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Dirty dozen entertainment guide: Oct. 24-30

Posted 6:48am on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013

Freakers’ Ball, South by So What, ‘Dracula,’ Pugoween and food trucks at the Ballpark — all this and more in this week's fun guide.

Philip Glass performs ‘Dracula’

1The god of minimalism comes to town with his ensemble to perform a score to the famous 1931 film version of Bram Stoker’s story, starring Bela Lugosi. The film will be shown on a screen above the stage. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $22-$55. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

KEGL Freakers’ Ball

2Can’t have Halloween without an all-day concert featuring bands with scary-sounding names. Korn headlines, but there’s also Five Finger Death Punch, Beware the Darkness and best-band-name winner (by us), Even the Dead Love a Parade. Doors open at 4 p.m. Friday at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie. $27.50-$57.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.

Boo at the Zoo

3The annual kid-friendly Halloween event at the Fort Worth Zoo, which will have activities, entertainment and more, is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, at 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth. Free with zoo admission ($9-$12, age 2 and younger free). 817-759-7555; www.fortworthzoo.org.

Texas Food Truckin’ Festival

4Food truck fans, better head to the ballpark this weekend. This two-day fest returns, with food from Nammi, Rockn’ Rick’s, Taste of Cuba, Gandolfo’s, The Butcher’s Son, Simply Dosa and more. Too bad there won’t be a nice World Series game to wash it all down. 4-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Friday pass, $10; Saturday pass, $12; weekend pass, $15. texasfoodtruckinfest.com.

Oak Lawn Halloween Block Party 2013

5It’s the biggest Halloween party in North Texas, with several blocks of Cedar Springs blocked off so everyone can parade their costumes. And, yeah, you’ll probably see some of the popular costume ideas this year — Sharknado, Miley Cyrus, government shutdown — but you can always expect even more clever and original ideas at the event. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday on the 3900 block of Cedar Springs Road, between Oak Lawn Avenue and Fitzhugh Street, Dallas. Free for the party; some clubs charge admission. www.partyattheblock.com.


6Bizet’s best-known opera opens the Dallas Opera’s getting-back-on-financial-track season, featuring the American debut of French mezzo-soprano Clementine Margaine in the title role. If you can’t fork over the big bucks, note that on opening night, you can also see the show for free in an outdoor simulcast at nearby Klyde Warren Park, where there’ll be a costume contest. Friday through Nov. 10 at Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $25-$275. 214-880-0202; dallasopera.org.

Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival

7 Call it C&W with less C and a lot more W. This event features a weekend of music, chili cook-offing, a chuck wagon parade and more, with concerts by Red Steagall, Don Edwards, the Quebe Sisters Band and others. 10 a.m.-midnight. Friday, 9 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in the Fort Worth Stockyards. $30-$75. 888-269-8696; www.redsteagallcowboygathering.com.


8This annual benefit for DFW Pug Rescue Club is one of the most irresistible events of the year. You get to see pugs (and other dog breeds) dressed as Cleopatra, Marvin the Martian and more as they all compete in a delightful costume contest. Also on tap: parades, races, a silent auction and fun pug-inspired merchandise. 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St., Grapevine. www.dfwpugs.com

‘Tony and Tina’s Wedding’

9This is one of the more popular dinner theater successes, so much that it tours and sells out audiences everywhere. Part of the appeal is that it’s the whole wedding experience — ceremony and reception, with cake, and a full Italian dinner (provided by the newly opened Tony’s Pizza, Pasta & Subs). Big part of the fun is that you can make fun of people without offending anyone in your (or anyone else’s) family. They’re used to it. Runs through Oct. 27 at McDavid Studio, 301 E. Fifth St., Fort Worth. $60.50-$82.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

Blues Traveler

10John Popper and his harmonica-loving band are back, and would probably be cool to see in the world’s largest honky-tonk. American Aquarium opens at 9 p.m.; Blues Traveler takes the stage at 10:30 p.m. Friday at Billy Bob’s Texas in the Fort Worth Stockyards. $15-$35. 817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com.

‘Of Mice and Men’

11John Steinbeck’s novella about two friends and their travels together gets a staging at Theatre Arlington, directed by Andy Baldwin. Friday through Nov. 10 at 305 W. Main St., Arlington. $17.50-$22.50. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org.

South By So What

12 It’s so anti-SXSW that they’re doing a fall version now. And it’s TWO days. Gwar headlines, and Finch and Sleeping With Sirens are among the supporting acts. QuikTrip Park, 1600 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie. $45-$149. www.southbysowhat.com, www.ticketfly.com

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