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The weekend of events in and around Dallas is once again so packed that we're breaking them down by category instead of date. There will be multiple different theater productions, concerts, dance events, comedy events, and festivals, and it all starts off with the biggest event of the year for us here at CultureMap.

Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.

CultureMap Tastemaker Awards
By pure coincidence, CultureMap's Tastemaker Awards kick off the big weekend on the evening of Thursday, May 4. The annual celebration of Dallas' top restaurant and bar talent shines a spotlight on the people making the local restaurant scene special and honor their innovation, energy, and creativity. Guests at Fashion Industry Gallery can celebrate all of the nominees while sampling bites and sipping specialty drinks along the way. Read about the nominees here and snag last-minute tickets here.


Echo Theatre presents Natural Shocks: A One-Woman Play in a Tornado
Insurance agents aren’t supposed to be funny, but what can one do except crack jokes when they're trapped in their basement with a gun and an impending tornado? Angela is a fast-talking woman filled with mostly-true stories about her mother, her husband, and how likely they are to actually die in a tornado. The 60-minute, one-woman tour-de-force is part confessional, part stand up, and part reckoning, spiraling towards a conclusion. The production runs May 4-13 at Bath House Cultural Center.

Bishop Arts Theatre Center presents World Classic
World Classic is what happens when you take the quintessential American domestic drama away from white suburbia. It explores the identity issues created by assimilation through the eyes of two generations of an immigrant family. Like The Humans or August Osage County before it, it all takes place during one night, but unlike them, this play focuses on those that had to sacrifice their homeland and in the process, compromise their heritage. The production runs May 4-21 at Bishop Arts Theatre Center.

His Story: The Musical
The Broadway Tent at Grandscape in The Colony will host the world premiere of His Story: The Musical, a Broadway-style theatrical event. In this new contemporary pop musical based on the life of Jesus, a common-man-from-an-obscure-family arrives in the big city and defies expectations. He performs miracles and speaks great wisdom, but chooses friends from the dregs of society and hangs out in the wrong part of town. Mocked by the establishment, he is adored by the people. Melding a youthful voice with a timeless perspective, the greatest story ever told is brought into the third millennium. The production, which starts on May 5, will run through at least September 10.

Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas presents The Light in the Piazza
When strong-willed Southern housewife Margaret Johnson and her charming daughter Clara vacation in Italy in the summer of 1956, Margaret hopes the magic and memories of Florence will sweep her off her feet, but it’s Clara and earnest inamorato Fabrizio who fall in love at first sight. Suddenly, mother and daughter must brave blossoming love, buried secrets, and a startling cultural clash to uncover the hopeful new chapters they didn’t know they’d been searching for. The production runs May 5-20 at Irving Arts Center.

Theatre Arlington presents On Golden Pond
On Golden Pond is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the 48th year. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for. The production runs May 5-21 at Theatre Arlington.


Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents "Beethoven and Brahms"
The latest concert from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, "Beethoven and Brahms," will be conducted by Fabio Luisi and feature pianist Francesco Piemontesi and vocalist Lido Pimienta. The program will include the world premiere of Angelica Negron's “Arquitecta,” Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, and Brahms' Symphony No. 4. There will be four performances, May 4-7, at Meyerson Symphony Center.

Ed Sheeran in concert
For a global superstar, Ed Sheeran has a very unassuming - some might even say nerdy - look with his messy red hair and glasses. Heck, he's even named all of his albums after different math symbols, including the new - (aka Subtract), which will be released on May 5. But he's struck a chord with fans around the world, which is why he can easily fill a venue like AT&T Stadium in Arlington, where he'll play on May 6. He will be accompanied by special guests Khalid and Dylan.


Straight Up with Stassi Live: The Mommy Dearest Tour
Stassi Schroeder Clark may be pregnant, but she can still rally and she’s ready to be reunited with her Khaleesis. Fans can gasp at recent headlines during Pop Culture Hour live with Taylor Strecker, gush with Stassi and Beau about family life during The Good The Bad The Baby, and get real advice about any relationship/friendship drama during a live Pour It Out segment. The event will be at Majestic Theatre.

Improv Arlington presents Paul Reiser
Comedian, actor, television writer, author, and musician Paul Reiser has spent the last 30+ years acting in Oscar and Emmy award-winning movies and TV shows, including Aliens, Mad About You, Whiplash, and Stranger Things. But he got his start as a stand-up comedian, and was voted one of Comedy Central's "Top 100 Comedians of All Time." He'll perform four times on May 5 and 6 at Improv Arlington.

