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Places! July 9-15, 2015

It's our weekly list of performing arts events opening on local stages. Plus, the rundown of last-chance shows.

published Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Welcome to our weekly mega-list of performing arts happenings on TheaterJones! It covers a Thursday-to-Wednesday cycle and rounds up our picks for the best theater, classical music, opera, dance, comedy, spoken word/poetry and performing arts on film that are opening on North Texas stages and in movie theaters. Of all the local print and/or digital publications out there, it's the only weekly list of best bets that covers the range of performing arts—and only performing arts.

This week: The 17th Festival of Independent Theatres begins with four shows, Lake Simons does her annual stint at Hip Pocket, Amphibian takes on Don Quixote, the Colombian Youth Orchestra hits town, and Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth's Modern Dance Festival at the Modern kicks off. Don't forget Ira Glass, Bob Newhart, Mo'Nique, lesbian pulp fiction, Green Day, Pirandello, a Kitchen Dog garage sale, and more. 

And the community says goodbye to Jac Alder.

It's a big week.

This list doesn't have everything happening in this week's cycle, but we've hit the highlights. For more listings, click the red calendar button at the top right of the page, and then you'll see a search function where you can search for events by presenting company, venue, title, description, date range and more options.

Note: Theater productions that have opened in a previous cycle and are in the middle of the run are not in the list below, but you can find them in the listings (see paragraph above). When a show is in its final weekend, we'll mention it in the "Last Chance" section of Places!

Get out and support the arts!



Thursday, July 9 through Wednesday, July 15

Photo: Lowell Sargeant
Shoe Confessions, presented by WingSpan Theatre Company, opens in the first weekend of the Festival of Independent Theatres


1. Festival of Independent Theatres (FIT): Week 1

Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas

Raise your hand if you've been to almost every year of FIT's previous 16, except the first year and that one time a few years ago when FIT coincided with surgery [insert emoji of hand going up.] What's exciting about this year, the 17th annual FIT, is that six of the eight groups are brand new to the festival, and the line-up looks pretty edgy, to which we say woo! And might we add a hoo! Four shows open this weekend, which we have listed below, and four more next weekend (more on those in next week's Places!). How it works: Each show is less than an hour, and there are two shows in one performance block. Blocks are 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 and 5 p.m. Sundays. There's also FIT Underground and late-night shows on Fridays and Saturdays, including jazz and Kathryn Taylor Rose's cabaret about millennial dating, Love Me Tinder. Click the link on each show listed to go to its individual listing. | July 10-Aug. 1

  • The Show About Men, presented by DGDG (Danielle Georgiou Dance Group), a response to DGDG's NICE from 2014 (Opens in the 8 p.m. block on Friday, July 10)
  • Dangerous Things on Dark Nights, presented by CrossOver Arts, by 17-year-old playwright Naomi Cohen  (Opens in the 8 p.m. block on Friday, July 10)
  • Shoe Confessions, presented by WingSpan Theatre Company, which is the only group to have been in FIT every year since the beginning (Opens in the 8 p.m. block on Saturday, July 11)
  • Renaissance Fighters, presented by SCDallas, conceived by Jeffrey Colangelo (Opens in the 8 p.m. block on Saturday, July 11)

» Click here to go to our special section devoted to the Festival of Independent Theatres. You'll find a schedule, interviews, reviews and more.

» Danielle Georgiou writes about her creative process for The Show About Men in her June Sixth Position Column on TheaterJones

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

Photo: Raul Mosley/Fort Worth Portrait Project
The Quixotic Days and Errant Nights of the Knight Errant Don Quixote at Amphibian Stage Productions


2. The Quixotic Days and Errant Nights of the Knight Errant Don Quixote

Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth

This world premiere commission based on Miguel Cervantes' Don Quixote has a long title with clever use of repetition and homophones (maybe playwright Brenda Withers could have added "The Dawn of..." at the beginning). Withers, who co-wrote and co-starred in the comedy Matt & Ben with her college bud Mindy Kaling, is connected to Amphibian through co-founder Jonathan Fielding, with whom she runs Harbour Stage Company in Massachusetts. Former Dallasite Matthew Earnest directs, and the production stars Jeremy Schwartz, Christie Vela, Ivan Jasso and Bob Hess. | July 9-Aug. 2

