We've been looking for the pinball tables in Dallas for months. It seems they've disappeared from some of our favorite spots. But this weekend, we'll get to use our flipper fingers on the hundreds of pinball tables that will be at the Texas Pinball Festival up in Frisco. It kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday and lasts through Sunday, stretching late into the night most nights. One-day passes start at $25; weekend passes are available for $60 for adults and $35 for kids. More information at texaspinball.com.
Thursday, March 26 DFW Auto Show Here are some questions to ponder as you wander through the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St., during the annual DFW Auto Show. (And many will wander. The show's vast display of current, concept and classic cars and trucks and product exhibitors drew 400,000 last year, according to its website.) What's the likely career path of an auto-show hostess? Is hostess what you call them? Where are the best bags of free stuff? Do we really have to call the convention center by that name? Is it wrong to deliberately leave a greasy nose-print on the window of any fancy-shmancy car whose doors are kept locked (bastards)? Did that guy who got out of the car just before me drop a fart or what? These are things to occupy your mind as you take your shot at finding a seat in one of the pretty, pretty shiny things at the biggest celebration of lust in Dallas south of Northwest Highway. The show's open 4-10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for seniors and kids ages 6-12; free for ankle-biters and babies. Visit dfwautoshow.com. - Patrick Williams Pegasus Reading Series This week, you can get double the fun for, well, free. You can see Kettle Art Gallery's show, Fractal Logic 2, while also hanging around with the Wordspace poets who will read you some of their work at the Pegasus Reading Series tonight. At 7 p.m. Thursday, you'll hear from George David Clark, Lisa Huffaker, Danielle Sellers, and Glenn Shaheen.
Book Signing: Party Like a President This book by Brian Abrams chronicles our nation's leaders from "a pill-popping Richard Nixon to a tail-chasing Woodrow Wilson to a skinny-dipping JFK, and much more." Swing through the Wild Detectives at 7:30 p.m. Thursday to hear from the author and learn more than you ever wanted to know about the people who've helped form your country.
Disney on Ice: Frozen If your daughter finds out that Elsa is in town, we have a feeling she's going to drag you by the wallet to see her ice skate across the American Airlines Center. So, whether or not you allow her to find this out is entirely up to you. Disney On Ice: Frozen continues with multiple performances daily through Sunday, March 29. Tickets are $25 to $100 at ticketmaster.com. According to the mother we sent, "associated merchandise is probably equivalent to your car payment."
Laughter in the Stars The Little Prince isn't just the story of that baby Michael Jackson had with his nurse. It's a real live story. Like a book an' shit. It also happens to be Jeff Swearingen's favorite story ever. Seriously. We have a picture of his high school notebook and it's covered in "Little Prince 4EVA" doodles. Two years ago, Swearingen launched his all-children stage adaptation of the 27-chapter book at Fun House Theatre and Film (1301 Custer Road, Plano). He titled the play Laughter in the Stars and managed to keep the essence of the book, but whittled it down to a solid 90 minutes without intermission. No small feat. He's revamped the show and he's bringing it back to the stage. If it was critically acclaimed the first time, imagine what it will be like three years later. Probably perfection. Stars opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and runs through Saturday, April 4. It's an all ages show and tickets start at $10. Visit funhousetheatreandfilm.com. -Nikki Lott
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom & Donnie Darko Listen, context is everything. Is Indiana Jones' sidekick Short Round in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom a bit ... um ... un-P.C. by today's standards? Perhaps. Is the film's depiction of Hinduism and India on par with, say, a Three Stooges short's portrayal of bone-wearing African tribesmen? Maybe. And is Kate Capshaw a huge step down from Karen Allen as female lead after Raiders of the Lost Ark? Oh, hell yes. But just remember two things: The movie was made in 1984 and IT'S NOT KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL! Thank God for tender mercies and thank Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., for giving you the chance to see the second best Indiana Jones movie for only a $3 cover, plus $3 shots and beer specials, which will come in handy if watching the movie stirs up any Crystal Skull-related PTSD flashbacks. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. It will be followed by Donnie Darko at 9 p.m. The show's for those 21 and older. Visit granadatheater.com. -Patrick Williams Friday, March 27
