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Dirty Dozen entertainment guide: Aug. 9-15

Posted 2:33pm on Wednesday, Aug. 07, 2013

Alamo Drafthouse Opens

Austin’s much-loved movie theater — beloved because of its unapologetic ouster of any patron whose cellphone goes off during a movie — opens its first (we hope) North Texas location, in Richardson. With all the great boutique movie theaters and ideas in the movie-watching experience, it’s a wonder anyone still goes to the multiplex. Opens Friday at 100 S. Interstate 75. Suite 14, Richardson. 972-534-2120; http://drafthouse.com/dfw/richardson

Laptop Orchestra and Modern Kids

The Modern Art Museum is filled with interesting events this week, starting with something for which the title should offer a hint: The Applause Music Festival presents CiCLOP — Cincinnati Composers Laptop Orchestra Project concert. That’s 2 p.m. Saturday. Then, the annual film festival Modern Kids is 10:30-11 a.m. (ages 3-7) and 1-2 p.m. (ages 8-12) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, featuring short films, domestic and foreign, aimed at kids. Titles include Robot Zot!, Profilograph and The Best of Monsieur Racine. All events are free. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org

Miss Saigon

The first locally produced professional production of the Boublil/Schonberg (that’s the team behind Les Miserables) musical Miss Saigon — a Madama Butterfly in a Vietnam War setting — happens in Cowtown. How will they do the famous helicopter scene in Casa Mañana’s restrictive space? Theatrical magic, baby. Saturday through Aug. 18 at Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $41-$76. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org

DFW Restaurant Week

CBS is in the local news this week because of the Time Warner debacle, but let’s focus on the good stuff, like the annual Restaurant Week, co-presented with KRLD and benefiting the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home. Prices vary, and online reservations have been going on for weeks. But the event officially kicks off this week. Check out the restaurant list at http://dfw.cbslocal.com/krld-restaurant-week/

Sausagefest DFW

This event is being marketed as an event for men, celebrating things like cold beer, anything that’s grillable and sausage-shaped, and, of course, a bikini contest. But it also has music from bands like A.Dd+ and the Mullet Boyz. 4-10 p.m. Saturday at Main Street Garden, bordered by Main, St. Paul, Commerce and Harwood streets in downtown Dallas. $12 (plus fees). www.sausagefestdfw.com

Heart

The rockin’ ladies from Seattle, sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, are touring and sounding as loud and cool as ever. We know you’ll scream for Barracuda and Magic Man, but don’t forget Dreamboat Annie and Dog and Butterfly. Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience opens. 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 First Ave. Dallas. $25-$99.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Dragons

Wouldn’t it be cool of they did a dragon walk, like the elephant walk that this circus used to do in downtown Fort Worth? Like, with real dragons? The latest show from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey opens this week in Cowtown, 7:30 p.m. Thursday and runs through Aug. 18 at Fort Worth Convention Center. $15-$100. 800-745-3000; www.ringling.com

‘Exit, Pursued by a Bear’

If you know your Shakespeare, you know that this play’s title is the Bard’s most infamous and head-scratching stage direction (from The Winter’s Tale). It’s one of several contemporary works for which playwright Lauren Gunderson has taken inspiration from Willy Shakes, and it makes its North Texas debut Thursday through Sept. 14 at Circle Theatre, 230 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth. $20-$30. 817-877-3040; www.circletheatre.com

The Birds

You can debate all you want about Hitchcock’s greatest film — North by Northwest, Vertigo and Psycho are usually the titles thrown out there — but for buck-bang, you can’t get any better than his tale of avian terror, The Birds. 7 p.m. Friday at the Palace Arts Center, 300 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817-410-3100; www.palace-theatre.com

Bruno Mars and Ellie Goulding

The R&B star with the throw-back look and the sound that’s not quite as throw-backy makes his arena debut in North Texas with an almost sold-out show; and British dance siren Ellie Goulding, whose song Lights we still can’t get out of our most-played list, opens. 7:30 p.m. Monday at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Lane, Dallas. $40-$94. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

Yaa Halla, Y’all

Always a fun event, the Isis and the Star Dancers troupe does its annual celebration of belly dancing with a weekend of workshops and performances, Thursday through Saturday at Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St., Grapevine. Prices vary. 817-498-7703; www.isisandthestardancers.com

Kathy Griffin

“Mean” humor — descended from the likes of Don Rickles and Joan Rivers — is still loved by many. It may not be respected by the hardcore comedy followers, but they’re not this redhead’s target. Expect a crowd dominated by men, the majority of them not accompanying a wife, ahem. 8 p.m. Friday at Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie. $39.75-$59.75. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

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