7 Things To Do This Week (8/5-8/9)

The last month of summer is supposed to be enjoyed – live it up with delicious pizza, ice-cold drinks and beautiful artwork displayed in local galleries. This is also a great time to simply relax, soak up the sun and partake in as many lazy days as you can before fall kicks into high gear. Check out my guide of 7 Things To Do This Week for more tips.

Happy Hour

Grey Goose Strawberry Mule, credit: Yard House.

Sip the summer away with these happy hour specials.

1. Happy hour has officially returned to The Mucky Duck, from 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. Here, you can get $4 wells, house wines and select drafts. This family-owned neighborhood pub is open until 2 a.m. and also serves delicious food from their scratch kitchen, including pizza, wings, tacos and more. You can also score craft cocktails, hang out on the patio or watch a Dallas Mavericks game.

2. Visit Yard House from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday or from 9:30 p.m.-close Sunday-Thursday to take advantage of their happy hour specials. You can score $2 off draft beer, wine, spirits and cocktails, $3 off 9-ounce wine and $4 off Half Yards. Make sure to try the new Grey Goose Strawberry Mule, made with Grey Goose vodka, fresh strawberries, ginger beer, lime and mint. It’s refreshing and pretty!


Pizza and salad, credit: Zoli’s NY Pizza.

Pizza is always a good idea! Check out these pizza parlors in Addison.

3. Looking for amazing New York-style pizza and mouth-watering Italian food? Head to Zoli’s NY Pizza in Addison for mouth-watering options. You can’t go wrong with the Spangler, made with mozzarella, sauce, pecorino Romano, EVOO and basil. The CBR is also a good choice, as it comes with roasted chicken, bacon, pickled jalapenos, ranch swirl, and an everything-bagel crust. If you’re really feeling risky, try the Lil’ Troy, topped with vodka sauce, mini meatballs, stracciatella, hot cherry peppers and garlic breadcrumbs. There are also many pizzas available to take and bake at home, if you want to continue social distancing! Bon appetit!

4. Another fantastic choice is ZaLat Pizza. This new-to-Addison pizza joint makes their own dough, uses oven-roasted Roma tomatoes to make fresh pizza sauce, and makes pepperoni with 100% beef. The Zealot is made with pepperoni, sausage, salami, black olives, red onions, mushrooms, red bell peppers and chives. The Pho Shizzle features chicken, red bell peppers, caramelized onions, cilantro, basil, and a pretty hoisin and sriracha swirl. Finally, I love the Pineapple Express, made with bacon, pineapple, crushed red pepper, cilantro and Teriyake sauce.


Beyoncé from “Black Is King” photo by Travis Matthews.

Enjoy an hour and a half visual album masterpiece because Black is King is now on Disney+!

5. Queen B has done it again. Beyonce Knowles, a 24-time Grammy Award-winner, has released her new visual album, Black is King, on Disney+. It. Is. Amazing! This is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift, and it tells the story of today’s king and queens in search of their own crowns. It honors the voyages of Black families throughout time, as a young king goes through a transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity. His ancestors, father’s teachings and childhood love guide him until he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his home and thrown.

Arts and Entertainment

Kay Walton’s “The Way Most Favored.” Credit: Southwest Gallery.

It’s a perfect weekend to enjoy beautiful art.

6. This weekend, Southwest Gallery is hosting the start of its Summer Art Festival! On August 7 and 8, Kay Walton, Lynwood Bennett and Nancy Boren will be painting on site. Walton’s work is inspired by Texas landscapes, especially the beautiful Hill Country dotted with oaks, sparkling streams, winding roads and quaint farmhouses. Bennett pursued fine art later in life, which was inspired by the countryside in which he was raised. Boren creates beautiful oil on canvas scenes, depicting everything from beautiful sailboats to renaissance faires.

7. There are only two weekends left to see Lindy Chambers’ “Obscura” and Luke Sides’ “A Gluttonous Past” at Valley House Gallery. This is Chambers’ third solo exhibition, wwhich was inspired by rural Texas. According to her, she is “oddly drawn to the obscure habitatsand curious color combinations that I find off-road.” Sides’ work deals with puns, and this one in particular is all about pigs. According to him, “I have always seen my sculptures of pigs as self-portraits. The gluttonous nature of pigs resonates deeply with me…On the other hand, pigs are extremely smart…I have embraced my shortcomings and work daily to rectify them, but I also embrace the tenacity of the pig and see that as my strongest trait.”

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