Editor’s Picks: Calendar for Aug. 4-11


Summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean there are fewer things to do. From Think Like an Innovator at The Grove to a weekend of gaming fun at QuakeCon to the Open Coffee Club at West Oak Coffee Bar in Denton, we’ve found plenty of activities to keep you busy.


THINK LIKE AN INNOVATOR 6 to 8 p.m. at The Grove, 501 Elm St., Suite 450, in Dallas. Cheri Garcia will kick off Think Like an Innovator, a new summer speaker series presented by The Grove. During the event, Garcia will discuss her PR secrets, how to use Cyber Dust, and tips on growing your brand. The series features speakers from Dallas Innovates‘ stories and contributors. Dallas Innovates is the exclusive media sponsor of the summer series. Cost is $25. Learn more here.

QUAKECON  Hilton Anatole, 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, in Dallas. Gamers won’t want to miss this four-day, non-stop celebration of games and the people who play them. Come join thousands of gamers for North America’s largest Bring-Your-Own-Computer LAN party. This event is free and open to the public, and a full list of activities can be found here

PEROT MUSEUM LATE NIGHT — 7 to 9 p.m. at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field St., in Dallas. With a general admission ticket visitors can enjoy the museum exhibits after hours. This month’s First Thursday Late Night will focus on fun, biology-related activities and include a screening of the 1993 film, Jurassic Park. See a full schedule of events and purchase tickets here

CODE WORKSHOP: ANDROID DEVICE SENSOR ACCESS — 6 to 8 p.m. at Dallas Makerspace, 1825 Monetary Lane, Suite 104, in Carrollton. Bring your laptop and Android device and learn how to hack into and become familiar with the insides of an Android. Learn more and register for the event here.

THE TAP PROGRAMMABLE LED ARRAY DEVELOPMENT — 7:30 p.m. at TheLab.ms – Education Center, 1915 N. Central Expressway, Suite 370, in Plano. Check out the latest version of 64 LED array PCBs and discuss the Technology Access Platform with others. RSVP to the event here.


THE SUPPER OLYMPICS  Doors open at 10:45 p.m. at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre, 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 119, in Dallas. Hosted by The Laugh Supper improv comedy group, this performance combines two of America’s favorite things: the Olympics and comedy. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by calling 214-821-1860.


SPARK SATURDAYS  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Spark, 1409 S. Lamar St., Suite 4, in Dallas. Spark is a hands-on learning environment designed to fuel creativity in youth ranging from second grade to high school. Spark Saturdays are an opportunity for families to enjoy the 6,000-square-foot Climb, Crawl, Slide Sculpture, as well as other pop-up activities. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and children must be accompanied by an adult. 

LOCAL BREWS LOCAL GROOVES  4 p.m. at House of Blues Dallas, 2200 N. Lamar St., in Dallas. This craft beer and music festival supports local companies and artists, showcasing 16 breweries and 18 bands. Attendees must be 21 or older. To learn more and buy tickets, visit houseofblues.com/dallas.


THELAB.MS MONTHLY MEETING — 7 to 10 p.m. at TheLab.ms – Education Center, 1915 N. Central Expressway, Suite 370, in Plano. Join makers and discuss ideas and updates with the makerspace community. More about the meetup here


OPEN COFFEE CLUB 8 to 9 a.m. at West Oak Coffee Bar, 114 W. Oak St., in Denton. Join the Denton tech community for a moderator-led discussion over coffee and pastries. Visit the Meetup website for more information.

THE TRINITY CENTER AFTER HOURS — 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at The Trinity Center, 1444 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 200, in Dallas. This week’s discussion, “The Trinity: A Fitness Enthusiast’s Destination,” features speaker Jason McGhee. This series takes place the second Tuesday of every month and allows community members to stay updated on the Trinity River Corridor Project. Find more information or RSVP for the free meeting here


ONE MILLION CUPS — 9 to 10 a.m. at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, 311 N. Market St., Suite 200, in Dallas. This weekly event showcases two local startup companies and provides a space for entrepreneurs to share ideas. Learn more about the presenters here

TRADITIONAL WOODCARVING  7 to 9 p.m. at 1825 Monetary Lane. Suite 104, in Carrollton. Hosted by Hans Schwalm, learn about woodcarving with professional tools. Register for the free class here


#ILOCC: TALKING TECH, STARTUPS, AND DIGITAL LIFESTYLE — 8 to 9 a.m. at NYLO Irving / Las Colinas, 1001 W. Royal Lane, in Irving. Chat over coffee and pastries and bring friends to the meetup. More about it here

REVTECH’S DIGITAL RETAIL SHOWCASE: SOCIAL ECOMMERCE — 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center, 311 N. Market St., Suite 200, in Dallas. For $10, watch the Digital Retail Showcase and network with local entrepreneurs. Food will be provided. RSVP here

Amanda Hayes and Julia Falcon contributed to this report.

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