Dancin' in the streets
As if East Dallas residents don't have enough block parties already, the Lakewood Street Fair & Dance promises to give locals another excuse to get drunk in the streets, or rather, the parking lots around the Lakewood shopping center. But seeing how it's a street fair and dance, you have to wonder if anybody will actually be doing any dancing. It's a fairly eclectic musical lineup that mirrors the funky independent spirit of the neighborhood. Let's look at the musical acts and try to figure out if any of them will actually inspire any sort of movement, be it foot tapping or full-on body slamming. First up: The twangy country tunes of Nancy Moore and the Light Sweet Crude Band will most likely get the older folks and any Wrangler-wearers politely two-stepping around in circles. Kenny and the Kasuals are a rock-and-roll oldies cover band, so brace yourself for a lot of Beatles and Stones tunes and some awkward old dudes doing that embarrassing white-guy shuffle. The Dallas Jazz Orchestra specializes in, well, jazz obviously, so you can tap your foot along with the beat as you wait in line for another beer or the bathroom. And finally, Denton's hard-rock hellions the Feds should scare away most of the over-30 types at the end of the night and let the kids tear each other up for a little while in the mosh pit. So, yeah, the street fair should inspire music lovers and the rhythmically challenged to at least attempt to get their groove on. Just hope nobody throws out his hip. The Lakewood Street Fair & Dance takes place Saturday from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Lakewood Theater, 1825 Abrams Parkway. Admission is free. Call 214-821-SHOW or visit www.lakewoodtheater.com. --Jay Webb
Sometimes children die. That is hard enough for adults to process, but what about the kids who suddenly have an empty space in their classroom, at their lunch table and in their hearts? The initial response to childhood tragedies is often to ignore the problem or gloss it over. Katherine Paterson, author of books such as Bridge to Terabithia, does neither. She reaches out to young readers with stories that don't pretend that the world is always fair, and generations of readers are grateful for that. Paterson reads at 3 p.m. May 1 at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., as part of the Arts & Letters Live series. Admission is $7 to $10. Call 214-922-1219 or visit www.dallasmuseumofart.org. --Stephanie Durham
There will be no waving from the sidelines at this one: You are the parade. During World Theatre Day, performers of all types can get together and celebrate the arts. Interpreted by the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Undermain Theatre as Masked March on Main, this loud, raucous, public party through Deep Ellum will travel down Main Street west to Good-Latimer Expressway and back. North Texas performers such as Chin Woo Drum and Lion Dance Ensemble and the Djely West African Drummers and Dancers will march with families and local arts groups in this third annual event. The march gathers April 30 at 11 a.m. at the Undermain, 3200 Main St., and moves at noon. Call 214-747-5515 or visit www.undermain.com. --Danna Berger
In Waco, the nearest city to my tiny hometown that was showing Batman in the summer of 1989, there was a line that completely wrapped around the shopping center where the theater was--and that was for tickets for the next weekend's screenings. This went on for months, so I didn't get to see Batman until just before Christmas. Good thing it was worth the wait. No one made a better Batman--or Bruce Wayne, for that matter--than Mr. Mom's Michael Keaton. Sounds weird now, and even weirder then, but it's true. And they never found a villain to match Jack Nicholson's Joker. "You ever dance with the devil by the pale moonlight?" Get another chance this weekend at the Inwood Theatre's Midnight Movie on Friday and Saturday at 5458 W. Lovers Lane. Tickets are $7.50. --Zac Crain
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