Like the ABBA song goes, “the night is young and the music’s high.” So why not heed the wise words of everyone’s favorite Swedish pop group and take to the town this weekend to enjoy some much-deserved fun. We can’t promise you’ll “feel the beat from the tambourine,” but you can check out high-fashion threads, nosh on naughty hors d’oeuvres or celebrate your own VH1 “whatever happened to that band” moment.
DIFFA Cinéma de la Vie Preview Party
Tonight, 7 – 9 p.m.
The words Haute Couture and Denim may have never been used in the same sentence before, but Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA/Dallas) is changing that. The organization turns once de rigueur denim jackets into unforgettable works of art all in the name of philanthropy. Guests of the preview party get a sneak peek at the 2008 Jacket Collection. Prepare your eyes for one million Cubic Zirconias worth of sparkle and flash.
$20 donation at the door.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
The W Hotel
2440 Victory Park Lane, Dallas
Naughty & Nice Happy Hour
Monday through Friday, 5 – 7 p.m.
If you don’t have something nice to say, come sit next to Chef Blythe Beck as she dishes up an over-the-top collection of complimentary “naughty” bar snacks. The motif changes nightly depending on her mood and impish inclinations. Drink specials include $2 off cocktails and wine by the glass and $3 beers – now that’s nice.
Hector’s on Henderson
2929 N. Henderson, Dallas
Carnivale 3 with
DJ Corey Craig and Kristine W
Saturday, February 2, doors at 9 p.m.
Don’t retire your club kid attire just yet. Local-boy-turned-national-DJ Corey Craig is coming to Station 4 along with Hi-NRG chanteuse Kristine W. So let the thumping, pounding, flouncing, flailing and overall tail-feather shaking begin. DJ Erik Thoresen has the opening set until 11 p.m., DJ Corey Craig spins 11 p.m. to 4 a.m., and Kristine W goes onstage at midnight followed by a meet-and-greet with fans in the Granite Bar after the show. The night of dancing debauchery benefits the Resource Center of Dallas.
$6 from 9 to 10:30 p.m., $10 thereafter. 21 and up only.
3911 Cedar Springs, Dallas
Tuesday, February 5, 7 p.m.
These ‘80s rocker girls won your heart with “Johnny Are You Queer?” Little did you know that it would be the same question your date would ask on prom night. See if they’ve still got the beat. C’mon now everybody, get on your feet.
Tickets: $35 to $125
House of Blues
2200 N Lamar Street, Dallas
“To Capture a Blue Canary”
Through Sunday, February 10
We’re more familiar with the Golden Swallow, but we’ll try anything once, including checking out this collection of works by artists such as Crimson Allen, Jakob Fakheri, Erica Fellicella, Havi Frost, Debra Gloria, Brandy Kayzakian-Rowe, Jonathon Kimbrell and Charlie Mitcherson. Plus you can suck on a sarsaparilla (heavy on the sass) whilst you peruse.
The Soda Gallery
408 N Bishop Avenue, Dallas