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Dirty dozen entertainment guide: Oct. 31-Nov. 7

Posted 3:59pm on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013

Fall Festival in Japanese Garden

Yes, you can actually tell that it’s fall in Texas! Translation: Temps are mostly not higher than mid-80s, and the leaves are greenish-orange/yellow-reddish. Happenings at this fave family festival include martial arts demos, ikebana and bonsai workshops, haiku writing, tea ceremonies and more. The fest will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. $3-$5. 817-871-7686; www.fwbg.org

The Doobie Brothers

Admit it: You’ve sung the a cappella section of Black Water ( “I’d like to hear some funky Dixieland/Pretty mama come and take me by the hand …”) too many times to count. The Doobs will be takin’ it to the streets of Cowtown — or at least, inside Bass Hall at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. $44-$82.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com

‘The Rivals’

You’ve heard of Mrs. Malaprop, from where the word “malapropism” orientates? (See what we did there?) That character comes from this 18th-century comedy by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and it’s the first show in Stage West’s 35th season. Currently in previews, it opens Saturday and runs through Dec. 1 at Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $28-$32. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org

Lone Star Film Festival

There’ll be some big-buzz films (August: Osage County; Nebraska), some older films (Tokyo Story, Manos the Hands of Fate) and some locally filmed flicks, including Bob Birdnow’s Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self, which began as a play in Dallas, by Texas Theater partner Eric Steele. And parties. Lots of those. Plus a visit from Lyle Lovett, the recipient of this year’s Stephen Bruton Award. Runs Thursday through Nov. 10 at the AMC Palace 9 in downtown Fort Worth. $8-$10 per film; $50 pass; $250 all-access pass. www.lonestarfilmfestival.com

Steers & Beers music fest

This benefit for the Fort Worth Can Academy – taking place at more than a dozen Cowtown bars on Sunday– is jam-packed with music, from the likes of Animal Spirit (at Filthy McNastys), Sally Majestic (Basement), and The Plainsmen (Whiskey Girl). Bonus: raffle prizes include an HP laptop, a martini party for 20 at Oscar’s Pub, VIP tour for 10 of Rahr & Sons Brewery, a one-night stay for two at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, and more. Music starts at 5 p.m. Sunday at various venues and runs throughout the evening. Admission is free, but raffle tickets available at participating venues; for showtimes and more, visit steersandbeersmusicfestival.com.

Macbeth

We know you’ve seen the Scottish Play many times, but you likely haven’t with Kenneth Branagh playing Macbeth. The National Theatre of London broadcasts the production, seen earlier this year and performed in an abandoned church, with Alex Kingston (ER) playing Lady M. Presented by Amphibian Stage Productions. 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $18. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org

North Oak Cliff Music Festival

Great lineup for this ’un, headlined by Bob Schneider and Ruthie Foster; plus Seryn, Band of Heathens and more. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at Lake Cliff Park, 300 E. Colorado Blvd., Dallas. $25-$50. www.thekessler.org

John Legend

If you still don’t understand what all the fuss is about, including all those Grammys (he has seven of ’em), go to his website and listen to the songs. All of Me kills us, except for his lyric about “perfect imperfections.” Oh, with that voice, we’ll just go with it. 8 p.m. Thursday at Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie. $41.50-$71.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin

Sorry, kids, this is grown folks music. There’s a place for the Mileys and the Katys in the pop world, but it’s a marvel to listen to how these women craft a song, and then sell it. This duo might be one of the better shows of the year. The concert is 7:30 p.m. Monday, at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., Dallas. $38.50-$55. 877-987-6487; ticketfly.com

Radiolab Live

The coolest show on public radio brings its live gig, called “Apocalyptic,” to town. Storytelling, science and music, with hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich and various guests. 8 p.m. Monday at Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie. $37.50-$47.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

Halloween Hootenanny with the Polyphonic Spree and ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’

The Spree doing songs from Rocky Horror? Tim DeLaughter had better dress as Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Lakewood Theater, 1825 Abrams Parkway, Dallas. $25. lakewoodtheater.com

Big NASCAR weekend at TMS

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Some fast and loud events this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, including Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series (2:30 p.m., tickets $31-$78), and Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 Spring Cup Series Race (2 p.m. $26-$150). Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth. www.ticketmaster.com.

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