Is it just us, or does everybody seem a little more tightly wound these days? Maybe it’s all this economy brouhaha or just pent up anger over the cancellation of Guiding Light. Either way, it’s time to loosen up people! Have a drink, smoke a cigarette (while you still can), shake your moneymaker or just fine-dine your way back to your happy place. The first step is admitting you have a problem. The second step is indulging in it.
Kiss Your Butt Goodbye
Indoor Smoking Ban Takes Effect
Friday, April 10
This is one of those divisive issues that makes people take extreme sides, like being a Blood versus a Crip or a Jet versus a Shark. As such, we will be pulling a Switzerland and staying neutral. But just know that starting this weekend, Dallas bars will be smoke free. So put that in your pipe and smoke it. Just make sure you are at least 15 feet from the door when you do so.
Dance. Dance. Revolution!
Global Groove Tour
Friday, April 10, doors open 9:00 p.m.
Groove is in the heart and maybe that fine-looking frat boy’s pants too. So, c’mon Stella, get your groove back as local-DJ-turned-international-phenom Corey Craig spins the hits that will get you up and moving that muffin top. Centaur Records will also be giving away free music. But sorry, it won’t be compatible with your cassette player, grandma.
Cover: $4 before 10:00 p.m., free from 10:00 -10:30 p.m. and $7 after 10:30 p.m.
3911 Cedar Springs, Dallas
Saturday, April 11, 8:00 p.m.
It’s like that old “you got peanut butter in my chocolate… no, you got chocolate in my peanut butter” commercial, but this time the mash up comes about when art, poetry and music collide during Illuminate. Sponsored by ArtLoveMagic, this interdisciplinary culture fest is just the kind of creative kick in the ass some of you Sally Sad Sacks need. How’s that for tough love?
2803 Taylor Street, Dallas
Just Say Mo’
Saturday, April 11, 8:00 p.m.
Maybe it was her role on Moesha that caught your eye, or her Oxygen Network plus-size beauty pageant Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance. Whichever is the case, once you’ve seen this funny lady in action you’ll be hooked. Her sassy tone is all drag queen, but underneath she’s 100 percent woman. And she can shake it like nobody’s business to Beyoncé’s “Crazy In Love”*.
Tickets: $40 – $48
1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie
Easter Dining at Steel
Sunday, April 12, 5:30 – 10:00 p.m.
As holidays go, Easter may not be the flashiest. Sure, you get to wear a bonnet or a bunny suit, but there’s no real show-stopping meal like Thanksgiving. Thoughts of another glazed ham had us glazing over, so we’re opting for an Eastern Easter at Steel. Prix-fixe menu options include Sea Salt and Chili Pepper Style Soft Shell Crab served with a spicy ponzu sauce; Roasted Pork Loin Teriyaki with baby bok choy and steamed jasmine rice and, for dessert, Vietnamese Coffee Crème Brule. Remember to bring your Easter Basket in lieu of a doggy bag for leftovers.
Cost: $45 per person for three-course menu; bottles of wine are half-price
Steel Restaurant & Lounge
3102 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas
The More You Pinot
Tuesday Tastings – Aromatic Whites
Tuesday, April 14, 5:00 p.m.
For centuries, scholars have wondered which wines to pair with asparagus. Well, the wait is over. Charlie Palmer at the Joule continues its exploration into the wonderful world of wine to pair with your summer fare.
Cost: $25 per person.
Charlie Palmer at the Joule
1530 Main St, Dallas