The Blitz Weekender: June 20-23

It's time bring on the weekend! Photo Courtesy: The Next Web
It’s time bring on the weekend! Photo Courtesy: The Next Web

By Audra Stamp

Well this week’s forecast calls for a sunny and hot few days, but here in Texas you never know what to expect. On this week’s edition of the Blitz Weekender we have some fun outside events to get that Texas tan on, or step inside to cool off. Take a look at this week’s exciting calendar!

Thursday June 20
Robert Plant: Many of us who are a little wiser and may have a few more years under our belts have heard of Robert Plant. Discovered back in 1968, this Black Country hills singer from England later became known for his role as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the well known rock band Led Zeppelin. Plant’s show starts at 8 p.m. at the Palladium Ballroom in Dallas. Plant has had an exciting musical career as a singer and songwriter and his solo career has been good to him as well. This is a great opportunity to see a singing legend up close in concert.

Rangers vs. Athletics: Some would say the Rangers have a rough last few weeks, but real fans stand by them no matter the score. The Rangers will compete in their last game against the Oakland Athletics before they leave their home field. Having played the Athletics six times in May, it was pretty evenly matched with each team taking home 3 wins. Outfielder Jeff Baker has officially been put on the disabled list after a sprained right thumb and a new catcher and left-handed pitcher have been called up. Let’s hope the Rangers can pull out one more home game win for a home crowd.

Friday June 21:
Arts District Block Party: It’s time to kick off the summer by celebrating and admiring the wonderful art that the Dallas area has to offer. If you’re a museum or art buff, then this Dallas Arts District Summer Block Party is calling your name. The festivities start at 6 p.m. and it’s free to all. Some participating venues will include the Dallas Museum of Art , the Nasher  and the Crow Collection which will all have their own interactive and fun ways of displaying their uniqueness. For an enjoyable night of music, food and crafts for the kids, this is the hoppin’ place to be.

Friday Night Drags: Who needs to go see the new Fast and Furious Six movie when you can see all the real action unfold right in front of your eyes. Scion presents the Friday Night Drags at Texas Motor Speedway where heads up, street style drag racing will take place. The race is held on the one-eight-mile pit road and it’s not just for professionals, if you want to take a swing at it and get out on the track, just bring a car and you’re in. Along with the races will be a Show-N-Shine competition where a Best in Show will be awarded along with other categories. So for those looking for a good race to watch or those wanting to try their luck in participating, this seems like a fun night out on the track.

Tattoo and Arts Festival: Are you a fan of tattoos? Do you want a tattoo but can’t quite figure out what you want or where? Well the Tattoo & Arts Festival has made its way to the Mesquite Convention Center and will begin its three day stop on Friday. Some of the best tattoo artists from across the country will be there, live tattoos will definitely be happening and many contests such as Ms. Tattoo Pageant will go on. There will also be roller derby and plenty of mind blowing acts like The Half Pint Brawlers. Plenty of inked people will be present for this exciting and colorful weekend of tattoos.

Saturday June 22:
Cirque Musica: This is like a circus act you’ve never seen before, with some of the world’s greatest circus performers that also incorporates beautiful symphonic music. From men balancing on top one of another to a violinist hanging from the ceiling, you never now what you might see in a Cirque Musica show. You never want to blink for fear of missing something amazingly spectacular and you’ll be on the edge of your seat in anticipation of the next thrill. This is a great chance to take the family or a date to see a performance they won’t be forgetting.

Dallas Zoo Photo Safari: Whether you have young kids or have always been an animal lover, the Dallas Zoo is offering a great chance to see these animals up close in their habitats. Time will fly by on the four hour guided tour as staff photographer Cathy Burkey leads the audience up close for a beautiful picture of the animals. Zoo keepers will be present to help coax the animals from hiding, there’s no better chance to get a close picture of you favorite safari animal!

FC Dallas vs. Sporting KC: FC Dallas is back at home this weekend matching up against Sporting Kansas City. The game will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dallas’ first game this season against Kansas City. Dallas is looking to redeem their spirits after the last game against Portland where Dallas faced its first shut out and third loss this season. Also coming off of a shut out is Kansas City where the lost 0-1. So Dallas needs its fan’s to come out and support their team in order to continue their domination on the soccer field and to keep their first place seating in the West.

Sunday June 23:
Pitbull & Ke$ha: Two huge names are making their way to the Gexa Energy Pavilion, rap and Latin artist Pitbull and crazy pop sensation Ke$ha. The concert starts at 7 p.m. as Ke$ha hits the stage with her wild hair and colorful makeup and her songs will have you up on your feet from the get go. Then as Pitbull takes the stage, you won’t have a chance to sit down while his up beat songs take over the entire pavilion. These two hot names aren’t going to be here for long you be better C’mon and get Krazy!

Watergate Brunch: As Hotel St. Germain wraps up its 1970’s Retro Weekend, the final day offers a delicious meal and an interesting movie for both those who have already seen it and those who haven’t. From 12-2 p.m. those present can enjoy a screening of “All the President’s Men” while also enjoying a “Deep Throat” Mimosa, eggs Benedict and a Watergate Pistachio Muffin. This event will take you down memory lane, although it wasn’t one of America’s finer moments. But for those history fanatics or those who just appreciate a good mean can head on down for the fun showing.