Diavolo As mesmerized as humans are with the possibilities of outer space exploration, we often seem to avoid examining the space and environment directly around our bodies. Dancers serve as our earthbound pioneers. Diavolo -- whose tag is "Architecture in Motion" -- offers a unique exploratory adventure for dancers and audiences alike, employing unique props as inspiration and motivation for choreography. TITAS presents Diavolo's Fluid Infinities 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. While "there is no narrative," according to artistic director Jacques Helm, Fluid Infinities dancers perform on and around a dome structure -- and its reflection -- to explore themes of space, future and, naturally, movement. A times the dome resembles the moon, a hive, an intergalactic vehicle and the brain. There may be no narrative here, but the physical and visual cues are a mental and emotional workout. And that's nothing new for Diavolo. Fluid Infinities is the final piece of the trilogy L'Espace du Temps, which previously examined identity, chaos, deconstruction, reconstruction and more. Perhaps we can explore our own domes through dance with a looksee at Diavolo's. Tickets are $55-$75. Visit attpac.org. - Merritt Martin
Spring Fling Burlesque Revue March is not going out like a lamb this year, not if the ladies of La Divina Productions have anything to do with it. They're planning on wrapping the month up with a big bang during the Spring Fling Burlesque Revue, at 9 p.m. Friday. Their fevered tribute to the season of renewal will be a blossoming, blooming celebration at The Kessler, 1230 West Davis St., featuring burlesque legend Shannon Doah, plus Ruth Ordare, Ruby Joule, Donna Denise and La Davina. See them peel away the winter doldrums one layer at a time, then welcome sunny skies and warm temps with a shimmy, a shake and open arms. Tickets are $25 to $180 at prekindle.com. - Jennifer Davis-Lamm
Bike In Movie Want to watch a movie by the Trinity River? You're gonna have to bike for it. This weekend RAFT, the group that's planning events along the Santa Fe Trestle Trail, teams up with the Texas Theatre for a Bike-In Movie where they will screen the award-winning documentary, Yakona, which chroincles the history of the San Marcos River. The screening starts at 8 p.m. Friday, so pack up your blankets, balance them on your handlebars and bike to roughly Moore Park (1900 E. 8Th St.). There will be beer on site, but they're encouraging you to pack your own provisions. More at facebook.com/TrinityRAFT.
Desserts After Dark Adulthood is largely overrated, with a few exceptions. Those make up a short list, to be sure, but high up is the ability to eat dessert whenever you damn will please. You don't have to finish your broccoli or behave yourself at the dinner table. You can act like a jerk all day long if you want to and then leave your house at midnight in pajamas to go get a pint of ice cream. It is an honor and a privilege that never gets old. The 2015 Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival recognizes that our love of dessert knows no limitations and serves it up after-hours during their Late Night Desserts After Dark event at 9 p.m. Friday in the Renaissance Worthington Hotel, 200 Main St. Sugar fanatics can indulge in decadent creations from the area's best pastry chefs, including Katherine Clapner from Dude, Sweet Chocolate; Kari Crowe from Melt; Sweet Lucy's Pies' Lindsey Lawing; and many more. Local mixologists will also be on hand to contribute their own sweet creations. Tickets to the event are $45; see facebook.com/FortWorthFoodandWineFestival. - Jennifer Davis-Lamm
Théorie Magazine Launch Party A lot of publications have been popping up around Dallas lately it seems. Théorie, a fashion magazine, releases its 3rd issue this month, which is their Girl Power issue. The release party takes place at That That from 8 -11 p.m. Free admission. Magazines on sale.
Saturday, March 28
360 Speaker Series: Ivan Navarro You know those art pieces in NorthPark Center with the ladder that seems to stretch up into the sky? The "This Land is Your Land" artist, Ivan Navarro will speak about those pieces at the Nasher Sculpture Center at 2 p.m. Saturday. The talk is free for members; RSVP requested.
