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21 Things To Do in Dallas This Week

Erykah Badu's annual birthday party celebration is this weekend. You going?
Erykah Badu's annual birthday party celebration is this weekend. You going? Mike Brooks

Thursday, Feb. 22

On the 60th anniversary of Van Cliburn’s win at the First International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, the is celebrating its namesake’s legacy. It sounds like a fairy tale now: Local pianist flies to Russian for an international competition in the midst of the Cold War and returns victorious. To honor this dizzying achievement and the country that made it possible, this year’s festival has asked three Russian Cliburn laureates to return as artists-in-residence. On the docket are some of the finest classical works Russia has produced. The music of Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Scriabin and more will take life in what will surely be one of the highlights of the classical season. The 2018 Cliburn Festival takes place Thursday through Sunday at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. Tickets are $150. For more information, visit — Jonathan Patrick

Creating a wide, sweeping panoramic photo of a landscape seems daunting when you’re holding a small digital SLR or even an advanced iPhone. The Dallas Center for Photography, 4756 Algiers St., is removing the challenge with from 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday. The class covers techniques to capture fantastic images without stress. Learn how to know if a scene will work in panorama, which lenses work best, how to shoot the series of photos to stitch together for a panorama, when to use a tripod and more. Bring a camera and be prepared to take notes. The class is $75; register online at — Merritt Martin

The Black Keys haven't released new music in about four years, but co-member Dan Auerbach's solo career as well as other side projects continue to flourish. The bluesy rock guitarist's rough but sweet vocal tonality is instantly recognizable, and it's earned him several Grammy Awards, too. The Ohio-native calls Nashville home these days and cites the city's strong musical presence and rich history in bluegrass as inspiration in his own songwriting. 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22, at Canton Hall, 2727 Canton St.,, $40 — Diamond Victoria

Friday, Feb. 23

No one does Mahler like Jaap van Zweden. The conductor’s affection for enormous, world-building symphonies seems to reach a fever pitch in the works of the Austrian composer, which is why the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming performance of his Second Symphony is something all local classical heads should be excited about. This is where the composer gained his confidence and where audiences first learned how to make sense of the emerging musical languages his pen gave rise to. In van Zweden’s command, the symphony’s most prominent features will be augmented. The nightmares will be more vivid, the respites more relieving. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $49. For more information, visit — Jonathan Patrick

Does ballroom dancing get you excited? Do you find yourself extremely entertained by C-list celebrities trying to ballroom dance on national television? Would you rather see it all live in person, though? If you’re still here and nodding your head, please take note that Dancing With the Stars: Live! is coming to Dallas to woo you. There will be ballroom dancing in the form of group numbers, steamy duets and even some original pieces. This is your chance to finally impress your lady with some ballroom dancing — the kind where you get to watch instead of participate. There’s nothing not to love about this whole experience, so buy your tickets for the show at 8 p.m. Friday at The Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First Ave. Tickets are $50 to $80 at — Paige Skinner

Born on the wildly successful , have made performance dance among young girls and women a familiar thing. America saw the ins and outs of a dancer’s life and the dynamic of a dancer’s mother and coach. It’s time to see it all live as The Irreplaceables come to Dallas. Three of the members, Kendall, Chloe and Kalani, will dance under the bright lights. Then, audience members will get to ask the girls and their mothers some questions. The show begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St. For tickets, $47 for general admission and $145 for VIP, visit or call 214-871-5000.  — Paige Skinner

Dallas neo-soul icon Erykah Badu never was one to shy away from controversy. Whether she’s stripping down to her birthday suit by the grassy knoll or well-wishing the sovereign of Swaziland, Badu has built her career on pushing the boundaries and unapologetically speaking her truth. Those traits are what Dallas applauds every year during her annual birthday jam session. This year’s celebration, titled "Erykah Badu Presents: Bless You Bruja! Another Badu Birthday", is somewhat of an unknown quantity as she is the only act on the bill. The show comes just three days before the 20th anniversary of Badu’s critically acclaimed New Amerykah Part One, an album born out of a turbulent period for the Dallas native, which eventually led to a flood of collaborations and productivity as she created her New Amerykah. Her birthday concert probably will follow a familiar script. Badu will show up when she’s ready, sing what she feels like singing and elicit oohs and ahs from a hometown crowd that will leave smiling. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 214-932-6501 or, $43 — Nicholas Bostick

