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Dirty dozen entertainment guide: Aug. 16-22

Posted 7:23am on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013

‘Miss Saigon’

1 The first locally produced professional production of the Boublil/Schonberg (that’s the team behind Les Misérables) musical Miss Saigon — a Madame 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. Through Sunday at Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $41-$76. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.

North Texas Fair and Rodeo

2 It’s the 85th edition of the long-running fair in Denton, and expect the usual rodeo and food-on-a-stick and fried fun, plus concerts from Jack Ingram, Emilio and others. The opening parade is 10 a.m. Saturday; the fair runs Friday through Aug. 24 at 2217 N. Carroll Blvd., Denton. $15, $5 ages 7-12, age 6 and younger free. 940-387-2632; www.ntfair.com.

Stars of American Ballet

3 It’s rare to see a big ballet in the dead-heat of summer, but this tour brings some of the nation’s biggest stars, including soloists from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, to town. The all-star lineup features Stella Abrera, Rebecca Krohn, Lauren Lovette, Tiler Peck, Jared Angle, Robert Fairchild, Sascha Radetsky and Daniel Ulbricht, and works include the pas de deux from Balanchine’s Rubies and Stars & Stripes, Servy Gallardo’s Tango, Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy, Antony Tudor’s The Leaves Are Fading, and Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson. $25-$90. 972-744-4650; www.eisemanncenter.org.

My Bloody Valentine

4 Man, if you don’t know why many of us of a certain age consider the 1991 album Loveless a seminal work, then find out why this brilliant Irish shoe-gaze band still gets us so excited. 8 p.m. Saturday at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $35-$40. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.

‘Still Mine’

5 80 is the new 70, haven’t you heard? This film, starring Geneviève Bujold and James Cromwell as an elderly couple fighting against local authorities in a rural area, plays in the Magnolia at the Modern series. 6 and 8 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. Saturday; noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $8.50. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.

‘The Book of Mormon’

6 The bad news: This mega-hit musical from the South Park creators is pretty much sold out for the two-week tour stop in Dallas. Slightly better news: $25 seats are available at each performance, but it’s a lottery system, and you have to show up two-and-a-half hours before each performance to try for them. Runs Wednesday through Sept. 1 at Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

Guy Forsyth

7 The Austin blues singer, who plays a mean resonator guitar, returns to one of our favorite long-running dives in Cowtown. 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Keys Lounge, 5677 Westcreek Drive, Fort Worth. $10. 817-292-8627; www.keyslounge.com.

Elvis vigil

8 Friday marks the 36th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, and in conjunction with the “Elvis at 21” exhibit, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will hold a candlelight vigil for the King. It’s at 9 p.m. Friday on the front lawn of the museum, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth. There will also be a performance by tribute artist Drake Milligan. Free. 817-255-9540; www.fwmuseum.org.

1964 the Tribute

9 This popular Beatles tribute band returns to Bass Hall. Much welcome during the hottest part of the year — both the Fab Four songs and the cool factor. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $35.75-$46.75. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

Dwight Yoakam

10 Why do we always make sure you know when the Yoakster is at Billy Bob’s? Cuz he tears up the place and still makes better music than stars less than half his age. 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth. $20-$45. 817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com.

‘A Tempest’

11 Puppetmaster extraordinaire Lake Simons has adapted Shakespeare’s The Tempest into an interesting-looking physical theater piece. It runs through Sept. 1 at Silver Creek Amphitheatre, 1950 Silver Creek Road, Fort Worth. $5-$15. 817-246-9775; www.hippocket.org.

Chazz Palminteri’s ‘A Bronx Tale’

12 Italian-American tough guy Chazz Palminteri brings his 1989 show, A Bronx Tale, to Dallas. 8 p.m. Thursday and Aug. 24, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Wyly Theatre, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $39-$69. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

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