Best bets • 01.07.11

Saturday 01.08

We like our bears four-alarm style
The Dallas Bears know how to get a new year started. Bears, non-bears and groups are invited to participate in their Kick Off to 2011 Chili Cook-Off. The event benefits Dallas Bears’ charities, but should likely leave a lot of people with a beary spicy taste in their mouth. Would you expect anything less? Pass the crackers.

DEETS: Hidden Door, 5025 Bowser Ave. 2 p.m. DallasBears.org.

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Monday 01.10

Don’t mess with this man’s puss
The last thing you want to do is kill some guy’s cat — especially when that guy’s away on a mission of torture and terrorism. When Padraic finds out his feline friend is dead in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, he isn’t happy and he’s gonna make sure the rest of his Irish town isn’t either in this dark comedic play by Martin McDonagh at WaterTower Theatre.

DEETS: WTT, 15650 Addison Road. Through Feb. 6. $22–$40. WaterTowerTheatre.org.

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Wednesday 01.12

Going on down to the east side
Immigrant Punk comes from Denton to play her unique folk hip-hop for Lakewood Bar & Grill’s East Side Love Show. But she’s not the only out artist on the bill. SuZanne Kimbrell, pictured, brings her acoustic rock and blues to the show along with Abraham Mellish and Angela Carter.

DEETS: Lakewood Bar & Grill, 6340 Gaston Ave. 8 p.m. $5. LBGDallas.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 7, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Tarrant Pride: Best Friends Club fills a school night just nicely

Tuesday nights are the nights to make besties with Best Friends Club

You could win with this cheesy conglomeration.

If for no other reason, you have to make it to Best Friends Club for the sublimely titled Cheese Wars of the Cheese Whores. When the club asks you to bring your cheese and crackers and then judge “other cheese whores,” how can you resist? And don’t try to pull a Velveeta over on them. The BFC peeps declare “We know our chesses biatches!”

They fill the rest of the evening with their Glee watch party and then it’s Games Night time. Sure you can have snacks, TV and games at home, but you won’t be with your Best Friends, now will you?

DEETS: 2620 E. Lancaster Ave. Fort Worth. 5:30 p.m. BestFriendsFW.com

—  Rich Lopez