From soul music to pop-up shops galore, this is what’s happening around town.
Wits boasts a sleek, contemporary space rife with gold accents and South African decor.
WITS AND WHIMSY
Wits isn’t your typical Texas steakhouse—now open in the former Oak space, the resto showcases traditional steakhouse classics with dynamic South African-inspired twists. Created by Richard Ellman, founder of Apheleia Restaurant Group, the 4,000-square-foot contemporary eatery seats 80, including a semiprivate chef’s table and large outdoor patio. Nosh on creative dishes like biltong (jerky), South African braai (grilled chicken with roasted peppers and sunchokes) and the New Zealand lamb rack with wild rice. Other unique menu offerings include a South African beer and wine program, as well as a sushi menu serving up sashimi, nigiri and chef-inspired rolls. 1628 Oak Lawn Ave., Ste. 110, witssteakhouse.com
Soak in the sunshine on the Katy Trail this spring.
Celebrate an early Earth Day Saturday, April 9, with Knox Street’s Go Green for Spring pop-up park, located just steps away from the Katy Trail. This seasonal destination for open-air retail, dining and entertainment experiences is hosting EarthX, a nonprofit dedicated to education and action toward a more sustainable future, which will be accepting donations to further its mission. Stop by to sip and shop iconic brands, from DFW Reclaimers to Gardenuity, The Salty Donut and so much more. 10AM-1PM, 3311 Knox St., knoxstreetdallas.com
Get your groove on with Tower of Power’s can’t-miss performance.
Tower of Power, the soul band that features heavy elements of R&B, rock, punk and funk, is headed to Strauss Square Thursday, April 7. The musical group, composed of a horn section and band, is also referred to as TOP and has been rocking out for the last 52 years. Since 1968, TOP has had eight singles chart on the Billboard Hot 100, so grab your fuzziest blanket and relax to some seriously groovy tunes, including fan favorites like “You’re Still a Young Man, “So Very Hard to Go” and “What Is Hip?” 2389 Flora St., attpac.org
DESIGNS ON YOU
When it comes to remodeling and interior design, The Interior has exquisite taste from furniture to fine art and decor. Even better? The lauded brand is opening another location in the Dallas Design District. The new showroom will feature exclusive luxury brand partnerships, including Ditre Italia, Calia Italia, Spazio and other leading names in the industry. Plus, an inhouse design team caters to every need, maximizing and enhancing homes with the company’s unique expertise. 1330 Dragon St., theinteriordallas.com
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN
Pay a visit to the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s hilarious new exhibition, Liberty & Laughter: The Lighter Side of the White House. Featuring anecdotes from former first families paired with interactive media and fascinating artifacts, the exhibit reveals how humor has evolved from the Founding Fathers to the present day and invites us to remember that our presidents are real people. The highlight: Ronald Reagan’s joke notecards and Bill Clinton’s sunglasses from The Arsenio Hall Show and one of his saxophones are among the amusing displays. Through Dec. 31, bushcenter.org
Photography by: KATHY TRAN; ISTOCK.COM; COURTESY OF AT&T PERFORMING ARTS CENTER;