Singer-songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter epitomizes all things California cool. He’s a laid-back dude who shrouds his songs in carefree and whimsical melodies, making music that’s perfect for outdoor gatherings under sunny skies and chilled vibes. The former professional surfer’s musical career took off in 2004 on the heels of his buoyant hit single, "Free," recorded with his friend and kindred spirit, Jack Johnson. Since then, he's put out about a dozen albums, EPs and live recordings; toured relentlessly; and built a pretty steady contingent of followers drawn from the same jam-centric audience that frequents folks like G. Love, Dave Matthews and Johnson. Recently, he's spent a fair amount of with Jamtown, his joint project with G. Love and Cisco Adler, but he’s out on the road now in support of The Heart, his 2015 solo release that contains some of his most heartfelt and confessional songwriting. Anticipate a good portion of these songs intertwined with Frankenreiter’s signature upbeat jams as he takes the stage Friday night at the Granada Theater. Expect a heavily dedicated crowd of fans there, too, eagerly singing along and raising their glasses in support of their laconic, guitar-strumming hero. With Matt Grundy, 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or, $29-$45 — Jeff Strowe

Before Riff Raff, there was Paul Wall. Houston's bred some pretty interesting folks. Donning diamond-encrusted grillz, the rapper, who's collaborated with fellow rappers Chamillionaire, Tech N9ne and Mike Jones, got his start in 2004 with the album Chick Magnet, which included the hit "Sittin Sidewayz." Ten albums later, he's promoting this year's Bounce Backs over Setbacks, which includes guest appearances by Z-Ro, Lil Keke, Stunna Bam and Cal Wayne. 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 23, at Andy's Bar, Denton, 122 N. Locust St.,, $20 and up; and 9 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24, at Curtain Club, 2800 Main St., 214-742-6207,, $20 and up — Diamond Victoria

Saturday, Feb. 24

Desperate for a sign that the days of pingponging temperatures and flu-ridden malaise are almost over? Head to Dallas’ official Spring HQ, the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, for its annual Dallas Blooms, which begins Saturday. This year, tiptoe through half a million tulips, petunias and other festive flowers presented under the theme “A World of Flowers.” Each week, a different region of the world is represented through cultural activities and floral interpretation. Visitors can explore French delights through March 2, the Mediterranean from March 3-9, Europe from March 10-16, global culinary delights March 17-23, Asia from March 24-30 and the Americas from March 31 to April 8. Arboretum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for children and free for tykes ages 2 and younger. Visit — Jennifer Davis-Lamm

We’re getting to that part of the year when the weather doesn’t require a minimum of four layers of clothing, so you can start doing those fun summer things, like going to for a day of screaming as you dance with that harsh mistress we call gravity. Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 E. Road to Six Flags St. in Arlington, will have its opening weekend from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The celebration will give coaster enthusiasts the year’s first crack at classic rides such as The Titan and The New Texas Giant and newer ones such as the freestyle side cart coaster The Joker and the interactive dark ride Justice League: Battle for Metropolis. Opening weekend guests can purchase discounted tickets for $53.99 per person or 2018 season passes starting at $76.99 person. Visit — Danny Gallagher

Record Store Day is just a couple of months away. Want your spawn to be the most knowledgeable rug rats smudging fingerprints on ELO dust jackets at Spinster or getting sunburned in the Good Records parking lot? Give them a head start with Kids Dig, a fun, interactive tutoring session at from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Josey Records and Music, 2821 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway, Suite 100. Children can enjoy DJ scratch demos, learn how turntables and mixers work, see a kid DJ showcase, bottom rock at a breakdance workshop and demo, and more. Parents fastidious about keeping their albums in pristine condition will especially appreciate the record-handling station. The event is free. Call the store at 972-243-2039 or find Josey Records or Too Fresh Productions on Facebook for more information.  — Jesse Hughey

The Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., nurtures a serious nostalgia for the Prohibition era during its Speakeasy event from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Local jazz and swing orchestra The Singapore Slingers provides the soundtrack for a night of flapper-style hoofing, gaming, vintage cars and craft cocktails. The DMA will also host a scavenger hunt fit for bootleggers and teetotalers and run a raffle for coveted goods. Tickets, $70 for DMA members and $85 for nonmembers, include two drinks, light bites, access to gaming tables and admission to galleries. For an additional $25, thumb your nose at Prohibition and add open bar privileges. Find more information and buy tickets at — Jennifer Davis Lamm

The late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall once famously said of slain civil rights firebrand Malcolm X: “I ask a simple question: What did he ever do? Name me one concrete thing he ever did.” Well, for a while before he was assassinated in February 1965, he did a pretty good job of scaring the hell out of white people. He gave expression to righteous anger. Was that a good thing or bad? Judge for yourself after watching the biopic Malcolm X, starring Denzel Washington and directed by Spike Lee. It screens in 35mm glory at 5 p.m. Saturday at The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., as part of the Black Cinematheque Filmmaker Series. Tickets, $1, are available at — Patrick Williams

