Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Nov. 20

Portrait of Lyle Lovett as a slightly older gentleman.

A couple weeks ago, Brad, his wife, and I held a friend from Baltimore hostage and force-fed him Lyle Lovett songs until he enjoyed himself. It did not take long. Such is the magic of that man and his music.

Lovett happens to be in Fort Worth tonight at the Bass Hall with his Acoustic Group, playing a good old fashioned concert after all his benefit gigs this year. I love Bass Hall. I, like many people, love Lyle Lovett. I could listen to “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas)” until the cows came home. “I Know You Know” is still my favorite, though. I can’t link you to a YouTube because one doesn’t exist, for some insane reason. So you’ll have to trust me and maybe go on iTunes or something if you haven’t heard it–you’ll feel, as the Baltimore friend put it, like you should be in a smokey basement club wearing a tux (or something fancy, yet still comfortable on this slightly warmer day).

The Main Street Mi Cocina is just a few minutes from the performance hall, if you have a hankering for the familiar. Otherwise, my favorite place to eat in Fort Worth is El Rancho Grande. The chips are fantastic.

Staying in Dallas? The Dallas Theater Center is doing their pay-what-you-can performance of A Christmas Carol at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. It’s sold out online, but some additional tickets will be released at the physical box office (I know, crazy, right?) an hour before the show starts. Bring some canned goods for the North Texas Food Bank–or, better yet, donate the actual ticket price you’re saving for paying a nickel or a dollar or whatever.

If you’d prefer a sure thing, Theatre Three is doing a pre-Thanksgiving performance of the Gershwin’s tap dance-heavy musical Crazy For You. And while the story might be seriously cheeseball, the classic songs are great–”I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You,” and “Someone To Watch Over Me,” to name a few. JoJo Eating House, which opened yesterday, looks like a perfect place to try for pre-theater dinner and drinks.

Finally, Windmill Lounge hosts a spiffy cocktail benefit for New York City’s East Village and Alphabet City restauranteurs and bartenders whose businesses were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. It’s a great cause, awesome bartenders are involved.

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  • Anne Armstrong

    Liz: I am trying to convince my 16 year old nephew to listen to Lyle. I want to get him a CD. Which one would you recommend? I have only one (I’m embarassed to admit) and it’s the one you mentioned with “That’s Right (You’re Not from Texas)” and another fave of mine is “Don’t Touch My Hat.” And I wish Lyle would come to Dallas more often. Thanks!

    (Aunt) Anne

  • Liz Johnstone

    Anne, that’s great! I think the album you probably have is the “The Road to Ensenada,” and I’d probably actually get him that one, or maybe an anthology like “Vol. 1, Cowboy Man” because it has “If I Had a Boat” and “Cowboy Man.” I do think “The Road to Ensenada” would be best. Personally, I love “Lyle Lovett and His Big Band,” but it’s more jazzy.

    Other Lyle fans, feel free to chime in.