» Our interview with director Matthew Earnest

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


3. Tree Pop (Seen Unseen & the Real Unreal)

Hip Pocket Theatre | Silver Creek Amphitheatre, Fort Worth

Physical theater specialist Lake Simons, a student of Jacques Lecoq and daughter of Hip Pocket Theatre co-founders Johnny and Diane Simons, has been based in New York for a decade-and-a-half, but she returns home once a year to direct an original work. This one is a wordless piece, with original music by Lake's frequent collaborator John Dyer, and is described as "a visually poetic, nontraditional theatre piece. There is no dialogue and is through images, movement, various forms of puppetry, and music. It’s a meditation on and an exploration of play, memory, passing, and the life of objects. The original score, performed live by John Dyer, supports and further informs the events of the play. Puppetry styles incorporated consist of direct manipulation techniques as well as small- and large-scale puppets worn by the performers." The photo on the cover of TheaterJones is of Tree Pop, taken by John Carlisle Moore. | July 10-Aug. 2

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


4. Modern Dance Festival at the Modern: Weekend 1

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth | The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Photo: CDFW
Amy K. Sleigh will perform in the Modern Dance Festival at the Modern

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth presents the 12th Annual Modern Dance Festival at the Modern, and it kicks off with a weekend of "Dance Unplugged," in which local and regional dancers will perform work in the Grand Lobby of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth without recorded music or any electronic doohickeys. There are also some short dance films this weekend, and next, and the festival culminates July 23-24 with a CD/FW Dance Exchange. | The entire event runs July 10-24, but below is what's happening this weekend. In our listing, you can view a complete schedule.

Dance Unplugged, Grand Lobby

  • Friday July 10, 6-7:45 pm
  • Saturday July 11, 1-4 pm
  • Sunday July 12, 1-4 pm

Dance On Camera: Dance Shorts - Program A, Modern Auditorium

12:15 p.m. Saturday, July 11:

  • Escualo (Martin & Facundo Lombard, USA, 2014; 4:09) - A "dance scene" set to music by Astor Piazzolla and performed by the Lombard Twins.
  • Det Skal Danses Vaek (Maia Elisabeth Sorensen, Denmark, 2014; 4:44) - A high-school boy's infatuation with dance erupts into a full-scale "performance" in which his classmates become a chorus of movers who catch the fever.
  • Ghost Line (Shona Masarin & Cori Olinghouse, USA, 2013, 15:14) - An experimental film merging the rhythmic and comedic timings of silent film and vaudeville with the absurdist impulses of Dada and Surrealism in a kinetic spectacle of light and shadow.
  • Vanishing Points (Marites Carino, Canada, 2014; 8:59) - Like two molecules unknowingly affecting each other in space and briefly crossing paths, conceptual hip-hop dancers collide and share fleeting moments of intimate synchronicity on the streets of Montreal.

» Our listing, which has a complete schedule with times, ticket info, map and more

Photo: David Bazemore
Ira Glass and two dancers come to the Winspear Opera House


5. 3 Acts, 2 Dancers, 1 Radio Host: Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass

AT&T Performing Arts Center #Thinkspeak Series | Winspear Opera House, Dallas

Ira Glass, host of NPR's This American Life (and cousin of composer Philip Glass), has created a show with two dancers, Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass. We honestly don't know what to expect here, but it has three things we like: NPR, Ira Glass and dance. This is presented in AT&T Performing Arts Center's #Thinkspeak series | 8 p.m. July 11

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


6. Filarmónica Joven de Colombia

AT&T Performing Arts Center Classical Criterion Series | Meyerson Symphony Center

