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Dirty dozen entertainment guide: July 25-31

Posted 7:41am on Wednesday, Jul. 23, 2014

American Idol Live! 2014 Tour

1 At this point, the American Idol brand is probably feeling the same way MySpace’s was in 2008. But if you actually know who won this year — or who was even in the top 12 — then this tour is for you. Scheduled to be on the stage are winner Caleb Johnson, Jena Irene, Jessica Meuse, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson, MK Nobilette, Sam Woolf, Alex Preston, and CJ Harris. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $40.50-$80.50. www.axs.com.

Best Movie Fest Ever!: My Favorite Musicals

2 This week’s dozen is brought to you by that great American art form, the musical! (Exclamation point necessary.) Start off with a festival of three great movie musicals: Hello, Dolly!, Moulin Rouge and Oklahoma! They screen beginning at 11:15 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Cinemark West Plano, 3800 Dallas Parkway. $15 for all three films each day, or $10 per film. www.cinemark.com.

‘Chicago’

3 Some might say that Moulin Rouge was the film that started the revival of movie musicals (or the film version of Hedwig and the Angry Inch before that). But, really, it was the film version of Chicago in 2002, winning that year’s Best Picture Oscar, and marking itself as one of the best filmed takes on a stage musical ever. Seriously. Catch it in the Amon Carter Museum’s Sunset Cinema series. It’s on the lawn, so bring blankets and picnicky stuff. Lawn opens 6 p.m. Thursday at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Free. 817-738-1933; www.cartermuseum.org.

‘The Boy from Oz’ and ‘Dogfight’

4 But of course, to really get the musical experience, you have to see it live. Two area premieres in Dallas County will do it. The Boy From Oz, about songwriter and Liza Minnelli ex-husband Peter Allen (it’s the show for which Hugh Jackman won his Tony for best actor in a musical), is staged by Uptown Players, Friday through Aug. 10 at Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas. $30-$50. 214-219-2718; www.uptownplayers.org. And Dogfight, by the acclaimed young duo of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, is at WaterTower Theatre, Friday through Aug. 17 at 15650 Addison Road, Addison. $20-$40. 972-450-6232; www.watertowertheatre.org.

National Day of the American Cowboy

5 In the West, the Southwest and Texas (because Texas is its own thing), the American Cowboy is still very much a thing, so celebrate that heritage at this annual event in the Stockyards. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at Stockyards Station, Main and Exchange streets. Free. 817-625-9715; www.fortworthstockyards.org.

Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour

6 Cirque du Soleil has remixed MJ songs — but be warned, there’s not a lot of the major hits, and it’s more about medleys and remixes than full songs — and added Cirque artistry to the beat, for this year’s return to town. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at American Airlines Center, Dallas. $50-$175. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.

‘Venus in Fur’

7 Director Roman Polanski has done a film version of David Ives’ play Venus in Fur (seen earlier this year at Circle Theatre), and, well, you’ll just have to judge for yourself. It plays in the Magnolia at the Modern series. 6 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. Saturday; noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $9. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.

Tori Amos

8 Oh, Miss Tori. More than two decades after your masterpiece solo debut, Little Earthquakes, and you’re still delightfully quirky. The latest album, Unrepentant Geraldines, is one of her best in about a decade, because it harks back to the piano pop that made her a name. Catch her debut at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $39.50-$49.50. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

WWE Live: SummerSlam Heatwave Tour

9 Some of the biggest names in WWE -- Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, and Dean Ambrose -- will be rockin’ the arena on this swing through DFW. 5 p.m. Sunday at American Airlines Center, Dallas. $20-$95. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.

Frank Santorelli

10 He was Georgie the bartender in The Sopranos, but his stand-up comedy kills, too. Catch him at Hyena’s in Cowtown this weekend, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday at 425 Commerce St., Fort Worth. $10. 817-877-5233; www.hyenascomedynightclub.com.

‘A Small Family Business’

11 Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy (is there any other kind of Ayckbourn play?) gets the big-time treatment in this National Theatre of London staging, presented on film in the NT Live series by Amphibian Stage Productions. 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $12-$20. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org.

Peter Murphy

12 The former lead singer of Bauhaus is still making deliciously gloomy music. Go against the trend and wear all white. It is summer, after all. 8 p.m. Wednesday at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas. $29-$41. 214-824-9933; www.granadatheater.com.

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