Viva Dallas Burlesque at Lakewood Theater(1825 Abrams Road) has concocted the perfect performance combination for your viewing pleasure: derobing beauties meets circus magic. With Cirque du Burlesque, the biggest burlesque show in Texas promises to dazzle with internationally recognized performers and models Angela Ryan and Courtney Crave. Femme Vivre LaRouge and Lula Houp-Garou will show off their sideshow skills and Sky Starling will do aerial tricks. There will be contortionists, jugglers, acrobatic hula-hoopers, belly dancers and magic. The tassels will swing, glitter will fly and probably some type of weird human Jenga pyramid will be constructed. Miss Malicious serves as your tour guide through this night of mind-blowing merriment. Doors open at 8 p.m., curtain is at 9. For $20 tickets, visit vivadallasburlesque.com.
Immersed Ink Tattoo and Arts Festival
The Immersed Ink Tattoo and Arts Festival is coming to town. And the ‘and’ is curious because tattoos are arts. Maybe not that tramp stamp you got back in junior college, but certainly the ones that will be created and inked from 2 to 10 p.m. Friday at Mesquite Convention Center (1700 Rodeo Drive). There you’ll find some of the best tattoo artists in the industry along with plenty of entertainment whether you’re inked or not. Contests will be held in 25 categories including “WTF Was I Thinking?,” “Best Old School” and “Best Cartoon.” There will also be a Miss Tattoo contest, alternative model search, food, beer, live music, the dreaded human suspension plus sideshow acts which in the past have included burlesque, roller derby and contortionists. The festival runs through Sunday. Tickets are $25 a day or $30 for all three days. For hours and info visit immersedink.com.
Price: $25 to $30
Screw Attack Gaming Convention
Has it been several summers since your skin’s had tan lines? Did you miss our brief stint of beautiful weather because you just bought Bioshock Infinite and you refuse to go anywhere until you finish, lest there be spoilers? Well, give your callused thumbs a rest this weekend and leave the house; it’s the return of the Screw Attack Gaming Convention. Doors open at noon Friday for the three-day event at the Hyatt Regency Dallas (300 Reunion Blvd.). Among the featured guests are Adam Sessler, executive producer of the Revision 3 network and former host of G4, and Anthony and Ashly Burch (Tiny Tina) of Borderlands fame. Additional weekend highlights will include live music, panels and arcade, console and tabletop gaming — including an Iron Man of Gaming Tournament. Tickets are $35. Visit sgconvention.com for tickets and full schedule.
Put very plainly, Cheap Trick is the shit. Last summer, when they played American Airlines with headliner Aerosmith, they rocked it. Cheap Trick's thirteen-song opening set was probably better than what came from the night's headliners. Even without original drummer Bun E. Carlos, "Surrender" was the best song played by either band on that particular evening. This summer, see them at suburbia's favorite music venue — Verizon Theatre at 8:00pm.
Austin musician and singer-songwriter Slaid Cleaves wasn't always a Texas boy. He is originally from up North, but has been an Austin resident for the past couple of decades, so I guess that qualifies him as a Texan by this point. At least I hope so, because the New York Times wrote a few years back that Cleaves was one of the best singer-songwriters to come out of Texas in a while. Cleaves usually writes a bunch of sad folk songs, which is A-OK by his fan base, but he switched it up a bit for his latest release, Still Fighting the War, on which he actually does a bit of yodeling. Check it out, then see him in Denton at 9:00pm at Dan's Silverleaf.
Dallas Arts District Summer Block Party
Doesn’t the summer give you fits of country-life longing? When the concrete radiates the heat right through your soul (and your soles) and the buildings reflect light and your car runs hot, hot, hotter as it idles on a baking stretch of U.S. 75 … we pine for grass and shade and lemonade. But while the country life offers certain pastoral comforts, city life brings the Dallas Arts District Summer Block Party. Only in Dallas do you get a family-friendly — and free — bash of this magnitude. From 6 p.m. until midnight on Friday, enjoy the best of summertime in the city. Hop between food trucks for sno-cones, barbecue, tacos or just about anything you’re hungry for. Spread out a blanket at the Nasher Sculpture Center and view Wes Anderson’s Moonlight Kingdom at 9 p.m., or take in a progressive tour of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher and the Crow Collection of Asian Art at 7 or 9 p.m. Capture the essence of summer in the city in an Instagram challenge that starts at 7 p.m., or head over to Klyde Warren Park to engage in a heated badminton match. There’s also live music from Morrissey-sanctioned Girl in a Coma in the DMA Atrium at 9 p.m. Experience city living at its very best in the Dallas Arts District, along Flora and Harwood streets. Visit thedallasartsdistrict.org/district-events/summer-block-party for more information.