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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Date night in DFW: How to impress that special someone June 13-15


Float the river; root, root, root for the home team; or see a naughty show.

There are so many great things to do in Dallas-Fort Worth -- too many, maybe. We'll comb through our extensive database each week and pick a few events, all with highly-recommended restaurants nearby. Here's hoping we can help you impress your date as you dine and do in DFW.

If you're looking for something to do with daddy-o on Sunday, June 16, click here for 6 not-lame Father's Day events in DFW.

Photo by Alexandra Olivia

The first of nine Rockin the River events started on June 6, 2013 and will continue every Thursday from 4:30 p.m. until the last band finishes at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth, TX.

Music down by the water: You've got two great options if you're looking for free, live music by the water on Thursday night. Option one: Head to Fort Worth for Rockin' the River at Panther Island Pavilion on Thursday evening, where a few hundred people will be lounging in the Trinity River on tubes, listening to a free concert. This event is a rockin' party, so don't expect a ton of alone time with Miss (or Mr.) Thang. Skip dinner beforehand, as you'll find beer and tacos for purchase. Come with $6 to rent a tube, or bring your own for some getting-to-know-you raft sharing. Option two: The Harbor in Rockwall hosts concerts by the lake on Thursdays, and this week features Tom Petty tribute band Petty Theft. Unlike the river event in Fort Worth, Concerts by the Lake in Rockwall doesn't involve floating unless you're anchored off-shore on a boat. For land lubbers, bring a blanket and a bottle of wine so you can canoodle in style. We recommend grabbing a bite at Dodie's Cajun Diner, right there in The Harbor, beforehand. She'll be calling you her little mudbug by sunset.

The Beltre Buster, $26, has Nolan Ryan beef covered in a half pound of crispy bacon,  grilled onions, and Monterrey jack cheese, served on a pretzel bun with potato chips at the Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

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The Beltre Buster, $26, has Nolan Ryan beef covered in a half pound of crispy bacon, grilled onions, and Monterrey jack cheese, served on a pretzel bun with potato chips at the Texas Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Take her (or him) out to a ball game: If you have yet to make a Texas Rangers game, this weekend could be the perfect opportunity. The Rangers play the Toronto Blue Jays Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. And though it’s bound to be scorching hot, that could mean an easy excuse to lather up your date with sunscreen or take close shelter beneath the shade of an umbrella. In terms of eats, you won’t have to look far. The ballpark recently upped the ante in terms of shareable dishes. Head to Texas Sized 24 behind home plate and try the Beltre Buster (pictured right), a burger loaded with bacon, onions, and cheese on a pretzel bun. The Boomstick, a 2-foot hot dog doused with chili, cheese, grilled onions, and jalapeños, is another choice that will have you wiping each other’s faces. There’s also an entire storefront, The Backstop, dedicated to unique stylings of waffle fries. Sure, you may want this to be a second or third date to avoid any face-stuffing awkwardness. Then again, the experience could prove this one’s a keeper.

The Naked Lens

Black Mariah and Angi B. Lovely get into character while reading twisted fairy tales during Naked Girls Reading.

Smart, sexy Temptresses: Many local establishments celebrated the dedication and opening of the Bush Center last month, but for those less enthused about its presence, burlesque coalition Naked Girls Reading is marking the occasion with a special and subversive "Banned Books" theme on Friday. Lovebirds seeking an "alternative intellectual culture" can get a heaping dose of irony, comedy, and ... nudity, as local burlesque hotshots read (and analyse, criticize, and proselytize) selections from classics like Lolita, Lady Chatterly’s Lover, and To Kill a Mockingbird. (Hey, it's not all about the sex!) The BYOB performance starts at 9 p.m. at Quixotic World in Deep Ellum. Afterward, head over to nearby Cock and Bull, a dimly lit pub with English eats, red walls, and dark woods to carry out the evening's amorous theme. As John Cleland reminds us, "any port in a storm" m'dear. Just add a Lakewood Temptress and stimulating conversation.



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