There is no shortage of things to do around the Dallas area this weekend, and your choices run the gamut of entertainment. They include a theatrical celebration of one of the top bands of all time, a classic opera, mind-blowing dance, and the return of one of the most popular annual parades the city has to offer.
Below are the 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 9
Dallas Summer Musicals presents Let It Be
In this Beatles-centric jukebox musical, you can relive the Fab Four's past, from The Ed Sullivan Show to Abbey Road, with favorite hits including "Hard Day's Night," "Day Tripper," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Twist and Shout," "Get Back," "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," "Strawberry Fields," and much more. Dallas Summer Musicals presents the production at the Music Hall at Fair Park through March 19.
Ochre House Theater presents Dr. Bobaganush
Right after Ochre House Theater's Dr. Bobaganush started in January, it came to an abrupt and shocking end when writer/director/star Matthew Posey was the victim of a shooting. Undaunted, Posey has forged forward with the show, vowing to see it come to fruition. Set during the time of the Nazis, it focuses on a traveling mystic who heralds the cause to help the persecuted at a price larger than he can imagine. The production will run through March 25.
Friday, March 10
The Price is Right Live
The Price Is Right Live is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "Come On Down" and play classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show. Taking place at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, contestants can win cash, appliances, vacations, and possibly even a new car by playing favorites like Plinko, Cliffhangers, the Big Wheel, and the fabulous Showcase.
Dallas Opera presents Madame Butterfly
With poignant melodies, unforgettable characters, and a heart-wrenching storyline, Madame Butterfly has captivated audiences and dampened handkerchiefs for more than 100 years. Loosely based on true events in Nagasaki, Japan, Madame Butterfly tells the tale of a naïve Japanese girl, Cio-Cio-San (Butterfly), blinded by her love for a callous American naval officer. The production plays at Winspear Opera House through March 26.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Ella & Louis
Legendary musicians Ella Fitzgerald and Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong are brought to life with the sultry voice of Marva Hicks and Byron Stripling's blazing trumpet. Backed by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the duo performs "S'Wonderful," "A Tisket a Tasket," and "What a Wonderful World," among others. Jeff Tyzik conducts the concert, playing at Meyerson Symphony Center through Sunday.
TITAS presents Diavolo
Diavolo | Architecture in Motion uses dance to explore the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment. The diverse team of dancers, designers, choreographers, and engineers create visceral and awe-inspiring works that reveal how we are affected emotionally, physically, and socially by the spaces we inhabit. The performance takes place at Dallas City Performance Hall on Friday and Saturday.
Saturday, March 11
Dallas St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival
The annual Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival is the largest St. Patrick’s Parade in the Southwest. Starting at Greenville Avenue and Blackwell Street and ending at SMU Boulevard and Central Expressway, the parade draws upwards of 125,000 people along the 2-mile route to see more than 90 floats, 1,700 participants, bands, and more. It's followed by the Dallas Observer St. Patrick's Day Concert featuring Jimmy Eat World at Energy Square.
AT&T Performing Arts Center presents Max Hartman and Friends
Dallas native Max Hartman is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, but you may know him best as a stage and voiceover actor, including in award-winning work with Kitchen Dog Theater. This special night at Winspear Opera House features songs from his band Mur, his side project Hartman & Cole (with drummer Brant J. Cole), and a special featured set of songs that he has composed for the stage and screen but has yet to perform himself.
Sunday, March 12
Dallas Museum of Art openings and closings
If you go to the Dallas Museum of Art on Sunday, you can see both the last day of one notable exhibit and the opening of another. "Concentrations 60: Lucie Stahl," which plays with the notion of liquidity in its many forms, comes to an end, while "México 1900–1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde," which documents the country’s artistic Renaissance, starts. The latter exhibit is on display through July 16.