Everyone knows the gifts France has given America, but without the gifts she's given Texas, we'd be looking at a five-flagged amusement park, and absolutely no one who could make Tim Duncan look talkative. Celebrate France, Texas-style, at Bastille On Bishop.
Dreamed up by some of the OC's more playful biz owners (Eno's Pizza Tavern, Bolsa, etc) plus community blog Go Oak Cliff, BoB's a wine-coated, food-bloated street-fest historically justified by the backgrounds of some of the neighborhood's earliest settlers, one of whom (Francois Jean Cantagrel) moved back to become vice mayor of Paris, though considering all the prostitutes, is there really any other kind? Outstanding attractions include a French maid relay race (watch them haul laundry! and leap ironing boards! seriously!), Lollipop Shoppe go-go dancers writhing to DJ-spun French pop inside Soda Gallery, and 18 tons of crushed granite dumped onto Bishop for petanque courts -- like Italy's bocce, except played with silver globes, and without the sort of wild gesticulation that can lead to balls in the face. The fun'll be fueled by a street creperie and a mussels competition featuring seven of Dallas' premier shellfishermen, including Meddlesome Moth's Chad Kelley, Bolsa's Graham Dodds, Smoke's Tim Byers, and Park's Marc Cassel; there'll also be $10 all-you-can-drink wine, plus plenty of Kronenbourg 1664 if all you can drink is beer.
Also on tap: a Vespa rally, French short films, an accordion player, and a mime -- who, like Tony Parker, will prove that you don't have to talk to get up to your neck in box.