Thursday, February 27
We don't get why so many movie stars spend their time off being comedians. They have to leave their Cribs-worthy houses, live out of suitcases and try to sound fresh and original telling the same jokes night after night in smoky clubs to a bunch of people trying to get hammered on watered-down liquor. When asked, they'll probably give the same heartwarming line as Dave Chappelle: "I could be out doing movies. It's fun. It's lucrative. But comedy is more personal." Well, thanks, Dave for thinking of us little folks. Now we get to pay $20 to $30 to see you in person instead of $7 to $10 to see you on the big screen. Chappelle performs as Blackzilla during his latest back-to-his-roots comedy tour. Dallas shows take place at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St. Call Ticketmaster at 214-373-8000.
Friday, February 28
Sam Donaldson will never be sighted trick-or-treating on Embassy Row in a pirate costume. Well, at least not as long as he wants to keep his job. But, down the channel from ABC on Comedy Central, The Daily Show correspondents are encouraged to don a pointed hat and eye patch--especially when they're on the clock. So we'll always remember Ed Helms, who also does the "Ad Nauseam" and "Mark Your Calendar" segments, as that guy who tried to collect Bazooka gum and bite-size Snickers from foreign embassies. For one night, he'll use his training in comedy to raise money for Texas Christian University, performing solo at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. in Room 141N of the Moudy Building at University and Cantey in Fort Worth. Tickets are $15 for the public and $8 for students. Call 817-257-7630.
Saturday, March 1
Out in the country--away from the shopping mall parking lots, 7-Eleven signs and high-beam porch lights--there are these almost magical, bright, sparkly things. We think they're called stars. It's hard for city folk to understand, we know. File 'em next to Bigfoot and UFOs. During Spring Star Watch, the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center will not only identify these "stars," but also show how groups of them form "constellations." From 5 p.m. to midnight, Dr. Michael Hibbs of Tarleton State University's planetarium will talk about the spring night sky, then lead a session of star watching and looking for Orion, Ursa Major, Ursa Minor and other constellations. Admission is $35 and also includes a chuckwagon dinner. For $10 more, visitors can stay overnight in the bunkhouse. Two-hour scenic drives through the park and sanctuary are also available. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 2155 County Road 2008, Glen Rose. Call 254-897-2960.
Sunday, March 2
Save the green beer, shamrock-print neckties and Kiss Me, I'm Irish buttons for St. Patrick's Day. They're about as welcome at the North Texas Irish Festival as authentic Irish food would be at Bennigan's. The festival, which would be turning old enough to drink Guinness if it were a person, focuses on the real Celtic culture. There are traditional and modern Irish bands (The Glengarry Bhoys, The Blarney Brothers and Patrick Ball among them), dance troupes, vendors of Celtic wares, food and drinks and crafts and activities. Also this year, the festival features a Scottish village with information from various clans and a display on how Hispanic and Irish cultures are related. The North Texas Irish Festival takes place in Fair Park inside the Automobile and Centennial buildings and around the Hall of State and main gate near Parry Avenue from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 each day, or $25 for an all-weekend pass. Children 11 and under get in free. Call 214-821-4173.
Monday, March 3
The only thing we can tell you about former Dallas Mavericks player Jason Kidd is that he's good. And to prove that he's good, he'll compete against a bunch of fans of The Ticket Sportsradio 1310 during the Jason Kidd Super Shot Challenge at Dave & Buster's. In the free-throw contest, 64 players will compete until only four are left. Those finalists will compete against Kidd with the highest scorer bagging a $300 Dave & Buster's Power Card, a Kidd-autographed jersey and two tickets to a Mavericks game. The Ticket's own George Dunham and Craig Miller host the event, which starts at 7 p.m. with finals beginning at about 8:30 p.m. Dave & Buster's, 10727 Composite Drive. Call 214-353-0620.
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Tuesday, March 4
Fat Tuesday is the final day of indulgence before Lent and those weeks and weeks of good behavior in anticipation of the Easter Bunny bearing chocolate eggs. Or of celebrating Christ's resurrection. Your pick. So, join lots of other people getting out their jollies (and possibly some usually covered flesh) before goody-two-shoes time at these cathartic events. First, the Historic Greenville Avenue Business Association hosts the Mardi Gras Pub Crawl, beginning at The Blarney Stone at 6:30 p.m. and ending at The Beagle much, much later after visiting Dirty Dave's, Suede's, Whisky Bar and Soul II Soul. Tickets are $10 from any of the venues and include drink specials, a buffet and a gift bag with T-shirt. Call 1-888-223-5549. Also, the Alliance for the West End benefits from the West End Mardi Gras Parade, taking place along Market and Munger streets from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a parade, trinket tossing, live entertainment and a party at the Plaza at The Shops at West End MarketPlace. Call 214-741-7185.
Wednesday, March 5
According to the Texas Independence Day Mini-Film Festival, the Lone Star State can be summed up with alcoholic country music stars, oil wells, love triangles, guys in coonskin caps and gunfights. Throw in the Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, and we think they've got everything covered. The three-day movie tribute starts with Tender Mercies, starring Robert Duvall as a once-famous singing cowboy who loses everything and must rebuild his life with the help of a young widow and her son at the motel she owns. It screens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $4. The next night includes a reception honoring Texas Rangers (the peace officers, not the ball players) and the film Giant with Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean. Admission is $5. Friday night's feature is The Alamo, directed by and starring John Wayne, and is part of the Dinner & A Movie series. A Tex-Mex buffet will be served at 6 p.m. The Alamo starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the meal and the movie, or just $4 for the movie. Festival passes are $25. Palace Arts Center, 300 S. Main St., Grapevine. Call 817-410-3100.