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Dirty dozen entertainment guide: Aug. 8-14, 2014

Posted 6:10am on Wednesday, Aug. 06, 2014

Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

1 “Built to Amaze” is the theme of this year’s circus. There will also be lots of cute poodles and pooches in the animal show, plus unicyclists, acrobats, daredevils and more. Plus lots of clowns — you’re not scared anymore, are you? After Dallas, it opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fort Worth Convention Center, and runs through Aug. 17. The venue is at 1201 Houston St., Fort Worth. $15-$105. 800-745-3000; www.ringling.com

UniverSoul Circus

2 And for another circus experience (with more clowns!), the UniverSoul Circus returns to town on its 20th anniversary tour. Catch it through Sunday at Southwest Center Mall, 3662 W. Camp Wisdom Road, Dallas. $16-$35. 800-345-7000; www.ticketmaster.com

‘The Giver: World Premiere Red Carpet Event’ and Rifftrax Live Presents ‘Godzilla’

3 Fathom Events, the outfit that beams special movie happenings to theaters near you, has two big events. First, it’s showing the New York City premiere of The Giver, the new film starring Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and talked-about newcomer Brenton Thwaites, to movie theaters at 7 p.m. Monday. You’ll see the red carpet, a performance by OneRepublic, and be able to interact with stars as they speak directly to the theater audience. You get to see the movie, too. Tickets are $22 (but that may vary according to theater). Hulen Movie Tavern, Fort Worth; Cinemark Alliance Town Center, Fort Worth; AMC Parks at Arlington; Cinemark Tinseltown Grapevine; AMC NorthPark, Dallas; Cinemark West Plano; and others. Then, Thursday , they’re screening Mystery Science Theater 3000’s take on the film Godzilla. The one with Bueller. Sorry, Broderick. 7 p.m. Thursday at area theaters, including Ridgmar 13, Northeast Mall 18, AMC Parks at Arlington and Cinemark 12 Town Center in Mansfield. $18. See more theaters and buy tickets at www.fathomevents.com.

‘The Nerd’

4 Theatre Arlington closes its 41st season with Larry Shue’s comedy The Nerd, which is almost as funny as Shue’s bigger hit The Foreigner, which TA presented this time last year. Friday through Aug. 24 at Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St., Arlington. $22. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org

Tim McGraw

5 Now that we’ve seen the country superstar featured in Men’s Health magazine, you can bet there’ll be more cries for a shirt-disrobing at his Sundown Heaven tour. Remember, ladies, the guy sings terrific songs, too. Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope open. 7 p.m. Friday at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 First Ave. Dallas. $31.50-$71.25. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

Modern Kids

6 Watching cool films isn’t just for adults. This event brings flicks for ages 3-7 and 8-12. The lineup includes Doctor De Soto, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, Punctuwool, Chow Time, Weather or Not, plus related activities. 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. Free, kids must have an adult with them. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org

Yaa Halla, Y’all

7 Always a bellyful of fun, Isis and the Star Dancers does its annual celebration of belly dancing, drumming and Middle Eastern music with a weekend of workshops and performances, through Saturday at Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St., Grapevine. Prices vary per performance or workshop. 817-498-7703; www.isisandthestardancers.com

The Vampire Diaries Official Convention 2014

8 We’re not sure how Dallas landed the convention for this CW vampire show that’s beloved by teens, but star undeads Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley are gonna be in town, so we’ll take it. Many of the other actors and creatives, including Daniel Gillies and Phoebe Tonkin, will be here too. Friday-Sunday at the Westin Park Central Hotel, 12720 Merit Drive, Dallas. Ticket packages vary. Find out more at www.creationent.com/cal/tvd_dallas.html

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

9 At least the name brand behind this event is a product that reflects the goings-on. Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Cannibal Corpse, Body Count and other gruesomely named bands are rock stars to black-clad teenage boys. And they’re still going to concerts. Starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 First Ave. Dallas. $29.50-$89.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

‘Candy Barr’s Last Dance’

10 Candy Barr. What a great stripper name. And she was, too. Ms. Barr, who was Dallas’ premier nightclub act in the 1950s and 1960s, had liaisons with some well-known politicians. Local writer Ronnie Claire Edwards (best known as Corabeth on The Waltons) has written a play about her, as her stripper gal-pals meet in 2006 at Barr’s funeral. Previews through Sunday, opens Monday and runs through Aug. 31 at Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St., Suite 168, Dallas. Previews are $15-$50; regular performances $10-$50. 214-871-3300; theatre3dallas.com

‘We’ve Done It Again: A Mixtape’

11 In this case, “mixtape” refers to a collection of short works cobbled together by the kids at Sundown Collaborative Theatre. Always interesting. 8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday at the Margo Jones Theatre, 1121 First Ave. in Fair Park, Dallas; and Aug. 16-17 at the Green Space Arts Collective in Denton. $10. 940-220-9302; www.sundowntheatre.org

Michael Rubin & the Susquehanna Hat Company featuring Adam Kobetich

12 The band SHC touts itself as being fronted by the world’s “two most hated instruments.” That would be the banjo and accordion. Also featuring “the most unrenowned instrument,” the bass harmonica. Way to build it up, guys. Blackland River Devils opens. 8 p.m. Saturdayat Shipping and Receiving, 201 S. Calhoun St., Fort Worth. $5. 817-887-9313; www.shippingandreceivingbar.com

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