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Dirty Dozen entertainment guide: April 11-17, 2014

Posted 4:18pm on Tuesday, Apr. 08, 2014

Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival

1Since the fest kicked off on Thursday, we told you about it last week, too. But we thought it bore repeating, because of the buzz in the air this year thanks to its venue in the new Sundance Square. In addition to all the art, ginormous turkey legs and kettle corn, there’s music, music, music: headliners include Robert Cray, Bob Schneider and the Mavericks. The Chinese Acrobats of Hebei, the Fort Worth Opera and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will also perform. Through Sunday along Main Street in downtown Fort Worth. Free; tickets required for food. www.mainstreetartsfest.org.

Art in the Dark

2This event at the Amon Carter features art and art tours, of course, but also music and food trucks. Oh, and cupcake decorating lessons and cheese tasting. It all fits in with the “Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine” exhibit. Makes us wish museums would always exhibit artwork related to food. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Free. 817-738-1933; www.cartermuseum.org

New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail

2Has anyone asked the pope to bless the North Texas grapes this year? Because that dude probably would; he’s that cool. The annual Blessing of the Vines is 11 a.m.-noon at Delaney Vineyards in Grapevine, and then there will be tastings and art gallery shows 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday[ apr12] throughout Grapevine. $49 per ticket. www.grapevinetxusa.gov

Pet Shop Boys

3The wittiest lyricists in techno-pop, but they’re here on Tax Day? Oh, you can always file that extension. The Boys bring their music — just as good as it was 30 years ago — to Dallas. 8 p.m. Tuesday at Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., Dallas. $39.50-$79.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

West 7th Party on Crockett

4The West 7th Street District hosts a street party, with bands and food, and the opening of the Art7 Crockett Community Gallery (a satellite gallery of the Fort Worth Community Arts Center), 6-9 p.m. Thursday along Crockett Street. Free. www.west-7th.com

‘The Barber of Seville’ simulcast

5The Dallas Opera is at it again. Not only is it live-simulcasting its acclaimed production of Rossini’s comic gem at AT&T Stadium, but it is doing it for free. Parking’s free, too. Oh, and before the opera, they’ll screen the Warner Bros./Bugs Bunny cartoon classic The Rabbit of Seville. 7 p.m. Friday at AT&T Stadium, Arlington. Though it’s free, you’re encouraged to sign up at http://dallasopera.org/simulcast.

Dallas Art Fair

6The now-annual event is back at the Fashion Industry Gallery, but while the daytime will be filled with art-viewing, look for the parties at night. We’re thinking of several in the Trinity Groves district, in conjunction with Dallas Arts Week. Seriously, just go down there on Saturday night and you’ll find something fun. The art fair is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday at Fashion Industry Gallery, 1807 Ross Ave., Dallas. See schedules and events at www.dallasartfair.com

An Evening of Ballet

7Ballet Frontier of Texas closes its season with a showcase of ballet, including Stravinsky’s The Firebird, featuring its own company and members of Texas Ballet Theater. 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Scott Theatre in the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $16. 817-852-6887; www.balletfrontier.org

An Evening With Neil Young

8It has the title “An Evening With,” so you know it’s gonna be All Serious Like. Plus, swanky venue. The rocker, whose relevance hasn’t dimmed at all since the ’60s and ’70s, plays 8 p.m. Thursday at Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. $99.50-$299.50. www.frontgatetickets.com

‘Stomp’

9The loudest show in the biz has been open for a few days already, and it’s pretty brave to book this popular percussive dance/theater troupe during the Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival. Brave, or really smart. Through Sunday at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com

‘Spunk’

10We’ve been waiting for a local group to revive this George C. Wolfe play based on stories from Zora Neale Hurston, so thank the stars for WaterTower Theatre. Liz Mikel stars. Previews Friday through Sunday, opens April 14 and runs through May 4 at WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison. $20-$40. 972-450-6232; www.watertowertheatre.org

‘Hunting and Gathering’

12Amphibian Stage Productions and Theatre TCU team up for a co-production of this Brooke Berman play about 20- and 30-somethings trying to figure it out. Through May 4 at Amphibian Stage Productions, 120 S. Main St., Fort Worth. $18-$33. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org

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