Green Day plays American Airlines Center.

Things to Do

Things To Do In Dallas This Weekend: March 2-5

The definitive list of upcoming events taking place over the next three or four days.

Thursday (03/02)

Card tricks, rabbits from hats, death-defying escapes—The Illusionists work their magic in many forms in this Broadway hit now at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Performances continue through Sunday. Then they’re gone, but isn’t time really the greatest illusion of all?

Uptown Players’ Broadway Our Way fundraiser is absolute and total gender warfare. It’s men vs. women actors in this theatrical extravaganza, which repeats through Sunday.

The great Russian composer Rachmaninoff, whose birthday is April 1, dominates this weekend’s program at the Dallas Symphony. Performances continue through Sunday at the Meyerson.

Friday (03/03)

Kiss the metaphorical Blarney Stone in your mind and start preparing for St. Patrick’s Day with this weekend’s North Texas Irish Festival at Fair Park. Irish beer, Irish dance, Irish music, and lots of Irish American men wearing kilts and flaunting their pale, hairy legs. On past visits to this wonderful, very enjoyable festival, I have also encountered DeLorean enthusiasts, DeLoreans, and a Civil War reenactor who seemed lost.

The black metal band Deafheaven will leave your ears ringing and your brain roiling in a swamp of distortion after what should be a head-bangingly heavy show at Trees.

Son Volt, the alt country mainstay that never really went all in on the sonic experimentation of its spiritual cousin, Wilco, remains one of the best bands working in that shaggy vein of roots music. Johnny Irion opens at the Kessler.

With Public Works Dallas, a make-theater-accessible-again project launched first in New York City, the Dallas Theater Center has recruited almost 200 nonprofessional actors (and 5 pros) for performances of Shakespeare’s The Tempest this weekend at the Wyly Theatre. That’s certainly one way to get people into theater—cast them.

While Bollywood pictures occupy the most pop cultural retail space, the South Asian Film Festival instead focuses on the independent features, intimate dramas, and compelling documentaries emerging from that part of the world. While these movies will certainly speak to the large population of South Asian immigrants living in North Texas (a major emerging market for Indian films), their appeal is universal.

Saturday (03/04)

If Green Day felt comfortable alluding to President George W. Bush as an “American idiot” on the 2004 album of the same name, we can only imagine how the vaguely political pop punk band will refer to our current president. Perhaps the clue already lies with a past Green Day album, maybe 1994’s Dookie. The band plays at American Airlines Center. The great Against Me!, a more explicitly political act fronted by one of punk’s sharpest voices in Laura Jane Grace, opens.

Burlesque revivalist and re-inventor Dita Von Teese is at House of Blues.

It’s a vinyl paradise at Club Dada with the Discogs-sponsored Crate Diggers record fair, soundtracked by only the finest turntablists.

Sunday (03/05)

Chicago improv company The Second City, whose alumni list includes Steve Carell and Bill Murray, incites a laugh riot at the Kessler Theater.

Texas Ballet Theater presents a trilogy of works at Bass Performance Hall this weekend.

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