The Fortress of Solitude, the Dallas Theater Center’s big new musical I have mentioned a few times before, starts previews tonight. Tickets to the pay-what-you-can performance this evening are all sold out online, but the theater keeps a block of tickets for walk ups at the Wyly box office. Which you should totally do, especially if you dig Jonathan Lethem’s novel on which this whole thing is based. If you can’t make it tonight, you can get tickets for any of the preview performances this weekend. If you use the promo code FORTPREVIEW, your ticket is $10 off starting tomorrow through Mar. 13. No excuses, play like a champion.
Elsewhere in the Arts District, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra continues to let loose with the second weekend in an informal series at Dallas City Performance Hall, AKA a venue that allows you to take your adult beverage to your seat. Special guest conductor Tito Muñoz, who until very recently directed the innovative in-house orchestra for New York City multimedia music venue (Le) Poisson Rouge, lends the concert some serious cool cred. The centerpiece work is Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla’s tango-inspired take on Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, but the audience will also enjoy contemporary composer John Adams’ Chamber Symphony and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 1, “Spring.”
Meanwhile, my fellow, slightly more famous Tisch alum Donald Glover appears as his rapper alter-ego Childish Gambino tonight at South Side Ballroom. This is, much like many of SSB’s shows as of late, a sell out. And it’s…seriously, come on guys, the cheapest ticket on StubHub right now is $134? GAH.
Paste Untapped is happening out at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth. There’s a slight chance of rain, but put on those wellies and just pretend you’re Kate Moss at Glastonbury. Probably you could channel her in any number of situations and it would work out just fine. Your concert and beer ticket includes music (The Joy Formidable, Lucius, Allen Stone, locals Sam Lao and -topic, to name just a few) and tastings (Rahr, Oskar Blues, Brooklyn, Dogfish, again, just to name a few).
If you are a particular fan of the music of Queen, the We Will Rock You production at Dallas Summer Musicals is probably something you want to see. This was a surprise hit, running in London’s West End since 2002. The plot is, as our critic notes, unendingly silly. But it also knows when to shut up and make way for, say, a six-minute masterpiece.
Fight the hoards at Trinity Groves for a good cause. Dude, Sweet Chocolate’s “sous chocolatier” is battling cancer, and needs assistance paying hefty medical bills. As Nancy says, “the always generous Dallas-area restaurant community is rallying to raise money to offset Galvin’s financial woes.” Hence: Sunday Chef Mix, a dinner event that features a number of notable chefs, such as Tim Byres, Matt McCallister, Jack Perkins, and many more. Tickets are $50 plus the cost of a bottle of wine.
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