Joyce DiDonato in <em>Great Scott</em>&nbsp;at Dallas Opera

Places! Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2015

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

published Thursday, October 29, 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: Gawd, this week. Maybe the biggest of the year so far, mostly because of the talent the Dallas Opera has corraled for the world premiere of Jake Heggie and Terrence McNally's Great Scott. But also: Lyric Stage's full-orchestra revival of Grand Hotel, the area premiere of Kyle Abraham's Abraham.In.Motion dance company, guitar great Pepe Romero with the Dallas Symphony, an appearance by entertainer extraordinaire Charles Busch, the theatrical solo stage debut of neo-soul queen Erykah Badu and some very cool-looking shows in Trinity Groves warehouses. Plus it's double duty for a director that the Tony Awards adore, Jack O'Brien, who directs both Great Scott and the tour of The Sound of Music that opens Dallas Summer Musicals' 76th season. There's so much we wanted to fit into the Big 12, but they couldn't all make it, so make sure and check out the entire list below.

Also, this week we've noted in ORANGE some of the happenings that would be especially fun on Halloween.

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. There are currently more than 700 listings in that thing.

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, October 29 through Wednesday, November 4

Photo: Karen Almond/The Dallas Opera
Joyce DiDonato in Great Scott at Dallas Opera


1. Great Scott

The Dallas Opera | AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House

We've said it before and we'll say it again: This is the biggest of big deals. By the end of 2015, the Dallas Opera will have had three world premieres this year: First was Joby Talbot's Everest, now is Jake Heggie's Great Scott, and coming up is Mark Adamo's Being Santa Claus. For an opera company that's in the top dozen of American opera companies, budget-wise, this is huge. And Great Scott is the biggest news because of the team involved: composer Jake Heggie, librettist Terrence McNally (the Tony-winning playwright), director Jack O'Brien (the most nominated director in Tony history; he's won three and been nominated for seven more), and the cast features three major names in Joyce DiDonato, Frederica von Stade and Nathan Gunn. Lots of up-and-comers, too. Oh, and Texas Christian University grad John de los Santos, who has choreographed and directed a lot in these parts, both musicals and operas, is the choreographer. It's a completely original story, and to learn more about its plot that involves a contemporary opera company, a Super Bowl and a fictitious bel canto opera, click the link to Gregory Sullivan Isaacs' primer on our site, below. | Oct. 30-Nov. 15

Photo: Mark Oristano
Mary-Margaret Pyeatt and Christopher J. Deaton in Grand Hotel at Lyric Stage

» More info in our listing

» Gregory Sullivan Isaacs' primer on the opera, Part 1

» Our interview with Joyce DiDonato

» Mark Lowry's preview in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

» Look for interviews with Jake Heggie, Terrence McNally and Jack O'Brien to come on TheaterJones

» Look for a giveaway for a recently released CD of Heggie's The Radio Hour, signed by Heggie


2. Grand Hotel

Lyric Stage | Irving Arts Center, Carpenter Performance Hall

With Lyric Stage's trend of preserving the musical with fully staged, professional productions with full orchestras, the shows have mostly fallen into two categories: Bona fide popular classics (the R&H Big 5, Fiddler, Gypsy, etc.) and forgotten gems that deserve another look (The Golden Apple, Lady in the Dark, Rags). It seems weird to put Maury Yeston's 1989 Grand Hotel (based on the 1932 film) in the latter category, considering it ran two-and-a-half years on Broadway and has such a beloved score (Yeston wrote additional music and lyrics after the original work by George Forrest and Robert Wright was not considered up to snuff by director and choreographer Tommy Tune). But, here it is. This production is directed by Len Pfluger and has musical direction by the invaluable Jay Dias, leading a 32-piece orchestra. The cast includes Christopher J. Deaton, Anthony Fortino, Mary-Margaret Pyeatt and Andy Baldwin. | Oct. 30-Nov. 8

