If you're looking to pamper the cute little dependents in your life, this is a good weekend to do it. At 9:30 a.m. Saturday at The Wild Detectives (314 W. 8th St.), local actress Katherine Bourne will regale your kiddos with a selection of storybooks illustrated by Garth Williams, known for his work on Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, the Little House Series and 80 other titles. Kids in the Cliff has something for adults too: Afterward the authors of Williams' biography, Elizabeth K. Wallace and James D. Wallace, will discuss his life and work. Find more info on the free event here.
Next, take Fido with you to the Dallas Pet Expo, where you can get vaccinations at a discount and free nail trims. From 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, you can shop, learn, play and adopt at Dallas Market Hall (2200 Stemmons Freeway). Parking and admission are free.
Head to West Dallas to take in some art at 6 p.m. Saturday when Deadbolt Studios (2609 Parvia Ave.) opens its doors. Work from five painters — some new, some old, some as yet unfinished — will be on view, including figure paintings by Zeke Williams; analog paintings by Paul Winker that explore themes of technology; wabi sabi-inspired shapes from Randy Guthmiller; tropical paintings from Matt Clark; and fabric-work from Brian Ryden. Attendance is free. More info here.
Obsessed with the Netflix documentary Making a Murderer? Get to the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., at 7 p.m. Sunday, when the attorneys who defended Steven Avery — accused of murdering photographer Teresa Halbach in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin — and exposed corruption in the process will give a lecture. Dean Strang and Jerry Buting will discuss law enforcement oversight and the fairness of the criminal justice system. Tickets are $49.50.
Sprezza, the latest restaurant from master of Italian cuisine Julian Barsotti (Nonna, Carbone’s) is now open for dinner in the steadily expanding Maple Avenue Dining District (4010 Maple Ave.). The Roman tavern is a sweet spot for a date, but not at all stuffy, and the mozarella-stuffed squash blossoms doused with a tasty anchovy tomato sauce are a fine way to begin your meal.
There's a new trendy, hybrid food coming to town, and this one is guaranteed to taste good. Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie in West Village (3700 McKinney Ave., No. 150) is preparing to roll out their fancy version of the pizza roll, and if you stop by this weekend you can snag a prototype. The pizza "cruffin" is made by stuffing the bakery's leftover croissant dough into muffin tins and filling it with Luscher's Italian sausage. Drool.
How deep is your burger love? Deep enough to travel to a gas station diner in Rendon? That's where the Fuego burger awaits you. The patty is made with Angus ground chuck and seasoned with Worcester, black pepper, whole grain Dijon mustard and puréed shallots. But the toppings — a protruding ring of crispy, melted cheddar, roasted jalapeño mayo and fire-roasted green chiles — make it worth the gas money to 5ive Spice, 5595 E. FM 1187.
At the North Texas Firkin Fest, you can sample beers made the old old-fashioned way. Firkins are unfiltered and unpasteurized, which allows the yeast continue fermenting and carbonates the beer naturally. Globe Life Park (1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington) will be full of strange beer experiments from 12-5 p.m. Saturday. You'll find beer with extra hops, fruits, spices, peppers and more. The only guarantee is that enough will still get you drunk. Tickets are $11.49-$84.99.
If you find yourself downtown, give the espresso at the newly opened Cafe Victoria (2422 Victory Park Lane, No. 100) a try. Owner Luciana Gomez wants to help make coffee a ritualized, daily and affordable experience for Dallasites, like it is in her native Argentina. She's using beans from local Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters and pulling shots on a vintage La Marzocco espresso machine. The dairy averse will be pleased to know there's no upcharge for milk alternatives like soy and almond.
Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse in the West End (702 Ross Ave.) recently turned 20, so there's no better time than now to raise a glass of their most popular drink, the Front Porch Fizz. Our cocktail writer Susie Oszustowicz called the cocktail made with Fords gin, St. Germain, lemon juice, muddled strawberry and sparkling wine a "simple, light, delicious and patio-perfect cocktail." We've got the recipe for you, too.
To say that the Eagles of Death Metal have had a rough go of it lately is an understatement — their show at the Bataclan in Paris was the site of the terrorist attack that claimed dozens of lives in November. But the duo, consisting of Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and singer-guitarist Jesse Hughes, is undeterred. They'll bring their bluesy yet dancey rock 'n' roll to the House of Blues (2200 N. Lamar St.) at 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25-$35.
If you're in a festival-going mood, there are lots of throwback acts at Wildflower Festival in Richardson's Galatyn Park this weekend (2351 Performance Drive). The three-day festival — from 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 12:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday — includes performances from ASIA, the Guess Who, Survivor, Alien Ant Farm, Soul Asylum and Peter Frampton. There will also be a songwriting school for aspiring musicians, a battle of the bands competition and a "kids corner" for any little ones you have in tow. Three-day passes are $40 and single-day passes are $25. Tickets for kids aged 5-12 are $5 and kids under 4 get in free.
One week past its typical Friday the 13th date, the Elm St. Music and Tattoo Festival is taking over Deep Ellum. A pared-down version of the fest we most recently saw six months ago will still feature choice punk acts like Angelic Upstarts, Off With Their Heads and the Bouncing Souls, plus deals on tattoos from some of Dallas' best artists, and appearances by comedians and extreme body modifiers. The Scandals headline Friday night while festival co-founder Reverend Horton Heat rules Saturday evening. Tickets are $33-$53. Doors are at noon both days. To purchase and find more info on participating venues, visit elmstreettattoomusicfest.com.
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Kitchen Dog Theater has been homeless for a while now, but they've soldiered on despite that pretty major obstacle. This week their New Works Festival is returning without fail, and Undermain Theatre has graciously provided them their space. How's that for a supportive theater community? Do your part by checking out the first of two new works by Steve Yockley that the festival will premiere. Playing at 8 p.m. Friday at 3200 Main St., Blackberry Winter explores the chaotic wake of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Tickets are $20-$40 at kitchendogtheater.org.
A collaboration with Pharrell Williams kicked off the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's second Soluna Festival this week, and Soluna keeps rolling this weekend with a Spring Celebration presented by Dallas Black Dance Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Wyly Theater (2400 Flora St.). The eclectic mix of dance pieces includes a favorite work by the late Bruce Wood that's accompanied by a score from Philip Glass; a new commission from Dallas Black Dance Theatre artistic director Nycole Ray; a work that will have dancers performing on a table; and a performance by an ensemble visiting from Korea. Tickets are $27.50-$52.50.
This is your last weekend to catch Dallas Summer Musicals' production of Wicked, playing at the Music Hall at Fair Park (909 1st Ave.) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The musical, based on a novel by Gregory Maguire, is the untold story of the relationship between the two witches in The Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Tickets to one of Broadway's biggest blockbusters are $40-$179.