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Dirty Dozen entertainment guide: May 3-9

Posted 8:08am on Wednesday, May. 01, 2013

Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games, Mayfest

1 The Scottish festival promises ale, haggis, bony knees (courtesy of kilts), Celtic music and sheepdogs. They’re so cute, with the frizzy hair and eye-covering bangs — like Muppets, only real. 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 9 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, May 3-5, at the University of Texas at Arlington, Maverick Stadium. Weekend pass $9-$30, with higher-price packages available. 800-363-7268; www.texasscottishfestival.com. If that’s not enough celebrating for you, performing arts and kid-friendly happenings are what this 41st annual Mayfest are mostly about, and this year, looks like the big attraction will be the Live Shark Encounter. How’s that gonna work? Mayfest runs 3:30-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday ; and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday in Trinity Park, Fort Worth. $5-$8. 817-332-1055; www.mayfest.org

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Texas Ballet Theater

2 Big dance weekend in the Dallas Arts District. First, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which has typically come to Fort Worth every few years but is switching to Dallas for the foreseeable future, presents three performances at the Winspear Opera House, 8 p.m. Friday and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday ($12-$125; 214-880-0202, www.attpac.org); and Texas Ballet Theater’s Springfest kicks up at the Wyly Theatre, Friday-Sunday ($19-$99; 877-828-9200, www.texasballettheater.org). On the program are Voluntaries and Lambarena, both seen at Bass Hall in March.

Texas Frightmare Weekend

3 Stars from the world of horror will be on hand, including various people who played Michael Myers and Jason. But the big draw is a slew of folks from AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead, including Norman Reedus, Jon Bernthal, Chandler Ross and Nick Gomez. Other actors include Tom Skerritt, Danny Trejo and Virginia Madsen. 6-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Regency DFW, 2334 N. International Parkway at DFW Airport. $25 each day, or $65 for weekend pass. www.texasfrightmareweekend.com

The Killers

4 The Las Vegas band is back, and the opening act is the Virgins. With those two names, we might expect a ritual sacrifice. To the rock gods. 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $35-$65. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com


5 The tour of the award-winning musical about Afro-beat singer Fela Kuti comes to Dallas in the Broadway Lexus Series. It features choreography by the renowned Bill T. Jones and stars Michelle Williams, formerly of Destiny’s Child. Its producers aren’t too shabby, either: Jay-Z, and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, among others. Tuesday through May 19 at Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $12-$125. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org

Fly by Night

6 What do you do in a blackout? We’ll find out in this new musical (by Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick and Kim Rosenstock, who is a lead writer on Fox’s New Girl), having its regional premiere at Dallas Theater Center. It centers on three 20-somethings during the New York City 1965 blackout. It opens Friday and runs through May 26 at Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas. $15-$85. 214-880-0202; www.dallastheatercenter.org

Public Knowledge

7 Did someone mention Elvis? The photo exhibit “Elvis at 21” opens later this month (May 25) at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. To prepare, check out this free event at Magnolia Motor Lounge, featuring a talk by Charles Stone, Elvis’ tour manager, and music by impersonator Kraig Parker and local bluesman James Hinkle. 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Magnolia Motor Lounge, 3005 Morton St., Fort Worth. 817-255-9540; www.fwmuseum.org

The Band Perry

8 They have the most cumbersome name in country music, but the Mississippi/Alabama/Tennessee-raised siblings’ harmonies are anything but. If they were from Canada, might they have gone with the name Perry, Eh? 10:30 p.m. Friday at Billy Bob’s Texas in the Stockyards. $20-$35. 817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com


9 This benefit for EASL (Emergency Artists Support League) features a noteworthy challenge: The participating artists have to create a new work of art on site, and it has to be on velvet. Don’t expect anything as easy as an Elvis from this crew. 6-9 p.m. Friday at William Campbell Contemporary Art, 4935 Byers Ave., Fort Worth. $20 at the door. 817-737-9566; www.williamcampbellcontemporaryart.com

First Friday at the Modern

10 The cocktail this time is May Day, and let’s hope it means spring and any temperature below 60 is over until October. In fact, let’s keep it between 60 and 85 until then, K? The music will come from band Saint Frinatra. 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. Free; gallery admission is $10; Café Modern open. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org

Kentucky Derby Day at Lone Star Park

11 Anything with big hats gets our attention; and if you can’t be at the actual Kentucky Derby, watch it live at Lone Star Park. Just don’t forget the big hat (there’ll be a hat contest), and we’re guessing you’ll be able to find a mint julep or two. 3 p.m. Saturday at Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie. General admission $5-$8; special seating $13-$27. 972-263-7223; www.lonestarpark.com

Diana Krall

12 The jazzy singer brings all her talents — and they are many — to town in her Glad Rag Doll tour, 8 p.m. Friday at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $49.50-$125. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

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