Dallas Burlesque Festival
1 Some of the biggest names in the burlesque revival world will be in Dallas for this weekend of naughty, teases-aplenty performance. And remember, its art. Thursday through Feb. 15 at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., Dallas. $20-$100 per event; festival packages available. www.dallasburlesquefest.com.
An Evening With Anderson Cooper
2 The CNN news anchor who has tried other on-air formats but is never better than when talking politics and looking great doing it is in town for the Maverick Speakers Series, in a make-up session from a canceled November appearance. 7:30 p.m. Monday at College Park Center, UT Arlington. Free, but tickets are sold out; standby tickets may be available at the door. 817-272-2562; www.uta.edu/maverickspeakers.
Paul Simon and Sting
3 Even though Sting and his former group the Police probably had bigger influences in the worlds of rock and reggae, theres no doubting Simon had something to do with Stings desire to pursue music. At this point, theyve both inspired legions around the world, and their concert together should be one of the years highlights. 8 p.m. Sunday at American Airlines Center, Dallas. $43.75-$253.75. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
4 The Modern and the Nasher are teaming up for a retrospective of the Dallas natives work, with the paintings going up in Fort Worth first. His sculptures will appear at the Nasher later this year. Check out his evocative work, and see why we named him our Artist to Watch for 2014. Sunday through May 11 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $4-$10. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.
Ghost: The Musical
5 The illusion effects in this musical version of the popular movie that won Oscars for screenplay and supporting actress (Whoopi Goldberg) are pretty amazing. Well just leave it at that. After two weeks in Dallas, the show moves to Bass Hall for a week. Tuesday through Feb. 16 at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $38.50-$104.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
6 If you know Tennessee Williams masterful play The Glass Menagerie, you know what blue roses refers to, and you might be especially interested in this world-premiere musical version of the four-actor work, by Nancy Ford and Mimi Turque, presented by Lyric Stage. Friday through Feb. 23 at Irving Arts Centers Dupree Theater, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. $35-$40. 972-252-2787; www.irvingartscenter.com.
Death and the Powers
7 You may have heard the term robot opera bandied about it, and thats true. Human performers share the stage with special robots created by MIT students in this Tod Machover work that has its regional premiere at the Dallas Opera. At the Sunday matinee, it will be simulcast to venues and museums all over the world, including Dallas Perot Museum of Nature and Science. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Feb. 14 and 15, 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at AT&T Performing Arts Centers Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $19-$239. 214-443-1000; www.dallasopera.org.
8 The classically trained singer who became famous as the fourth-place finisher on the second season of The Voice in 2012 (team Xtina!) does love songs in a pops concert for the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, a full week before Valentines, in case you want to start romancing your S.O. a little early. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $27-$85. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
Girls Night: The Musical
9 If there can be girls nights for drinks and concerts, why not for theater? This musical revue, which uses such songs as I Will Survive, Its Raining Men and Man! I Feel Like a Woman!, comes to town for four performances, presented by Performing Arts Fort Worth. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday at McDavid Studio, 301 E. Fifth St., Fort Worth. $38.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Last Stock Show weekend
10 This is your last chance to cram in some Stock Show action, as this years event draws to a close Saturday. Highlights this weekend include the Stock Show Bowl (an equestrian competition, Friday), sheep dog trials (Saturday) and a few last rodeos. Through Saturday at Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth. General admission $5-$10; rodeo tickets $19-$25. www.fwssr.com.
You Will Be My Son
11 The acclaimed French drama, set at a vineyard, finally makes it to the Magnolia at the Modern series. 6 and 8 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. Saturday; noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $9. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.
Pinkalicious the Musical
12 No, its not a jukebox musical of Pink music. Casa Mañana Childrens Theatre presents the story of a girl who loves the color pink so much that her everything in that world turns into that color. Friday through Feb. 23 at Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $16-$36. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.