Best Things To Do in Dallas This Weekend

LeeAnne Locken (right) is the star of The Real Housewives of Dallas and will be the special guest at PositiviTEA Legacy Brunch.
LeeAnne Locken (right) is the star of The Real Housewives of Dallas and will be the special guest at PositiviTEA Legacy Brunch.
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Everybody’s a fan of something, and that means you’ll find something worthy of your fan love at the annual Dallas Fan Days convention at the Irving Convention Center. The annual, three-day convention celebrates everything that the modern fan loves and can’t get enough of, from television, movies, music, video games, comic books and more. The scores of fan who have already bought their tickets for the con will get to meet some of their favorite celebrity faces like actors Matt Smith from Doctor Who, wrestler Bret “The Hitman” Hart and film star Karl Urban. They’ll get to talk with some of their favorite comic book creators, including artists like Pat Broderick and Dave Dorman. They can buy everything their fan hearts desire, like T-shirts, books, games and other trinkets from hundreds of local stores and exhibitors. They can even try their hand at using their fan knowledge to escape from two specially made escape rooms based on the Harry Potter canon. Dallas Fan Days runs from Friday, Oct. 19, through Sunday, Oct. 21. Hours are 4-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. Single-day passes start at $20 per person. Three-day passes start at $60 person. Child passes start at $5 for children 6-12. Family passes start at $45 per person. Visit dallasfandays.com. Danny Gallagher

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, The Del McCoury Band, The Seldom Scene and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage — fans of the high-lonesome sound of bluegrass and fast picking are in store for an early Christmas present at the Bloomin’ Blue Grass Festival in Farmers Branch. It’s a cheap one too, as $10 in advance will score a weekend pass for a lineup that includes those bluegrass stars among a host of others. Single-day and discount passes for kids are also available at bloominbluegrass.com/tickets, where you can find the full schedule.The pickin’ and fiddlin’ kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday and lasts all day Saturday at Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Patrick Williams

A seductive Gypsy, a besotted soldier, the sexy toreador, a violent love triangle and two of the arias that most people, even those who aren’t opera fans, can recognize. This is Carmen, the 1875 opera by French composer Georges Bizet. Stéphanie d’Oustrac, Stephen Costello and Alexander Vinogradov are the three corners of the triangle in this story of how she done him wrong, produced by the Dallas Opera and opening 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $21-$229, available at tickets.dallasopera.org. Other performances are scheduled for Oct. 21, 24, 27 and Nov. 2 and 4 at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. Patrick Williams


Following their theme of focusing on alternative lifestyles and celebrating LGBT History Month, Uptown Players are presenting two smaller-scale shows. The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne stars Terry Martin, playing more than a dozen characters. Straight deals with two men trying to figure out who they are and who they want to be. Ben likes beer (he’s a banker, not a judge), sports, Emily — and Chris. Josh Bangle, Olivia Grace Murphy and Evan Michael Woods star. Playwrights are Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola. Curtain times are 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday at Bryant Hall Stage at Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Box office for tickets ($20 each play) is 214-219-2718. For information: uptownplayers.org. Reba Liner

At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, faithful from around the DFW area will descend upon what will be, for one night only, dance church. The Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., has been anointed as ground zero for the revelations contained within Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games. Kinetic deity Michael Flatley’s theatrical creation pits good against evil in a production that’s all allegory and footwork: sort of like if the Bible got blended with Mad Max, My Little Pony and Footloose. And this sermon goes a little out of the way to make its point — expect fog machines, Flatley’s brand of technically brilliant but tradition-bucking Irish dance, skin-baring costumes, unicorns and rainbows. Interested in joining the congregation? Tickets are $29 to $79 at ticketmaster.com. Jennifer Davis-Lamm