» More info in our listing

» Look for a feature about Lyric and this production coming on TheaterJones 


3. Abraham.In.Motion

TITAS | Dallas City Performance Hall

In TITAS' upcoming season, which kicked off with Twyla Tharp world premieres and is the organization's first all-dance season, there are a number of groups making their regional premieres. First up is Kyle Abraham's Abraham.In.Motion, in a program that includes Abraham’s The Quiet Dance (2011) and The Gettin’ (2014), which deals with cultural appropriation, and the world premiere of Absent Matter with live music. | 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 29-30

» More info in our listing

» Our interview with dancer, Dallas native and Booker T. Washington HSPVA grad Catherine Ellis Kirk

Photo: Ian Douglas


4. A Divine Evening with Charles Busch

AT&T Performing Arts Center's Off-Broadway on Flora Series | Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Dallas

As a writer, he's had commercial success both on Broadway (The Tale of the Allergist's Wife) and off (Vampire Lesbians of Sodom), but as he says in our interview with him (see link below), he's first and foremost an entertainer. The man whose inspirations include the great Charles Ludlam brings his latest cabaret show A Divine Evening with Charles Busch to Dallas in the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Off-Broadway on Flora Series, and you know the performances on Halloween are gonna be wild. Don't miss it. | 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 29 and 30; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31

Erykah Badu

» More info in our listing

» Our interview with Charles Busch


5. Live Nudity

The Black Academy of Arts and Letters | Naomi Bruton Theatre, Dallas

It's interesting that neo-soul queen Erykah Badu chose that title for her first one-woman theatrical show, happening for three performances at Naomi Bruton Theatre in the old Dallas Convention Center complex. Of course, the awesome title Baduizm was already taken with her 1997 debut album, which was major in the neo-soul movement, joined in the 1990s and 2000s by such great artists as Jill Scott, Maxwell, Macy Gray, D'Angelo and, my personal fave, Meshell Ndegeocello. And before you start questioning a successful pop musician doing theater, consider that Dallas native Badu went to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and was a theater major at Grambling State in Louisiana (where she minored in quantam physics). And if you've ever seen the upcoming host of the Soul Train Awards in concert, you know she loves theatrics. A few years ago, her daughter Puma performed with the Lone Star Circus as Badu accompanied on piano. This show is still somewhat of an enigma; she describes it as a stream-of-consciousness improv. But if we've learned anything about Ms. Badu—whose innovative oeuvre includes such terrific albums as Worldwide Underground and two parts of New Amerykah, not to mention a controversial video shot in Dealey Plaza for her single "Window Seat" and the classic you-go-girl ballad "Tyrone"it's to never underestimate her. (Fun fact: In her song "Southern Girl," she repeats a refrain from the song "Big D" from the musical The Most Happy Fella.) Cannot wait. | 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 29-Oct. 31

» More info in our listing


6. Concierto de Aranjuez

Dallas Symphony Orchestra | Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Photo: Anton Goiri
Pepe Romero

In the world of classical guitar, it doesn't get any bigger than Pepe Romero. He's the guest artist in this concert, featuring Rodrigo's 1939 Concierto de Aranjuez, plus Ravel's Rapsodie espagnole and Franck's Symphony in D minor. Yan Pascal Tortelier is the guest conductor. | 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29-31; 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1

» More info in our listing


7. The Sound of Music

Dallas Summer Musicals | Music Hall at Fair Park

Yes, we know you're thinking AGAIN? Just deal with it, because it's the world's best-loved musical (take that, Les Miz), and it's not a bad one at that. Pretty damn good, actually. (We still prefer R&H's Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and Oklahoma!, but that changes with each viewing.) But consider this: This tour is directed by Jack O'Brien (see Great Scott above), and he reportedly has added a little more sex and danger to it. Relatively speaking, of course. Maria and Leisl aren't girls gone wild or anything. But they are human. | Nov. 4-22

» More info in our listing

» Look for an interview with choreographer Danny Mefford coming on TheaterJones


8. Persephone: The Shadow Show

PrismCo. | 500 Warehouse, Trinity Groves (Dallas)