Bad Friends with Andrew Santino & Bobby Lee
Comedians Andrew Santino and Bobby Lee will bring their hit podcast, Bad Friends, to The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving on May 6. Bad Friends showcases the dynamic and sometimes "contentious" relationship between Lee and Santino, providing audiences with a hilarious and entertaining glimpse into their world.


Agora Artists presents The Eldert Lofts
As part of AT&T Performing Arts Center Elevator Project series, Agora Artists will present The Eldert Lofts, an original movement-based work made in collaboration with local artists. The piece explores the stories of a community living in a small apartment building. Through a series of vignettes, the work reveals the intimacies and intricacies of relationships, exploring themes of connection, isolation, identity, and support as each character navigates what it means to be in community. The production will have three performances, May 4-6, at Wyly Theatre.

Ballet North Texas presents A Midsummer Night's Dream
Drama and romance are palpable in this production of Shakespeare’s most famous romantic comedy. A Midsummer Night’s Dream lures the audience into a delightful dreamscape where a mischievous fairy’s spell turns happily ever after on its head. A night with supernatural effects, fairies, romantic misadventures, and fantasy characters, the story evolves in a mysterious and magical place. In a world of suspension, the production travels from reality to imagination with a unique sense of harmony. There will be four performances, May 5-7, at Moody Performance Hall.

TITAS / Dance Unbound presents Command Performance
At Command Performance, artists from leading companies light up the stage with spectacular performances. It features TITAS-commissioned works created specifically for the gala performance by some of the world’s leading choreographers, including Twyla Tharp, Dwight Rhoden, Jessica Lang, Mia Michaels, Sonya Tayeh, Bridget L. Moore, and WANG Yuanyuan. The performance takes place on May 6 at Winspear Opera House.


Dallas International Guitar Festival
At the Dallas International Guitar Festival, visitors can buy, sell, trade, or just browse among the thousands upon thousands of new and vintage guitars, basses, amps, banjos, and more. The three-day event, taking place May 5-7 at Dallas Market Hall, also features performances by more than 50 local, regional, and national bands, including headliners Eric Johnson, Orianthi, and Philip Sayce.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presents Black Heritage Celebration
The third annual Black Heritage Celebration at Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden will feature chef demonstrations, musicians, a vendor exhibit with more than 40 Black-owned businesses, a fashion show showcasing local Black designers, and an entrepreneur showcase. The event takes place on May 6 and 7.

Plano AsiaFest
At the 19th Annual Plano Asian American Heritage Festival, aka Plano AsiaFest, visitors can enjoy cultural performances from all parts of Asia and learn about Asian artistic traditions such as cooking, visual art, calligraphy, martial arts, music, origami, fashion, and more. The one-day event on May 6 takes place at Haggard Park.

Create Arlington presents West Main Arts Festival
The annual West Main Arts Festival will be a six-block street scene that includes over 100 art/vendor booths, food trucks and food vendors, an interactive kids area, four stages featuring 30 local bands, along with buskers playing along West Main Street. The festival has expanded to include a stretch featuring the Arlington Museum of Art, Dance Theater Arlington, Theater Arlington, Arlington Public Library, and the Create Arlington Studios and Gallery. The one-day festival takes place on May 6.

Ed Sheeran
Photo by Greg Williams

Ed Sheeran will play at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on May 6.

Photo by Ashley Gongora

CultureMap Tastemaker Awards

The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards is the annual celebration of Dallas' top restaurant and bar talent, as selected by their peers. The mission is to shine a spotlight on the people making the local restaurant scene special and honor their innovation, energy, and creativity.

The Tastemaker Awards features a signature tasting event and awards ceremony. Guests can celebrate all of the nominees while sampling bites and sipping specialty drinks along the way.

Photo courtesy of Carte Blanche

CultureMap Dallas presents The Tailgate

CultureMap Dallas presents The Tailgate

CultureMap Dallas presents the launch of our newest signature event series: The Tailgate.

In Texas, tailgating is more than a party in a parking lot - it’s a lifestyle. CultureMap's Tailgate is a celebration of the culture of sports - all sports - and the fans who cheer them on. This event combines the best parts of tailgating with the elevated, but playful experience you've come to expect of a CultureMap event. It will be fancy - but not stuffy - featuring chef-driven food and signature cocktails, plus game-day-inspired activities, entertainment, and more.

As part of our celebration, we will shine a spotlight on sports-related nonprofit organizations, their impact on the community, and the inspiring athletes that support them.

General Admission Tickets include bites by participating restaurants, complimentary premium beverages, and access to partner activations throughout the event. VIP Admission Tickets include early admission (6 pm) for first access to bites by participating restaurants, free valet, and a dedicated VIP bar, along with access to elevated activations during the VIP hour.

