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Dirty Dozen entertainment guide: May 31-June 6

Posted 11:11am on Wednesday, May. 29, 2013

Celebrate Fort Worth

1 This happening, at Main and Ninth streets downtown, gives us a day with the “Legends of Rock and Roll” and an evening of fireworks. The legends include Charlie Thomas and the Drifters, Johnny Thunder, Danny and the Juniors, The Marvelous Marvelettes and the Earthbeats. The event begins at 3 p.m. Saturday at General Worth Square (in front of the Convention Center North entrance). Free. www.celebratefortworth.com

Juanes

1 We could go on about those bushy eyebrows and bedroom eyes, but Colombian superstar Juanes only needs the cred of his music, mostly performed in Spanish. But the looks don’t hurt. 8 p.m. Thursday at Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie. $29.50-$75. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

The 15th Annual Festival of Independent Theatres

1The event, which usually is held in the dead of summer, has moved up because of a national theater conference happening in Dallas. The eight shows are heavy on local playwrights (Brad McEntire’s Dinosaur and Robot Stop a Train; Isabella Russell-Ides’ Lydie Marland in the Afterlife), plus a solo show (John Michael’s Like Me) and a dance performance from tap outfit Rhythmic Souls. Friday through June 22 at Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas. Tickets per two-show performance block are $18; or $60-$70 for a festival pass. 800-617-6904; www.festivalofindependenttheatres.org

KXT Summer Cut

1Our favorite local music station, and the only FM one playing much local music, returns with its summer festival and a killer lineup: the Avett Brothers, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Matt & Kim, Milo Greene, Hayes Carll and Dawes. 4 p.m. Saturday at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 First Ave. Dallas. $30-$55. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

Dog Days of Denton

1It’s the 20th year for this canine celebration. Tail-wagging highlights include “Dancing with the Dog” demos, Canine Couture fashion parade, agility courses, pet tricks, a dog singing contest, and of course, “Glamfur” shots for $5. Dogs, of course, are encouraged to attend, but must be on a leash and have current vaccinations. Free. 5-8:30 p.m. Friday; 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St., Denton. dentondogdays.com

Oak Cliff Film Festival

1Expect big growth for the second year of this fest. The opening-night films are the feature Drinking Buddies, and the doc Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer; scores of other films follow. Thursday through June 9. Venues include the Texas Theatre, Kessler Theater, Bishop Arts Theatre Centre, the Belmont Hotel and others. For complete venue, film and ticket info, visit www.oakclifffilmfestival.com.

Awesome comedy week

1So get out to these shows: the hilarious Aziz Ansari, best known for Parks and Recreation (8 p.m. Friday, $32-$38), and legendary duo Cheech and Chong (7:30 p.m. Saturday, $10-$79.50). Both of those are at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com. And, hey-oh! Tracy Jordan — oops, Tracy Morgan — has a show Sunday at House of Blues in Dallas ($35.50); 214-978-2583; www.houseofblues.com

Billy Joe Shaver

1Bad-ace singer-songwriter. Need we say more? 8 p.m. Friday at Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, 1311 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth. $16. 817-926-0968; www.theliveoak.com

Reinventing Radio: An Evening With Ira Glass

1The clever, nasally host of NPR’s This American Life gives Dallas audiences a taste of creating the show. He’ll probably have great stories from the past, too. 8 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $20-$50. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org

Fleetwood Mac

1Raise your hand if you still have your Rumours LP. Did you know it came out 36 years ago? Raise your hand if you feel old now. Ah, but the seminal band always makes us feel young again. It’s in DFW this weekend, minus Christine McVie (Guess she went her own way). $49.50-$149.50. 8 p.m. Tuesday at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Lane, Dallas. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

NASA exhibit

1More than 100 items from the Kennedy Space Center, including an original Apollo spacesuit and a model of a space shuttle, are on display in this exhibit. Saturday through Aug. 25 at the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau building, 636 S. Main St., Grapevine. Free. 817-410-3185; www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com.

Forever Plaid

A group of 1950s-era harmony singers (in the style of the Four Freshmen and The Lettermen) die in a crash on their way to a gig and live to sing their pre-rock-era tunes into the afterlife. That’s the backdrop for this perennial favorite, and if you’re a fan of harmonies (and have a soft spot for the sweet sounds that hit before the Beatles), you’ll dig it. 8:45 p.m. Friday (after gala), 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. June 2, Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $75 for the concert and afterparty Friday; $41-$66 for other performances. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org

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