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Dirty Dozen entertainment guide: July 11-17

Posted 9:17am on Wednesday, Jul. 09, 2014

Modern Dance Festival at the Modern

1 Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth opens its 11th annual dance festival this week, and the three-week-long event takes a different turn this year. The big performance, the Choreographer’s Exchange, is on the final weekend, July 24-25. This opening week, catch the performance “Some Assembly Required” at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday and dance short films at 2 p.m. Saturday. Look for more films and lectures during the second weekend. The fest runs Saturday through July 25 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. Free. 817-922-0944; www.cdfw.org


2 French writer Gerald Sibleyras is best known for his 2003 play Heroes, about three WWI vets at a retirement home in 1959 who have big plans. The version Stage West presents is translated by the great Tom Stoppard. Previews through Friday, opens July 12 and runs through Aug 10 at Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $25-$32. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org

Taste of Dallas

3 Food, of course, is the big draw, with booths and chefs and drinks from spots all over the ’Plex, but expect lots of other happenings, including chances to watch the World Cup, live music and more.The hours are 4-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. $8-$12, $30-$50 family ticket; $12 parking; DART Go Pass available. In Fair Park. www.tasteofdallas.org

Lionel Richie and Cee-Lo

4 Mind if we admit that we’re extra excited for this one? Richie, formerly of the fantastic Commodores and then a force as a solo artist, has plenty of songs that we jam to whenever they come on the car radio; and Cee-Lo has, well, two (one with his former group Gnarls Barkley) that elicit the same reaction. 7:30 p.m. Friday at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 First Ave., Dallas. $25-$125. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

Parker County Peach Festival

5 It’s been 30 years that Weatherford has been celebrating the juicy, fuzzy deliciousness of the fruit. Get there early for the peach ice cream, but there’ll be cobbler, cake, pie, juleps, smoothies and much more all day. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Weatherford. $5 admission; free for ages 12 and younger. www.peachfestivaltx.com

‘The Nosemaker’s Apprentice: Chronicles of a Medieval Plastic Surgeon’

6 Amphibian Stage Productions does the area premiere of Nick Jones and Rachel Shukert’s comedy about a man with an unlicensed plastic surgery practice. It runs through Aug. 10 at Amphibian Stage Productions, 120 S. Main St., Fort Worth. $18-$33. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org

Asian Film Festival of Dallas

7 The 13th annual event opened Thursday, and there’s still plenty to go, including more screenings of this year’s feature film Black Butler, with many more short, feature, animated and live action films to come through July 17 at the Angelika Film Center & Cafe Dallas, 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 230, Dallas. $5-$12 per film; passes $32-$159. www.asianfilmdallas.com

Rascal Flatts and Sheryl Crow

8 This tour, called “Rewind,” also features Gloriana, which doesn’t require as much of a “rewind” as the two main acts. Gosh, for Sheryl, we’re talking two decades. 7:30 p.m. Friday at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 First Ave. Dallas. $29.50-$75.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

Festival of Independent Theatres

9 The 16th annual celebration of local indie theaters includes eight shows, many of them new and most by local playwrights, plus a related gallery show and additional events in the FIT underground. Friday through Aug. 2 at Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas. Tickets per two-show performance block are $18; or $60-$70 for a festival pass. 800-617-6904; www.festivalofindependenttheatres.org

Buckets and Boots

10 This event benefits firefighters who battle wildfires, which is in itself a reason to support it. But check the lineup: The Bellamy Brothers, Pat Green, Wade Bowen, Stoney Larue, Josh Weathers and Steve Wariner. Gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday at Rocker B Ranch, 1125 Chaney Lane, Graford. $25; other packages available. www.bucketsandboots.com

Rose Nose Rhapsody

11 In this new creation from New York-based artists Lake Simons and John Dyer, a minor theme — uh, the end of the world — is explored through the context of clown. Friday through Aug. 3 at Silver Creek Amphitheatre, 1950 Silver Creek Road, Fort Worth. $15-$20. 817-246-9775; www.hippocket.org

KISS and Def Leppard; Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper

12 Although you can fit the Crüe under the “hair metal” label, you really can’t say the same about the others, two of which (KISS and Alice) use over-the-top theatrics, and another (Def Leppard) with insanely memorable hooks. The KISS/Def Leppard concert ($36-$190) is 7 p.m. Sunday; Motley Crue and Alice Cooper perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday ($25-$125). Both shows are at Gexa Energy Pavilion at Fair Park, 1818 First Ave., Dallas. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

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