Tuesday, June 11, 2013
4 awesome reasons to check out the Dallas Arts District’s block party
The fifth annual event goes down on June 21.
DOWNTOWN DALLAS It's the longest day of the year and the first official day of summer: What better way to round out the solstice than with a summer blockbuster on June 21? The Dallas Arts District's 5th annual outdoor jam returns with art, games, food, film, and tunes for the whole family from 6 p.m. to midnight between Harwood and Flora. While each year has offered progressive museum tours, crafts, and a variety of educational exhibits, the 2013 fête features new activities that have our inner children jonesin' for recess.
Ride the rainbow -- That's not street slang for ingesting a new designer drug. No, the high is 100% family friendly when the Mr. Snowie snow cone truck rolls around. Welcome the first day of summer with 30 choose-your-own-flavor adventures -- including cream soda, English toffee, and mojito. Consider it the Goosebumps of icy deliciousness. Need a hot meal in addition to a cool treat? There are 21 food trucks currently on the roster, including Ruthie's Rolling Cafe, Little Greek, and Cajun Tailgators, to name a few.
Deck Park showdown -- Remember when summer break meant liberation from the concrete prisons of convention? Forget about using your indoor voices at Klyde Warren Park, where game carts will allow you to challenge your cohort to a pickup game of badminton, croquet, Kubb, pétanque, or cornhole. The fact that we don't even know what a few of those are means there's great potential to learn something new.
Beltin' bilingual -- Fact: Every person who has ever performed karaoke is already the best singer in the history of life; it's time for a new challenge. Test your musical and mental mettle with multi-lingual karaoke at the Crow Collection Grand Gallery. Got the guts to go Mandarin? Those willing to give the Chinese language a try will be eligible for a prize.
Girl in a Coma -- If live music under the stars sounds like your idea of a good time, the block party will not disappoint. Local fixture Salim Nourallah kicks off the tunes at 8 p.m. in the Nasher Sculpture Garden with his band The Travoltas. Then, indie trio Girl in a Coma stops in from a national tour to detonate (metaphorically speaking, of course) the DMA Atrium at 9 p.m. Rumor has it that the San Antonio natives -- whose name nods to the Smiths track -- were hand-picked by the notoriously ultra-critical Pope of Mope himself, Morrissey, to open on his 2007 tour. Since then, they've been known to pal around with The Pogues, Tegan and Sara, and Amanda Palmer. And you can see them in Dallas for free, son.
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