Weekend Update: 7/13–7/16

Get your weekend on with micro-gardening, Gathering of the Magic variety, and good-time tunes from Pearl Earl, the Wee-Beasties, Dim Locator, and more!

For most of us Dentonites, the week didn’t exactly fly by. (And if it did, well, kudos!) At this point, we can only hope the weekend will follow suit and move at a snail's pace to allow us that little extra time to soak up our surroundings. Take Thursday through Sunday to savor the sites and sounds of the community events Little d has to offer. Find your next weekend adventure here, Denton.

Thursday, July 13

Friends with Benefits – Helping North Texas Homeless LGBTQIA
Game Changers Sports and Arcade Grill, 5 p.m.

Since June 26, Friends with Benefits — a local nonprofit that benefits North Texas charitable organizations — has been collecting donations for Promise House, as well as area homeless shelters serving the LGBTQIA community.

They’ll be celebrating the end of this community-building drive with a party at Game Changers Sports and Arcade Grill on Thursday. A portion of the day’s sales will be donated to help homeless members of the LGBTQIA community, and donations will be accepted throughout the evening. For a complete list of items needed, please see the event page. Cocktails and games for a good cause? You know the drill, Denton.

Game of Thrones Trivia
Mulberry Street Cantina, 8 p.m.

Calling all Game of Thrones fans! Know much about milk of the poppy? Fan of the pyromancers? Do you speak Valyrian?

Put your wealth of Game of Thrones knowledge to the test with trivia night at Mulberry Street Cantina. Teams can consist of one to twelve members, so come solo or with friends. First-place winners take home $40 house cash. Trivia and cocktails? The weekend’s looking good, y’all.

Friday, July 14

The Song of Dominia, Chapter 1: The Battle of the Talon Gates
More Fun Game Center, 6 p.m.

Greet your Friday with a little magic at More Fun Games Center, as they host The Song of Dominia, Chapter 1: The Battle of the Talon Gates. This event will be the first in a series of Commander-specific tournaments; they’ll begin at the start of it all, delving into subsequent events that follow the storyline of Magic: The Gathering.

This will be the first step to making your Commander Master of the Multiverse! Players will have their choice of Quests to accomplish with their decks and styles of playing. Friday Night Magic prizes will be awarded! For complete game rules and regulations, please see the event page. Sorcery begins at 6 p.m. FREE!

Plant & Sip
Game Changers Sports and Arcade Grill, 7:30 p.m.

Put your green thumb to the test while you wet your whistle with Plant & Sip at Game Changers Sports and Arcade Grill. You’re invited to create your own tabletop garden: a bird’s nest-style succulent terrarium.

Whether you come solo, with a friend, or with a group, be prepared to spend an hour laughing and crafting. Tickets are $40 and are available via www.plantandsip.com. Banking on a bargain? Use promo code grow40 to receive 40% off the ticket price, as well as a raffle ticket for door prizes. No gardening experience necessary!

The Last Great American Rock Band, Flint Culp
Taps & Caps, 9 p.m.

Fridays are good for soaking up Denton’s scenery with a cold craft brew in hand and live music in sight. Find yourself doing just that at Lone Star Taps & Caps, as they bring us a night of local entertainment.

Denton duo The Last Great American Rock Band will take the stage to showcase the experimental, avant-garde stylings of their progressive jazz sound. Flint Culp, one-half of Eerily Similar Beings, opens. As always, there is a $3 cover for those 18–20 and a $1 cover for those 21+. Friday, you’re looking first-rate.

Gitmo Music Presents: Showtime
Andy’s Bar, 9 p.m.

Get ready to shake your moneymaker (or maybe just shake your money toward the hands of the bartenders) at Andy’s as Gitmo Music presents: Showtime. Mz Bossy hosts this evening of local hip-hop entertainment that’ll feature performances by Alsace Carcione, J Whoa, Ratchetasswooda, and more! DJ Lady Jaroq will be out as well. There’s a $10 cover, BUT if you get there before 10 p.m. — it’s free!

