It’s totally weird, but since I’ve had my best friend in town from New York, every single day this week has felt like Friday. It’s very disorientating. Tonight, Flora Street in the Arts District will be shut down for the traditional spring break block party. The Nasher, the Crow Collection, and the Dallas Museum of Art are all hosting activities, such as free family tours, live music, and dance performances. The Nasher teases the official return of their ‘Til Midnight series with free admission, a screening of Labyrinth, and music from Decades. Outside, Open Classical will perform at the corner of Flora St. and N. Harwood St.
At House of Blues, we have St. Vincent. The critically adored singer follows up a brass-heavy, frequently groovy collaboration with David Byrne with St. Vincent, a new release that has found Annie Clark all over the music blogs looking a little like she was airlifted straight out of the Capitol. Should be an excellent show. Go if you can.
If you’re looking for a laugh, there’s a live recording of the podcast Throwing Shade at Dallas Comedy House. Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi, otherwise known as Feminasty and Homosensual, met at Upright Citizens Brigade in LA, though they’re both original from the Lone Star State. The duo host the funny, politically incorrect discussion of issues of importance to “ladies and gays.” Sign me up.
There’s absolutely nothing happening on Saturday. Next! Oh, wait. No, we have the humongous St. Patrick’s Parade and Block Party. Here’s a tip: if you fill a backpack full of bottled water, you will, by midday, be a hero. Just please, for the love of everything, don’t drive to the party and try and park somewhere in the hell dimension usually known as the M Streets. You’ll never escape. Make this the one day a year you take DART. Ludacris is back to headline the Dallas Observer‘s annual concert, which also features excellent North Texas acts such as Sam Lao and Home by Hovercraft.
If you’re looking to express your enthusiasm for all things green elsewhere, Raya Ramsey’s wonderful intern, Lane, has rounded up the best parties and specials. You can check out that list here.
For a totally different sort of scene, there’s the Music of John Denver, a concert with a very self-explanatory title. The “Rocky Mountain High” crooner, though deceased, will be here in spirit during the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to his music. John Denver was the author of countless hits, such as “Leaving On a Jet Plane” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and sold some 33 million records. Singer Jim Curry, who specializes in the authentic interpretation of Denver’s songs, will have the help of symphonic arrangements that should hit all the emotional notes.
As SXSW in Austin winds down and traffic becomes nightmarish, there’s Spillover Fest right here at home. Tons of acts will find their way to Deep Ellum, such as the Dum Dum Girls, Ty Segall, Oberhofer, and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. If you snag a ticket in advance, you’re entered to win a pretty great bicycle from Detroit Bikes. There will be food trucks (including Vegan Noms) so you won’t go hungry. The music starts outside Club Dada at 2:30 p.m.
For more to do this weekend, go here.