Rockers vs. Mods History is full of great rivalries: David vs. Goliath, Patton vs. Rommel, Kanye vs. mankind's tolerance. But none is more heated than the rivalry between people who ride motorcycles and people who ride scooters. Both are excellent modes of transportation, and yet their fans can't seem to get along. To hear the opposite side tell it, motorcyclists are meatheads who use ridiculously loud transmissions to compensate for insecurity, while scooter-riders are mochaccino-sipping hipsters who wouldn't last a day in "The Suck." (It's possible they're both right.) The annual Rockers vs. Mods brings these two factions together with booze and live music, two things that can unite the most strident of enemies. At 11 a.m. Saturday, scooter riders will meet at Vespa Dallas (4717 Greenville Ave.) and motorcycle riders will meet at RPM Cycles (14000 N. Stemmons Freeway) for the big ride to a secret meeting spot where live performances by the Ape Hangars, Dangits, the Phuss and Rude King Skal will take place. The festivities continue on Sunday with a brunch at BuzzBrews (2801 Commerce St.) and another ride to another party. Entry fees are $35 per rider, but you can spectate for free. More information at rockersvsmods.com/dallas-rvm. - Danny Gallagher
La La Land Revisited There seems to be a great deal of conversation about the ties between music and art, which will be the focus of a one-night exhibition at Circuit 12 Contemporary. Scott Tucker, the frontman for local band The Orange, opens a solo exhibition of work inspired by musical creation. He describes the works on display -- focused on the color blue, which stands opposite to orange in the natural color wheel -- as the physical expressions of his musical work. See the work and hear The Orange perform during the opening reception at 7 p.m. Saturday.
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Mudbug Crawfish Boil Here in the South, odds are you'll end up at a crawfish boil at some point: It's a rite of spring, an excuse to drink a lot of beer and a place where eating to excess is encouraged. In other words, Google a short tutorial on how to eat the little suckers and come hungry. The 2015 Mudbug Bash Crawfish Boil from 2 until 8 p.m. Saturday is just the place to dive in. Nearly 4,000 pounds of the kinda-shrimp, kinda-lobster delicacy will be on hand during a Cajun-tinged festival for the whole family. Aside from all the delicious crustaceans, there'll be beer (of course); live music from Rebirth Brass Band, Texas Cotton Kings and Juke; zydeco dance contests; armadillo races; and more experiences that'll make even crawfish neophytes feel right at home. The event will be held at Main Street Garden, 1920 Main St. Tickets are $15 to $42 at eventbrite.com. - Jennifer Davis-Lamm
Jokes and Jazz Maximizing nights out is the best. Once kids are corralled, the house is panic-cleaned for the sitter's arrival and grown-ups are scrubbed of lingering baby snot and dog fur, getting out of the house becomes a race to cram in all of the fun times. Usually, there's time for dinner and only one other stop -- so Jokes and Jazz is a date-night dream come true. The fundraiser for service organization The Links Inc. is a two-fer combo of comedy and music. Jokes are handled by comedian Tommy Davidson (of In Living Color fame), while jazz flutist and vocalist Bobbi Humphrey takes the reins for the funk- and soul-infused musical portion of the show. Get serious bang for your night at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. Tickets are $50 to $100 at attpac.org. - Jennifer Davis-Lamm
A Flexible Arrangement Nathan Green has had a great year. This Dallas-based artist is showing throughout the city and the world, and is a name you need to know. This weekend, he flexes his curatorial muscles with a group exhibition that explores "the ways that a photograph can exaggerate, mask, and distort reality." He brings together the work of six artists, including Dallas-based Kevin Todora and several members of Austin-based collective Okay Mountain, of which Green is a member. See the work at Gray Matters (113 N. Haskell) during the opening reception 6-9 p.m. Saturday.
Sunday, March 29 Out of Print Shortly after Julia Marchese landed her dream job at Hollywood's The New Beverly Cinema, she read a memo from Hollywood film studios stating movies would no longer be made or distributed in 35mm. Worried, Marchese began a petition and received 10,000 signatures to keep 35mm films available to the public. Her next quest was to raise enough money to film a documentary. Her feature-length documentary Out of Print tells a story about how important The New Bev is to its audience, as well as the film industry in general. While everything is quickly turning to digital, Marchese wants to tell a different story: why 35mm film is so important. Texas Theatre (231 W. Jefferson Blvd.) is hosting a screening of Out of Print at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10. Visit thetexastheatre.com. - Paige Skinner