Foo Fighters are in town. Are you going?
Foo Fighters are in town. Are you going?
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Best Things To Do in Dallas This Weekend

Friday

Ska by Skawest celebrates all things ska and punk. For its fourth year around, catch 19 bands over two days that embody elements of ska, reggae, two-tone, rocksteady, third wave and dance. Of the bands taking the stage, Denton-based The Holophonics has taken its roots as a ska cover party band to self-recording and self-releasing a 13-album discography — three of which are all original music — since 2012. With The Holophonics, Abraskadabara, Flip & the Combined Effort and more, 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, Three Links, 2704 Elm St., threelinksdeepellum.com, $15-$35. Diamond Victoria

The Trials of Sam Houston, by playwright Aaron Loeb, centers on the 1832 trial of Sam Houston after Houston attacked a congressman on the streets of Washington, D.C., with a cane. Loeb says he found an interesting entry point into the life of Houston when he learned about Jeff Hamilton, Houston’s former slave, who lived to be 101 years old. Loeb’s play takes place one night in 1936 when Hamilton recounts his story after giving a speech in Dallas at the Texas Centennial. Friday's opening night performance begins at 8 p.m. at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., and shows continue daily except Mondays through May 13. Tickets for Friday's performance start at $36 for adults. Find them and more information at dallastheatercenter.org. Monica Smart

Everybody talks about climate change, but nobody seems to do anything about it. What can we do? EarthX could be a good place to learn. The environmental expo makes a stop at Fair Park, 1121 First Ave., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The nonprofit expo will include demonstrations from organizations and companies that are taking revolutionary steps to repair the planet and showings of Nissan’s new electric car, the Leaf. Register at earthx.org for free or pay $5 at the door. Danny Gallagher

Hosting a comedy show at a big theater on Friday (aka 4/20) is a dream that few comedy groups can achieve. A group of stoners in a giggly mood and eager to buy their weight in food is the perfect audience for comedy. You won’t need to be stoned, however, to enjoy the comedy of the long-running local sketch comedy troupe Folding Chairs, which will make its first appearance at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre, 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane, at 11:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday with To Be Perfectly Blunt. The late-night show’s cast will perform original comedy sketches and improvisation on the spot using the audience’s suggestions. The group promises the evening will be filled with “Social commentary! Intrigue! Suspense! Hillbillies! Street urchins!” Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or at pocketsandwich.showare.com. Danny Gallagher

Claptone is a German DJ and EDM producer. He's released two albums since 2013 — Charmer and The Masquerade Mixes, the first having collaborations with indie outfits Peter Bjorn and John, Boxer Rebellion and others. Little is known about the ever-elusive masked and gloved Berlin native. 9 p.m. Friday, April 20, It'll Do, 4322 Elm St., 214-827-0262, $25-$30. Diamond Victoria

Charley Crockett was destined to be an outsider. A mixed-race kid born into poverty in the Rio Grande Valley, he found refuge in the in-between spaces, first among the squatters of New Orleans and then as a busker in New York’s subways. He couldn’t have been anything but a blues musician. His music is rich with Southern flavor, a musical gumbo of Delta blues, honky-tonk, gospel and Cajun jazz. It’s the manifestation of a hard-lived life, and it’s earned the attention of many in Dallas. 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., $60. Eva Raggio

Saturday

5Ks come in all flavors these days. In October, runners don lederhosen and quench their thirst not with water but with dark German beer. Then there are the color runs, the disco runs and the rubber-duck-inspired runs. But among these novel exercises in community and, well, exercise, you will find the Velvet Hammer 5K. This race features a 5K run and walk followed by an after-party where finishers are treated to three Peticolas brews of their choosing. Goal-oriented physical exertion followed by beer? Sounds about right. It's from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at 1301 Pace St. Tickets start at $40. Kathryn DeBruler

Food, music, cultural exhibits, a play zone for kids and weather that's not likely to induce heatstroke — the Asian American Culture Festival ticks all the boxes for a North Texas spring festival. Besides the food in the heart of Richardson's Chinatown, this fest kicks off with a performance by the Jiu Long Lion Dance Troupe and includes tons of other hands-on exhibits. The fest runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Dallas Chinese Community Center, 400 N. Greenville Ave. Patrick Williams

The Felling, written and directed by Mitchell Parrack, takes place in the Old West and centers on a tribe trying to decide the fate of a man who committed a horrendous act. The Ochre House Theater is presenting the world premiere of the play that is rooted in superstition and “religious disturbance.” Performances are at 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays through May 12 at 825 Exposition Ave. General admission is $17. For more information, visit ochrehousetheater.com. Paige Skinner

