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Dirty Dozen entertainment guide: April 26-May 2

Posted 3:04pm on Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013

HauntCon and Spring Scream at Hangman’s House of Horrors

1 While everyone else is thinking of flowers and landscape paintings in the spring festivals, HauntCon — a “haunt convention” and Halloween Trade Show — spooks up April 25-28 at the Sheraton West Airport Hotel, 4440 W. John Carpenter Freeway, Irving. Single events and one-day registration range from $10 to $65; VIP passes are $285. 972-929-8400; www.hauntcon.com. To celebrate the occasion, Fort Worth’s longest-running haunted house, Hangman’s House of Horrors, is open 8 p.m.-midnight April 26-27 and May 3-4. Tyler Mane, aka Michael Myers from Rob Zombie’s Halloween, will be on hand 7 p.m.-midnight Friday, April 26. 2013 N. Forest Park Blvd., Fort Worth. $25-$35. 817-336-HANG; www.hangmans.com

The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

2 Monologuist Mike Daisey found himself in hot water after his piece about working conditions at FoxConn in China, where many Apple products are made, aired on This American Life. But even if he fabricated some of it, the work is still a powerful look at international labor. Amphibian Stage Productions presents the work, performed by local actor Steven Young and directed by Jaime Castaneda, Thursday, April 25, through May 12 at 120 S. Main St., Fort Worth. $25-$30. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org

Main Street Festival

4 Grand Prairie gets in on the spring street-festival action with this event, which has a farmer’s market, carnival, music performances by Vince Vance and the Valiants and Vocal Trash, among others, a BMX bike show and champion street chalk artist (who knew?) Chris Brake. It’s 5-11 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-midnight Saturday in Market Square at 120 W. Main St. in downtown Grand Prairie. Free admission (carnival rides and food have varying costs). www.grandfungp.com

Denton Arts and Jazz Festival

3 Big-time jazz highlights this year’s event, with headlining performances by the David Sanborn Trio on Friday, the “Original” Blues Brothers on Saturday and Brave Combo. Expect UNT jazz groups, including the One O’Clock Lab Band, and others, too. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday at Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St., Denton. Free. www.dentonjazzfest.com

Art in the Square

5 Southlake’s annual arts festival highlights its artist of the year, painter Greg Barnes, and among the music acts is country singer Keith Anderson on Saturday night. Presented by the Southlake Women’s Club, the event is 4-10:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday in Southlake Town Square. Free. www.artinthesquare.com

USA Film Festival

6 The area’s longest-running film festival continues, with a hefty schedule of premieres, revivals, Q&A sessions and special programs. Guests include noted character actor Stephen Toboloswky (Saturday) and Dallas native Amy Acker, who plays Beatrice in Joss Whedon’s version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (Friday). (Acker, an SMU graduate, starred in shows at Stage West and Undermain Theatre before making it big in Whedon’s Buffy spinoff, Angel). Friday-Sunday at Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas. $10 per program (a few are free). 214-631-2787; www.ticketmaster.com

EdgeFest 23

7 French buzz-band Phoenix headlines the 23rd annual Edgefest, which is enough to get our blood pumping. Also appearing: Bush, Paramore, AWOLNATION, Fitz & the Tantrums and many others. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco. $34.50-$67.50. http://edgefest.kdge.com

Prairie Fest and Fort Worth South Spring Open Streets

8 Two festivals to consider in Cowtown this weekend: The eco-friendly Prairie Fest, which is all solar-powered, has food and entertainment, including Ginny Mac, Brave Combo and the Whiskey Folk Ramblers. It’s 11a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday at Tandy Hills Natural Area, 3400 View St., Fort Worth. Free. 817-731-2787; www.tandyhills.org/fest. And at the new Spring Open Streets, look for food trucks, yoga classes and music noon-4 p.m. Sunday in the Near Southside, from West Magnolia Avenue to Eighth Avenue to Hemphill Street. www.fortworthsouth.org

Meltdown Music Fest

9 Get yer dancin’ sneakers on for this event, which is all about dance music and features headliner Justice (in a DJ set), Flux Pavilion, Candyland and our vote for best band name this year, Zomboy, plus others. It’s 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday at QuikTrip Park, 1600 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie. $74, $99 VIP. http://meltdowndallas.com/

Too Many Girls

10 This is the big story of Lyric Stage’s current season: A full-orchestra revival of the rarely done Rodgers and Hart musical Too Many Girls. The 1940 film version, which was described as “knee-deep in gorgeous gals and gaiety,” is known as the project on which Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball met. From there, history. It runs Friday through May 5 at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Fort Worth. $25-$50. 972-252-2787; www.lyricstage.org

Going Gershwin

11 Spend some time with a musical master in An Afternoon With Gershwin, a musical variety show featuring the music of Gershwin and such performers as the Dancing Dames and Ken Nelson, at the W.E. Scott Theatre, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. 3 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday. $10 Sunday, $5 Tuesday. Ages 5 and under free. 817-268-0388; tapsntunes.com

North Texas LPGA Shootout

12 Say hello to golf season at this inaugural event, which marks the LPGA tour’s return to DFW after a 20-plus-year hiatus. The field includes 49 of the top 50 players from the 2013 LPGA Official Money List; headlining the field is Texan Stacy Lewis (formerly of The Woodlands), a two-time winner in 2013. April 25-April 28. $95 (for members), $115, up to $270 for four days. Discounts for children. For tee times and other info, call 214-393-2198 or visit ntshootout.com.

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