The third weekend in February brings an eclectic mix of events to Dallas-Fort Worth, including the return of a mega-band on the rise, great theater, another Cirque du Soleil show and the end of an ultra-popular science exhibit.
Below are your best options for your precious free time Thursday through Sunday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, February 20
Love & Air Sex screening
This is actually the second time this film has had a special screening in Dallas, but when it played at the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival, it was called The Bounceback, a decidedly less attention-getting name. This event at Texas Theatre includes a screening of the film; performances by Greg Schroeder and Home By Hovercraft; and a live demonstration of air sex, which is exactly what you think it is.
Cirque du Soleil presents Varekai
It's been almost a year and a half since Cirque du Soleil last brought one of its shows to the area, but Varekai is bound to be just as thrilling as Kooza. Taking place through Sunday at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, it features Cirque's typical blending of whimsy, oddities and jaw-dropping acrobatics.
Lexus Broadway Series: Godspell
On the heels of announcing its stellar 2014-2015 Broadway Series, AT&T Performing Arts Center brings the latest of the 2013-2014 season to town. The 43-year-old musical still has the power to impress, especially with its story of friendship, loyalty and love and its iconic songs. Godspell plays at Winspear Opera House through March 2.
Friday, February 21
Bob Schneider in concert
If you have yet to see Kessler and Granada regular Bob Schneider in concert, you're in for a treat. Schneider puts on one of the more unique shows around, with music that can range anywhere from folk to rap combined with his goofy sense of humor and storytelling. He puts on two shows at The Kessler.
Imagine Dragons in concert
Dallas has been the beneficiary of Imagine Dragons' relatively quick rise to stardom. Just five months after the band played at the small-ish South Side Ballroom, the rockers are back again at the second-biggest venue in the area, American Airlines Center. Fresh off their buzzworthy "Radioactive" performance with Kendrick Lamar at the Grammys, they couldn't be hotter. They are supported by opening acts The Naked and Famous and Nico Vega.
Saturday, February 22
2014 Mardi Gras Texas Style
True, Mardi Gras may not be until March 4, but who says we can't celebrate early, especially when there's a Texas spin to it? Texas bands like Casey Donahew Band, Eli Young Band, Johnny Cooper and Bleu Edmondson take over the Automobile Building at Fair Park, where they perform while you take in the full food, fun and flavor of Mardi Gras.
The Pin Show 2014
Fashionistas, unite! The annual Pin Show is one of the premier fashion events in Dallas, featuring a runway show for exciting new clothes from more than 20 emerging designers. It takes place at the Goodyear Plant in the Design District, and you can also expect entertainment by Bethan, The Effinays and DJ Hammertimez.
Sunday, February 23
2014 DFW Auto Show
The annual DFW Auto Show started Wednesday, February 19, but with more than a half million square feet of cars, trucks and SUVs at Dallas Convention Center, it might take you until Sunday to actually take it all in. Whether you're shopping for a practical new hybrid or fantasizing about cruising down the road in a Bentley or Ferrari, this show is for you.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science presents Animal Inside Out
After five months, Sunday is the last day for you to take a gander at the Animal Inside Out exhibit at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. With everything from a squid to a giraffe showing off their plastinated muscles, organs and blood vessels, it's a science geek's dream. The Perot hasn't announced what will take its place, but it'll be a hard act to follow.