The Black Keys | Nov. 14, 7 pm | Dickies Arena
Even during a nearly five-year hiatus, The Black Keys’ smoky garage rock was somewhat inescapable, always playing somewhere, whether in a commercial or a bar or via Spotify’s algorithm. Singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney continued to make music prolifically during that time, just not with each other. Carney produced and performed with Michelle Branch and recorded the theme for BoJack Horseman; Auerbach played with the Arcs and produced Cage the Elephant and Lana Del Rey, among others. But the duo, which got its start in Akron, Ohio, made a triumphant return over the summer with the release of Let’s Rock. Over 12 songs, Auerbach and Carney do what they have always done best: bash out blues-infused Americana with a fun, psychedelic twang. Though the duo recorded without Danger Mouse—the co-producer of their previous four records, including 2011’s breakthrough El Camino and 2014’s Turn Blue—there isn’t anything drastically different on the album. Basically, Let’s Rock does exactly what the title says. And that’s what they’ll do at Fort Worth’s brand-new Dickies Arena.
Brockhampton | Nov. 14, 8 pm | The Bomb Factory
First, the members of Brockhampton were just a few teenagers at The Woodlands High School. Then they were “the internet’s first boy band.” Now, the hip-hop collective is a legit phenomenon, a status solidified by its fifth album, August’s Ginger.
George Strait | Nov. 22 & 23 | Dickies Arena
Even a retired-from-touring icon still has to pay dues to his home state. All his exes live in Texas, after all. The 67-year-old King of Country, who released a new single, “Codigo,” last year, is in Fort Worth with beloved Austin outfit Asleep at the Wheel.
Sleater-Kinney | Nov. 8, 8 pm | House of Blues
Formed in the final waves of the Riot Grrrl movement of the early ’90s, Sleater-Kinney is a collaboration between Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein, whom you may know from Portlandia. (Longtime member Janet Weiss left the group earlier this year.) After almost a decade apart, the group reunited in 2015, and a new album produced by Dallas’ St. Vincent, The Center Won’t Hold, was released in August.
Turkey Trot | Nov. 28, 9 am | Dallas City Hall
The YMCA’s annual Turkey Trot is a fun, family-friendly way to kick off Thanksgiving Day in downtown Dallas. There’s a 5k run/walk, an 8-mile run, and a 1k Junior Trot for the little ones. It’s a good way to fire up your metabolism and feel better about that second plate.
Once | Nov. 22-24 | Winspear Opera House
In the stage version of the Oscar-winning film, a Dublin street musician meets a beautiful girl who takes an interest in his love songs, just as he’s ready to give up on his dreams of making it big. Their romance inspires his most powerful music yet, but their connection is more complicated than it seems
Chefs for Farmers | Nov. 3, 2:30 pm | Dallas Heritage Village
Dallas’ premier farm-to-table festival has grown into a weekend-long affair culminating with The Main Event on Sunday afternoon. Taste sustainable delights from 50 chefs and restaurants, enjoy eight breweries, learn the history of the margarita, and more.
Posty Fest | Nov. 2, 1:30 pm | AT&T Stadium
Fresh off the September release of his third album, Hollywood’s Bleeding, Grapevine-raised rapper Post Malone returns home for the second edition of his eponymous festival. Meek Mill, Pharrell Williams, Jaden Smith, and local talents Yella Beezy, Maj, and Snowy are also on the lineup.
Chi Omega Christmas Market | Nov. 20-23 | Centennial Hall of Fair Park
The 42nd annual Chi Omega Christmas Market boasts an impressive 200 merchants with festive gifts, holiday decor, artisanal foods, women’s fashion, home goods, and more. Check the market’s website for special events like a mixology class with Katy Trail Vodka.
Todrick Hall: Haus Party | Nov. 21, 8 pm | The Bomb Factory
The term “triple threat” doesn’t have enough space for this singer, songwriter, and dancer, and choreographer, actor, playwright, and director. Hall does it all, and he does it with panache. Watch his new Netflix film, Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall, to get acquainted.
Maná | Nov. 9, 8 pm | American Airlines Center
One of the more successful Latin American bands of all time is visiting Dallas on its Rayando el Sol Tour, named after the hit song. The Guadalajara band released an updated version of the song in April.
Night at the Museum | Nov. 9, 7 pm | Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Enjoy dinner and drinks and interactive demonstrations while exploring the museum’s exhibitions at its dazzling fundraising gala. The Georgia Bridgwater Orchestra keeps the party going until midnight.
Focus: Martine Gutierrez | Nov. 8-Jan. 12 | The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Think of Gutierrez as a Cindy Sherman for the next generation. The 30-year-old trans Latinx woman and performance artist has built her career on captivating self-portraits exploring identity. This show highlights work from Indigenous Woman, Gutierrez’s 124-page mock fashion magazine.
Ballet British Columbia | Nov. 8 & 9 | Moody Performance Hall
This vibrant dance company from Canada has captivated audiences across the world with its brilliant performers and cutting-edge repertoire by leading choreographers. They’re in Dallas as part of the TITAS/Dance Unbound 2019–20 season.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert | Nov. 27-Dec. 1 | Meyerson Symphony Center
The Wizarding World seems even more magical when set to a live orchestra. Watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone on the big screen while the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ charming score.
Black Tie Dinner | Nov. 2, 7 pm | Sheraton Dallas Hotel
Since its inception, Black Tie Dinner has raised more than $23 million and become the largest fundraising dinner for the LGBTQ community in the nation. The night offers a unique mix of inspiration and entertainment with special guests including Billy Porter.
Snoop Dog | Nov. 9, 7 pm | Dos Equis Pavilion
If you have a different plan for the night, drop it like it’s hot. Snoop D-O-double-G is in town with Goodie Mob, Master P, and Houston legends Slim Thug and Paul Wall. The concert, dubbed How the Southwest Was Won, is very likely to include some throwbacks.
Women in Classical Music Symposium | Nov. 6-9 | Meyerson Symphony Center
This first-time conference aims to help prepare women for careers in the classical music industry and connect them with their peers. The weekend includes panel discussions like “Lifting Up the Next Generation of Women” and “Self Entrepreneurship for Musicians,” a mentorship speed-dating session, concerts, and networking events.
The 1975 | Nov. 27, 6:30 pm | The Theatre at Grand Prairie
Back from a brief hiatus and preparing to release its fourth studio album, Notes on a Conditional Form, The 1975 hasn’t missed a beat. The Manchester-born rock band sounds as manic as ever on its new single “People.” They’re in Dallas for Alterium with Catfish and the Bottlemen and SWMRS.
Two Door Cinema Club | Nov. 12, 8 pm | South Side Ballroom
Nearly a decade after breaking onto the scene with “What You Know,” the Northern Irish band has gotten much more experimental—and, perhaps, a little less likable—on its fourth album, False Alarm. They’re in Dallas with Canadian pop band Peach Pit.