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Best Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend

The Crystal Method play Stereo Live Friday.
The Crystal Method play Stereo Live Friday. Chapman Baehler
Fri 1/19
American electronic duo The Crystal Method is a true pioneer of the big-beat genre. Alongside other ’90s luminaries like Fatboy Slim, The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy, Scott Kirkland and Ken Jordan have helped push the genre to the forefront of mainstream culture. Their ’97 release, Vegas (a nod to their hometown), is still their best and most popular. Two of its lead singles, “Busy Child” and “Keep Hope Alive,” found their way into film scores and television soundtracks before eventually being remixed and used as source material in dance clubs around the globe. Jordan called it quits more than a year ago, but Kirkland — who recently recovered from a serious operation to remove a cyst from his brain — is bringing The Crystal Method’s music back on the road. The tour celebrates the 20th anniversary of Vegas’ release, as well as a new batch of dance-worthy tunes. Lizard Lounge, 9 p.m., $15, — Jeff Strowe
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The Crystal Method play Stereo Live Friday.
Chapman Baehler

It’s puppet time again — 75 of the colorful creations, in fact — at Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman Ave. The illustrations of popular children’s author Eric Carle leap from the page to the stage in the Southwest premiere of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The show, created by Jonathan Rockefeller, is based on Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, as well as The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse and the Very Lonely Firefly. Listen for approving gasps from kids and grown-ups as that caterpillar nibbles his way through a variety of foodstuffs before (spoiler alert) emerging as a butterfly. The show runs through Feb. 25. For tickets, $15 to $28, visit Dallas Children's Theater, 5938 Skillman Ave.,  7:30 p.m., $15-$28, — Reba Liner

Croatian duo 2Cellos is made up of Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser. The two play cello covers, famous pop and rock songs, and classical and film scores, and they've released four full-length albums since 2010. They give classical music a rockstar makeover, especially during live performances. Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd., 8 p.m., $25 and up, — Diamond Victoria

The Texas Prime Meet is heading to the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., from Friday through Sunday. And no, that “meet” is not a typo. It’s in reference to the top-level, red-blooded gymnastics competition Kim Zmeskal and company are hosting. Nothing like pommel horsing around with puns. Competitors will participate in qualifying events, some for the Nastia Liukin Cup in March and some for the Saturday night Legendz Classic to compete under world or Olympic champions John Roethlisburger, Olga Korbut and Alicia Sacramone. Autographs happen, and there may even be glimpses of Mary Lou Retton, Shawn Johnson and others as they provide feedback to young hopefuls. Get advance tickets by calling 972-471-2345. Otherwise, tickets are first-come, first-served at $10 (regular), $20 (Legendz) or $30 (weekend). Doors for Legendz open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday; show starts at 6 p.m. and features guests such as 2017 Senior National all-around champion Ragan Smith, 2017 Junior National all-around silver medalist Emma Malabuyo and Jaja Vankova from So You Think You Can Dance. Visit Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., 5:30 p.m., $10 and up, — Merritt Martin

Not sure how one would conclude that a 3,500-seat venue called the Global Event Center inside a casino could be described as “an intimate, raw setting,” but that’s how the website for Criss Angel, one of the two contemporary magicians you’ve heard of, describes it. Perhaps making that description ring true is his first trick of the night. The show promises a stripped-down set with a mix of sleight-of-hand street magic, mentalism and a sampling of his iconic illusions at 7 p.m. Friday at the Global Event Center at WinStar World Casino and Resort, 777 Casino Ave. in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Tickets range are $65 to $250. Visit WinStar Casino, 777 Casino Ave., Thackerville, Oklahoma, 7 p.m., $65 and up, — Jesse Hughey

’Til Tuesday frontwoman Aimee Mann is as powerful a singer-songwriter as ever. She’s been independent for two decades, and her 2017 release was her first in five years. But Mental Illness was an instant hit with critics and fans alike, and it already earned a Grammy nomination for best folk album. Joining her on tour is an eclectic group of collaborators featured on the album, including Ted Leo, Paul Bryan and Jonathan Coulton, all reprising their roles as Mann’s backing band. Mental Illness is a love letter to the soft rock of the ’60s and ’70s, all played with a folk-heavy, acoustic feel. Mann pulled from her experience with each song, evoking her feelings of homesickness in Ireland on “Goose Snow Cone,” regretting past inaction on “Stuck in the Past” and even a meeting with actor Andrew Garfield on “Patient Zero.” The album is reflective, observational and wry. The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., 7 p.m., sold out, — Nicholas Bostick

