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Dirty Dozen entertainment guide: March 14-20, 2014

Posted 11:54am on Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014

Goodguys Fourth Spring Lone Star Nationals

1 Rev up to see some hot rods — and get tips for maintaining yours — at this twice-a-year happening that has muscle cars and much more. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth. $7-$18, free parking and shuttles. 817-215-8500; www.good-guys.com

‘The Fortress of Solitude’

2 This is this third time for a world premiere musical at Dallas Theater Center since artistic director Kevin Moriarty came on board in 2007, and the second that’s a co-production with New York’s Public Theatre. Based on Jonathan Lethem’s 2003 novel, it deals with two friends in 1970s Brooklyn, one black and one white, and features a score of soul-tinged songs. Currently in previews, it opens Friday and runs through April 8 at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $15-$114.75. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org

Dallas All-Con 2014

3 Not as many big names at this event as some other pop-culture conventions, but expect stars from the anime and comic book worlds, a “Ms. Star Wars Competition” and burlesque performances from La Divina Productions. 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Crowne Plaza North Dallas, 14315 Midway Road, Addison. www.all-con.org

Cowtown Goes Green

4 Fort Worth’s family-friendly Irish celebration, with events for the kids and a parade followed by the weekly cattle drive and more, is noon-4 p.m. Saturday in Stockyards Station at the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Free. 817-625-9715; www.fortworth stockyards.org

Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival

5 The Southwest’s largest St. Pat’s parade, now officially sponsored by the Dallas Mavericks, returns for its 35th year. It runs 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday along Greenville Avenue, with concerts and events all day after, including a performance by Ludacris. Free. www.dallasstpatricksparade.com.

‘American Idiot’

6 The musical based on Green Day’s Grammy-winning album is a rollicking musical that tells the story of three friends in the 2000s, caught up in war and other life complications. Too bad it’s only here for one night only, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $38.50-$93.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com

South by So What?

7 Before you know it, this festival — which began in response to the bigger and more corporate SXSW — may suffer a similar fate. But for now, catch three days of bands like the Used, Taking Back Sunday, Of Mice & Men and more. Friday-Sunday at QuikTrip Park, 1600 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie. 877-987-6487; www.southbysowhat.com

Johnny Clegg Band and Ladysmith Black Mambazo

8 Johnny Clegg was a groundbreaker in apartheid-era South Africa, co-founding the pioneering and integrated Afro-pop band Juluka. Today, he’s a revered world-music figure and he’s touring with another legendary South African group, the a capella vocal outfit Ladysmith Black Mambazo, known for its signature contributions to Paul Simon’s Graceland. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $27.50-$60.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com

‘The Wizard of Oz’

9 No Pink, but this stage musical does have something new to boast: new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber. That should take it way over the rainbow. Tuesday through March 30. Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First St., Dallas. $20-$91.75. 214-631-2787; www.dallassummermusicals.org

Wildcatter Exchange

10 This inaugural arts symposium and happening features poetry performances, film, authors, lectures and more at several venues in Fort Worth's near South Side, including Amphibian Stage Productions, Lander’s Machine Shop, Shipping & Receiving. 5-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m-11 p.m. Saturday at venues along S. Main Street in Fort Worth. Free. See complete schedule at www.wildcatterexchange.org

‘Tim’s Vermeer’

11 It’s the one where Teller does the talking. Or, the directing. This documentary about an inventor who tries to duplicate the painting techniques of Johannes Vermeer is fascinating. 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday; noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $8.50. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org

D’Jam Jazz Open House

12 That stands for Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month, which is April, and you can get a preview of it at a free concert/event that features ensembles from Sammons Center for the Arts, the University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University and more. 1-5 p.m. Saturday at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas. Free. www.sammonsartcenter.org

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