GOLDEN APEX: The Ultra Xtra Arts Mix is an undeniably Denton institution as it imposes cutting edge cross-pollination on a common artspace, but know this: the future-forward interactive art presented at the catered event comes from universities all over DFW, including Southern Methodist University and Texas Christian University. Sci-Phy Psycho Theater adds some drama, Texas Woman's Univeristy's DanceLab takes care of the movin', the winner of the Jury Prize at the Thin Line Film Fest will screen and Doug Burr, Seryn, and DJ Wild in the Streets perform. Center for the Visual Arts, 7PM. $15 at the door.
RISING SCORE: The Kessler pulls out another solid lineup and charges nothing after its generous reopening party last weekend. Chris Holt, Salim Nourallah, and Rahim Quazi are names we've long been confident can deliver classic songwriting and king musicianship, but it's Nicholas Altobelli and his Nick Drake-dark "Pretend it's the Sky" that'll stick as concertgoers amble out into another quiet night in the Cliff. 7PM.
LAURA'S MOM: Didja know JoMarie Payton could sing? Didja know JoMarie Payton was Harriet Winslow, the no-nonsense mama on Family Matters? The Black Academy of Arts and Letters reminds you of both as the org brings Payton to the Clarence Muse Cafe Theatre to tackle some standards. 9PM. $15.