The weather is going to be ideal and the things to do are plentiful. Conditions are set for one of those magical weekends in Dallas. Plan ahead.
One Chancellor the Rapper, please say “the Rapper,” has — very lucky for us — recovered from an illness that forced him to cancel a North Carolina show earlier this week. Chance, who has been fantastic on everything he’s been a part of, from 2013’s Acid Rap to this year’s collaboration with noted Kevin Durant nemesis Lil B, is performing at South Side Ballroom. For some more awesome concerts in Dallas this weekend, go here.
North Texas Beer Week, a celebration of all things locally brewed, comes to a foamy head this weekend after beginning its pour at the wonderful Untapped Festival. The big Brewers’ Ball, which lets you hobnob with local brewers and sample their wares in a party scenario, is tonight at the Renaissance Hotel.
The renowned Bruce Wood Dance Project continues celebrating five years with shows tonight and tomorrow at Dallas City Performance Hall. We talked with artistic director Kimi Nikaidoh about carrying on the legacy of the company’s late founder. Read the Q&A here.
That giant tent that popped up in the Arts District recently is housing a pretty spectacular production of the Peter Pan story, complete with actors flying around on wires and big digital projections. But don’t take out word for it. Peter Pan himself vouches for the show.
Celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis has something special cooking for audiences at the Majestic Theatre, where she will dish on all her culinary secrets.
More music, more tattoos, more Deep Ellum. The Elm Street Music and Tattoo Festival, which will hover around the Bomb Factory but also has tentacles extending into Three Links and Trees, kicks into full gear today and runs through the weekend. I believe The Bronx and Reverend Horton Heat play tonight at the Bomb Factory, which should be enough reason to get you out there.
The Blues, Bandits, and BBQ Festival gets underway in Oak Cliff and continues tomorrow. Come for the blues, stay for the barbecue, leave for the bandits?
I am awaiting confirmation from erstwhile classical music correspondent Katie Womack, but I suspect the Dallas Symphony’s take on Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust is worth your while. The classic deal-with-the-devil story gets brought to infernal life by the DSO with some help from the Children’s Chorus of Dallas and the Dallas Symphony Chorus.
The “Tomato Battle” at Fair Park has been called off. The delightful reason, from the organization’s website: “Event has been cancelled due to lack of tomato supply not maintaining our values of using overly ripe fruit.” As someone who also holds strong overly ripe fruit values, I sympathize.
If you like White Rock Lake, and you should, get out to the I Heart the Lake Festival. Help clean up the “urban oasis,” participate in fun activities and other festival activities, and try to set a world record for forming the largest heart shape ever created by people standing around.
Meat Fight, the fundraiser and massive meat competition, sold out long ago. But you can listen to the podcast with Meat Queen Alice Laussade right over here.
Deafheaven, an acclaimed death metal group that’s been the source of some controversy because its members look more like Abercrombie models than Satanic Vikings and its debut album had a pink cover, performs at Trees.
Great Scott, the world premiere opera that’s generated a lot of fawning responses for its critique and celebration of the art form, closes out its run.
New movies: Diehard fans of the UT football program may find something to like about this cheesy Freddie Steinmark biopic, but everyone else should stay away. Todd’s review notes several problems with The 33, the dramatization of the story of those Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days after the collapse of a gold and copper mine, but the most glaring to my eyes is the fact that the film’s character speak “in broken English instead of Spanish.” Journalists (and others) will love Spotlight, the movie about the Boston Globe’s dogged reporting on the Catholic Church’s sex-abuse scandal.
For more to do this weekend, go here.