Jeffrey Colangelo and Katy Tye's movement theater outfit PrismCo has been giving North Texas audiences a taste of something different and interesting, with such shows as last year's terrific Galatea and this year's paint/dance piece Prism. Up next is a wordless shadow movement piece based on the legend of underworld queen Persephone. It happens in the big green warehouse in Trinity Groves that you might know from Dead White Zombies' early shows and the home of Art Conspiracy in recent years, which is coming up Nov. 14 at a new location, BTW. | Previews Oct. 30; opens with a Halloween party on Oct. 31 and runs through Nov. 16

» More info in our listing

»  Our interview with theatermakers that have had shows in different Trinity Groves spaces recently


9. DP92

Dead White Zombies | The Icehouse, Trinity Groves (Dallas)

Speaking of Dead White Zombies, the group is back with another interactive and immersive work called DP92, in the Icehouse in Trinity Groves, the warehouse where DWZ staged Karaoke Motel last year. In typical DWZ style, expect to be simultaneously puzzled and fascinated as you move through several areas of the space, in random order, and make of the work what you will. To learn more about it, click on the link below to read our interview with DWZ founder Thomas Riccio. | Oct. 29-Nov. 22

» More info in our listing

» Our interview with Thomas Riccio

»  Our interview with theatermakers that have had shows in different Trinity Groves spaces recently


Photo: Lois Leftwich
Picnic at Theatre Three


10. Picnic

Theatre Three, Dallas

William Inge's Pulitzer Prize-winning play gets a revival by Theatre Three, in a season of American works that was picked by Jac Alder before he died in May. It's a wholesome play, but if you've seen the famous movie version with William Holden and Kim Novak, you know it's pretty steamy, too. Expect nothing less from Bruce R. Coleman's production. | Previews Oct. 29-Nov. 1, opens Nov. 2 and runs through Nov. 22

» More info in our listing

» A beautiful essay about Dallas' theatrical history and the relationship between William Inge, Tennessee Williams, Margo Jones and Audrey Wood, by UTA professor and T3 dramaturg Brandi Andrade


Photo: Daylon Walton
Freud's Last Session at Amphibian Stage Productions


11. Freud's Last Session

Amphibian Stage Productions, Fort Worth

Speaking of Jac Alder, his last performance at Theatre Three was in this Mark St. Germain play in 2012, in which he played Sigmund Freud in this play that imagines a meeting between Freud and author C.S. Lewis. Amphibian Stage Productions has the Fort Worth premiere of the work. René Moreno directs with John-Michael Marrs as C.S. Lewis and Michael Corolla as the psychotherapist.  | Oct. 29-Nov. 22

Photo: Karlo X. Ramos
Blink at the Ochre House

» More info in our listing


12. Blink

The Ochre House, Dallas

The Ochre House kicks off the fall with this new play by Kevin Grammer, in which a brush with death changes a man's life. As it would. And if you know Ochre's work, you know there's much more to it than that. Such as original music and puppetry. | Oct. 31-Nov. 21

» More info in our listing







Sarah Colonna

Comedian Sarah Colonna is all three Hyena's Comedy Night Clubs, in Fort Worth, Dallas and Plano | Oct. 29-31


The Lion King, Jr.

Ohlook Performing Arts in Grapevine got the rights to do the junior version of this Broadway megahit, and stages it at the MCL Grand Theater in Lewisville this weekend. | Oct. 29-31

» More info in our listing

Photo: Rhonda Layton
Ohlook Performing Arts Center does The Lion King, Jr.