This performance by the Colombian Youth Philharmonic initiates the first season of the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Classical Criterion Series (which replaces the Recital Series). FJC is a private social project led by Fundación Bolívar Davivienda in its interest to promote culture and support the construction of artistic life projects for more than 250,000 talented musicians. FJC presents a unique social initiative in Colombia and strives to be a prominent symbol of national musical culture abroad. The orchestra has grown significantly due to its high artistic aspirations and the multiple alliances established with international institutions such as Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre des Champs Élysées and Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía. Conducted by Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the program is listed below | 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 9

  • Gabriela Lena Frank, Escaramuza (2010) 
  • Shostakovich, Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 107, E-flat major with cellist Johannes Moser 
  • Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring (1913)

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

The Colombian Youth Orchestra plays at the Meyerson Symphony Center


7. Six Characters in Search of an Author

DragStrip Courage | Arts Fifth Avenue, Fort Worth

DragStrip Courage is one of my favorite independent companies to have emerged in the last five years, and it's mostly because of the man behind it: Seth Johnston. It'd be embarrassing to point out how many times I've called him North Texas' most underrated talent, because at this point, if you don't know his work, it's your own damn fault. For his summer shows, he favors absurdism, or at least by playwrights associated with that movement. It was Waiting for Godot in 2013, and an interesting production of Pinter's Old Times in 2014, which, in my year-end list, I praised Johnston for his remarkable hat trick. This year, it's the meta-fabulous masterpiece from one of the forerunners of Theatre of the Absurd, Luigi Pirandello. Can. Not. Wait. | July 10-19

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

Photo: DragStrip Courage
Six Characters in Search of An Author, presented by DragStrip Courage


8. Bob Newhart

AEG Live | Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie

Baby Boomers resonate with the ‘60s Bob Newhart of album The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart (No. 1 on the Billboard pop album chart), the one-season wonder The Bob Newhart Show (part of the best programming block ever on CBS Saturday night with M*A*S*H and more), and his impeccable Major Major in Catch-22. If a little bit younger, it’s his psychologist character on the ‘70s sitcom The Bob Newhart Show. If middle-aged now, your Bob is the innkeeper Newhart in the ‘80s. While the Bob of ‘90s and ‘00s made many memorable guest roles and short-lived series, it was his portrayal of Professor Proton on The Big Bang Theory in 2013-14 that finally snagged Newhart an Emmy to go with his Peabody and Grammys. See all the Bobs in concert, with an emphasis on his stand-up roots. — Amy Martin | 8 p.m. Friday, July 10

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


9. American Idiot

Ohlook Performing Arts, Grapevine

Ohlook Performing Arts is the spunky theater in Grapevine that loves edgy musicals, and that describes this rock musical by Green Day, based on their Grammy-winning album. If you go this weekend, stay for the late-night production of Pasek and Paul's terrific Dogfight, and then in the following weeks, the late-night show is the area premiere of the brilliant and vulgar Jerry Springer the Opera (see more on that next week in Places!). In August, they'll have Silence, a musical parody of The Silence of the Lambs. | July 10-26

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


10. Oklahoma!

Stolen Shakespeare Guild | Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Sanders Theatre 

The Stolen Shakespeare Guild presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1943 masterpiece—and one of the few musicals that truly deserves an exclamation point in the titlethat changed musical theater. Morgan Haney plays Laurey and Chris Ramirez is Curly, and Jason and Lauren Morgan co-direct. | July 10-26

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


11. The Beebo Brinker Chronicles

Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas

Here's the description, and yes we're intrigued: "A stage adaptation of Ann Bannon's 1950's and 60's lesbian pulp fiction novels. Former secret lovers in college, Laura and Beth went on to completely disparate livesone got married and had children, the other moved to New York. Both pine for each other, but before they can reunite, they find themselves entangled in the web of Beebo Brinker, a butch denizen of the bars with a soft spot for young lesbians fresh off the bus. This campy, quirky, sexy tale of desires and unfulfilled dreams also has some surprisingly poignant moments amidst an abundance of witty rhetoric." Dennis Millegan directs, and the cast includes Andrew Dillon, Rhonda Durant, Sherry Etzel, Tracie Foster, John Jones, Stevie Witkowicz and Trista Wyly. | 11:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 10-11

