14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition
1This is the big one, the event that puts Cowtown on the international map. Thirty contestants from 12 countries compete in this quadrennial event, hoping to be the World’s Next Great Pianist. Preliminary rounds begin 11 a.m. Friday, and the winner is announced June 9. All at Bass Hall. $10-$20 for preliminary concerts (there are 20), $25-$65 semifinals (eight), $40-$135 finals (four), $30-$50 for awards presentation. Or go all the way with a full competition pass, $430-$860. Other packages available. See schedule and more at www.cliburn.org.
2It’s the “Red” Tour, presumably named for all of the broken hearts left in Swift’s wake and the pile-up of songs written about them. Ed Sheeran and Austin Mahone open. 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Cowboys Stadium, Arlington. $49.50-$99.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
‘Knock Me a Kiss’
3The story of the 1928 marriage of W.E.B. Du Bois’ daughter Yolande to one of Harlem’s most celebrated poets, Countee Cullen, is dramatized in this Charles Smith play, having its area premiere at Jubilee Theatre. It has been running in previews, and opens Friday; it runs through June 16. 506 Main St., Fort Worth. $12-$25. 817-338-4411; www.jubileetheatre.org.
‘Elvis at 21’
4This photo exhibit, which features Alfred Wertheimer’s photos of a young Elvis Presley, opens Saturday at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St. $10-$14. 817-255-9540; www.fwmuseum.org.
Downtown Arlington Center Stage Musical Festival
5Levitt Pavilion in Arlington opens its season, like last year, with a weekendlong festival. And this time it has awesome local headliners: Sarah Jaffe on Friday, Polyphonic Spree on Saturday and Old 97’s on Sunday. Music starts at 7 p.m. Friday, 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 100 W. Abram St., Arlington. Free. www.levittpavilionarlington.org.
Texas Tea Music Fest
6Here’s a new country music jam in Denton. Headlining bands include Confederate Railroad (Friday) and Little Texas (Saturday), and there will be festival happ’nins all day, too. 2:30-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. North Texas State Fairgrounds, 2217 N. Carroll Blvd., Denton. $20-$25 each day, free age 12 and under; passes and VIP available. www.texasteamusicfest.com.
‘Hotel Texas’ and ‘ DallasSITES’
7The commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the JKF assassination are off, and the Dallas Museum of Art begins with the exhibit “Hotel Texas: An Art Exhibition for the President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy,” and “DallasSITES: Charting Contemporary Art, 1963 to Present,” a celebration of Dallas artists from the past half-century. Both exhibits run Sunday through Sept. 15. 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas. Free. 214-922-1803; www.dm-art.org.
Dallas International Festival
8This local celebration of the area’s international groups, from six continents, moves to Fair Park this year. Look for food, music, performing arts and more. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Centennial Building in Fair Park. Free. www.dfwinternational.org.
National Polka Festival
9Considering that the recent spate of tornadoes affected Ennis, it’ll be interesting to see how that plays into this annual event, one of your best chances to do the chicken dance and not be at a wedding. The event is 7-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Sunday in downtown Ennis and area dance halls. The Saturday-morning parade and some downtown events are free; dance hall admission is $7-$12. www.nationalpolkafestival.com.
‘Se Llama Cristina’ and the New Works Festival
10Kitchen Dog Theater closes its season, every year, with a New Works Festival, and this year it’s bigger than ever. The mainstage event is the “rolling world premiere” of former Dallas playwright Octavio Solis’ Se Llama Cristina. And there’s a smaller show by Tim Johnson, called one:man.show. There will also be staged readings of new plays throughout the event. Friday through June 22. McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave., Dallas. $15-$30. 214-953-1055; www.kitchendogtheater.org.
11Seattle-bred Chris Cornell is back with his original band, and that makes us screaming-happy. Insert Cornell scream here. 8 p.m. Sunday. Palladium Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar St., Dallas. The show is sold out, but fans will know who to sidle up to for a ticket. www.thepalladiumballroom.com.
12The Amon Carter Museum of American Art starts its free Sunset Cinema series on the lawn, with movies projected on a large screen. First up: the Hitchcock classic Rear Window, starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly. Lawn opens at 6 p.m., movie starts at 8 p.m. Thursday. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Free. 817-738-1933; www.cartermuseum.org.