8 things to do in August around Oak Cliff

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Aug. 15
The Relatives of Dallas, TX
The Rev. Gean West, bandleader of West Dallas’ own The Relatives, had a near-death experience in which he said God told him, “I got a little more work for you to do. I’m sending you back.” West died a few weeks later, just this past February, but not before his family band finished its third LP, “Goodbye World” on Love N Haight Records. Matt Stansberry and the Romance open this 8 p.m. show.
The Kessler, 1230 W. Davis, 214.272.8346, thekessler.org, $25


Aug. 4
‘Rhapsody in August’
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff marks the 70th anniversary of the United States’ atomic bombing of Japan. Its 7 p.m. screening of Akira Kurosawa’s film is about a woman who lives on a farm near Nagasaki and visits a dying family member in America.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, 3839 W. Kiest, 214.337.2429, firsttuesdayfilms.org, free

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Aug. 2 and 16
Class of ’85
The Texas Theatre and the Oak Cliff Cultural Center wrap up their Class of ’85 film series this month with free screenings of “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” on Aug. 2 and a rare screening of “Return to Oz” Aug. 16. Both shows start at 3 p.m.
The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson, 214.948.1546, thetexastheatre.com, free

Aug. 6
Catapults
Build three catapults and launch stuff off of them in this 1 p.m. workshop sponsored by the Dallas Foundation. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
North Oak Cliff Library, 302 W. Tenth, 214.670.7555, dallaslibrary.org, free

Aug. 11 and 24
Town-hall meetings
Your representatives want to hear from you. The Hampton-Illinois Library hosts U.S. Rep. Mark Veasey at 6 p.m. Aug. 11 to give a legislative update and hear from constituents. District 3 City Councilman Casey Thomas presents a budget town-hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24.
Hampton-Illinois Library, 2951 S. Hampton, 214.670.7646, dallaslibrary.org, free

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Aug. 28
Kevin Smith
Parade of Flesh brings filmmaker Kevin Smith for an evening at the Texas Theatre. Smith spent nearly 20 years making movies including “Clerks,” “Mallrats,” “Chasing Amy,” “Dogma,” “Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back” and most recently, “Tusk.”
The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson, 214.948.1546, paradeofflesh.com, $35-$55

Aug. 29
True Widow
This East Dallas-based “stonergaze” band has two terrific albums, As High As the Highest Heavens and From the Center to the Circumference of the Earth. They play a 9 p.m. free show.
The Foundry, 2303 Pittman, 214.749.1112, cs-tf.com, free

Aug. 30
Jazz in the afternoon
Oak Cliff-based TeCo Theatrical Productions presents “An Afternoon of Jazz” at Fair Park with Dave Koz, Rick Braun and Kenny Lattimore. The show starts at 3 p.m.; a 12:30 p.m. brunch is available. Call for reservations.
The Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First Ave., 214.565.1116, liveatthemusichall.com, $55-$75

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