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


12. Classical Winds

Metropolitan Winds | Dallas City Performance Hall

The Metropolitan Winds perform a program of some of the great wind works, including Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov, Overture to The Improvisator by Eugen D'Albert, Waltzes from Der Rosenkavelier by Richard Strauss and ArrulloSuite No. 1 for Band by Victoriano Valencia. Esteban Rojas is the guest conductor. | 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more







Darren Carter

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Dallas | July 9-11

» More info


Rob Little

Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | July 9-11

» More info


Tony Rock

Addison Improv | July 9-12

» More info





Don't Dress for Dinner

The Marc Camoletti comedy, presented by Richardson Theatre Center | July 10-26

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Joseph Robinette's adaptation of the C.S. Lewis favorite, presented in Theatre Arlington's Youth Series | July 10-19

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more



The Oscar winner is back on the comedy circuit, and appearing at the Arlington Improv | July 10-12

» More info


The Producers

Presented by Greater Lewisville Community Theatre | July 10-Aug. 2

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more






The Lerner/Loewe classic about the King Arthur myth, presented by McKinney Summer Musicals at McKinney North High School | July 11-19

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Kitchen Dog Garage Sale

Kitchen Dog Theater is leaving its longtime home at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, and they're selling a bunch of vintage clothes, furniture, props and more to reduce the clutter and prepare for a temporary move into the Green Zone. Stop by and throw some cash at what should be full of finds. | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 11

» Find out more on Kitchen Dog's Facebook page

Vitruvian Salsa Festival

The Dance Council of North Texas presents this music/dance festival every Saturday at 6pm at Vitruvian Park in Addison. On July 11, the guest is musical guest is Son Saraguey | Through July 25

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more




Basically Beethoven Festival

Fine Arts Chamber Players continues its annual festival, at Dallas City Performance Hall. This week, sisters Christina and Beatrice Long present music for two pianos by Beethoven, Ravel, Mendelssohn, Lutoslawski and Milhaud plus Schumann's rarely performed Andante and Variations for two pianos, two cellos and horn. | 3 p.m. July 12

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Tyler Oakley's Slumber Party

The YouTube star and gay rights activist brings his conversational show to the Majestic Theatre, Dallas | 7 p.m. July 12

» Get tickets here

Photo: Jeffrey Schmidt
Jac Alder in Freud's Last Session at Theatre Three





Jac Alder Memorial

The Memorial Service for Jac Alder, the late producing-director of Theatre Three, who died in May, is at Dallas City Performance Hall | 6 p.m. July 13

» Our obituary

» Statement from Theatre Three

» The most recent of Alder's "Bit by Bit" columns for TheaterJones, which links to the previous columns

Show Boat

In anticipation of the Dallas Opera's first full production of a musical, the masterpiece Show Boat in 2016, they're doing a free screening of the 1951 James Whale-directed movie at the Angelika Film Center of Dallas. It stars Ava Gardner, Howard Keel and William Warfield. It's free. | 6 p.m. Monday, July 13

» More info here





The Comedy of Errors

Shakespeare's Globe on Screen shows the production of Shakespeare's wackiest comedy, from a production at the Globe Theatre | 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 15

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


La Fille du Régiment 

Donizetti's comic opera La Fille du Régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment), starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez, gets an encore screening in the Live at the Met HD Summer Encore series at area movie theaters | 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15

» Find a location near you here


Second Thought Theatre closes its 2015 season with one of the great Shakespeare tragedies, directed by Joel Ferrell and starring Tyrees Allen in the title role, in Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Theater campus | There are previews on July 15 and 16, and it opens in next week's cycle, so look for more on this in the next Places!

