Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: June 19

A picnic-style screening in the Design District; Future at South Side Ballroom; Famed choreographer Shen Wei takes over two venues in the Arts District.

Shen Wei in motion. Courtesy of Shen Wei Dance Arts.
Shen Wei in motion. Courtesy of Shen Wei Dance Arts.

As anyone even casually involved in Dallas nightlife can attest, Thursday is arguably the lopsidedly busiest day of the week. There are nearly twenty events on our calendar for today alone, and let’s face it: Most people are fading by Friday night. The yawning lot of you can really bring the mood down at the last happy hour of the week. That being said, I’ll see you tomorrow.

It’s one of my favorite neighborhoods, but when I think of the Design District, wide open greenery is not the first thing that comes to mind. Apparently there is enough grass to lounge picnic-style and catch a movie somewhere in the district, specifically at 1900 High Line. That’s the idea at tonight’s “Brew & View” event, which is organized by the Design District Market. Meddlesome Moth will be running their own beer garden, while Marlon Brando’s The Wild One will screen at dusk. Normally, I would advise you to bring your favorite leather jacket as a tribute, but it will be 91 degrees at 6 pm. Admission is free, and drinks will be sold at a discount.

Atlanta rapper Future will be at South Side Ballroom this evening, and the show has the dark horse potential to be one of the bigger music events all week. That’s due in large part to the artist’s quiet takeover of commercial rap radio in the past few years. Here’s hoping that aside from his obvious hits, he’ll do his excellent cover of Beyonce’s “Drunk in Love.” It’s one of the smartest revisionist spotlight grabs I’ve experienced in pop music in some time. FrontRow has an extensive interview with Future, conducted by staffer Matt Goodman, and you can read that by going here.

The internationally renowned company, Shen Wei Dance Arts will be making its regional debut at the Winspear this evening, and you may remember the choreographer’s stunning work on the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremonies. I hate to knock another country’s abilities, but think back to the most recent Olympic games for a reminder of just how hard it is to pull that off successfully. There’s an accompanying visual presentation of the multimedia artist’s vast abilities across the street at the Crow Collection, so schedule some time to see that before the event.

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