Day in the District
1 It’s the annual fall celebration of the culture part of Cowtown’s “cowboys and culture” mantra, with free admission to most of the museums in the Cultural District, and performances in their spaces and on their grounds. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Free. www.fwdayinthedistrict.org.
2 You could see three performances at Bass Hall this week and brag that you have seen the three most wildly divergent cultural events. Dinner-party points. Menopause the Musical has three performances Friday and Saturday ($22-$71.50), loudmouth Lewis Black’s “The Rant is Due” tour arrives 8 p.m. Sunday ($39.50-$69.50), and the famed Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club plays 7:30 p.m. Wednesday ($27.50-$82.50). Bass Hall, Fort Worth. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Dallas Stars season opener
3 Big changes for our hockey team last season, what with firing general manager (and former player) Joe Nieuwendyk. Will the new management take the Stars all the way this time? They open their home season this week, hosting the Florida Panthers. (Cats are terrible on ice.) 7:30 p.m. Thursday at American Airlines Center, Dallas. $10-$420. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
Imagine Dragons and India.Arie
4 Interesting week at the Gilley’s entertainment venue. The alt-rock band Imagine Dragons is there for two nights. Then, we get pure-voiced soul diva India.Arie. ID plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at South Side Music Hall (both shows are sold out, but Ticketmaster has Platinum tickets starting at $95); I.A is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday ($37.50-$45) at South Side Ballroom. 1135 S. Lamar St., Dallas. www.gilleysdallas.com.
State Fair of Texas
5 Big stories this year: There’s new fried food (Nutella! Thanksgiving dinner!), Disney’s The Lion King will be Dallas Summer Musicals’ State Fair musical, and, of course, the unveiling of the new Big Tex. Flames can’t hold him back. The fair opens Friday and runs through Oct. 20 in Fair Park. General admission is $14.95 in advance, $17 at the gate. www.bigtex.com. The Lion King runs Wednesday through Oct. 20 at the Music Hall at Fair Park; $45-$108. www.dallassummermusicals.org.
‘Animal Inside Out’
6 Remember the “Body Worlds” exhibit, which showed the insides of human bodies, in all their muscled, tendoned skinlessness? This is from the same production, but done with animals. The exhibit opened Sept. 22 at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, 2201 N. Field St., Dallas. $27 for adult admission. 214-428-5555; www.perotmuseum.org.
7 One of the biggest indie success stories from the past decade-plus, the great Aimee Mann — who’s still fiercely indie — brings her witty songwriting and smoky vocals to Dallas. 7 p.m. Saturday at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas. $29-$51. 214-824-9933; www.granadatheater.com.
Chris Kelly’s Modern Cinema Festival
8 The former Star-Telegram/DFW.com film critic continues his annual festival — this year it’s the ninth — with a showcase of films you’ll be hearing buzz about in the coming months. Opening night, Thursday, Oct. 3, showcases A.C.O.D. starring Adam Scott from Parks and Recreation. The rest of the schedule, running through Oct. 6, features Dormant Beauty, Kill Your Darlings starring Daniel Radcliffe , The Broken Circle Breakdown, Tanta Agua, Le Week-end and Blood Brother, plus a surprise screening. Thursday through Oct. 6 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $10 per film; passes available. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.
9 There are gonna be lots of JFK tributes in the coming months, and this is a bold choice: Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s brilliant musical exploration of ambition, with the assassins and would-be assassins of U.S. presidents, including John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald and Squeaky Fromme. In previews through Sunday, runs through Oct. 27. Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St., Suite 168, Dallas. $12-$35. 214-871-3300; www.theatre3dallas.com.
Western Days Festival
10 It may have started as a tiny celebration of Western heritage — can’t you just picture a rhubarb pie-eating contest? — but it’s turned into quite the event, which has a major tamale-eating world championship. We could rock that. The Randy Rogers Band is a music headliner. 7-11:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Lewisville. Admission $20, but free tickets online. www.lewisvillewesterndays.com.
‘Gasland Part II’
11 Expect some lively talk about fracking and environmental issues at the area premiere of this film, which will also feature the director, Josh Fox (pictured), who was nominated for an Oscar for Gasland. Also on hand: the film’s stars Calvin Tillman, Deborah Rogers, Texas Sharon Wilson and Steve Lipsky. 7 p.m. Saturday at Ridglea Theater, 6025 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Free. www.ridgleatheater.com.
David Allan Coe
12 You don’t have to call him darlin’ (darlin’), but at this point, we hope you know his name. In a bizarre bill, Drivin’ ’N’ Cryin’ opens (at 9 p.m.). Coe at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Billy Bob’s Texas in the Stockyards. $12-$18. 817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com.
In the ’80s, he was considered country music’s best soul singer. We still don’t see anyone to challenge that title. He makes a return, 8 p.m. Saturday[ sep27] at Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington. Free. www.levittpavilionarlington.org