No Burden

This Beast is a stormy success

Ay Caramba

Better late than never
Hey, guess what? There's even more ballet folklorico coming to Dallas. Who said there wasn't an endless supply? But there's really nothing better than watching an evening's worth of traditional performances telling the story of the Mexican people's victory over those French bastards at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Yeah, nothing. The Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico Company performs Caribbean Freedom, an extravaganza of dance in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Monday through Wednesday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Majestic Theater. Call 214-880-0181. --Leah Gerchario

Gettin' Horn-y

Wear safety goggles if you have dinner reservations this weekend at the Fairmont's Pyramid Room. The delicate crystal at each and every place setting is sure to shatter when the Dallas Symphony Orchestra cranks up Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at the Meyerson with Berlioz's Requiem. Four brass ensembles, 16 tympani and tenor Stanford Olsen fronting the DSO chorus may bust a goblet and, in fact, wake the dead, in keeping with Berlioz's spectacular theatrical interpretation of the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead. Tickets for the 8 p.m. performances May 8 through May 10 are $15 to $100 and are available by calling 214-692-0203. --Annabelle Massey Helber

Gotta Have Soul

Ruthie Foster is soulful. Whether she's singing one of her originals or covering a Sam Cooke tune, she can captivate a crowd with a voice that fills a room till you're afraid to breathe, worried the walls may burst. She's that powerful. The sad part is, in the grand scheme of things, not too many know her talent. Fortunately for us, on May 12, the Irving Arts Center is bringing Foster to North Texas for its Monday Cabaret series. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on the Carpenter Performance Hall stage, and tickets range from $20 to $25. 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. Call 972-252-ARTS. --Rhonda Reinhart

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