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Dirty dozen entertainment guide: June 7-12

Posted 9:36am on Wednesday, Jun. 06, 2012

Stunt Dog Experience: What? Now they're exploiting man's best friend, tricking them out for moolah? Kidding. In this premiere doggie show, canines of various breeds high-jump, pole-weave and catch Frisbees. And they're much cuter than humans when they do that sort of thing. 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday. AT&T Performing Arts Center's Strauss Square, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $5-$10, free ages 5 and younger. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

Firestone 550 Weekend: Even if you live in North Texas, why not make this Texas Motor Speedway weekend a full experience? Camp out, bond with fellow IndyCar fans, play in the mud. (If there's not any, make some.) It'll be like following the Dead, with less wacky weed and more cheap beer. The qualifying rounds and races are Thursday-Saturday. Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth. $35-$79 for the big race Saturday; other events vary. 817-215-8500; www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

Gillian Welch: We can't think of many other contemporary Northeast-bred, bluegrass-loving singer-songwriters who bring us to tears just with the ache in her voice. The great Ms. Welch is touring in support of her excellent 2011 album, The Harrow & the Harvest. 8 p.m. Saturday. Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., Dallas. $27. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.

Dennis Miller and Bill Cosby: Two major comedy names, two different styles and two cities in one weekend. And, no, they're not performing together. Miller is 8 p.m. Friday at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $39.60-$132. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com. Cosby is 8 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $45-$75. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

Rockin' the River: Hangin' out on a tube in the good part of the Trinity River while having a brewski and listening to a local band, after work on a Thursday? That's gonna make Friday really nonproductive. We're in. Starting this Thursday and through Aug. 9, catch bands at the Panther Island Pavilion from your tubeside view. The first band is Six Market Blvd., and others in the series include Cory Morrow and Eleven Hundred Springs. Parking is at 1098 W. Peach St., Fort Worth. Gates open at 4 p.m., music starts at 5, and the headliner plays at 6:30; it shuts down at dark. Free; tube rental $5. No outside alcohol allowed, but beer and coolers will be available inside. www.trinityrivervision.org.

Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: An emo rock musical about our country's seventh president? Why not. It's one of the best musicals of recent years, and Theatre Three has the area premiere. You'll know it rocks from the opening number, Populism, Yea Yea. Previews begin Thursday, opens Monday, runs through July 7. Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St., Suite 168, Dallas. $10-$50. 214-871-3300; www.theatre3dallas.com.

" American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, de Kooning and Their Circle, 1927-1942": This is one of those exhibits that could really be in several Fort Worth art museums. But it's at the Amon Carter, and therefore free. Bonus. Saturday through Aug. 19. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Free. 817-738-1933; www.cartermuseum.org.

H2O Music Festival: There may not be any music festival this summer with a more awesomely diverse lineup. Check it: Maná, Juanes, Weezer, Snoop Dogg, Paulina Rubio and Damian Marley, just for starters. Doors open at 10 a.m. Saturday. Cotton Bowl, Fair Park, Dallas. $30-$225. www.h2omusicfestival.com.

Trinity Shakespeare Festival: The fourth year for this festival brings The Merry Wives of Win dsor and The Merchant of Venice to Texas Christian University. Wives opens in previews Tuesday at the Hays Theatre, with a regular run June 14 through July 1. Venice opens in previews Wednesday at the Buschman Theatre, with a regular run June 15 through July 1. TCU, Fort Worth. $10-$25, $5 previews. 817-257-8080; trinityshakes.org.

Mistakes Were Made: But what were they? Find out as Circle Theatre presents the area premiere of Craig Wright's play, about a producer who tries to bring an epic play about the French Revolution to Broadway. This backstage comedy has its first preview at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; the show opens Saturday and runs through June 30. Circle Theatre, 230 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth. $10-$30. 817-877-3040; www.circletheatre.com.

Jersey Boys: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons return to North Texas, in the form of the Tony-winning musical about their warts-and-all rise to stardom, playing five weeks at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. Previews begin Tuesday, opens June 15, runs through July 15. $15-$250. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

Brothers of the Sun Tour with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw: For superstars on the same bill, you can't get any more superstarry -- in country music at least -- than Chesney and McGraw at Cowboys Stadium. Jake Owen and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals open. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Cowboys Stadium, Arlington. $29.50-$275; Parking: $35. stadium.dallascowboys.com.

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