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Dirty Dozen entertainment guide: March 7-13

Posted 6:37am on Wednesday, Mar. 06, 2013

35 Denton: Was anybody else as surprised as we were by the announcement that the headliner for this year's event would be Solange, sister of Beyoncé and Fashion Police favorite (and often not for their best-dressed list)? We'll see how that works with the rest of the festival, which has some other interesting choices, such as DJ outfit the Cannabinoids featuring Sarah Jaffe. Thursday through Saturday. Day passes start at $35, festival passes at $65. www.35denton.com

Texas Storytelling Festival: And hearing a mix of music at 35D isn't the only festival happening in the northernmost city of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Denton triangle. The 28th Annual Texas Storytelling Festival spins some yarns, Thursday through Sunday, March 11, at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St., Denton. $10 for most events; $40 on Saturday; festival pass $95-$130. 940-382-7014; www.tejasstorytelling.com

TCU Cellofest: Texas Christian University presents its first Cellofest, which a celebration of, well, exactly what it sounds like. The opening concert is 7 p.m. Thursday, at Ed Landreth Auditorium, featuring Tchaikovsky International Competition laureate and University of Texas at Austin professor Bion Tsang and TCU professor Jesús Castro-Balbi with the TCU Symphony Orchestra, led by Germán Gutiérrez. Events continue through Saturday. More at www.cello.tcu.edu/cellofest

Out of the Loop Fringe Festival: Since we're in the festival spirit, check out the 14th annual performing arts fringe fest in Addison. This year it's pretty local, with some very cool-looking shows from cabaret artist Ayana Hampton, the Fort Worth Opera and Q Live!, which will do Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays. Thursday through March 17 at WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison. Tickets are $10-$15 per show; or $65 for a festival pass. 972-450-6232; www.watertowertheater.org

Big 12 Women's Basketball Championships: We know that this area of the U.S.--as in three bordering states beginning with Texas and going north, dominates the teams who'll play, we just don't know who's going against whom yet. Four schools from Texas (TCU, Baylor, UT and Tech), two from Oklahoma and two from Kansas are in the running. Let's throw Iowa and West Virginia in there, too. Friday through Monday at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Lane, Dallas. $87.25-$105. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

Yeol Eum Son: She won the silver medal at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and although the program has her performing Mendelssohn, Schubert, Beethoven and others, who knows what to expect -- given that this is the first official Cliburn event since the organization's namesake died Feb. 27. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $20-$90. 817-212-4280; www.cliburn.org

Joan Rivers: There's not much in-between feeling for this tart-tongued diva -- people love her or hate her. If you're in the first group, you may want to check out the self-proclaimed "semi-legend" when she trash-talks her way into Big D. 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $37.50-$67.50. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org

For the Sake of the Song: Townes Van Zandt: You're hearing a lot about unsung songwriters now, what with the re-emergence of Rodriguez. Mr. Van Zandt has always been in that category, and Arts Fifth Avenue shows you why, with this original tribute by Bruce Payne. 8 p.m. Saturday at Arts Fifth Avenue, 1628 Fifth Ave., Fort Worth. $15. 817-923-9500; www.artsfifthavenue.org

They Might Be Giants: It's hard to imagine a group maintaining as loyal a following as these alt-nerd-rockers have for three decades. See what the fuss is about. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., Dallas. Tickets, $23-$35, are still available; the good seats are sold out. 214-978-2583; www.houseofblues.com

PaleyFest with The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory: Fathom Events brings two TV-related events to the movie screen this week, each featuring interviews with cast and creative types. The first, with AMC's hit zombie apocalypse drama The Walking Dead, is 8 p.m. Thursday; and the live event for CBS's The Big Bang Theory is 9 p.m. Wednesday at Cinemark Tinseltown Grapevine, Cinemark Alliance Town Center, Regal Fossil Creek, Cinemark 17 (Dallas), AMC NorthPark 15 and a few other area theaters. $13-$15. To see a complete list of theaters showing it, go to www.FathomEvents.com

Ryan Bingham: How many times do you get to see an Oscar-winning songwriter at Billy Bob's? The Americana, raspy-voiced singer co-wrote the song The Weary Kind for the film Crazy Heart, and it picked up the Oscar and the Golden Globe for best song. Don't count on Adele showing up in the Stockyards anytime soon. 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Billy Bob's Texas in the Stockyards. $18-$35. 817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com

The Breakfast Club: Every decade has the standout teen movie. In the 2000s, it was Mean Girls. In the '90s, Clueless. But they all bow down to this 1985 masterpiece of the genre from John Hughes, who also had several more of the best teen flicks ever under his belt. 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Palace Arts Center, 300 S. Main St., Grapevine. $5; free popcorn with a same-day receipt from a Grapevine restaurant. 817-410-3100; www.grapevinetexasusa.com

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