Sean Patton

The comedian is at the Arlington Improv. | Oct. 29-Nov. 1

» More info in our listing


Robert Powell

The comedian is at the Addison Improv. | Oct. 29-Nov. 1

» More info in our listing


Paul Rodriguez and the Latin Kings of Comedy

Paul Rodriguez and the Latin Kings of Comedy comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29

» More info in our listing


Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band

Presented by Phoenix Repertory Players at Theatre Rocks in Ennis. | Oct. 29-Nov. 1

» More info in our listing



Photo: Brad McEntire
Dinosaur and Robot Stop a Train at Sundown Collaborative Theatre and Audacity Theatre Lab


DanceTCU in Concert

DanceTCU's fall concert features new work by Joshua L. Peugh and Toni Pimble, plus classics from the ballet repertoire. | Oct. 30-Nov. 1

» More info in our listing


Dinosaur and Robot Stop a Train

Sundown Collaborative Theatre and Audacity Theatre Lab co-produce Brad McEntire's comedy, which was first seen in 2013 at the Festival of Independent Theatres. It runs Oct. 30-Nov. 6 at the PointBank Black Box Theatre in Denton; and Nov. 12-22 at the Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park. | Oct. 30-Nov. 6

» More info in our listing


Horror Series

Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet presents its fall show at Sammons Center for the Arts, featuring its dances inspired by the films The Red Shoes, Black Swan and Suspiria. | 8 p.m. Oct. 30

» More info in our listing


A Wretch Like Me: The Story of Amazing Grace

Presented by Puritan Productions at the Granville Arts Center, Garland. | Oct. 30-Nov. 1

» More info in our listing


Night of the Living Dead Composers

Open Classical DFW performs while dressed as zombie versions of famous composers, at the Live Oak Music Hall and Lounge in Fort Worth. | 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30

» More info in our listing


The Outsiders

Theatre Arlington presents Christopher Sergel's adaptation of the S.E. Hinton young adult classic. | Oct. 30-Nov. 8

» More info in our listing


Pinkie and Blue

An original youth show written by Joe Sturgeon, performed by Artie's Playhouse at Artisan Center Theater in Hurst. | Oct. 30-Nov. 14

» More info in our listing


You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Presented by Frisco Community Theatre at the Frisco Discovery Center Theatre. | Oct. 30-Nov. 15

» More info in our listing





Halloween Organ Spooktacular

Presented by Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson Symphony Center, with Bradley Welch at the organ on works by Grieg, Gounod, Bach and others. | 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31

» More info in our listing



Wagner's opera, performed by the Metropolitan Opera, and screened at local movie theaters in the Met: Live in HD series. | 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5

» More info in our listing




Daybreak of Freedom

Dallas Winds presents music by Bach, Hailstork, Sousa and Schwanter in the third concert of the season at the Meyerson Symphony Center | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3

» More info in our listing


Hopped Up on Goofballs Cabaret

The monthly variety show of circus performances by NY Goofs at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, Dallas. | 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3

» More info in our listing


The Importance of Being Earnest

A production of the Oscar Wilde masterpiece from London's West End, starring David Suchet as Lady Bracknell, and screened at local movie theaters. | 7 p.m Tuesday, Nov. 3

» More info in our listing




Photo: Ensemble75

Welcome to Night Vale

Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the popular Night Vale podcast, talk about their creation at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts in Richardson. | 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4

» More info in our listing


Women Composers

Ensemble75 kicks off its sixth season with works by women composers from the 19th through 21st centuries. | 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4

» More info in our listing





Backdoor Comedy Open Mike

The Backdoor Comedy Club at the Doubletree Hotel in Dallas has weekly open mike stand-up. | 8:30 p.m. Thursdays

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


Fort Worth Poetry Slams Open Mike

Host Michael Guinn leads this weekly open mike; participants earn points to see who makes it to Cowtown's award-winning national slam team. You can also just go to watch and listen. | 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 22

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


Glitterbomb Denton

A weekly queer variety show that offers the "very best drag, burlesque, queerlesque, sideshow, magic and musical talent Denton has to offer," at Mable Peabody's Beauty Parlor and Chainsaw Repair, Denton | 9:30 p.m. Thursdays

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


Mama's Party

Amy Stevenson hosts a sometimes-weekly musical theater open-mike event at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie

» More info


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 Dodie's Live on Main Street, 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




These productions will close this weekend

Photo: Buddy Myers
Denise Lee in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill at Jubilee Theatre


The Addams Family

Presented by Music Theatre of Denton at the Campus Theatre, Denton. | Closes Sunday

» More info in our listing


Bad Jews

Joshua Harmon's dark comedy presented by Stage West, Fort Worth. | Closes Sunday

» Our review


Evil Dead: The Musical

Presented by Ohlook Performing Arts Center in Grapevine. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing

Photo: Robert Hart
Evil Dead: The Musical at Ohlook Performing Arts


The Face of Emmett Till

Presented by TeCo Theatrical Productions at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center in Oak Cliff. David Barr III, who co-wrote the play with Emmett Till's mother Mamie Till-Mobley, will be in attendance at the performances Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. | Closes Sunday.

