What To Do On Friday, April 6.
Root On The Rangers As They Kick Off The 2012 Season.
By Cory on Friday, April 6, 2012 at 7:00 AM
Tonight's offerings are by far the most diverse of the week. If music is your thing, there are a couple of good shows to choose from -- whether you prefer the underground, BYOB-show scene or if you're more the indie club kind of person. There will also be plenty of music to be had at the big arts festival going down this weekend, as well as lots of art and food to boot. Plus, An Alice in Wonderland-themed burlesque show is going down in Lakewood and a stand-up act is coming to the suburbs. But, really, the biggest event in the city today is that big baseball game in Arlington, home of the two-time defending American League champs.
Opening Day at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Colby Lewis takes the mound this afternoon against the White Sox as the Texas Rangers look to three-peat as AL West champs. First pitch is at 1:05, so if you forgot to call in sick, it's still not too late to fake an illness and head over to the nearest sports bar.
Summer Twins, Russian History Class, Peopleodian and Aaron Barker at Queen City Music Hall
When it comes to up-and-coming garage and punk acts you can't really beat the Burgers Records label. We're fans of just about every artist on their roster, including Summer Twins, a sister rock duo who are one of the hoards of California bands heavily influenced by that '50s and '60s garage sound. They play as part of a killer lineup put together by Dallas Distortion Music at one of our new favorite places in town to catch underground indie and punk shows.
Alice in Burlesqueland at Lakewood Theater
The story of Alice in Wonderland has been retold in a number of varying ways over the years. For instance, the tale has been turned into a ballet, an opera, several films in both live action and animation varieties, concept albums and even into video games. Tonight's retelling will feature a cast of burlesque beauties taking you down the proverbial rabbit hole. You are free to interpret that last part anyway you like, wink wink, nudge nudge.
Deep Ellum Arts Festival
This weekend, the streets of Deep Ellum will be shut down from Hall to Good-Latimer for the 18th annual Deep Ellum Arts Festival. Throughout the weekend, over 100 bands will perform spread across five stages while 200 visual artists display and sell their wares.
Mike Epps at Verizon Theatre
Comedian Mike Epps started honing his craft when he was just a teen, performing publicly around the Indianapolis area. He eventually made a name for himself after moving to New York and joining the Def Comedy Jam tour, which ultimately led to roles as Day-Day in the Friday sequals and Black Doug in The Hangover. He performs tonight in Grand Prairie.
The Burning Hotels and Quiet Company at Dada
The hottest day of last year, which occurred during that record-breakingly hot streak, fell the same day as the Dia de Los Toadies festival in New Braunfels. At 4 p.m. that afternoon, Austin indie-pop outfit Quiet Company took the stage wearing full three-piece suits, which is to say they are dedicated to their performance and overall aesthetic. Analog Rebellion, Smile Smile and The Burning Hotels join them as local support on this homegrown bill.