The week's Top 10 things to do

Posted 12:59pm on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013


1For your Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations, start with the MLK Weekend Concert featuring Urban Mystic, Ahyonz, Kenya C. and Will Davenport. Then, Monday, go to the MLK parade in downtown Fort Worth, and take in the Cowboys of Color Rodeo that afternoon at the Stock Show. Finally, you have until Feb. 28 to catch "Rising Up!: Hale Woodruff's Murals From Talladega College" at the African American Museum in Dallas' Fair Park. These murals, commissioned by Alabama's Talladega College to chronicle the Amistad mutiny and the history of the college, are making their only appearance west of the Mississippi in Dallas.

Concert: 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Cendera Center, 3600 Benbrook Highway, Fort Worth. $20-$60.

Parade: 11 a.m. Monday. Ninth and Commerce streets (ends at Water Gardens Plaza). 817-355-4831.

Rodeo: 2 p.m. Monday. Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth. $20. 817-922-9999;

Museum exhibit: Through Feb. 28. African American Museum, 3536 Grand Ave., Dallas. $5, $2 children. 214-565-9026;

2The guy behind the beloved Mystery Science Theatre 3000 appears at an event at Oak Cliff's Texas Theatre for "An Evening With Joel Hodgson." It begins with the Pod People episode of MST3K, followed by an autograph and photo session, and then the man himself performing his one-man show.

5 p.m. Saturday. 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas. $10-$40. 214-948-1546;

3Celebrate the famous Argentine dance form, the tango, at Tango on the Avenue, the first "milonga" of the year, with instructors Val and Glenda Marchesoni.

Free lesson begins at 8:15 p.m., dancing 9 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Arts Fifth Avenue, 1628 Fifth Ave., Fort Worth. $10, $15 per couple. 817-923-9500;

4Austin is crawling with indie bands, but the Eastern Sea stands out. With harmonies, beautifully crafted melodies and touches of trumpet, the band proves there's still a place for songcraft. The group makes a stop in Fort Worth on Friday night as part of its national tour. It shares the bill with the Kopecky Family Band.

10 p.m. Friday. Lola's Saloon, 2736 W. Sixth St., Fort Worth. $13. 817-877-0666;

Local arts

52013 marks the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky's once-controversial ballet The Rite of Spring, so expect many tributes to it this year, starting with a re-creation of the original Nijinsky version by Chicago's renowned Joffrey Ballet, presented by TITAS. The group will also perform After the Rain and Age of Innocence.

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $12-$125. 214-880-0202;

6Charles Busch didn't write many comedies without a character in drag, but The Tale of the Allergist's Wife is one of them. Still very funny, this play is about the bored title character and a mysterious friend. It gets its Tarrant County debut beginning Friday.

Friday through Feb. 3. Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St., Arlington. $17-$19. 817-275-7661;

7If knitting is a growing hobby for young adults, quilting might be the ultimate folk art. In "Off the Wall: Maverick Quilts," quilts from 1850 to 1950 will be on display.

Friday through March 31. National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, 1720 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $8-$10. 817-336-4475;


8Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve is having a W.O.W. (Wild Over Winter) day Sunday. A winter travel team from the Dallas Zoo heads to Southlake for this event, to share how animals adapt to colder weather. Scheduled are a penguin, alligator, beaver, chinchilla and Eurasian eagle owl. Reservations are limited to 60 participants.

2-4 p.m. Sunday. Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve, 355 E. Bob Jones Road, Southlake. $10. 817-491-6333;

9A Winter Fest Concert for kids Saturday will include stories told by student tellers from the 2012 Lone Star Storytelling Festival. For ages 9 and up.

7 p.m. Saturday. Frisco Discovery Center Black Box Theatre, 8004 Dallas Parkway, Frisco. Free. 972-292-5669;

10The 21st annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition, which takes place Friday in Dallas, aims to encourage community members to reflect on MLK's contributions as a civil rights leader. The event features fourth- and fifth-graders composing and presenting original speeches about the topic "If you could talk directly to Dr. King about your dream for our future, what would you tell him?" Students are judged on delivery, content and memorization.

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday. Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., Dallas. 214-969-5807;

-- Compiled by Mark Lowry, Kathy Hailey and

Cary Darling


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