The Seminar on Concentrated Evil,” where he’ll launch his new private label booze and talk taste.

There are many more options for drinking and learning, including a party hosting how-to with the erstwhile but still awesome Eddie Campbell, so check out the full schedule. Step one: Never say die. Step two: If it feels right, go ahead and get up on that bar. Don’t have a bar? Table time. (I kid. I’d follow The Chesterfield’s pickled gin mule anywhere.)

Also tonight, all the Arts District museums unite their late night activities for a summer block party, which I have re-imagined as Sweat! The Musical, starring the DMA, the Nasher, and the Crow. Anyway, Flora St. will be roped off to allow for Bollywood dance performances (If this really was Sweat! The Musical, I’d probably ask Beloved Dev to make a guest appearance), a found art exhibition, and more. The Nasher will show (500) Days of Summer, so you can get all hot and sweaty with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It doesn’t matter if it’s a one-sided thing. Don’t miss progressive museum tours and a main stage performance by Salim Nourallah and the Travoltas. The food trucks will stay out ’til midnight.


Hit the Dallas Farmers Market early for Mama Ida’s Ice Cream Social, the annual event that longtime market support Ida Papert started that continues in her memory. For a five bucks, you get to try a bunch of ice cream (made by kids) and cast a vote for your favorite. Proceeds benefit local culinary students and participants of the nutrition and culinary arts program at the Dallas County Youth Village. SideDish has more information and a tribute to Mama Ida. While you’re at the market scarfing down treats, we recommend you load up on fresh fruit and produce, too.

For Saturday night, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is showing the first (and best) Pirates of the Caribbean movie, The Curse of the Black Pearl, at Bass Hall. And à la the Dallas Symphony with Casablanca, the orchestra will play the soundtrack. All of Jerry Bruckheimer’s signature sound effects (mega explosions and the like) remain untouched, of course. When I saw this in theaters, I was two weeks post-wisdom teeth removal surgery, still a little chipmunky and still hopped up on painkillers. I went out and bought Klaus Bedelt’s score immediately. You should recognize this one. And now you’re ready to basically ready chuck your life out the window and sail the seas with a bottle or twelve of rum.


Happy Father’s Day to all dads, but especially to mine. While everyone’s busy swooning over Moonrise Kingdom, there’s still a case for seeing Wes Anderson’s classic, Bottle Rocket, on the big screen. It’s the midnight movie at the Inwood.

Over on FrontRow, Lindsey Wilson recommends forming your own opinions about Theatre Three’s production of Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, a newer musical that combines the seventh president of the United States (genocidal maniac or man of the people? You decide!) and emo rock. Read her review right here before you take in a matinee or evening performance. Either way, I recommend Dream Cafe right around the corner for a pre-theater meal and drinks.

For more to do this weekend, please hop along here.


  • It’s time for another DFW NORML picnic at Veterans but this time, we’re doing things just a little different – renting a smoker! The event is free, and a $5 donation buys you a plate with all the BBQ you can eat. This money helps our chapter throw events, purchase merchandise and spread the good word about cannabis legalization here in North Texas.

    Wanna save your $5? Bring a food donation of some kind and eat for free. We need sides, sweets, meats & fixin’s! Contact [email protected] if you’re able to contribute.

    When: Saturday June 16, 2012 from 12:00pm – 6:00pm

    Where: Veterans Park – Arlington, TX 76014

    RSVP on Facebook so we can get an accurate head count, otherwise we risk running out of food. In the meantime, check out this music video we shot last year from our April picnic. Herbs the word!