If you don’t have tickets to a festival, a concert or a play over the next week in Dallas, you’re not even trying. Like at all. Because the local culture docket is crammed and jammed with all manner of events, take advantage of mild(ish) weather, sunny outlooks and the creativity that flows with springtime. We’ve boiled it down to a few offerings so that it’s easy pickings, no matter where your interests lie:
Soluna: A Musician's View
7 p.m. Monday, May 16
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
2301 Flora St.
Ever wondered what it’s like to be up on the stage, under the lights and inside the music? Here’s your chance: This special chamber music concert makes space for the audience onstage, during performances of works from Mozart, Debussy, Janacek and Richard Strauss. This immersive musical experience lets you see firsthand what happens up front and center, kicking off the Soluna Festival — a 21-day multi-disciplinary music and art festival. Visit myDSO.com/soluna for more information.
Dark Moon Poetry and Arts
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17
The Wild Detectives
314 W. 8th St.
The Women Galore festival continues with this all-female presentation from local poetry collective Dark Moon Poetry and Arts. This reading and performance art exhibition features words from A. Kendra Greene, meira, Sacred Udders, and art from Francine Thirteen. Expect feminine energy, a celebration of the mystical and a little bit of literary sorcery.
Crossroads of Texas Film Festival
11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 18
Waxahachie, Texas (varying locations)
$125 VIP passes, $10 for individual screenings
Head a little ways down south to experience this love letter to Texas films and music as Waxahachie plays host to four days of movies, panels and special guests. All screenings are musicals, music documentaries or feature musicians in the cast: Wednesday's schedule, for example, includes an 11:30 a.m. panel with Jack Ingram, Joe Ely and Bruce Robison, plus a 3 p.m. screening of Selena. Buy your tickets at crossroadsoftxff.com.
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Kiss the Boys
8 p.m. Thursday, May 19
Addison Conference and Theater Center
15650 Addison Road
Love murder mysteries, but find most whodunits a little too tame? We’ve found your cup of (potentially poisonous) tea. In the delightfully R-rated Kiss the Boys, Mark-Brian Sonna Productions puts audiences on the edge of their seats waiting to find out not who committed a crime, but whether a diabolical plot to off an old nemesis or two will ever come to fruition. Things are more madcap than mayhem as a gay couple hosts a dinner party with the intention of poisoning a select few martinis. Unfortunately for the would-be killers, things don’t work out as planned, making for a funny and hair-raising turn of events.
Main Street Fest
11 a.m. Friday, May 20
Historic Downtown Grapevine
Free from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Grapevine has your spring festing locked down with their epic and annual Main Street Fest. From 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday, Main Street in historic downtown Grapevine will fill up with all the food and wine, live music and family attractions you could ask for. Find a robust selection of craft beer to sample as part of the Gaylord Texan’s Craft Brew Experience. Fill up shopping bags with wares from local vendors and artisans, or view art galleries and working studios along the route. Have a blast at the carnival and midway, or let the kids go wild with games, petting zoos and other activities in the KidZone. If you’re an early bird on Friday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., admission is free. Otherwise, adults are $7 and kids and seniors will be $5. Weekend passes for $15 are also available. To buy tickets or find more information, visit grapevinetexasusa.com.