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Dirty Dozen entertainment guide: March 28-April 3

Posted 7:19am on Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2013

Empty Bowls: An Artful Taste to End Hunger: This is one of our favorite events of the year, because it offers a chance to pick up some beautiful and functional art while helping a good cause. There'll be 2,500 handcrafted bowls from local and regional artists, plus soup and dessert samples from area chefs. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at Will Rogers Memorial Center, Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibit Hall, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $45 for general admission; $125 for VIP. www.tafb.org

Dancing Beyond Borders: Dallas Black Dance Theatre does its annual gig in Fort Worth, this time featuring work previously seen in the Dallas season, including Nascimento by David Parsons, Puremovement by Rennie Harris and a work by the late Darryl Sneed. 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Scott Theatre, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $15. 214-880-0202; www.dbdt.com

Wit: The title of this play is officially "W;t" - and if you're curious about the semicolon, and also how terminal cancer and the metaphysical poetry of John Donne plays into a touching comedy, then don't miss the production from Theatre Arlington. Friday through April 14 at Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St., Arlington. $19. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org

Dallas Comedy Festival: Local and national stand-ups and improv and sketch comedy groups converge on the Dallas Comedy House this week for the annual Dallas Comedy Festival. There are lots of great shows in the lineup, but especially don't miss LA improv group The 313 on Friday, and Maribeth Monroe's sketch "Horrible Women" on Saturday. The festival continues through Saturday at Dallas Comedy House, 2645 Commerce St., Dallas. VIP badges $379, show badges $159, and individual events are $10-$25. 214-741-4448; www.dallascomedyfestival.com

NCAA Sweet 16: Though the excitement will be ratcheted up even more next year, when Cowboys Stadium is host to the Final Four, there's plenty of Madness to go around this year during the South Regional Tournament. Among the matchups: stalwarts Kansas vs. Michigan, and the NCAA's newest Cinderella story - the 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast taking on No. 3 seed Florida. Friday through Sunday at Cowboys Stadium, Arlington. Tickets start at $52 (and go up, way up). www.vividseats.com/ncaab/ncaa-regional-basketball-tickets.html

Billy Currington: The fact that David Allan Coe's concert at Billy Bob's this weekend was canceled (get well soon, big guy) is made easier to swallow by the other show, whiskey-voiced hunk Currington. Maybe he'll do You Don't Even Call Me By My Name. 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Billy Bob's Texas in the Stockyards. $20-$35 (no reserved seats for this one). 817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com

Easter in the Park and Pooch Parade: Aside from, you know, church, this is our favorite Easter event in town. Bring stuff to picnic, and line up for the dog parade, which is always filled with cutie-cute pups in bonnets and costumes. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., with pooch parade noon Sunday at Lee Park, 3333 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas. Free to enter and watch. www.thestriponcedarsprings.com

"Focus: Barry McGee": This American artist was formally trained but came to prominence during the "graffiti boom" in the early 1990s in San Francisco. He's the subject of the Modern's final Focus show of the 2012-'13 season, running Sunday through June 2 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $4-$10. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org

Junior Brown and Anthony Hamilton: Not together, but how awesome would that be? Seriously, the smooth pipes of soulful Hamilton and the cray-cray "guit-steel" of Brown? We can only dream. They both play Dallas this week: Brown is Friday at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas; $20-$39; 214-824-9933; www.granadatheater.com. Hamilton is Monday at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., Dallas; $30-$75; 214-978-2583; www.houseofblues.com.

No: The Oscar-nominated Chilean drama, starring Gael Garcia Bernal as a TV ad man whose work helps end the Pinochet era, plays in the Magnolia series this weekend. 6 and 8:15 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday; noon, 2:15 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $8.50. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org

Avenue Q: Theatre Three brings back its hit production of the naughty, life-lesson puppet musical for an open-ended run in its basement space, Theatre Too! They made their own puppets, and they're terrif. Opens Friday at Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St., Suite 168, Dallas. $10-$40. 214-871-3300; www.theatre3dallas.org

Billy Sorrells: Actor, comic and radio host Billy Sorrells came to fame via a medium that is going to keep bringing people to fame. Yep, talkin' about YouTube. His "[Stuff] Black Girls Say," with 10 million views, led to a radio gig on Jamie Foxx's Foxxhole on Sirius, and an upcoming big-screen debut in Because I Love You. 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday; 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Arlington Improv, 309 Curtis Mathes Way, No. 147, Arlington. $17-$27. 817-635-5555; www.improv.com

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