Weekend Event Planner

The Wizard of Oz onstage tops best weekend events in Dallas

The Wizard of Oz onstage tops best weekend events in Dallas

The Wizard of Oz
Dallas Summer Musicals presents The Wizard of Oz at Music Hall at Fair Park through March 30. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann
Undermain Theatre presents We Are Proud to Present a Presentation...
Undermain Theatre present sWe are Proud to Present a Presentation... through April 19. Photo by Susan Kandell
Dallas Opera presents Die Tote Stadt
The Dallas Opera presents Die tote Stadt at Winspear Opera House through April 6. Photo courtesy of Dallas Opera
gin blossoms 2
The Gin Blossoms play two shows at The Kessler on March 21. Photo by James Edward
Besa: The Promise
The Dallas Holocaust Museum screens the documentary Besa: The Promise on March 23. Besa: The Promise/Facebook
Savor Dallas international grand tasting
Savor Dallas concludes its 10th anniversary with the International Grand Tasting on March 22. Photo courtesy of Savor Dallas
The Wizard of Oz
Undermain Theatre presents We Are Proud to Present a Presentation...
Dallas Opera presents Die Tote Stadt
gin blossoms 2
Besa: The Promise
Savor Dallas international grand tasting

We seem to be living in a backward world. Last week — a time when many people were on spring break — was packed with top-flight events. Now that everybody is back in town, this weekend has significantly less to offer.

But don't despair: There are still a few things worth checking out. 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, March 20

Undermain Theatre presents We are Proud to Present a Presentation…
The official name for this play, making its regional debut at Undermain Theatre, consists of 27 words, essentially providing a synopsis of the plot. The production is actually kind of a play within a play, as a group of actors gear up to portray the extermination of the Herero tribe of Namibia by the Germans. But how each actor identifies with the character they're playing makes for some funny and tense situations. It plays through April 19.

Dallas Summer Musicals presents The Wizard of Oz
We all know and love The Wizard of Oz, and now there's more of it to love as Dallas Summer Musicals presents the stage version. Playing at the Music Hall at Fair Park through March 30, the musical has every song and iconic moment from the film, as well as a few new songs from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber and some surprises along the yellow brick road.

Friday,  March 21

Gin Blossoms in concert
When the Gin Blossoms were at their peak in the early 1990s, fans would've killed to see them in a venue as small as The Kessler. But 20 years later, the band is purely a nostalgic act, despite putting out two albums since 2006. The band, famous for songs like "Hey Jealousy," "Found Out About You" and "Follow You Down," plays two shows at the renovated Oak Cliff theater.

Dallas Opera presents Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)
The Dallas Opera starts to bring its 2013-2014 season to a close with Die tote Stadt, the classic German opera from composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Playing at Winspear Opera House through April 6, it tells the story of a man obsessed with his dead wife who must try to let go of her memory in order to truly live again.

Saturday, March 22

2014 Dallas Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show
You could hunt and peck at various antique and vintage stores around the Dallas-Fort Worth area, or you could just do some one-stop shopping at the Dallas Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show, which starts Friday and goes through Sunday at Addison Conference Centre. Dozens of vintage dealers from around the country display their wares — and hope you buy.

Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas Art Bus Tour
The latest bus tour from the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas takes the art adventurous from Holly Johnson Gallery in the Design District to Kirk Hopper Fine Art in downtown Dallas before heading a bit out of town to Webb Gallery in Waxahachie. The price of the tour includes both the bus ride and lunch from Boster Catering.

Savor Dallas International Grand Tasting
This is one of the few Savor Dallas events that hasn't yet sold out, so act now to secure your spot. Now in its 10th year, this finale features tastes from top local restaurants, hundreds of wines, and selection of beers and spirits. A VIP Tasting Package gets you into both the Reserve Tasting earlier in the day and early entry into the International Grand Tasting.

Sunday, March 23

Dallas Holocaust Museum presents screening of Besa: The Promise
The Dallas Holocaust Museum is currently displaying "Besa: Code of Honor," and this is the second of two feature-length documentary screenings related to the exhibit. The film details how Albania, with a majority Muslim population, managed to successfully hide and protect almost all of the Jewish refugees within its borders during World War II.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents Twilight of the Gods
The latest concert from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra aims to bring a little thunder to the Bass Performance Hall. Featuring three performances Friday through Sunday, the orchestra plays Peter Sculthorpe's "Earth Cry," with a prominent didgeridoo element, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Wagner's Götterdämmerung.