Who would have thought that one day the de facto leader of art pop would hail from our city? We have plenty of talent coursing through Dallas culture, but it’s certainly unexpected. St. Vincent, birth name Annie Clark, was a member of local technicolor pop troupe The Polyphonic Spree before joining Sufjan Stevens’ touring band in the mid ’00s. Her trajectory has brought comparisons to David Bowie, Laurie Anderson and essentially every major art rock figure of the last 30 years. While flattering, such comparisons don’t really get you there — St. Vincent is a unique voice with sharp insights on what it’s like to be a human in the 21st century. Over the last five years, Clark’s guitar play, which was always exceptional, has grown quirkier and more fragmented. Her approach to songwriting has similarly evolved, with her lyrics advancing in ever more poetic and heady directions. When 2018 is done and dusted, chances are we’ll look back on this performance as one of the year’s best. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 214-932-6501 or, $39-$169 — Jonathan Patrick

The Beach Boys will play Mesquite ISD’s gala, which funds educational programs for the school district. The gala has had talent such as Clay Walker, Sara Evans, America and Lifehouse in the past, so it’s no stranger to marquee acts. The current version of the Beach Boys is led by Mike Love, who opted to keep his version going instead of working with co-founder Brian Wilson anymore. This is strictly a greatest-hits performance, and the band has plenty to pick from. This is the kind of show that’s for the Hawaiian-shirt wearing, beach-loving crowd. Don’t expect a live replication of Pet Sounds or Smile here. You'd have to see Brian Wilson do that. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite, 972-285-8777 or, $35-$70 — Eric Grubbs

Sunday, Feb. 25

Ginger Minj hosts a night of outrageous reads during Haters Roast — The Shady Tour, featuring contestants from RuPaul's Drag Race. This year’s tour comprises Trixie Mattel, Latrice Royale, Thorgy Thor, William, Eureka O’Hara, Jinkx Monsoon, AJA, Trinity Taylor and Derrick Barry. See them at 7 p.m. Sunday at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St. For more information and tickets, $22.50 to $52.50, visit — Emily Goldstein

2018’s Latin Sol Fest promises more than seven hours of nonstop music from seven acts and three DJs at one of the city’s premier venues. The all-day event features super acts from the disco era like The S.O.S. Band, known for classics such as “Take Your Time” and “Just Be Good To Me,” and Lakeside, best known for the mega club hit “Fantastic Voyage,” as well as Latin acts Ambiente and Havana NRG, providing a wonderful blend of disco and Latin tunes. A number of bands on this stacked bill made their names in the ’80s, but there’s a reason they’re busy touring nearly 40 years later: Their live shows are sensational and just as energetic and celebratory as the day they debuted. With S.O.S. Band, Tierra, Lakeside and more, 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 214-932-6501 or, $33 to $92.95 — Mikel Galicia

Monday, Feb. 26

Elias String Quartet, one of the leading quartets of its generation, will appear at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Caruth Auditorium at SMU’s Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop Blvd. The four musicians, who formed the quartet in England, have chosen classical selections from Schubert, Dvorak and Janacek. Admission is $45 for the public or free for students and faculty with school ID. This performance is a highlight of Dallas Chamber Music Society’s 73rd season. For information, call 844-326-7844 or visit — Reba Liner

Tuesday, Feb. 27

Emilio and Gloria Estefan (remember Miami Sound Machine?) came to America from Cuba and became a crossover sensation at the top of the pop music world, but just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything in a terrible tour bus accident on their way to a concert. Dallas Summer Musicals will present On Your Feet from Tuesday through March 11 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First Ave. Audiences will be whisked inside the real story of this couple who, despite adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. Two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell directs. For tickets and more information, call 214-691-7200 or visit — Reba Liner

Wednesday, Feb. 28

Are you ready for some complicated wordplay? The stage is set for Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Greer Garson Theatre in the Owen Arts Center, 6100 Hillcrest Ave. Performances continue through March 4. Kara-Lynn Vaeni directs. Admission is $14 for adults; $11 for seniors; and $8 for students, faculty and staff. The play won the Tony Award and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for best play. The focus is on Hamlet from the perspective of the two perplexed courtiers. It’s part Shakespearean tragedy, part Laurel and Hardy and part . For more information, call 214-768-2787 or visit [email protected]. — Reba Liner
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