Saturday, July 15

Pearl Earl Album Release w/Mother Tongues and Acid Carousel
Dan’s Silver Leaf, 9 p.m.

Spend your Saturday immersed in the infectious psychedelic sounds of Pearl Earl at Dan’s Silver Leaf. Join Denton’s own rainbow-fuzz-power foursome for a very special evening, as they release their first full-length/self-titled album.

The first 100 copies sold will be sporting a limited-edition bubble gum-colored LP jacket, pressed by Hand Drawn Records. Helping celebrate this release are Denton psych-rock bands Mother Tongues and Acid Carousel. Tickets are $10 and are available via www.prekindle.com. Party starts around 9 p.m. 21+.

Jo Higginbotham, Megan Storie, Slightly Highly Lovely, The Robot Bonfire
BackYard On Bell, 9 p.m.

Prepare to have your heartstrings pulled before your head wanders into the asterisms of space with a special showcase at BackYard On Bell. Denton singer-songwriters Jo Higginbotham and Megan Storie will serenade us with their dreamy melodies and heartfelt lyrics, and acoustic trio Slightly Highly Lovely will deliver their lovey-dovey sounds to the stage. DFW-based indie band The Robot Bonfire will take you to space and back with a little experimental rock. This all-ages show is FREE!

The Wee-Beasties, In Spite of Madness, Dead Mockingbirds
Taps & Caps, 9 p.m.

Delve into a little Denton debauchery on Saturday as Lone Star Taps & Caps hosts a night of live (and appropriately loud) music. Denton six-piece punk/surf band The Wee-Beasties will bring their big-brass sound to the stage, along with alternative-rock three-piece In Spite of Madness. The Dead Mockingbirds, a house-show rock ‘n’ roll trio from Dallas, headlines.

This show will take the cake, slaying each layer before devouring it. There’s a $3 cover for those 18–20 and a $1 cover for those 21+. Let's get rowdy, y'all.

Sunday, July 16

DCLEA Fundraising Fair
North Texas Fair & Rodeo, 10 a.m.

Join the Denton County Law Enforcement Association (DCLEA) for a fundraising fair in support of our Denton officers. Hosted on the North Texas Fair & Rodeo grounds, there’ll be plenty of space for the array of events taking place, such as face-painting, live music, a silent auction, a bounce house, games, and more.

For only $5 you can enjoy a big plate of barbecue and a drink. (Kids under 5 eat free!) Plus, this may be the only time you can pay to dunk an officer. Whatcha waiting for? FREE admission!

Denton Holiday Lighting Festival’s Christmas in July
Dan’s Silver Leaf, 4 p.m.

Thursday brings good tidings, because it’s Christmas in July at Dan’s Silver Leaf! Join the Denton Holiday Lighting Festival for an afternoon of music and merriment, as they thank the sponsors, donors, and community members for helping them keep the holiday spirit alive all year long.

Bringing the music to the merrymaking will be Dim Locator, Isaac Hoskins, and Welfare Christmas. Let’s keep cool with a little Christmastide, shall we? Festivities begin around 5 p.m.

Denton at Dusk: PolaWalk and Scavenger Hunt
Denton Camera Exchange, 6:30 p.m.

Join the Instant Film Society for Denton at Dusk: PolaWalk and Scavenger Hunt. Grab your favorite instant film camera and head to Denton Camera Exchange to meet and greet the group and talk shop. A few photography buffs will be ready and willing to answer all your instant camera questions, so come prepared. In need of an instant film camera or instant film? You’ll be in the right place.

Around 7 p.m., a scavenger hunt list will be handed out and the group can begin to scavenge. The walk will end at 8:30 p.m. at a secret location; winners will be announced at 9 p.m. Instantly capture a little Denton, y’all. FREE!

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