» Our review


The Ghosts of Sleepy Hollow

Presented by Dallas Children's Theater's Teen Scene Players at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts, Dallas. | Closes Saturday

» Our review


The Improvised Horror Movie

Presented by Dallas Comedy House in Deep Ellum. | Closes Saturday

» Our feature about it


Kinky Boots

Presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth at Bass Performance Hall, starring actor Jim J. Bullock. | Through Sunday

» More info in our listing


Junie B. Jones the Musical

Presented by Casa Mañana Children's Theatre at Casa Mañana. | Through Sunday

» More info in our listing


Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

Denise Lee stars as Billie Holiday in this play at Jubilee Theatre. | Closes Sunday

» Our review

» Mark Lowry's interview with Lee in the Star-Telegram

» Mark Lowry's feature on the history of Jubilee Theatre, which opened its 35th season with this show, in the Star-Telegram


Night of the Living Dead

Presented by Lakeside Community Theatre, The Colony. | Closes Saturday

» More info in our listing


The Wake

Presented by Teatro Dallas at Cedar Crest Mansion in Oak Cliff. | Closes Sunday

» Our review



Here are some must-see upcoming performances and events


  1. The Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch presents Mary Poppins | Nov. 5-22
  2. Cambalache Teatro en Español presents two plays, Epitafio y Arizona, at the Bath House Cultural Center | Nov. 6-14
  3. A tour of C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters stops at the Eisemann Center in Richardson | Nov. 6-7
  4. Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas presents The Addams Family at Irving Arts Center | Nov. 6-21
  5. Casa Mañana presents On Golden Pond | Nov. 7-15
  6. The tour of A Woman Misled comes to the Black Academy of Arts & Letters | Nov. 10-15
  7. The interesting-looking Peter Pan 360, which combines the James Barrie play with aerial feats, happens under a tent in the parking lot of what will be the Spire in the Dallas Arts District | Nov. 11-Dec. 6
  8. Dixie Longate's Dixie's Never Wear a Tube Top While Riding a Mechanical Bull (And 16 Other Things I Learned While I Was Drinking Last Thursday) comes to McDavid Studio next to Bass Hall | Nov. 11-22
  9. Stage West presents David Ives' adaptation of Jean Ragnard's The Heir Apparent | Nov. 12-Dec. 13
  10. Luckenbooth Theatre Collective premieres Blot, inspired by works by Edgar Allan Poe, at Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth | Nov. 13-22
  11. Fun House Theatre & Film presents Death of a Salesman at Plano Children's Theatre | Nov. 13-21
  12. House Party Theatre presents Pablo Picasso's Desire Caught by the Tail at Ash Studios in Fair Park | Nov. 13-23
  13. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas does Godspell | Nov. 13-Dec. 6
  14. Artisan Center Theater presents Irving Berlin's White Christmas | Nov. 13-Dec. 22
  15. Undermain Theatre presents Conor McPherson's The Night Alive | Nov. 18-Dec. 12



