Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Baileys Dragons
1 Shaolin Warriors and other Asian-themed spectacles will join the usual circus acts this year. The show opens Wednesday and runs through Aug. 11 at American Airlines Center, and then Aug. 14-18 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. $10-$100. 800-745-3000; www.ringling.com.
Musicals in Fort Worth
2 Two big musicals open in Cowtown this week. Stolen Shakespeare Guild does the Loesser gangster classic Guys and Dolls (Friday through Aug. 11 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Centers Sanders Theatre, 1300 Gendy St.; $10-$18; 866-811-4111; www.stolenshakespeareguild.org), and the terrific Henry Krieger/Bill Russell work Side Show, about conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, is done by Casa Mañanas Apprentice Program (Friday through Sunday at Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $25. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org).
3 Lord, hear our prayer. Please make Mel Tillis wear a sparkly jacket at his Arlington concert. Were sure he can still rock one of those. The country singer and former Whataburger spokesman plays 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St. $35-$65. 817-226-4400; www.arlingtonmusichall.com.
KNONs 4th Annual Harmonica Blowout
4 On this bluesy bill are names like Mike Morgan and the Crawl, Hash Brown, Texas Johnny Boy, and Stompin Bill Johnston. You just know theyll blow the roof off with their harmonica playin. And thats not even the full lineup. Starts at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Poor Davids Pub, 1313 S. Lamar St., Dallas. $15. www.knon.org/events.
5 Hes in his Wheelhouse in concert, and in the summer. The country star-slash-Southern rocker-slash- Accidental Racist brings his Beat This Summer Tour to Dallas. Opening are Chris Young, Lee Brice and the Henningsens. 7 p.m. Saturday at Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas. $32-$67.25. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
American Idol Live
6 Sure, American Idol might seem less relevant by the season, but its living touring show still seems to pack em in. This years crew of crooners, which includes Season 12 winner Candice Glover, hits North Texas this weekend. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $33.50-$66. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven
7 Whoa. Cool show, and know why? These bands, which were prominent in the 90s and 80s, respectively, were both led by the same guy: David Lowery. Were already imagining a mash-up of Low and Pictures of Matchstick Men. 7 p.m. Saturday at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas. $24-$41. 214-824-9933; www.granadatheater.com.
8 Neil Jordans freaky-looking and buzzed-about 2012 movie, about a mother-daughter vampire duo, finally hits the Magnolia at the Modern. Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Arterton and Jonny Lee Miller star. 6 and 8:15 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. Saturday; noon, 2:15 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. At the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $8.50. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.
Julia Heaberlin book signing
9 We like to say we knew her when. Former Star-Telegram features editor Julia Heaberlin has her second novel out, Lie Still, and while theres a private author event in downtown Cowtown on Tuesday night, go ahead and make plans for her book signing at 7 p.m. Friday at Barnes & Noble in Sundance Square, 401 Commerce St., Fort Worth. www.barnesandnoble.com.
10 Or, as you might know him, the guy with the coolest name on 30 Rock. Yep, Dot Com. The comedian plays the Hyenas comedy clubs in Dallas and Fort Worth this summer. Starting in Dallas, he performs Friday and Saturday at 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 220, Dallas. $10-$15. 214-823-5233; www.hyenascomedynightclub.com/dallas. Hell be at the Fort Worth location Aug. 23-24.
11 Texas most famous dope-smokin, singer-songwriter Jewish cowboy comes to one of Fort Worths newest music venues, Queen City Music Hall. Joe Bill Rose and Charla Corn ( our recent cover girl) open. 9 p.m. Saturday at 425 Commerce St., Fort Worth. $10. http://queencitymusichall.com.
Jazz and tap
12 They go together like PB & J. The Joe Rogers Trio will play, and LaFeet Tap Ensemble dances it out. 8 p.m. Saturday at Arts Fifth Avenue, 1628 Fifth Ave., Fort Worth. $15. 817-923-9500; www.artsfifthavenue.org.