Self proclaimed galactic hip-hop and soul artist Mecca, stylized M3CCA for the stage, won the 2017 Dallas Observer Music Award for best new act, and for good reason. The Houston native, who now calls East Dallas home, released her first EP, Fruittape, late last year. With her unique and fresh style, she has the potential to become a fixture in the world of hip-hop and soul. Deep Ellum Art Co. 3200 Commerce St., 8 p.m., $10, — Diamond Victoria

Sat 1/20
Looking for a fun-filled Saturday and Sunday with the kids? Look no further: The 34th annual KidFilm Family Festival takes place at Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, and all programs are free. That includes new and classic films adapted from children’s books, singalongs and read-alongs, face-to-face time with the authors, free books (while supplies last) and building one’s own snack pack (Whole Foods’ contribution). KidFilm is a program of USA Film Festival; its president, Laura Fox Williamson says, “We are pleased that so many of the films feature themes of embracing one’s self and appreciating differences in others.” Support comes from the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and Texas Commission on the Arts. For showtimes and more information, call 214-821-6300 or email [email protected] Get your free tickets at the box office one hour before showtime. Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Saturday and Sunday, free. — Reba Liner

So the Dallas Cowboys didn’t even last long enough to play just one lousy game in January. We feel your pain, but there’s still hope. There are other teams you can root for in the area. Exorcise some of that pain from the Cowboys season and declare your love for the Rangers at the Texas Rangers Fan Fest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Globe Life Park, 1000 Ballpark Way in Arlington. Fans can score autographs from some of their favorite Rangers alumni and even win tickets for an exclusive autograph session with the team’s top players. Fans can also participate in a Home Run Derby in the park’s left field, go for a run around the bases or take a swing at the ball in the batting cages. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for season ticket holders and $5 for kids 13 and younger and can be purchased online at Globe Life Park, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., $10, — Danny Gallagher

Choreographer Hervé Koubi’s all-male dance company incorporates martial arts, athletic interpretive dance and several styles without names, transforming bodies into liquid whips and tumbling machinery. The human form becomes a vehicle for pure, unalloyed expression. The company’s movements, inspired by the artist’s Algerian roots, are lithe and brutal at once. Even those with little to no interest in dance can appreciate Koubi’s sensational, unforgettable displays. Compagnie Hervé Koubi will swing through Dallas at 8 p.m Saturday at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. Tickets start at $12. For more information, visit Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., 8 p.m., $12, — Jonathan Patrick
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Take your kids to see The Very Hungry Caterpillar at Dallas Children's Theater beginning this week.
Carol Rosegg

You probably remember where you were Jan. 20, 2017: watching, trying to tune out or, perhaps, protesting the completion of the most outrageous confidence trick in American political history. Feel like celebrating the one-year anniversary? Yeah, neither do we. Feel like raging, and the Impeach Trump Solidarity March earlier in the day isn’t enough for you? Listen to some punk rock and put your money toward helping protesters and journalists swept up in mass arrests during Inauguration Day protests. Filthy Arsenal, Dirty South Anarchists, Ojos, American Minority, Noogy, and Dead Sally perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at Maroches Bakery, 1227 W. Davis St., for the Emma Goodman Book Club’s local participation in the worldwide #DefendJ20 rallies and events. The benefit show also includes poetry and art raffles. It’s BYOB, and a $5 suggested donation goes toward legal fees of people defending themselves against protest-related charges. Find Emma Goldman Book Club on Facebook or search the event hashtag on your social medium of choice for more information. Maroches Bakery, 1227 W. Davis St., 8 p.m., $5 suggested donation. — Jesse Hughey

Sun 1/21
We are not here to judge. Maybe your chakra is blocked. Maybe you are contaminated with dirty energy. Maybe a certified DNA Theta Healing instructor can activate hidden strands of your DNA, put you in contact with the Creator of All Things and heal disease. Maybe every Easter, a bunny delivers chocolate eggs. (Sorry. Sorry. That was a little judgy.) Look, if you’re into it, that’s fine by us. We’ve never been able to grasp how that whole Holy Trinity thing works either. So if you’re looking for a little New Age help with getting your energy balanced, improving your health and outlook on life, and releasing your unrealized potential, and you’re gullible as ... whoops, sorry again. Anyhow, Labyrinth Coffee House, 3839 W. Kiest Blvd., is hosting a Psychic and Holistic Fair from 3-6 p.m. Sunday featuring practitioners offering sessions by a variety of “intuitives,” “psychics” and others. Admission is free, so what have you got to lose besides the $20 to $40 per session with the assorted experts on hand? Visit for details. Labyrinth Coffee House, 3839 W. Kiest Blvd., 3-6 p.m., free, — Patrick Williams

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