  1. TITAS presents Akram Khan Company at Dallas City Performance Hall | Nov. 6-7
  2. Dallas Black Dance Theatre presents Director's Choice at the Wyly Theatre | Nov. 6-8
  3. The Fort Worth Symphony presents Let's Tango, featuring dancers, at Bass Performance Hall | Nov. 6-8
  4. SMU's Meadows Dance Ensemble performs its fall concert | Nov. 11-15
  5. Bruce Wood Dance Project continues its 5Years celebration at Dallas City Performance Hall | Nov. 13-14
  6. The New York Baroque Dance Company performs with Dallas Bach Society at SMU's Caruth Auditorium | Nov. 14
  7. The Bolshoi Ballet's Jewels can be seen at the Angelika Film Centers in Dallas and Plano | Nov. 15 and 17
  8. Avant Chamber Ballet performs Nutcracker: Short and Suite at White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake | Nov. 19
  9. DGDG (Danielle Georgiou Dance Group) revives The Show About Men in the underground space at Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas | Nov. 19-22
  10. The Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker comes to SMU's McFarlin Auditorium | Nov. 20-22
  11. Ballet Frontier of Texas presents The Nutcracker at Will Rogers Auditorium, Fort Worth | Nov. 20-21
  12. Chamberlain Performing Arts presents The Nutcracker at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts | Nov. 27-29
  13. Avant Chamber Ballet presents "Holiday Celebration" at Dallas City Performance Hall | Dec. 10
  14. Texas Ballet Theater presents The Nutcracker at Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth | Dec. 11-27
  15. Collin County Ballet Theater presents The Nutcracker at Heritage High School Auditorium in Frisco | Dec. 19



  1. The Dallas Symphony presents Dvorak's Cello Concerto at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Nov. 5-8
  2. The Dallas Opera presents Tosca at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House | Nov. 6-22
  3. The University of North Texas Opera presents Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Murchison Arts Center | Nov. 6-15
  4. Dallas Chamber Music Society presents the Dover Quartet at SMU's Caruth Auditorium | Nov. 9
  5. Alessio Bax performs for the Cliburn at Kimbell Art Museum | Nov. 12
  6. The Dallas Symphony presents Berlioz's The Damnation of Faust | Nov. 12-14
  7. The Opera Lover's Broadway features Joyce DiDonato, Frederica von Stade and others in a benefit for the Dallas Street Choir | Nov. 13
  8. The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet comes to University of Texas at Dallas | Nov. 13
  9. The 3 Redneck Tenors perform at Black Academy of Arts & Letters | Nov. 13-14
  10. The Fort Worth Symphony does Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 1 at Bass Hall | Nov. 13-15
  11. The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents "Jack of Two Trades" at the Kimbell Art Museum | Nov. 14
  12. The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra comes to the Meyerson Symphony Center, presented in AT&T Performing Arts Center's Classical Criterion series | Nov. 17
  13. The Dallas Chamber Symphony performs works by Bloch, Bach and Janacek at Dallas City Performance Hall | Nov. 18
  14. Eighth Blackbird performs in the Cliburn Sessions season at Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge in Fort Worth | Nov. 19
  15. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs Holst's The Planets at the Meyerson Symphony Center | Nov. 19-22



  1. Comedian Dante is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano | Nov. 5-7
  2. DeRay Davis is at the Addison Improv | Nov. 5-8
  3. The Lone Star Film Festival runs at various venues in Sundance Square, Fort Worth | Nov. 5-8
  4. Lewis Black comes to the Majestic Theatre | Nov. 7
  5. Chingo Bling is at the Arlington Improv | Nov. 11-12
  6. Tom Rhodes comes to Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano | Nov. 12-14
  7. Bill Bellamy comes to the Addison Improv | Nov. 13-15
  8. An Evening of Laughter with Leslie Jordan is at the Majestic Theatre | Nov. 21
  9. The Last Comic Standing Tour comes to Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie | Nov. 21
  10. Nick Guerra comes to Hyena's Comedy Night Club Fort Worth | Nov. 25-28
  11. Tone Bell is at the Arlington Improv | Nov. 27-28
  12. Dustin "Screech" Diamond is at Hyena's Comedy Night Club Plano | Dec. 3-5
  13. Cocoa Brown comes to Black Academy of Arts & Letters | Dec. 11-12
  14. Lavell Crawford comes to Majestic Theatre | Jan. 9
  15. Damon Williams comes to Black Academy of Arts & Letters | Jan. 15-16


» 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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