Ashley Emerson and Oliver Nathanielsz in The Turn of the Screw. Photo by Karen Almond, courtesy of the Dallas Opera.

Things to Do

Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: March 16-19

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St. Patrick’s Day is Friday, and if you aren’t already burn out on green beer and “Kiss Me I’m Irish” T-shirts from last weekend’s parade, well, read here for more on how to celebrate. As for the rest of the weekend:

Thursday (03/16)

Two North Texas writers are finalists for best novelette on the ballot for some of science fiction’s most prestigious prizes, the Nebula Awards. We’re lucky enough that both of them, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam (The Orangery) and William Ledbetter (The Long Fall Up), will be at Wild Detectives to read from their respective novelettes and to talk about the joys of speculative fiction.

The wonderfully trashy Troll 2 is screening in 35 mm at the Texas Theatre, followed by behind-the-screen performances from Slackbeat and others.

Disney On Ice’s Worlds of Enchantment slaps skates on characters from Toy Story, Cars, Frozen, and The Little Mermaid for performances through the weekend at the American Airlines Center.

Friday (03/17)

The ceremony of innocence is drowned in The Turn of the ScrewBritten’s English-language opera that terrifies as much as it delights. The Dallas Opera’s production of the haunting (and haunted) work, a ghost story set at a lonesome country house, opens Friday and repeats three more times through March 25.

Public recitals in the Dallas International Piano Competition begin with the semifinals Friday evening at SMU’s Caruth Auditorium. The competition continues through Saturday, when the eventual champion wraps things up with an encore performance.

Katt Williams spent much of 2016 battling legal issues, assault charges, and various scandals, all of which should have given him plenty of material for his stand-up set at Verizon Theatre.

Not So Fun Wknd, collecting some of SXSW’s finest punk and miscellaneous indie rock spillover into a three-day package of shows at Deep Ellum venues, commences with performances from Har Mar Superstar and Temples. Chastity Belt, the Drums, and others will have put in work before the weekend is through.

Saturday (03/18)

Big Sean, the rapper behind “Bounce Back,” “I Don’t F With You,” and that song with the really wild and antagonistic Kendrick Lamar verse, plays South Side Ballroom.

Bryan Ferry, older but no less stylish these years on from Roxy Music, plays Verizon Theatre.

St. Patrick’s Day has, at this point Saturday, very possibly passed without you encountering a single instance of authentic Irish culture. Rectify this with Women of Ireland, a song-and-dance production pulling on threads from the tiny green island’s rich history.

Sunday (03/19)

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, long both a romantic and musical couple, hit you gently with their best acoustic shot at the Majestic.

For more to do this weekend and beyond, go here.