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The Dirty Dozen entertainment guide: May 31-June 6

Posted 12:03pm on Thursday, May. 31, 2012

Tom Sawyer (a banjo commedia): Hip Pocket Theatre co-founder Johnny Simons loves his Mark Twain, and the theater's 36th season opens with a commedia dell'arte take on one of the American author's best novels. Friday through June 24 at Silver Creek Amphitheatre, 1950 Silver Creek Road, Fort Worth. $5-$15. 817-246-9775; www.hippocket.org

The Capitol Steps: Election year means nonstop political humor, and while candidates of every stripe and for every race are pretty much unintentionally providing their own laughs, this first-rate government-skewering improv group will make it even funnier. Trust us. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Wyly Theatre, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $45. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org

The Exorcist: The Cinemark theater chain begins a summer series of digitally restored classics this week, happening at 2 and 7 p.m. each Wednesday in June and July. First up is the horror masterpiece The Exorcist, at the Cinemark Grand Prairie and both Cinemark theaters in Plano. If you don't pee your pants, you ain't watching it right. $9. www.cinemark.com

Q Cinema: Fort Worth's International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival: The 14th annual event opens Thursday with Funkytown (starring Justin Chatwin of Shameless), followed by a Won't You Take Me to Funkytown opening-night party at T&P Tavern. The festival is chock-full of features, short films and afterparties for four days. Friday, Raid on the Rainbow Lounge: The Documentary will be the featured film. Saturday, there will be a staged reading of the play Mulligan's. The festival closes with the comedy Gayby. Thursday through Sunday at the Rose Marine Theater, 1440 N. Main St., Fort Worth. $10-$15 per film; $50-$100 for pass. areyoucurious.org; www.qcinema.org

Concerts in the Garden: Cue the song Summertime, because that's what we hear when thinking about the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra's annual series of outdoor concerts. This year's installment opens with three terrific crowd-pleasers: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue on Friday, the Old 97s on Saturday and Elvis tribute artist Kraig Parker on Sunday. 8:15 nightly at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3320 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. Tickets start at $16. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org

Foster the People: Ah, yes, the group with last year's impossibly infectious pop hit about a bullied teen who takes his revenge through gun violence. Adorbs. Opening are the Kooks, and Kimbra, of the Gotye hit Somebody That I Used To Know. 7 p.m. Monday at Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie. $37.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

Ring of Fire: Jason Edwards, the low-voiced singer who played Johnny Cash in the Broadway production of Ring of Fire, reprises the role. He also directs. Saturday through June 10 at Casa Mañana, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $40-$65. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org

Wilson Phillips: Could it be that the movie Bridesmaids single-handedly revived this early '90s trio of sugary sweet voices? Don't discount the legions of women, such as Kristen Wiig's and Maya Rudolph's characters in the movie, who never stopped being fans. 8 p.m. Wednesday at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $25-$100. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org

An Evening of Ballet: Ballet Frontier of Texas closes its season with ballets by artistic director Chung-Lin Tseng, plus new works featuring music of the Beatles and John Denver. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Scott Theatre, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $20. 817-423-9888; www.balletfrontier.org

Fort Worth Opera Festival Final Weekend: It's the final weekend of the Fort Worth Opera Festival and the best chance to take in one big-ol' weekend of great singing. Jake Heggie's Three Decembers is 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Scott Theatre; Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro is 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bass Hall; Puccini's Tosca is 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bass Hall; and Mark Adamo's take on the ancient comedy Lysistrata is 2 p.m. Sunday at Bass Hall. $70-$455 for festival pass; single tickets are $18-$180. 817-731-0726; www.fwopera.org

Paula Poundstone: Wait, wait don't tell us. Poundstone is gonna be a bit snarky and completely funny, as always. 8 p.m. Saturday at the Lakewood Theater, 1825 Abrams Parkway, Dallas. $30-$105. 214-821-7469; www.lakewoodtheater.com

NRH {-2}O: The water park is open daily for the season, and we're guessing the temps aren't going to do anything but rise from this point on. So treat yourself to waterslide fun, including the new Viper. The park is at 9001 Boulevard 26, North Richland Hills. $23.99 ($19.99 for those less than 48 inches tall; free for ages 2 and younger). 817-427-6500; www.nrh2o.com

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