Last November, when Mariachi los Camperos played their debut Plano Symphony Orchestra performance, they received nearly an hour of encore demands. And that was after playing for only the second half of the night. This time, with a program titled “The Best of the Best,” the band, known to many for recording and touring with singer Linda Ronstadt, is taking over the entire show at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive in Richardson. They’ll knock out solos, duets, orchestral arrangements — all the songs that fans of their Grammy Award-winning and -nominated albums will be craving live. A Mariachi los Camperos show is nothing short of a celebration, and it’s safe to say the energy of the encore will add even more to the experience. Tickets are $19-$85 and are very limited, so purchase quickly. Visit planosymphony.org. Merritt Martin

This Will Destroy You creates music that was originally pegged as too similar to Explosions in the Sky. Since their second LP, Tunnel Blanket, they've made their own sound, mixing Animal Collective influences and others that don't make you say Texas Forever. With a new rhythm section in hand, the four-piece have a brand new album out called New Others Part One. They will return to the Granada, a place that has been a perfect fit for them. You have to let their music slowly seep into your bones, and it creates a feeling you can't really get with another band out there. With Steve Hauschildt. 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at Granada Theater. $20-$30. granadatheater.com. Eric Grubbs

Alt 103.7 FM is presenting a performance by alternative rock band Blue October. With a bevy of Top 40 singles and eight albums to its credit, the band has been a huge force on the indie-alternative scene since forming in the late '90s. 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, 316 W. Las Colinas Blvd., $20-$70. Jeff Strowe


Legacy Grace Project, the largest conference in the world benefiting women with HIV and AIDS, is hosting its PositiviTEA Legacy Brunch on Sunday with special guest LeeAnne Locken at The Mack Grand Ballroom at SMU, 3300 Dyer St. The brunch will be a morning full of inspiration and celebration. Locken is one of the Real Housewives of Dallas, who regularly cusses out the other women on the show and brags about all the wonderful charity work she does. Hopefully, at PositiviTEA, there will be no cussing or Champagne glass breaking, but who knows? Tickets for the event start at $75. For more information, visit positiviteadallas.org. Paige Skinner

Look, plenty of dogs enjoy wearing clothes. There’s probably no hard research to back this up, but based on casual, real-time observation, it seems as good as fact. Another thing: Pugs are clearly the breed that most enjoys Halloween costumes. Otherwise, there’s no way the DFW Pug Rescue Club would be hosting the 22nd Annual Pug-O-Ween noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St. Yes, that’s right — there have been 22 of these things complete with parade and costume contest. Plus, all the things one would expect from a pug celebration, from nail-trimming station (this is heaven sent), a kissing booth, prize wheel, bake sale, raffle and vendors selling all kinds of pug-tastic wares. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Costume contest and float parade participants are requested to sign up in advance via http://bit.ly/DFWPRC, and pre-order tickets ($8 adults, $4 kids) are available online through Friday, Oct. 19 at dfwpugs.com. Merritt Martin

The Blow isn't just an electronic music duo. Khaela Maricich started it as her solo project in 2002, and Jona Bechtolt, formerly of Yacht, joined later. The Blow now consists of Maricich and Melissa Dyne, who incorporate performance art and monologues into their sets. The Blow has released 10 albums since its conception. With Francine Thirteen, 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Ruins, 2653 Commerce St., $15. Diamond Victoria

Billy Joe Shaver is a mainstay in the outlaw country scene. He hangs out with Willie Nelson and Robert Duvall and even shot a man outside a saloon in Waco if that tells you anything about how much of a badass he is. The 79-year-old Corsicana native is a real honky tonk hero and his latest album, Long in the Tooth, came out in 2014. 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., $24 and up. Diamond Victoria

Alice in Chains just put out a new LP called Rainier Fog, so they're fresh and ready to play again. Co-frontman William DuVall has proved to be a reliable member of the band, replacing mythic original vocalist Layne Staley over 10 years ago. The rest of the band remains solid, with fellow co-frontman Jerry Cantrell harmonizing perfectly with DuVall. Though they could play things safe and play only the old stuff, the band plays material from all their albums. Lately, they've played a lot of songs from their biggest album, Dirt, so it serves as a way of embracing the past and present. 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Choctaw Casino Resort, 4216 S. Highway 69/75, Durant, Okla., $55-$70. Eric Grubbs

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