Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Aug. 7

An anomalous evening includes a Fort Worth veggie dinner and a feminist rock pioneer in Plano.

Old publicity still of Wanda Jackson, as a 17-year-old rock singer. Public domain.
Old publicity still of Wanda Jackson, as a 17-year-old rock singer. Public domain.

We have a couple of anomalies this evening, but that’s often a positive occurrence in my opinion. First up, North Texas probably has more steakhouses and gourmet burgers than one could ever possibly get through in a year, even if you ate at a different one every day. It’s nice whenever you see a restaurant bucking that convention. Multi-course wine events tend to be carnivorous affairs, but Fort Worth’s Grace is offering a summer vegetable dinner this evening, which includes a carpaccio made from squash instead of beef or fish. While the restaurant can certainly handle itself when it comes to king crab or bison, that somehow only makes me trust them more when it comes to working the garden into such an extensive and sophisticated menu. You can enjoy dinner after a variety of culturally enriching options nearby, which is of little surprise. Said options include the respective Archibald Motley and Alfred Stieglitz exhibitions at the Amon Carter, or perhaps you can catch a performance Heroes, which is closing at Stage West this weekend.

Next up is an event of some musically historical significance in Plano. Singer Wanda Jackson has a hall of fame career that’s included everything from intense early rock to rockabilly records, before she eventually became a country singer. The innovative Jackson is something of a feminist icon and her oldest recordings are still startling in their potency. She’ll be appearing at the Courtyard Theater, a still-standing relic of the Works Progress Administration. Stop by the Fillmore Pub after. As a former regular, I miss that place.


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  • mem

    Things to do tonight or August 10?