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more





The Open Stage

Circus Freaks does a weekly open showcase of circus feats and other category-defying acts, from stand-up in costume to hula hooping opera singers to stripping poets at Celebration Event Center and Ballroom in Plano | 7 p.m. Mondays 

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Open Classical

Bring an instrument (including your voice) and participate in this weekly classical music open mic, in locations in Dallas, Frisco and Fort Worth | See schedule below:

  • 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Buzzbrews Kitchen on Lemmon Avenue in Dallas
  • 8 p.m. first Monday of the month at Cedars Woodfire Grill, Frisco
  • 8 p.m. second and fourth Thursday at Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, Fort Worth 

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more



Each week we'll highlight at least one performance in a city outside of Dallas-Fort Worth that's still reasonably drivable. Because this is Texas, that means five hours or less, one way. So, look for recommendations in Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, etc.


Water by the Spoonful

Playhouse San Antonio presents Quiara Alegria-Hudes' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama | Through July 26

» More info here




These productions will close this weekend

Photo: Buddy Myers
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Stage West


Almost, Maine

Presented by Onstage in Bedford at the Trinity Arts Theater, Bedford | Closes Sunday

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


Dirty Dancing

The North Texas run of the tour closes at Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Closes Sunday

» Our interview with choreographer Michele Lynch

» Read Mark Lowry's Star-Telegram/ feature on Eleanor Bergstein, who wrote the screenplay for the movie and adapted it into the stage musical

» Our review



Presented by Ohlook Performing Arts, Grapevine, in the late-night series | Closes Saturday

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

Mimir Chamber Music Festival

Presented at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth | Closes Saturday

» Our feature story

» Our review of Concert 1

» Our review of Concert 2

» Look for more reviews coming


A Midsummer's Magical Mystery Musical

Presented by Artisan Center Theater, Hurst | Closes Saturday

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more


The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

Presented by Dallas Children's Theater | Closes Sunday

» Our listing, with times, ticket info, map and more

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Presented by Stage West, Fort Worth | Closes Sunday

» Our review



Here are some must-see upcoming performances and events


  1. Second Thought Theatre's season closes with Othello at Bryant Hall on the Kalita Humphreys Theater campus | July 15-Aug. 8
  2. MBS Producitons presents The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents: Macbeth! at the Stone Cottage Theatre, Addison | July 16-Aug. 9
  3. Rover Dramawerks in Plano does Come Blow Your Horn | July 16-Aug. 8
  4. The Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch presents Oklahoma! | July 16-Aug. 2
  5. Runway Theatre in Grapevine presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee | July 17-Aug. 9
  6. The National Theatre of London's production of Everyman screens in the NT Live series at both Angelika Film Centers | July 16 & 22
  7. Garland Summer Musicals presents Crazy for You at the Granville Arts Center | July 17-26
  8. The Granbury Theatre Company does The Drowsy Chaperone at the Granbury Opera House | July 17-Aug. 16
  9. Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine does Jerry Springer the Opera in its late-night series | July 17-Aug. 1
  10. Theatre Coppell does Little Women, the Musical | July 17-Aug. 2
  11. Menopause, the Musical runs at the Music Hall at Fair Park | July 21-26
  12. Garland Civic Theatre's season opens with Into the Woods at the Granville Arts Center | July 23-Aug. 2
  13. Uptown Players presents the musical Catch Me If You Can at the Kalita Humphreys Theater | July 24-Aug. 9
  14. Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas presents Curtains at the Irving Arts Center | July 24-Aug. 8
  15. Jubilee Theatre's season closes with The Color Purple | July 24-Aug. 23
  16. WaterTower Theatre does Sweet Charity | July 24-Aug. 16
  17. Uppermost Entertainment debuts with the one-man show I'm Always On My Mind at Theatre 166 in Carrollton | July 24-Aug. 22
  18. Too Old, Too Fat, Too Black: Songs I'll Never Sing on Broadway, a cabaret by Denise Lee, closes the Cabaret in Fair Park series at the Women's Museum, Fair Park | 7:30 p.m. July 28
  19. Junior Players does A Midsummer Night's Dream at Samuell-Grand Amphitheatre, Dallas | July 28-Aug. 2
  20. The tour of Motown the Musical comes to AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House | July 28-Aug. 16
  21. Fun House Theatre and Film presents Chris Rodenbaugh's The Wraith at Plano Children's Theatre | July 29-Aug. 2
  22. Theatre Three's new season opens with The Glass Menagerie | July 30-Aug. 23
  23. Denton Community Theatre presents Take Ten: Ten-Minute Play Festival at the PointBank Black Box Theatre, Denton | July 31-Aug. 2
  24. SceneShop celebrates 20 years with a showcase at Arts Fifth Avenue, Fort Worth | Aug. 1-8
  25. Stage West does the play Mr. Burns, a post-electric play | Aug. 6-Sept. 13



