Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: July 25—27

A Twin Peaks-themed benefit show at the Texas Theatre; Uptown Players begins a run of the Boy From Oz; Steinman and Tear in the Cedars.

Promotional still from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Courtesy of New Line Cinema.
Promotional still from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Courtesy of New Line Cinema.


Of all the tv show cults in the world, perhaps none are more rabid than the one surrounding David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. I probably hold a slightly different memory of it than a lot of my film buff friends, because I distinctly remember my mother being obsessed with the show. At ten years old, I was completely unaware that it would eventually be the requisite calling card for anyone who considers oneself an informed television intellectual; it just seemed like a slightly scary soap opera. Twin Peaks ended with a feature-length bookend that made it into actual movie theaters, thus cementing its regal legacy as more than a mere series and closer to high art. The film, Fire Walk With Me, was a bit of a disappointment at the time but is now regarded as a classic. It’s playing at the Texas Theatre tonight, as part of a benefit show for the Unique Home for Girls organization and the Sarah Zumwalt Middle Arts and Music programs. An art auction and live music performance will follow the screening, which begins at 10 pm. The acts include Def Rain and Vulgar fashion, two bands appropriate for the mood set by Fire Walk With Me. As for the influential soundtrack of the actual series itself, there was a fascinating article regarding just that posted by Rolling Stone today providing depth on the topic. The Texas Theatre won our vote for Best Live Music Venue in our new “Best of Big D” issue, so you know how we feel about sticking around for the music. The fun begins at 10 pm.

Today marks the area premiere of The Boy From Oz, an Uptown Players production that considers the vast legacy of songwriter, Peter Allen. The story follows the artist’s tumultuous rise to success, in a journey that begins in Australia and eventually sees him marrying Liza Minnelli, which must surely add to the drama. Curtain is at 8 pm.


It’s no secret that the Cedars just might be Dallas’ most rapidly transforming neighborhood, if the skyrocketing property values and upcoming Alamo Drafthouse location are any indication. But months before that announcement, there was a stark new gallery starting to draw attention in the Cedars which we covered earlier this year. It’s James Cope’s And Now Gallery, which is currently in the middle of an exhibition we recommended in our June issue; a show by Steinman & Tear. The duo utilizes text and visuals as a commentary on contemporary routine. Use the show as an excuse to explore one of the city’s most frighteningly dynamic neighborhoods and get a drink at the NYLO after you do. The Southern view of Downtown is unequaled in its grandiosity.


I know that recommending a trip to see the injury-plagued Texas Rangers is a hard-sell, especially when they’re playing a division-leading team. But just like watching an NBA game in December, you prove your fandom by supporting the team when it counts the least. Is the season shot? Pretty much. Will it be a hundred degrees on Sunday? Likely. But do you love this team or not? Let’s prove our merit as a true baseball town and drive to Arlington, if only to save our good name.

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