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Monday, June 2
Andre Watts André Watts' big break came when he was just 16 years old. In 1963, Leonard Bernstein invited the tall, lanky teenager to make his professional debut with the New York Philharmonic. Almost overnight the young African-American/Hungarian pianist was a classical sensation, selling records and traveling the world as a performer. Now in his 60s, Watts has evolved from teenage phenom to keyboard veteran. Over the last five decades he has performed with all the world's major orchestras and given recitals in nearly every famous concert hall. Watts comes to Dallas on Monday, as part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House Recital Series. Starting at 7:30pm, he'll give a performance that spans the history of keyboard music, beginning with the light, bubbling sounds of Domenico Scarlatti's baroque sonatas and ending with the rich romantic melodies of Franz Listz's "Transcendental Étude No. 10." The Winspear Opera House is located at 2403 Flora St. in the downtown Dallas Arts District. Tickets range from $20-$70 and can be purchased by calling 214-880-0202 or visiting attpac.org. - Katie Womack
Booth We know what happened after Kennedy's assassination. The stories of Oswald and Ruby live in infamy. But the stories of John Wilkes Booth's run from the law didn't quite make it into our American folk lore. Lincoln's assassin is the subject of Booth, the new play by Steven Walters and Erik Archilla, which takes the stage at Second Thought Theatre tonight at 7:30 p.m. It's a magnified, mostly true, take on the person of Booth and his band of outlaws. Tickets for Monday night performances are pay-what- you-can and available at secondthoughttheatre.com. All shows performed in Bryant Hall, 3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard.
Tuesday, June 3 Mama Mia! This hit musical is still going strong almost 15 years after its first production. The story of a young bride searching for her father goes haywire when she invites three men to her wedding whom her mother mentioned in her diary. Sure the plot may seem hokey and the music of ABBA may seem an odd choice for a musical, but it's an infectious show that's won over the hearts (mostly, female) of theater-goers around the world. See it at the Music Hall at Fair Park at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday or Wednesday. Tickets are on sale at dallassummermusicals.com.
Jersey Boys Over in Fort Worth a different kind of jukebox musical opens at the Bass Hall Tuesday night. The music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons serves as the backdrop for a musical about the band's career. The ups and downs of show business and friendships has all the drama necessary for a hit musical. Tickets available at basshall.com.
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Thank You A Lot Screening One of the films that premiered at the Dallas International Film Festival returns to the Angelika Film Center with the star and real-life country singer James Hand in attendance. The indie film Thank You A Lot chronicles the Austin music sing through the eyes of a struggling musician manager (Blake DeLong) on the brink of ruin, whose last chance comes in the form of a country singer, played by Hand. DeLong will also be in attendance. See it at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 Mockingbird Ln. Tickets are $11.
Wednesday, June 4
Barbecue Apocalypse At the end of the season, theaters like to go out with a bang, but Kitchen Dog Theater is taking this to a new extreme. As the headliner of the New Works Festival, Barbecue Apocalypse chronicles the end of the world, as experienced at a backyard cookout. Come hungry for the newest play from hometown playwright Matt Lyle, directed by company artist Lee Trull. The 8 p.m. Wednesday performance is pay what you can for the first 25 people, so line up early. Full price tickets available at kitchendogtheater.org.
Campbell Green DSO concert The Dallas Symphony Orchestra continues its park concert series with a free concert at Campbell Green Park, 16600 Park Hill Dr. Pack a picnic and listen to classic symphonic music, some film hits and other popular fare. The concert starts at 8 p.m.