Things To Do

21 Things To Do in Dallas This Week

Charley Crockett plays the Majestic Theatre on Friday.
Charley Crockett plays the Majestic Theatre on Friday. Mikel Galicia

Docs, shots and songs — Thin Line Fest has them all Wednesday through Sunday at a variety of locations in Denton. The festival offers free general admission for a host of events, including a documentary film fest, a series of live music and a photography exhibition. Films (primarily shown at Campus Theatre, 214 W. Hickory St., and Movie Tavern, 916 W. University Drive) include docs on photographer Garry Winogrand, the Boston Marathon, the NYPD12 whistleblowers and the environmental threat facing Kiribati. Jessie Frye, Felt & Fur, Party Static, Kwinton Gray, Richard Gilbert and others play various venues, including Dan’s Silverleaf, Harvest House and Andy’s. While the festival is free, there are registration options available: For the $19 supporter package, get discounts, merch credit and members-only news; for the $49 streaming package, get the supporter benefits plus livestream access; and for the $99 VIP package, get VIP discounts, exclusive events, green room hospitality and priority access. More information is available at Merritt Martin


Direct from Broadway, Amazing Grace the Musical plays at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday. Three words best describe the presentation based on a true story: romance, rebellion and redemption. If you're a churchgoer, you can probably sing all four verses of "Amazing Grace," penned by John Newton, English Anglican clergyman and slave trader in the 1700s. Even if your Sundays don't include church, you have no problem humming what some people call "the world's most beloved song." Tickets range from $36-$64. Purchase at or call 972-744-4650. Reba Liner

If you’re in the shadow of a ravenous, deadly and far too active volcano, living each day like it’s the last takes on new meaning. That’s the premise of Pompeii!! When you're going to be consumed by hot lava eventually, things like common sense get thrown right out the window. The actors of Kitchen Dog Theater’s reimagined Italian hot spot are narcissistic, pleasure-seeking, vaudeville-lovin’ riots. They tap-dance, sing and find any excuse to party their ashes off. Catch this exuberant satire in its world premiere at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through May 6. Tickets to the performance at 2600 N. Stemmons Freeway, Suite 180, are $15 to $30 at Jennifer Davis-Lamm

Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival brings the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Poo Live Crew, red velvet fried Oreos and nut sacks, ceramicists and glitter-face-tattoo artists alike to Cowtown from Thursday through Sunday. Music on Main bold-face names include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Gary Hobbs and Brave Combo. The festival is free to attend in downtown Fort Worth between the Tarrant County Courthouse to the north, near which you’ll find the food and beer, and the Fort Worth Convention Center to the south, where you’ll find the wine, main entertainment stage and more beer. The fest employs a $1-apiece coupon scheme. You can get a price break if you buy 240 coupons for a mere $228. With $16 burritos and $9 frozen custards, that should last your family roughly an hour. Visit for the full lineup. Jesse Hughey

The legend of Bob Marley lives on through the relentless touring schedule of the Wailers. Just to be clear, though, these aren’t the original Wailers. However, a few of them played with Marley after his most iconic releases and after original members of the band left. These Wailers are also renowned for their live shows and deliver fantastic renditions of classic hits from the Marley catalog. Their Grammy-nominated works bear Latin and jazz influences. 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19, Canton Hall, 2727 Canton St.,, $31.50. Mikel Galicia


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 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 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 who are already 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, who will make their 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 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


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.-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 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 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 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.,, $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


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 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 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,, $13. Diamond Victoria
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Paige Skinner has written for the Dallas Observer since 2014.
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