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Dirty Dozen entertainment guide: Feb. 28-March 6

Posted 4:00am on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

Kelly Clarkson: How great was her recent setting-the-record-straight rant against Clive Davis? Another reason why we love her. The first American Idol, and still our favorite, hometown girl Kelly returns, performing for the Opportunity Education Foundation. Tim Halperin, a local boy who didn't make it as far on the big A-I, opens. 8 p.m. Friday at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $44.25-$154.75. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

Voluntaries and Lambarena: If you're looking for our major ballet company to perform works from the second half of the 20th century that have entered the canon, then act on this now. Who knows when it will happen again? Glen Tetley's 1973 Voluntaries and Val Caniparoli's Lambarena (1995) take the stage, Friday through Sunday at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $19-$99. 877-828-9200; www.texasballettheater.org

North Texas Irish Festival: We consider this the first major festival of the year, and Celtic heritage celebrations don't get any bigger than this. National, local and international bands and dancers perform on six stages in Fair Park all weekend. Headliners include the Elders, Arvel Bird, Barra MacNeils, Behan and Irish step dancers the Fels (pronounced "fesh"). 6-11 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30- a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sunday at Fair Park, Dallas. Free from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, $10 from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, $20 Saturday, $15 Sunday (online discounts available). www.ntif.org

Port-a-Cool Texas World Dirt Track Championship: The NASCAR season at Texas Motor Speedway hasn't revved up yet, but this event kicks off the motorsports year. Camping begins noon Thursday, with events all weekend, but the racing is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at TMS in Fort Worth. $10-$20 per race. 817-215-8500; www.texasmotorspeedway.com

Cinemark Classics Series: Cinemark begins its six-film classics series this week with 1994's ultra quotable Forrest Gump. The films will be shown at 2 and 7 p.m. on Wednesdays for the next six weeks. Next are: West Side Story (March 13), Lawrence of Arabia (March 20), American Beauty (March 27), Casablanca (April 3) and The Godfather (April 10). Forrest Gump is 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6,] at area Cinemark theaters. $6.25-$12.50 per film, or purchase a pass for all six for $30. www.cinemark.com

Six Flags Over Texas: A sure sign of spring's arrival: the opening of Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington. Hours are 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Single ticket prices will be $54.99 this year, but opening weekend tickets are available online for $19.61. www.sixflags.com/overTexas

PBR: Built Ford Tough Series with Kevin Fowler: The Professional Bull Riding Association, trucks and country music stardom all come together at Cowboys Stadium. Can we get a yeehaw? 8 p.m. Saturday. $20-$150. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

Pugapalooza: The fourth annual event that celebrates the googly-eyed breed of poochies -- and the commitment to finding good homes for rescued ones -- features contests for curliest tail, longest tongue, best kisser, sassy senior, spring bonnet and something called "clean your plate." All fine, but what contests will the dogs participate in? 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Tipps Canine Hollow Dog Park, 7801 Davis Blvd., North Richland Hills. Free to join; donations appreciated. Food and T-shirts for sale. www.dfwpugs.com

Million Dollar Quartet: You won't find a more rockin' musical on the touring circuit right now. The concept: Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and some guy named Elvis find themselves in a jam session together. 'Nuff said. Tuesday through March 10 at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $38.50-$99. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com

Command Performance: It's a great week for big ballet. In addition to Texas Ballet Theater, TITAS hosts its annual showcase of national and international ballet stars. This year, they include Wendy Whelan, Desmond Richardson, Yuan Yuan Tan, Damian Smith, Carla Korbes, Karel Cruz, Janessa Touchet, Cervilio Amador and the Lisa Giobbi Movement. 8 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $12-$125. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org

CADD Art Bus: The Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas heads 'em up and moves 'em out this week for their Art Bus tour. It starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holly Johnson Gallery in the Dallas Design District (1411 Dragon St.), and the tour includes stops at The Warehouse, the home of collectors Amy and Vernon Faulconer, and Cris Worley Fine Arts. $50. www.caddallas.net

Camelot: Casa Mañana revives the Lerner and Loewe musical, but this isn't your parents' Camelot. This is a more provocative production with "brief nudity." It's recommended for mature audiences only. Saturday through March 10 at Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 West Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $41-$76. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org

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