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Dirty Dozen entertainment guide: Oct. 25-31

Posted 4:00am on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012

It's strange, spooky week, with Freakers Ball, Dia de los Muertos, a Birdemic, and some weirdly wonderful Cowboy Critters.

1. The True History of the Tragic Life and Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World: Amphibian Stage Productions opens its new home with this play, which is about exactly what the title says it is about. The show is performed entirely in the dark. Very Halloweeny. Thursday through Nov 18 at the Berlene T. and Jarrell R. Milburn Theatre, 1200 S. Main St., Fort Worth. $20-$25. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org

2. Dia de los Muertos Celebration: It wouldn't be Halloween in Texas without paying homage to the Mexican Day of the Dead. This festival features face painting, music, food, altars and more. 6-10 p.m. Saturday and procession down Main Street at 7 p.m. Rose Marine Theater, 1440 N. Main St., Forth Worth. Free. 817-624-8333; www.rosemarinetheater.com

3. Oak Lawn Halloween 2012: We'd have to see the numbers, but pretty sure this annual event is the biggest street party in North Texas, and you can always count on seeing what happened in pop culture and the news this year, via very creative costumes. As always, a costume parade is the highlight. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday on the 3900 block of Cedar Springs Road, between Oak Lawn Avenue and Fitzhugh Avenue, Dallas. Free to go, with cover charges at area bars. www.caven.com

4. Birdemic: The folks from Rifftrax, formerly with Mystery Science Theater 3000, are back with a look at the 2010 killer vulture flick Birdemic. 7 p.m. Thursday at Rave North East Mall, Rave Ridgmar 13, AMC Parks at Arlington and the Cinemarks in Grapevine, Mansfield, Denton and Alliance; among others. $12.50. See list of theaters at www.fathomevents.com

5. Freakers Ball with Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie: You want scary on Halloween? This oughtta do it. The ultimate shock rockers may be a bit older, but they're still committed to freaking you out and haunting your dreams. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie. $19.99-$57.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

6. Big Concerts on Monday: So many diverse choices for Oct. 29, it's scary: Unless you got tickets a year ago, good luck with trying to get into the Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen concert (American Airlines Center, $39.50-$89.50; 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com); So you might want to check out Alanis Morissette headlining a show that includes Adam Lambert, Gavin DeGraw and Phillip Phillips (Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, $10.29-$49.50; 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com). But our pick is rapper Nas with the great but unpredictable Lauryn Hill at the Palladium Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar St., Dallas ($54.75; 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com)

7. Bob Daddy-O Wade: "Cowboys and Critters" : One of our favorite Texas visual artists returns to William Campbell. This show features his large-scale colored vintage photographs. Saturday through Aug. 4 at William Campbell Contemporary Art, 4935 Byers Ave., Fort Worth. Free. 817-737-9566; www.williamcampbellcontemporaryart.com

8. Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival: This might be the least-Halloweeny event you can find this week, and we like that. Chuck wagons, cowboy sangin' and plenty of stories. 12:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundayin the Fort Worth Stockyards. $25-$70. www.redsteagallcowboygathering.com

9. Aida: It's the grandest of grand operas, and Dallas Opera opens its new season with Verdi's beloved work. This production won't have live elephants or camels. Friday through Nov. 11 at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $19-$248. 214-443-1000; www.dallasopera.org

10. So You Think You Can Dance Season Nine Tour: The top 10 from the recent season of our favorite reality talent show (because they really have talent) comes to town. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie. $39.50-$65. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

" 11. Drawing Power: the Newton Collection of Original Editorial Cartoons" : Sadly, this exhibit of newspaper cartoons from the 1930s to today seems more like an artifact considering what's happening with newspapers. Check out this show as you're coming for the big "Titanic" exhibit. Saturday through Jan. 31 at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St. It runs through March 24. $10-$14. 817-255-9540; www.fwmuseum.org

12. The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity: A Pulitzer Prize-finalist play about professional wrestling? Kristoffer Diaz's play should be a body-slam-dunk in Texas. What's cooler is that Jaime Castaneda, a 2003 TCU graduate, is directing its regional premiere at the Dallas Theater Center. Already in previews, it opens Friday and runs through Nov. 25 at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $15-$85. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org

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