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Dirty dozen entertainment guide: Sept. 20-26, 2013

Posted 3:26pm on Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013

Depeche Mode

1 Yeah, you can laugh at those of us who used to make fun of the middle-aged folks flocking to every Stones and Dylan concert for nostalgia purposes, and paying a lot of money to play “remember when.” OK, you got us, now that we’re in the same boat with groups that started in the late ’70s and early ’80s. This innovator of techno-pop is one of the biggest and it’s back with a new album this year, Delta Machine. Crystal Castles open. 7:30 p.m. Friday at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 First Ave., Dallas. $35-$119.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.

‘Big River’

2 There are some major names in Casa Mañana’s season-opening production of Roger Miller’s musical Big River, and we’re not necessarily talking about Greater Tuna co-creator and longtime star Jaston Williams. It also has David Coffee and Julie Johnson, two of the biggest of local names for a musical. Saturday through Sept. 29 at Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $41-$76. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.

BurgerFest

3 You know what the fans voted best burger from our recent contest, and now check out some of what Dallas has to offer at this event in Deep Ellum, on two blocks of Main Street between Malcolm X Boulevard and Crowdus Street. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Free entry. www.burgerfest-dallas.com.

Plano Balloon Festival

5 All the outdoor festivals signal that better weather is around the corner. You listening, weather gods? This is one of the biggest, a celebration of hot air balloons. Watch the skies for lots of color. 4-10 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday at Oak Point Park, 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. $4-$5. 972-867-7566; www.planoballoonfest.org.

National Red Bull Flugtag

4 This is the thing where they make the flyin’ machines and try and fly them off a ramp. Of course, they all fall in the lake. That’s the fun part of this display that will be going on simultaneously in Chicago, Miami, Washington, D.C., and Long Beach, Calif., but Las Colinas is a heck of a lot closer. Gates open at 11 a.m. (first flight at 1 p.m.) Saturday at Lake Carolyn, 501 Las Colinas Blvd. E. Free. http://redbullflugtagusa.com.

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance

6 Southern Methodist University alum Joshua Peugh made a local splash in 2012 when he became an associate choreographer for the Bruce Wood Dance Project. Now he’s on his own and debuting his company that he formed in 2010 in South Korea, and the group kicks it off in Fort Worth. It’s going to be one not to miss. 8 p.m. Thursday through Sept. 28 at Sanders Theatre, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $20, $12 for students. 575-993-3584; www.darkcirclescontemporarydance.com.

Fright Fest

7 The “scream park” is back, with haunted houses and other Halloween-themed events, plus many of the coasters and rides open. Open weekends Saturday through Oct. 27, plus Oct. 14 (Columbus Day). Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington. Single tickets $49.99-$54.99. www.sixflags.com/overTexas.

‘A Raisin in the Sun’

8 Tre Garrett, artistic director of Fort Worth’s Jubilee Theatre, directs Lorraine Hansberry’s masterpiece to open the Dallas Theater Center’s season. It will run in rotating repertory with Clybourne Park, Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning update/response to Raisin. Raisin opens Friday, Clybourne officially opens Oct. 11, and both close Oct. 27. AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St., Dallas. $15-$85. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

Oktobertfest

9 Polka music (Brave Combo plays Friday and Saturday) and dance are two of the draws at this annual event. The bigger draw is beer. See what we did there? 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday at Addison Circle Park, Addison. $10 Friday and after 5 p.m. Saturday, $5 Sunday and before 5 p.m. Saturday. www.addisontexas.net/events/Oktoberfest.

Denton Blues Festival

10 Lucky Peterson, Kenny Neal and Janiva Magness headline the two days of this event, presented by the Denton Black Chamber of Commerce. Bring blankets and chairs. 1-10 p.m. Saturday, 1-8 p.m. Sunday at Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St., Denton. Free. www.dentonblackchamberonline.org.

Big pop music bills

11 The band Plain White T’s is on the first bill of two concerts this week, and that describes the clothes you’ll see in the audience at both. The thing they both have in common: American Idol winners. The first features OneRepublic, Sara Bareilles, Johnny Rzeznik, Harper Blynn, PWT’s and David Cook, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie ($29.50-$47.50, AXS.com); the other is Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson, at 7 p.m. Sunday at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 First Ave., Dallas ($35.50-$99.50, Ticketmaster).

Harkins Theatres 80th Anniversary

12 I know you don’t think it’s 80 years old, because the movie theater chain hasn’t been in DFW that long. But still, to celebrate, there’ll be free movies, drink upgrades and other happenings all week through Thursday. Not every movie is free; check showtimes on the website. Harkins Southlake 14, 1450 Plaza Place, Southlake. 817-310-0345; www.harkinstheatres.com.

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