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Dirty dozen entertainment guide: April 11-17

Posted 5:56am on Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2013

Brewfest and West Berry Block Party: It's a big weekend for festivals in Cowtown. Saturday's Brewfest on Crockett Street will bring together beers from around the world and music from around the corner (Hanna Barbarians, Holy Moly, Two Tons of Steel). Best of all, it's free. Spanning Saturday and Sunday is the West Berry Block Party at various venues including the Aardvark, The Cellar, Los Vaqueros (formerly Old Rip's) and Stay Wired. Set to perform are Quaker City Night Hawks, Spoonfed Tribe, Whiskey Folk Ramblers and many more. Brewfest: 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Crockett Street between Norwood and Currie streets, Fort Worth; free; west-7th.com. West Berry: Saturday & Sunday at various venues; $20, $30 two-day pass, $50 VIP; www.westberryblockparty.com.

Rihanna: The reigning R&B queen returns to North Texas for her Diamonds World Tour. But let's hope things don't get as hot as the last time she was here and a fire erupted on stage. A$AP Rocky opens. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. American Airlines Center, Dallas. $39.50-$125. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.

21st Annual Blessing of the Vines and New Vintage Wine & Gallery Trail: This is the way to drink wine: Have a man of the cloth bless it before you start getting wild and crazy with the drink. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at several wineries and galleries in Grapevine and on Main Street downtown. $49. www.grapevinetexasusa.com.

Dallas Art Fair: Fine-art representatives from galleries from New York, Miami, Paris, London and other chic cities will be at this biennial event, and count Dallas and Fort Worth among those chic cities. From Cowtown, Artspace 111 and William Campbell Contemporary Art will represent. The event begins with a preview gala Thursday, then runs Friday-Sunday at the Fashion Industry Gallery, adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in downtown Dallas. $20-$25 for one day, $40-$50 weekend pass; preview gala tickets and other packages available. www.dallasartfair.com.

Spring Thoroughbred Season at Lone Star Park: Big week for racing, as the horsie season begins at the area's only official bettin' track. Concerts on opening weekend, after the races, are Randy Rogers Band on Friday and Gary Allan on Saturday. 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie. Grandstand general admission $5-$8; concerts $62-$72 for VIP. Season continues through July 6. 972-263-7223; www.lonestarpark.com.

Dallas Derby Devils Season Opener: Cars and horse racing can't match the ferocity of the gals in the area's biggest roller derby league. The teams include Army of Darkness, High Sea Hotties, Death Row Rumblers, Suicide Shifters, Slaughterers and Alternate Pool. 7 p.m. Saturday. NYTEX Sports Centre, 8851 Ice House Drive, North Richland Hills. $12 (season passes available); free parking. www.derbydevils.com.

Turandot simulcast at Cowboys Stadium: Opera too expensive, you say? Try this: Puccini's grand Turandot simulcast live at Cowboys Stadium -- for free. AND parking is free. You can take in the soaring arias while wearing cut-offs, flip-flops and tank tops and eating nachos with that glow-in-the-dark cheese. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets can be requested through www.dallasopera.org/cowboys. And if you want to dress up and pay to see a real opera production, Turandot is performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Winspear Opera House, and on Friday, the Dallas Opera opens Dominick Argento's opera version of Henry James' novella The Aspern Papers, featuring superstars Susan Graham and Nathan Gunn, at the Winspear. $25-$275. 214-443-1000; www.dallasopera.org.

Penn and Teller: It's hard to find a comedy act with a shtick that has worked as long as this duo's. The tall one talks; the short one doesn't. Heck, even Gallagher's watermelon-smashing got old. But not these guys. 7 p.m. Friday. Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $20-$70. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.

"Sightings: Nathan Mabry": The American sculptor gets an exhibit in the garden at the Nasher Sculpture Center. His provocative pieces have been inspired by everything from archaeology to Dada and surrealism. Friday through July 7. 2001 Flora St., Dallas. $5-$10. 214-242-5100; www.nashersculpturecenter.org.

Natalie Merchant with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra: When she was lead singer of '80s outfit 10,000 Maniacs, she was one of those brainy/arty songwriters who had some hits. You could just imagine her, David Byrne and Michael Stipe at their own Algonquin Round Table. She brings that unmistakable voice to perform with the FWSO this weekend. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $27-$79. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.

Project Pugway: Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like: doggie fashion. You can buy and bid on items for your little smooshy-faced fur-kid. As Tim Gunn might say, "Make it bark!" 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St., Grapevine. www.dfwpugs.com.

NRA 500 Weekend: And just in case you're curious about it, that acronym for the big race at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend does not stand for National Racing Association. It's the other NRA, the one all over the news these days. Expect an extra-loud weekend -- meaning, voices joining in the ongoing debate. As for the races, the NSCS and NNS practice races are 1-6:30 p.m. Thursday, O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 races and events run all day Friday, and the big race is 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth. $20-$140 for the NRA 500; varying prices for other events. 817-215-8500; www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

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