This weekend, the slate of events is particularly diverse. Among the offerings: two new Dallas Symphony events, a classic fairy tale told through dance, a concert from an up-and-coming musician, and a theater production featuring a rare visit from a big comedy star.
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 10
Theatre Three presents Light Up the Sky
The latest production from Theatre Three is a comedy set in the world of theater. A young playwright, an emotional director, the producer and his wife, the leading lady and her acid-tongued mother who has seen it all, and a retired ice skating star all gather together in a hotel suite prior to opening night. The ambition, hope, and hubris among them lead to hilarious situations. It runs through April 3.
Friday, March 11
Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents A Tribute to the Beatles
It's been nearly 50 years since the Beatles broke up, and yet the power of their music persists to this day. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra joins forces with cover band the Classic Mystery Tour for versions of Beatles songs like you've rarely heard them, such as “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section or “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet. The concert plays three times at Meyerson Symphony Center through Sunday.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents ReMix: Bryce and Aaron Dessner
Over at Dallas City Performance Hall, other members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra join up with Bryce and Aaron Dessner of the rock band The National for a special ReMix concert. The Dessner brothers play "St. Carolyn by the Sea" and "Lachrimae," both of which were written by Bryce Dessner and both of which receive their Dallas premiere.
Texas Ballet Theater presents Cinderella
Texas Ballet Theater director Ben Stevenson brings the classic Cinderella to life with both humor and drama in this special ballet. From the comic antics of the ugly stepsisters to the elegant ball where Cinderella meets Prince Charming and loses her glass slipper, it is a timeless tale of elegance, romance, and transformation. It plays four times through Sunday at Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts in Richardson.
Vance Joy in concert with Elle King
When you're a new artist, it's nice to have friends in high places. And so it was for Vance Joy, when Taylor Swift chose him as an opening act on her 1989 tour that stopped at AT&T Stadium last year. Of course, thanks to songs like "Riptide," "Georgia," and "Fire and Flood" from his 2014 debut album, he's proven he can carry himself nicely. He plays with Elle King, whose "Ex's and Oh's" was a massive hit in 2015, at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie.
Saturday, March 12
Nasher Sculpture Center presents Mai-Thu Perret: Sightings opening day
The newest exhibit at Nasher Sculpture Center features the Swiss-born Mai-Thu Perret, who has spent the last 16 years making work born from a fictional feminist art commune she created called The Crystal Frontier. Perret speaks about Sightings, which features recent ceramics and paintings and runs through July 17, as part of Nasher's 360 series on the same day.
Tyler Perry's Madea on the Run
We've seen Tyler Perry productions come through the area before, but an appearance by the man himself in the guise of his most famous character is a rare sighting. His latest production, playing at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, finds Madea on the run from the police and needing to hide out with her good friend Bam, who doesn't realize Madea has ulterior motives. It plays twice on Saturday.
Sunday, March 13
Art Deco Society of Dallas and Dallas Heritage Village present Jazz Age Sunday Social
The annual Jazz Age Sunday Social is a vintage-inspired event at Dallas Heritage Village that features a variety of throwback activities. It includes performances from the Singapore Slingers and Razzmajazz Dixieland band, Charleston dance lessons, antique cars, vintage clothing, a costume contest, and more.