PBR Iron Cowboy & The American Rodeo
1 The Professional Bull Riders want there to be some kind of cowboy winning in AT&T Stadium, so theyre back for events that feature some of the largest purses in the field. (If a purse can be macho, its here.) Saturday & Sunday at AT&T Stadium, Arlington. $40-$250. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
Six Flags Over Texas
2 New stuff for the kiddos this year, with Bugs Bunny Boomtown, featuring 10 attractions, five of them new. How to resist Bugs Bunny Cloud Bouncer, Marvin the Martian Space Rockets and Daffy Duck Bucket Blasters? Of course, were in it for the grown-up rides, because lets face it, theres nothing like em for hundreds of miles. Opens this weekend, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. You can get a ticket online for this weekend for $19.99; season passes start at $69.99. www.sixflags.com/overtexas.
Starbright & Vine
3 Local theaters have been taking chances on big productions of new plays by local playwrights lately, and thats a trend we welcome. Stage West does another with this comedy about a former comedian who stages a comeback, written by Richard J. Allen, an Emmy-winning screenwriter whos on the faculty at TCUs Film, Television and Digital Media department. Through March 23 at Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $15-$32. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org.
4 Heres one time when the words epic and masterpiece arent hyperbole. We are talking about Texas Ballet Theater doing two of the greatest works by important 20th-century choreographers, Sir Kenneth MacMillan and George Balanchine ( Gloria and Serenade, respectively). Also on the bill: Ben Stevensons L. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $15-$161.25. 877-828-9200; www.texasballettheater.org. (The program repeats March 28-30 in Dallas, but with Gloria replaced by the premiere of TBT dancer Carl Coomers Clann.)
5 When you hear the phrase better than Cats! its important to know who said it. If its a serious musical-theater fan, thats likely sarcastic. Anyone else, high praise. Judge for yourself as Casa Mañana does the area premiere of a professional, locally produced production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about well, the title says it all. Saturday through March 9 at Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $41-$76. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.
We Will Rock You
6 Or theres the cool cats of Queen, the legendary British arena-rock band. The musical about the group, long a hit in England, finally hits the States, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals. Tuesday through March 16 at Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas. $15-$85. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company
7 This will be one of the coolest dance events of the year: Israels well-known modern dance outfit, performing in the TITAS series in Dallas. Trust us on this one. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. $55-$75. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
All Out Trinity
8 Now that Fort Worth has gone and made the Trinity River a spot where people want to hang out and do things, Dallas is on the bandwagon. Prepping for the revitalization of the Trinity on the west side of downtown Dallas, this sports and fitness event features chances to kayak, learn martial arts, do yoga or play lacrosse, among other activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday under (and on) the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Free; food, drinks and goods available for purchase. www.allouttrinity.com.
Jon Batiste & Stay Human
9 This native New Orleanian and his band will bring you closer to feeling like youre experiencing the real-deal Mardis Gras. They bring their playful jazz hybrid sound to Fort Worth on Fat Tuesday. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Van Cliburn Recital Hall, across from Bass Hall. $22. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Pixies and Lorde
10 Somehow we think the ultimate indie-rockers indie-rock band, Pixies, would approve of the concert happening in the same venue a few days later: New Zealand teen Lorde. She aint your typical teen-girl pop, and the Pixies werent typical anything. Pixies is 8 p.m. Friday and Lorde is 8 p.m. Tuesday at South Side Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar St., Dallas. $45 for Pixies; Lorde is sold out, but release tickets may be available at the door. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
Winter Jam 2014
11 This weekend, downtown Fort Worth will be packed with Christian rock fans, and that doesnt mean theyll be any less rowdy than other fans prepping for an all-night concert with their favorite bands. Its headlined by Newsboys and features Matthew West, Tenth Avenue North and bands that dont have directional names. 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St. $10 at the door; no tickets required. www.jamtour.com.
North Texas Irish Festival
12 If theres one event that heralds the beginning of festival season in North Texas, its this. Local, regional and international bands and dance troupes perform on multiple stages in Fair Park all weekend. Headliners include Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Dervish, and Solas. 6-11 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sunday in Fair Park, Dallas. Free 6-7 p.m. Friday and $10 after, $20 Saturday, $15 Sunday (discounts and passes available online). www.ntif.org.