Suburbia Music Festival
1 Plano is not going to be anyone’s dang suburb anymore, not after this inaugural event, which has named a solid two-day lineup of acts, including Alabama Shakes, Tegan and Sara, Reverend Horton Heat, the Dandy Warhols, Midlake, Delta Rae, Surfer Blood, Violent Femmes, David Guetta, J. Cole, and more. Saturday and Sunday at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve in Plano. $79.50-$299.50. www.suburbiamusicfest.com.
2 The final full production in the Fort Worth Opera Festival, Kevin Puts’ and Mark Campbell’s Silent Night, based on the 2005 film Joyeux Noel, opens Sunday. Friday, catch the final performance of Georges Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers. Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte is on Saturday, and With Blood, With Ink runs Saturday through May 10. The festival runs through May 11 at Bass Hall and McDavid Studio, Fort Worth. 817-731-0726; www.fwopera.org.
3 If you're not a dog lover/owner, you just don’t understand. Sorry, cat people. Taking your pooch(es) out for a day of unleashed fun at the area’s most storied stadium, for activities, health info and more? Bow wow wow. 1-5 p.m. Sunday at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Fair Park, Dallas. Free. www.fairpark.org.
‘The Other Place’
5 Circle Theatre is all over the place this week, as its recent hit production of Venus in Fur has transferred to Addison’s WaterTower Theatre (see www.watertowertheatre.org) and it opens the regional premiere of Sharr White’s play about a woman with bipolar disorder, The Other Place, this weekend. The latter was on Broadway a few years ago, starring Laurie Metcalf. Previews Friday, opens Saturday, runs through May 24 at Circle Theatre, 230 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth. $10-$35. 817-877-3040; www.circletheatre.com.
4 One of Fort Worth’s favorite spring festivals happens this weekend. In addition to children’s activities, water sports on the Trinity and tons of artist booths, don’t forget to check out the Great American Duck Races. 3:30-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday in Trinity Park, Fort Worth. $5-$8. 817-332-1055; www.mayfest.org.
Denton Cinco de Mayo
6 There’ll be lots of Cinco de Mayo happenings around the Metroplex, but might we recommend this Denton festival, which begins with a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday (yes, that’s two days before the actual 5th of May) and continues with festivities at Quakertown Park, 321 E. McKinney St. Free. www.dentoncinco.org.
‘Ansel Adams: Masterworks’
7 The guy who became synonymous with artful photography of mountain vistas has a retrospective show at the Arlington Museum of Art. Check out 48 of his most famous works, Saturday through Aug. 3 at Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St., Arlington. $8, $5 for students and seniors, free age 12 and under. 817-275-4600; www.arlingtonmuseum.org.
8 TITAS’ annual celebration of ballet brings in stars from around the world, including dancers from MOMIX, Paris Opera Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, and features a world premiere by local group Bruce Wood Dance Project. 7 p.m. Friday at Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $12-$200. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
Gaither Fest 2014
9 The annual festival of gospel music, spearheaded by longtime music maker Bill Gaither, is in downtown Fort Worth this weekend, and features David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb and Todd Suttles. Other acts include the Isaacs, Booth Brothers, the Martins, Guy Penrod, Karen Peck & New River, Gene McDonald, Angela Primm, Charlotte Ritchie, Larry Ford, Allison Speer and Kevin Williams. Friday and Saturday at the Fort Worth Convention Center. $19.50-$36.50 per day; weekend packages available. 800-406-4224; www.gaither.com.
10 Akira Kurosawa’s masterful retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear screens in the Lone Star Film Society’s ArtHouseFW series. Do not miss it, whether you’ve seen it before or not. 6 p.m. Friday at Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. $4-$6. www.lonestarfilmsociety.com.
11 The name makes you think of jambalaya, which conjures images of zydeco music, but this music festival is about hip-hop. There’ll be crawfish, though. It features Chance the Rapper, A$AP Ferg, Purity Ring DJ set and more. 3-10 p.m. Friday at Main Street Garden Park, 1901 Main St., Dallas. $55-$149. www.jmblya.com.
Kentucky Derby Day at Lone Star Park
12 Celebrate the 140th Run for the Roses on Saturday with live races, plus a simulcast of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, as well as live music and a hat contest (most stylish and most creative each take $500). Grandstand gates open 10:30 a.m., first Lone Star Park race at 3:33 p.m., Derby simulcast 5:24 p.m. Saturday. 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie. Indoor seats are sold out, but outdoor seating is available $14-$32. 972-263-7223; lonestarpark.com.