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Preston’s picks: Selena Gomez at AAC; Laura Marling at Kessler Theater

Posted 7:56am on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

Selena Gomez at American Airlines Center

While one former Disney princess is growing up by twerking and giving wrecking balls tongue baths, another is transitioning to adulthood with a little less drama. Grand Prairie native Selena Gomez, who came of age on The Wizards of Waverly Place, is turning heads in more mature fare these days in her acting (she got raunchy with James Franco in Harmony Korine’s gritty drama Spring Breakers) and music (dig that sexy video for her hit single, Come and Get It) careers. Previously recording with a backing band known as the Scene, Gomez went it alone for her most recent LP, Stars Dance, released in July. With Christina Grimmie.

7 p.m. Sunday. American Airlines Center, Dallas. $30.50-$66.

Laura Marling at Kessler Theater

Like the three albums before it, Laura Marling’s latest LP, Once I Was an Eagle, was warmly received by critics and audiences alike. The British singer-songwriter has carved out a niche as a purveyor of deeply felt, folk-tinged tunes, but her fourth solo effort is vastly stripped down, featuring just Marling’s voice, guitar and some cello. Expect a night of hushed intimacy and raw musical skill. With Willy Mason.

8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. Kessler Theater, Dallas. $20-$27.50.

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