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Dirty Dozen entertainment guide: March 28-April 3

Posted 11:56am on Wednesday, Mar. 26, 2014

Spring Gallery Night

Far be it from us to tell you where to go for the annual Spring Gallery Night, but if you’re not checking out the exhibit “Jake Gilson” at William Campbell Contemporary Art or the always-rockin’ party at Artspace 111 (this year it’s the work of the three Blagg brothers), then you’re not doin’ it right. Of course, there are many other options for spots to hit between 2 and 9 p.m. Saturday. For a list of participating galleries, visit www.fwada.org.

‘Doubt, a Parable’

You may have seen the 2008 movie version (Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Viola Davis, Amy Adams), but there’s nothing like John Patrick Shanley’s play on stage, as it was meant to be viewed. The Pulitzer- and Tony-winning work gets its Tarrant County debut at Theatre Arlington, directed by Emily Scott Banks. Friday through April 13 at Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St., Arlington. $22. 817-275-7661; http://www.theatrearlington.org/

‘The Barber of Seville’

One of the most popular works in the opera canon, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville — it’s where you know the operatic refrain “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro” from — closes the Dallas Opera season. If you can’t afford the big bucks, the free simulcast at AT&T Stadium is April 11. But the live production is Friday through April 13 at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $19-$219. 214-443-1000; www.dallasopera.org

Chelsea Handler

If you just know her from her E! show Chelsea Lately, then you’ll find the tart-tongued comedian is even funnier with a full stand-up routine. She brings her tour “Uganda Be Killing Me” to the area, 8 p.m. Friday Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie. $29.50-$69.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

Texas Rangers season opens

It’s their first season in their longtime home with the newly minted name: Globe Life Park (which sounds to us like a commercial starring Henry Winkler or Fred Thompson). But maybe the new moniker will bring good luck to the Rangers, who’ve missed the coveted big title by this much far too often. Opening day is against the Phillies, at 1:15 p.m. Monday, and the Fort Worth Symphony will perform there — for the first time since the ballpark opened 20 years ago. Globe Life Park, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. Opening day game is sold out (unless you buy a season pass), but the rest of the Phillies series (Tuesday-Wednesday) is up for grabs. $13-$74. 817-273-5222; www.rangers.mlb.com

‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ 

It’s the musical revue that you keep seeing on theaters’ seasons over and over again, and for good reason. The stride piano music of Fats Waller is always a good time. Despite the title, you just know there’ll be some misbehavin’ going on. Already in previews, it opens Friday and runs through April 20 at Jubilee Theatre, 506 Main St., Fort Worth. $18-$25. 817-338-4411; http://www.jubileetheatre.org

‘Big Trouble in Little China’

The Lone Star Film Society screens one of our favorite Kurt Russell flicks in its Cinemuse series. Here’s hoping the concession stands have some Jolt Cola for John Carpenter’s classic, one of his rare comedies. Everyone’s gonna be amped up. 10 p.m. Friday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $5-$7, free with college ID. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org

‘Pageant: The Musical’

This musical is funny, but when you know that the contestants in this sendup — Miss Deep South, Miss West Coast, Miss Great Plains, Miss Bible Belt, Miss Industrial Northeast and Miss Texas — are played by men, it becomes hysterical. The only thing that could make it better would be a drag queen bingo caller. Friday through March 9 at Uptown Players, performing at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas. $10-$50. 214-219-2718; www.uptownplayers.org

Dita Von Teese

The queen of contemporary burlesque brings her show “Strip Strip Hooray” to town for two nights, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., Dallas. $35-$100. 214-978-2583; www.houseofblues.com

Tom Rhodes

He’s a longtime stand-up who has done TV sitcoms (he had his own one, the short-lived Mr. Rhodes), but has found more success as a travel writer and travel TV host. What’s sexier than a funny man with intellect and world travel experience? You tell us. 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Hyena’s Comedy Night Club Fort Worth, 425 Commerce St., Fort Worth. $10. 817-877-5233; www.hyenascomedynightclub.com

Animation Celebration

Animé and other forms of animation will be celebrated at this weekend event in Lewisville, but we’re most curious about the sub-event called Brony-Fest. Yes, that thing for guys who dig My Little Pony. And their kids. And, happily for us Little Lebowskis, there’s also a Big Lebowski night. Plus, guests from the comic book world and more. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday at Hilton Garden Inn and the Lewisville Convention Center, 785 Texas 121 Bypass, Lewisville. $35-$40 for three-day admission, with VIP packages available. http://animation-celebration.com

Nur: Light in Art and Science from the Islamic World

Sounds like one of the more interesting art exhibits of the year, focusing on the idea of light and how it’s used for art and science in the Islamic world. Sunday through June 29 at Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas. Free. 214-922-1803; www.dm-art.org

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