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Dirty dozen entertainment guide: May 23-29, 2014

Posted 11:36am on Wednesday, May. 21, 2014

Downtown Arlington Center Stage

Music Festival

1 It’s time for Levitt Pavilion to open for the season, which means free concerts in Arlington. It kicks off with three days and eight music acts, the highlight being Bob Schneider as the headliner Friday night. We’ve gushed about him before, but seriously, check out his latest album, Burden of Proof, on which he does an awesome cover of Tomorrow. Yes, that one, about the sun coming out on the day after today. Jimmie Vaughn, Luke Wade & No Civilians and Barret Baber play Saturday. Charla Corn, Brandon Steadman Band, and Cody Canada & the Departed play Sunday. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Friday, 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St., Arlington. Free. www.levittpavilionarlington.org.

Thai Culture & Food Festival

2 If you saw the recent Dallas episode of Bizarre Foods America, the Thai section of that show featured folks who’ll be part of this celebration of Thai culture (demos of martial art muay Thai, classical Thai dance) and, most important, food. We’ll just take an I.V. drip of penang curry, please. But, unlike in the Bizarre Foods episode, we’ll ask to please hold the water bugs. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the Buddhist Center of Dallas (the largest Thai Buddhist temple in the area), 8484 Stults Road. Free admission and parking. www.thaifestdallas.com.

National Tap Dance Day

3 The day is 25 years old now, and Gracey Tune and Arts Fifth Avenue always know how to celebrate it, but this year it’ll be super-big, as Gracey’s big bro, multiple-Tony-winner Tommy, is the guest artist. He’ll perform Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales at 8 p.m. Friday at the Scott Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St. ($45-$100); on Sunday — the actual NTDD — a free celebration begins at 7 p.m. at Arts Fifth Avenue, 1628 Fifth Ave., Fort Worth. And, yes, Tommy will be there, too. 817-923-9500; www.artsfifthavenue.org.

Radfest Music Festival

4 It’s springtime in Texas for another 5 minutes, so let’s get in another music festival while we still can. This one-day happ’nin looks like one to make you shake your groove thang. Features A.Dd+, the Tontons, DJ Hella Yella and more. Gates open at 5 p.m. Saturday at Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth. $10-$15. www.pantherislandpavilion.com.

Lego Castle Adventure

5 It’s Legos with a medieval, king-and-queen vibe, but definitely more family-friendly than, say, Game of Thrones. Although if Peter Dinklage shows up, that would be gnarly. Saturday through Sept. 13 at C.R. Smith Museum, 4601 Texas 360, Fort Worth. $4-$7. 817-967-1560; www.crsmithmuseum.org.

Dallas theater

6 This weekend, two of Dallas’ best theaters open world premieres by local (or locally connected) writers. At Second Thought Theatre, it’s Steven Walters’ Booth, about Lincoln’s assassin. And at Kitchen Dog Theater, it’s the opening of Barbecue Apocalypse, a comedy about a very ill-timed backyard barbecue. It’s from former Dallas writer (now Chicago-based) Matt Lyle, a comedy master. Booth: Through June 14 at Bryant Hall at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas. $10-$25. 214-616-8439; www.2tt.co. Barbecue Apocalypse: Friday through June 21 at McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave., Dallas. $15-$30. 214-953-1055; www.kitchendogtheater.org.

Spike & Mike’s Festival of Animation

7 It’s not officially “Sick and Twisted” anymore, but really, you know it is. The long-running ode to out-there and gross-out animation features short films by John Goras, Trevor Jimenez, Bill Plympton, Pierre Mousquet and others. 7:15 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas. $10. 214-948-1546; www.thetexastheatre.com.

‘That Obscure Object of Desire’

8 The Lone Star Film Society’s Auteur Series continues with Luis Bunuel’s 1977 piece of brilliance about a woman taking charge of her sexuality. 2 p.m. Saturday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $5-$7. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.

Journey, Steve Miller Band

9 Mullets are always in style at a concert like this. It’s gonna rock. (Although, really, is Journey Journey without the other Steve?) 7 p.m. Sunday at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 First Ave., Dallas. $36-$175. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.

John Waters

10 Speaking of sick and twisted … the auteur of bad taste, and the man behind Hairspray, Pink Flamingos and more, brings his “This Filthy World” tour to the Kessler Theater, presented by Wordspace. 8 p.m. Thursday at Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., Dallas. $40-$60. www.thekessler.org.

‘Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody’

11 It’s one of at least three Fifty Shades of Grey musical parodies touring (all three have been to Dallas in the past year or so), and now Spank! makes its Tarrant debut. Expect lots of woo-girls. Through Sunday at McDavid Studio, 301 E. Fifth St., Fort Worth. $60.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.

‘Joe’

12 Nicolas Cage stars in a well-reviewed film ( our critic liked it), which hasn’t happened since, what, he won an Oscar? Is he pulling a McConaughey? 6 and 8:15 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. Saturday; 11:45, 2 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $6-$9. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.

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