William Shatner, transformed man
William Shatner is hot. He pulled off the whole John Travolta comeback bit right under everyone's noses with ABC's slick Boston Legal, and he even won an Emmy for the show. And his shtick on the recent AFI tribute to George Lucas was, in a word, brilliant. Now, the former Captain Kirk is coming to grace the citizens of Dallas. The Lakewood Theater kicks off October with Charles Band's Full Moon Horror Road Show featuring the Shatner himself. This one-night only show is a horror-palooza of sorts. Cult horror film director Charles Band packs his shows to the brim with puppets, creatures and rare film clips. His son, singer Alex Band from The Calling, will also be joining the roster along with a surprise celebrity guest from Charles' past films. Like Roger Corman, Band was there at the beginning of some of today's big Hollywood names. Who can forget Demi Moore in 1982's Parasite or Viggo Mortensen in his 1988 production Prison? Throw in the mix Oscar winner Helen Hunt, Kelly Preston and director Renny Harlin, and one can only give thanks to the visionary for paying it forward with such luminaries. But back to the show. Not only will you interact with the Band Family and Shatner, you can take home a piece of the action. The event lists "bizarre audience participation" on the agenda along with Q&A and signing sessions, an original puppet and doll auction and the chance to be "killed" in an upcoming feature by Band's production company Full Moon. And then it's on to fame and fortune...just like Demi. Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Lakewood Theater, 1825 Abrams Parkway. Tickets are available for $27 through Ticketmaster at 214-373-8000 or 972-647-57000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. --Rich Lopez
Welcome to The O.Z.
Looking back at The Wizard of Oz, you might conclude that Dorothy was kind of a brat. She ran away from home, snapped at her elders, killed some witches and ran off with someone else's shoes. Maybe the Wicked Witch of the West wasn't really such a villain as much as she was a victim. You can find out her true nature in the upcoming musical Wicked, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals as this year's hot ticket at the State Fair. The story details her unlikely friendship with Glinda during their school days pre-Dorothy. If her green complexion amidst her classmates didn't lead her to the dark side, it was probably Glinda's perky-perfect popularity. Darn those blondes! Wicked runs October 6 through October 23 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Tickets ($32 to $74) are available through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 214-373-8000 or 972-647-5700.
--Rich LopezWhat You Wish For
Cinderella's fairy godmother has some competition these days. The mAAgic Foundation wished for money to fly kids to Orlando, and its guardian spirit turned out to be the Turtle Creek Chorale. Help give this story a happily-ever-after ending by bringing the whole family to this magical evening at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., at 6 p.m. Sunday. The Music, Magic & Wishes Come True concert gets rolling with face painting, clowns, magicians and food, then a TCC performance that celebrates "A Day in the Life of a Child." A portion of the proceeds benefits Wishflight, which serves children who suffer from life-threatening illnesses. Tickets start at $40. Call 214-526-3214 or visit www.turtlecreek.org. --Danna BergerGroucho Lives
Listen to any of Groucho Marx's classic one-liners and you can't help but give a little chuckle. Expect the same during An Evening with Groucho because Frank Ferrante, who stars (as well as writing and directing the play), is called "the greatest living interpreter of Groucho Marx's material," having won acclaim from Morrie Ryskind (who co-wrote the Marx brothers' Animal Crackers and A Night at the Opera) and Groucho's son Arthur, who directed Ferrante on Broadway in Groucho: A Life in Revue. The play runs October 11 through October 16 at the Eisemann Center in the Galatyn Park Urban Center at 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson. Tickets are $29 to $35. Call 972-744-4650. --Kelsey Guy