It's another one of those reverse weekends, where the longer you wait to go out on the town, the fewer chances you'll have of attending the events that everyone will be talking about. But even if you miss out on the big ones, the weekend is full of great stuff to do.
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 21
Maroon 5 in concert with Neon Trees and Owl City
You would think that because the fourth season of The Voice is about to kick off, Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine would be too busy spinning his chair to go out on tour. But live episodes don't start until April, so he and his bandmates have plenty of time to headline a killer lineup at American Airlines Center that also features Neon Trees and Owl City.
Yes in concert
Hardcore fans of any band know what casual fans often miss — namely that although groups become known for specific songs, you can't really know them until you listen to their entire albums. Fans of Yes get to experience eternal bliss at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie as the classic band plays through three albums — The Yes Album, Close to the Edge and Going for the One — in their entirety.
Friday, March 22
Deep Ellum Brewing Company presents Drink Local, Give Global
If your idea of charity is downing a few craft beers, Deep Ellum Brewing Company has a deal for you. As part of International World Water Day, the brewery is hosting this charitable event, which helps provide clean water in Rwanda. For $25 you get three beers, a tour of the brewery, live music and the enjoyment of helping those less fortunate.
Citizen Cope in concert
Citizen Cope, aka Clarence Greenwood, is a singular force. Since gaining legions of fans in the early 2000s for songs like "Sideways" and "Let the Drummer Kick," he's gone through two labels before finally deciding to self-publish his music. That hasn't hurt his quality one bit, as the sold-out crowd at House of Blues Dallas will witness firsthand.
Saturday, March 23
2013 Festival De Los Mavs
Sure, the Dallas Mavericks are having a so-so season, thanks in no small part to Dirk Nowitzki missing a good chunk of the season. But they're the only team to deliver a championship to the city in the 21st century, so this celebration outside American Airlines Center, aimed at Latino fans, is still worth attending. It offers a chance for autographs, live music and more Mavericks goodies.
Dallas Summer Musicals presents Mary Poppins
It's hard to believe, but Mary Poppins has only been a Broadway musical since 2006. All the songs we know and love originated with the 1964 Disney film based on P.L. Travers' books. Dallas Summer Musicals welcomes the national tour into Music Hall at Fair Park for a short 10-day run through March 30, so you have limited chances to see Poppins and her umbrella take flight.
Sunday, March 24
Dallas Children's Theater presents A Wrinkle in Time
When Dallas Children's Theater chooses its programming, it's probably safe to say that special effects don't often enter into the equation. But the production of A Wrinkle in Time might require a few, given that the plot has the characters traveling across space and time. The play, adapted from the Madeleine L'Engle book that's celebrating its 50th anniversary, runs through April 14.
Upstart Productions and See What I Say Playworks presents Apartment Plays
Over the last few years, Upstart Productions has become known for presenting edgy theater productions, mostly adapted from established works. Apartment Plays is a twin bill of original one-act plays, both set in an apartment in downtown Dallas. Dallas theater veteran Bruce R. Coleman wrote and directed both, which run through April 6 at The Green Zone.