Am I the only one that screamed "Falcor!" at the end of that video? The Red Bull Soapbox Derby race is only ONE of many, many amazingly awesome things going on this weekend: There's a fashion show on a floating runway, the Observer's Brewfest, dogs invading a water park and Pride Weekend. This is one for the record books, and those nerds at the Weather Channel say it won't get hotter than 82 degrees. Perfect. Be a pal and share this list with your party posse, then form a game plan. You'll need one to conquer all of this fun. Oh, and remember to click the event titles for more information. I'll see you out there. (I'll be the one crashing a luck dragon.)
Grand Opening of NYLO -- That swank new space in South Side is inviting you over for a neighborly visit: just don't bring a giant fruit basket or things will get messy. The big party is happens at the decadent new SODA Bar from 7:30 until close (oh, it's free to get in), but if you go early (7:30 to 9) you can snag some hand-passed appetizers down in the lobby. Be a party scavenger; it's why I like you.
Vinyl Thoughts -- It's a vinyl toy collector's fantasy night, with dozens of hand-crafted collectables available for purchase. Now in its third installment, we've come to love this event, hard. It's free to get in, there are drinks, last time spontaneous break dancing occurred and shopping those Munny, Dunnys and other -unny's is just a damn good night. This year it's being held at Life in Deep Ellum, and has added on a Friday event where you can watch superstars of the movement create work live, at ATAMA.
RAW: Natural Born Artists at Texas Theatre -- It's a celebration of local talent delivering every art form, from independent film to fashion, and visual art to music. The whole thing takes over the Texas Theatre for a night, so pop on in and get an artful immersion.
Four Nights: Four Decades at the Power Station -- I know I sound like a broken record about this, but if you haven't gone to the Power Station for this video art series, call in sick to life and go this Thursday. Each week has been great, and where else will you experience work by highly influential artists of this medium? College maybe, but who wants that? Nobody. There's a beer sponsor and the whole thing is free. Tonight's decade: the 1990s.
LOL at House of Blues -- Going down in the White Swan Building at House of Blues, Paul Varghese leads a crew of local misfit comedians in a stand-up throw-down spectacular. Hang with Varghese, Aaron Aryanpur, Jason James, Linda Stogner and Adam Shumate for this 9 p.m. show.
Opening Party for Dallas VideoFest -- This festival has been going strong for 25 experimental years! There's a big party Friday, celebrating that milestone with themed rooms, loads of video highlights from fests past and lots of really wonderful creative types. Get a ticket and go. You'll thank me later.