Can They Kick It?
A new tribe tries
For a moment, we put everything on hold: The University of Texas at Dallas was bringing in A Tribe Called Quest for its first outdoor music festival. They would play alongside Cowboy Mouth, Mest and a handful of local bands, including Centro-Matic, Slobberbone and Zac Maloy. A. Tribe. Called. Quest. Our favorite hip-hop group ever. One of the best ever. And then we found out that, instead of A Tribe Called Quest, it was a band that could be more accurately named A Tribe Called Question Mark: Phife Dawg and Jarobi, the latter of which was barely a member of the group. No Q-Tip. No Ali Shaheed Muhammad. So, oh well. It's still free, and there are still some good local acts on the bill. The festival begins at 3 p.m. on the UTD campus, 2601 N. Floyd Road in Richardson, next to the McDermott Library. Call 972-883-6438. --Zac Crain
We like bad movies. And bad movies about music/dancing are even better. Footloose, Staying Alive and Eddie and the Cruisers are just a few we'll own up to. The tunes suck us in every time. That's why Theatre Quorum's Be My Baby caught our attention. The play revolves around "naïve girls who want to go to the 'Chapel of Love' but who end up pregnant and alone." Their stories are sad, but their songs (courtesy of the 1960s girl groups) are far from it. So even if Be My Baby turns out to be bad, it's still pretty good. April 10 through April 26, Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway. Call 972-216-8131. --Rhonda Reinhart
Light the Fire
First things first...can we all agree that the world is a bit darker without the full-time artistic commitment of Michael "Feet of Flames" Flatley? The graceful consummation of both Siegfried and Roy has left a void in the glam/folk line dancing department. But those who still love to see a professional rug being cut would be well served to note Burn the Floor, the latest of the Broadway in Dallas Contemporary Series. Burn the Floor brings together internationally renowned performers who combine the precision and class of ballroom dancing with the energy of rock and roll. Remember, oh cultured one, "dance" doesn't always include a pole, gyrating G-strings and Def Leppard. It's also represented by the waltz, mambo and tango, and the 32-plus pros involved intend to showcase each and then some during the multimedia event. After numerous sold-out shows worldwide, are you actually going to miss your cha-cha-chance? It's a one-week stint and can be experienced at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Tickets range from $19 to $51. Call 214-373-8000. --Matt Hursh