  1. 8&1 Dance Company presents Exchange Street at the Courtyard Theatre, Plano | July 18
  2. CD/FW Dance Exchange: A Choreographer's Showcase closes the Modern Dance Festival at the Modern | July 23-24
  3. The Dallas Hip-Hop Dance Fest Competition and Showcase is at the Majestic Theatre | July 24-25
  4. imPULSE dance project presents The Four Seasons: Recomposed at the Addison Theatre Centre, Studio Thetre | July 25
  5. The Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation presents Arathi Dance Fest 2015 at Dallas City Performance Hall | Aug. 7-8
  6. The third A Gathering, an AIDS benefit performance presented by TITAS and featuring local dance, theater and music groups, returns to the Winspear Opera House | Aug. 28
  7. The Second Annual Dallas DanceFest is at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept. 4-6
  8. Texas Ballet Theater's season opens with Ben Stevenson's Dracula at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, featuring Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Sept. 4-6
  9. Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernandez comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | Sept. 16
  10. Twyla Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour opens TITAS' season at Winspear Opera House | Sept. 18-19
  11. The Russian Grand Ballet presents Swan Lake at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts, Richardson | Sept 24
  12. The Dark Circles Contemporary Dance season opens with Fall Series at TCU's Erma Lowe Hall Studio | Oct. 9-11
  13. Texas Ballet Theater does Ben Stevenson's Dracula at Bass Performance Hall, featuring the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra | Oct. 16-18
  14. TITAS presents Kyle Abraham at Dallas City Performance Hall | Oct. 29-30



  1. The Festival of American Song, featuring musical theater composer Jason Robert Brown, returns to Texas Christian University | July 25-26
  2. Orchestra of New Spain presents "Music for Portrait of Infanta Margarita in Blue Dress" at the Meadows Museum at SMU | July 30
  3. The Fort Worth Symphony season opens with the Classical Masters Festival at Bass Performance Hall | Aug. 28-30
  4. The Dallas Symphony's Pops season opens with The Sinatra Century at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Sept. 4-6
  5. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra does Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun and other works at Dallas City Performance Hall | Sept. 11-12



  1. The Asian Film Festival of Dallas is at the Angelika Film Center | July 16-23
  2. Bill Bellamy is at the Arlington Improv | July 17-19
  3. Bryan Callen comes to the Addison Improv | July 31-Aug. 2
  4. Serial's Sarah Koenig appears in the AT&T Performing Arts Center's #Thinkspeak Series at the Winspear Opera House | Aug. 2
  5. Wendy Williams comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | Aug. 7
  6. Kevin Hart is at American Airlines Center | Aug. 14
  7. "Weird" Al Yankovic: The Mandatory World Tour visits Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie | Aug. 21
  8. Comic Patton Oswalt comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Sept. 12
  9. Hyena's Comedy Nightclub Plano opens | Sept. 16
  10. Nerdist guru Chris Hardwick comes to Majestic Theatre, Dallas | Sept. 18 


» For complete listings of what's happening on North Texas stages, click on the calendar icon at the top right of the page. Once there, you can click the red "Search the Calendar" box, and search for listings by dates, performance type, the presenting company, titles or descriptions. For instance, type "Shakespeare" into the description field, click SEARCH and you'll find a host of performances (theater, dance, music, etc.) by, adapted from or about the Bard. Thanks For Reading

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