RIOT GRRRL: "When I grow up, I want to be an old woman," Michelle Shocked sang all coy-like in the late '80s. Though her mature pop-rock release Soul of My Soul channels Bon Jovi (and maybe Tracy Chapman) more than her own feisty Lilith fare, Shocked still has the rollicking spirit that earned her a designation as the Official Texas State Musician only last year. Art&Seek clued us in on the fact that she was the first female to snag the title -- so old woman, not just yet. Pearl At Commerce, 9PM. Buy $23 tickets here.
SWEET BOOKS: While Legacy Books has become a destination for being the largest (and possibly the cleanest) indie book store in DFW, Roanoke's Book Carriage and Coffee Shop is a must-go for its dying breed of small-town charm. Tonight's a good night to veer off the path and explore the historic district where the neat little shop with an art loft and adorable lighted patio thrives: local mystery writers Misa Ramirez and Wendy Watson sign their books Living the Vida Lola and I Scream, You Scream as part of a chocolate tasting party. Or maybe it was the other way around. RSVP as space is, delightfully, somewhat limited. 7PM.
THOSE SUNSETS: Around sundown, it's delicate as watercolor, and in the heat of the summer, it feels like metal you're banging your head against. Katie Maratta, Jamie Pink, Dahlia Woods and Etty Horowitz share interpretations of life and landscape in Texas through different mediums at the Dahlia Woods Gallery as part of "4 Women/4 Visions", a show in which visions of rural Texas are as native as mosaicists tinkering under its generous sun. The exhibit opens tonight with a reception from 6PM to 8:30PM.