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Dirty Dozen entertainment guide: June 13-19, 2014

Posted 1:53pm on Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014

Bruce Wood Dance Project

1 The first concert of the year by this company is now a lot more poignant, following namesake Bruce Wood’s recent, sudden death. The performance serves as the memorial and a celebration of his work, as the company premieres his Touch, and revives a favorite from the past, Home. The Friday program is at 8 p.m. at City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., Dallas. 214-428-2263; www.brucewoodance.org

‘Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist’

2 This survey of paintings by Archibald John Motley Jr. (1891–1981) is the first retrospective of his work in more than two decades, so check out important work from private and museum collections. Saturday through Sept. 7 at Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Free. 817-738-1933; www.cartermuseum.org

Shakespeare festivals

3 “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day,” wrote Willy Shakes in Sonnet 18. And yep, summer means the Bard, and both of the area’s major Shakes fests start this week. At Fort Worth’s Trinity Shakespeare Festival, The Comedy of Errors and The Tempest run in rotating rep through June 29 (Texas Christian University, 2800 S. University Drive, Fort Worth. $10-$25 per show. 817-257-8080; www.trinityshakes.org). Over in Big D, Moliere’s Tartuffe and the Bard’s Much Ado About Nothing run in rotating rep through July 19 (Samuell-Grand Amphitheater at Tenison Park, 1500 Tenison Parkway, Dallas. $10; free on some nights with donation requested. 214-559-2778; www.shakespearedallas.org )

Doctor Who + Wings 3D

4 Kind of a bizarre pairing — two episodes of the BBC’s Doctor Who (“Rise of the Cybermen” and “The Age of Steel” and a documentary about birds — until you realize that the glue is David Tennant, who narrates the avian pic. The two-night, one-price event is shown at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at AMC Parks at Arlington, Cinemark Tinseltown Grapevine, Ridgmar 13, Northeast Mall 18 and other local theaters. $15 for both (or $15 for just one). To see a complete list of theaters showing it, go to www.FathomEvents.com

Friday on the Green

5 This monthly concert series at Magnolia Green is marking its sixth season, this year. Bands for this weekend’s show are Jetta in the Ghost Tree, Kevin Aldridge & The Appraisers, and Mills & Co. There’ll also be food truck grub and drinks available for purchase from Near Southside eateries such as TacoHeads, Tina’s Cocina, Holy Smokes BBQ and Gypsy Scoops. There’s free parking in the garage at 1201 Alston Ave. 7 p.m. Friday, Magnolia Green Park, 1201 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth. facebook.com/nearsouthside

Chris Tucker

6 He’s funny enough in the movies but, like many comedians-turned-actors, stand-up is where he shines brightest. His Payback tour hits town at 8 p.m. Saturday at Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie. $35-$55. www.axs.com

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue

7 The name says it all. Well, except that he’s tall on talent. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts in the Garden continues with Mr. Shorty and Orleans Avenue on Friday night. On Saturday, it’s “Faithfully: The Music of Journey,” and Sunday is UNT’s One O’Clock Lab Band. Every concert ends with fireworks. Tickets for each concert are $21-$26 lawn nd $26-$46 tables. Parking is $10 for the shuttle from Farrington Field, $15 in North or South lots and $20-$25 for VIP/valet. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org

James Taylor and His All-Star Band

8 That voice. The writing. Tweens and teens, make your parents take you and experience what good music, with no spectacle necessary, is like. Yes, we just pulled the “they don’t make it like they used to” card. 8 p.m. Sunday at Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie. $69.75-$89.75 www.axs.com

‘Soho Cinders’

9 Uptown Players does the American premiere of this British musical, which is not about a fire. Try a modern take on Cinderella, with some gender-switching and updating. Friday through June 22 at Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas. $10-$40. 214-219-2718; www.uptownplayers.org

‘Star Wars,’ Episodes 4-6

10 Heads up: This weekend the Palace Arts Center shows the original Star Wars trilogy: A New Hope (7:30 p.m. Friday), The Empire Strikes Back (2 p.m. Saturday); and Return of the Jedi (7:30 p.m. Saturday) at Palace Arts Center, 300 S. Main St., Grapevine. $5 per film; or $12 for weekend pass. 817-410-3100; www.grapevinetexasusa.com

2014 Jack Throwback

11 Yikes, it’s a day of tribute bands. Some of these bands’ names use album titles, such as Back in Black (AC/DC), Rumours (Fleetwood Mac) and Cosmic Thing (B-52s). Others are easy to guess: The Cured, Green Today, ZZ Too, Fears for Tears. Some are a more tangential, such as Panic (the Smiths/Morrissey). And at least one is just freakin’ hilarious. Talkin’ about you, Foasis. Better hope the Gallagher brothers don’t get wind of that. Starts at 5 p.m. Saturday at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 First Ave. Dallas. $10-$25. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

Shen Wei Dance Arts

12 Shen Wei choreographed the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics, and now the Chinese choreographer (who was in residence at SMU a few years ago) brings his company here for its Dallas debut, presented by TITAS. 8 p.m. Thursday at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $12-$135. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org

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