Record Store Day is a chance for all record-loving hipsters to gather, crate dig and talk about how digital music just doesn’t compare to vinyl. Record stores around DFW host parties, and Chief Records is no different. On Saturday, the store will have live music, beer and limited-edition vinyl releases. Bonnie Bishop, Jack Barksdale, Shotgun Rider and more will play while you sip and dig. The digging takes place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 140 E. Exchange Ave., Suite. 135, in Fort Worth. For more information, visit chiefrecordsonline.com. Paige Skinner

You know all those nice houses around White Rock Lake, the ones you stare at partly because they're fancy and partly to distract yourself from the fact that you still have 4 miles to go before you can get off your stupid bike? Here's your chance to see them up close. The 13th annual White Rock Home Tour opens up seven new modern or midcentury modern homes from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 during tour weekend, and proceeds benefit Dallas ISD's Hexter Elementary School. Purchase or pick up tickets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 9720 Waterview Road. For more information, visit whiterockhometour.com. Emily Goldstein

Ska by Skawest celebrates all things ska and punk. For its fourth year around, catch 19 bands over two days that embody elements of ska, reggae, two-tone, rocksteady, third wave and dance. Of the bands taking the stage, Denton-based The Holophonics has taken its roots as a ska cover party band to self-recording and self-releasing a 13-album discography — three of which are all original music — since 2012. With The Holophonics, Abraskadabara, Flip & the Combined Effort and more, 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, Three Links, 2704 Elm St., threelinksdeepellum.com, $15-$35. Diamond Victoria

They played a secret show in an East Dallas garage a few years ago, but the Foo Fighters have not played a large venue here in 10 years. The band continues to be a huge draw, and this show is already sold out. For those going, expect a long and intense set from Dave Grohl and his bandmates. They're touring off their latest, Concrete and Gold, but expect this set to be filled with their biggest hits, from "Everlong' to "The Pretender." People might slag Grohl for being almost everywhere in the media, from articles to documentaries, but the guy is one of a kind — a knowledgeable, entertaining and smart dude who has successfully run his band for a couple of decades now. With the Struts, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21, Starplex Pavillion, 3839 S. Fitzhugh Ave., sold out. Eric Grubbs

Sunday

The Dallas Opera Orchestra is taking a crack at Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, a work he believed to be one of his finest. Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 completes the program, led by American Andrew von Oeyen. There is just one performance: 2 p.m. Sunday at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. Tickets start at $25. For more information, visit dallasopera.org. Jonathan Patrick

The Lay Family Concert Organ at the Meyerson Symphony Center is a steampunk's dream. Rising as tall as the ceiling of the concert chamber, this bad boy has 4,535 pipes, including one 32 feet long that's big enough to stand in. Hear organist Ken Cowan power it up in all its resonating glory at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 2301 Flora St. The program includes Mozart's "Fantasia in F minor" and J.S. Bach's "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" (better known to non-classical fans as the vampire organ song), along with works by Liszt, Berlioz, Karg-Elert and Dupre. Tickets start at $19 at mydso.com. Patrick Williams

Nowadays, country music evokes a sense of cynicism in some listeners. It's been co-opted in part by the revival of a more folk-leaning sound and diluted by the cheap pop callbacks to mom and God and country, so prevalent with the Luke Bryan set. A legend like Lee Ann Womack transcends the genre. Where most pop-country acts have seemingly turned back to the analytics in search for the lowest common denominator, Womack’s 2017 release, The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone, combines a mix of modern convention with a reverence for the old days of George Jones, Nudie Suits and porch swing troubadours. Cover tracks like “Long Black Veil” and “He Called me Baby” brush the dust off of folk-country classics. “Long Black Veil” showcases the characteristic subtlety with a spacious rendition of the classic tune. Womack takes things back to basics, aiming for emotional integrity and embodying the old “three cords and the truth” method of songwriting without ignoring the impact of the modern era. Accessible and complex at the same time, Womack goes further than country, pop or Americana. She takes the best from each and breathes her soul in to each track, sparking new worlds with every verse. 7 p.m. Sunday, April 22, The Kessler, 1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346, $75. Nicholas Bostick

The New Jersey natives of punk rock trio Screaming Females just released their seventh full-length album, All At Once, which has some critics cheering its "pop-punk" sound. The band, however, doesn't note any effort on its part to create a specific sound. Spin magazine dubbed frontwoman Marissa Paternoster the 77th-greatest guitar player of all time. 7 p.m. Sunday, April 22, Dada, 2720 Elm St., 214-742-3400, dadadallas.com, $13. Diamond Victoria

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