What’s Good in Dallas:  9/7-9/10

Cheap is great. Free is better.  Curated Dallas on the cheap (and free) is like manna from heaven.  Here’s what we’re doing this week that won’t break the bank.

  • It Premiere at Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson (Ths. 9/7)

As far as I’m concerned, Halloween should mean a day or two off work.  By itself, a remake of the classic film It would ordinarily be enough to make my favorite picks for the week, but the brilliant souls at Alamo Drafthouse have really outdone themselves with this one.

Personally, I can’t think of anything I want more than a photo with Pennywise, a red balloon in my buttery hand, and a my clown face paint cracking as I scream into a pile of chicken tenders.

The creepiest big top ever to exist is headed for the lobby of the Richardson location on Thursday.  Not only does it promise clown face painters, clown balloon animal makers, live circus music (terrifying), photo booth, free popcorn, and red balloons for all guests, but they’ve invited Pennywise and some friends for photo ops.  Among other surprises and giveaways, this promises to get movie-goers in a freaky and festive state of mind for the film.  You may want to leave your clown-fearing friends at home.

Cost: $12

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  • Paul Cauthen at Club Dada (Sat. 9/9)

There is hands-down no group of artists in Dallas more fascinating to me than the Texas Gentlemen.  Their sound is equal parts retro and progressive, and I never know if I’ll get an evening of vintage country covers or a heavy hitting rock jam session.  From this ever-changing tangle of talent and personality (don’t ask me to explain) is Paul Cauthen – part Elvis, part Johnny Cash, part… trucker/preacher?  Again, don’t ask me to explain.

I’ve seen Cauthen and the Gents open for the likes of Ryan Bingham and Elle King and Amanda Shires. I’ve seen him play quietly in the lobby of the Belmont Hotel where he’s been known to frequent.  No matter where or with whom he plays, I can’t get enough.

An evening at Club Dada promises to be another great venue to see him perform work I haven’t seen from him before…and hopefully a heavy handed serving of the same old songs from My Gospel that I find myself singing in my sleep.  Make sure you come early enough to catch Garrett Owen, an excellent local singer/songwriter and incredibly nice human.

Cost: $12

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  • Bonus Reminder – Dallas Pride Weekend Prep

You have 9 days to prep, all you beautiful people.  Consider yourself warned.

Dallas Pride Weekend is September 16th and 17th and between the day party at Reverchon Park, Cedar Springs night out, and Sunday parade, you need to prep your wardrobe accordingly.  Time to hit up classics like Dolly Python for showy vintage, Dallas Costume Shoppe off Main for rentable over-the-top looks, and the Salvation Army off Harry Hines for affordable, adventurous finds.  If you’re lucky, you’ll hit a half-off special during happy hour or on customer appreciation days!

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