Participating restaurants and chefs include:

  • Carte Blanche, featuring 2022 DallasTastemaker Awards Pastry Chef of the Year winner Amy La Rue
  • Dusty Biscuit Beignets, 2022 Fort Worth Tastemaker Awards Best New Restaurant winner
  • Empire Baking, featuring 2021 Dallas Tastemaker Awards Hero award winner Meaders Ozarow
  • TLC Vegan Kitchen, 2021 Dallas Tastemaker Awards Best Ghost Kitchen winner
  • Blackland Distillery, 2020 Dallas Tastemaker Awards Bar of the Year winner
  • District
  • Jaxon Texas Kitchen & Beer Garden
  • Loro Asian Smokehouse & Bar
  • Cafe Herrera at the Omni Dallas Hotel
  • Postino
  • Snuffer's
  • Village Burger Bar
  • Urban Crust
  • Zero Gradi
  • One90 Smoked Meats
  • Whole Foods Market
Photo courtesy of John Such Artists' Management

These are the 13 best things to do in Dallas this weekend

Weekend event planner

This weekend across Dallas is a busy one, kicked off by the newest signature event from CultureMap. There will also be four local theater productions, a fandom festival, a big film festival, a tribute to one of the best singers of all time, two country stars together in concert, two big comedians, and two new art exhibitions.

Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.

Thursday, October 13

CultureMap Dallas presents The Tailgate
CultureMap Dallas presents the launch of our newest signature event series: The Tailgate, a celebration of the culture of sports - all sports - and the fans who cheer them on. This event combines the best parts of tailgating with an elevated but playful experience featuring chef-driven food, signature cocktails, game-day-inspired activities, entertainment, and more. The event takes place at The Empire Room.

Dallas Theater Center presents Trouble in Mind
The 1955 comedy-drama Trouble in Mind - planned for Broadway but canceled when the playwright wouldn’t tone down its message - made a triumphant premiere in New York in 2021. The play follows an experienced Black stage actress through rehearsals of a major Broadway production in Alice Childress’s funny, moving, and ultimately shattering look at racism, identity, and ego in the high-stakes world of New York theater. The production runs through October 30 at Kalita Humphreys Theater.

Theatre Three presents Young Frankenstein
From the creators of the Broadway sensation The Producers comes the monstrously fun musical, Young Frankenstein. When the grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein, inherits his family’s estate, his mad scientist genes come to fruition. With the help of his assistant, Igor, he brings a monster to life and hilarity ensues. With memorable tunes like "The Transylvania Mania," "Don’t Touch Me," and "Puttin' on the Ritz," Young Frankenstein is an electrifyingly good time. The production runs through November 13 at Theatre Three.

Rover Dramawerks presents Stone Cold Murder
Newlyweds Robert and Olivia Chappell have bought a small hotel in the English Lake District. At the end of their first season they settle down with a drink in front of a warm fire, but their evening is interrupted by the arrival of a rugged hiker seeking shelter from the snowstorm outside. Could the stranger have anything to do with Olivia’s dark past? A desperate fight for survival begins, with twists and turns for all those involved, while ratcheting up the suspense until the very end. The production runs through October 29 at Cox Building Playhouse in Plano.

Friday, October 14

Dallas Fan Festival
At Dallas Fan Festival, guests can participate in the pop culture playground’s many activities, contests, and special events that put creativity front and center. A number of celebrities will make appearances, including Colton Haynes, Matt Smith, Tom Sturridge, Jenna Coleman, Stephen Amell, Gates McFadden, and more. The festival runs through Sunday at Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.

16th Dallas International Film Festival
More than 80 films will screen during the 16th Dallas International Film Festival, including opening night filmArmageddon Time, starring Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway, and Jeremy Strong; closing night film Call Jane, starring Elizabeth Banks and Sigourney Weaver; The Banshees of Inisherin, starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson; and Hargrove, a documentary executive produced by Erykah Badu about Jazz trumpet legend Roy Hargrove. Screenings will take place through October 20 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Cedars and various other Dallas landmarks.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents "Aretha: A Tribute"
Broadway diva Capathia Jenkins and three-time Grammy nominee Ryan Shaw will perform during this concert featuring all the favorite Aretha Franklin hits. Led by Grammy Award-winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams, this high-energy, glittering tribute to the Queen of Soul includes iconic favorites like "Respect," "Think," "A Natural Woman," "Chain of Fools," "Amazing Grace," and more. There will be three performances through Sunday at Meyerson Symphony Center.

Travis Tritt and Chris Janson in concert
Two generations of country will come together when Travis Tritt and Chris Janson co-headline this concert at Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie. Tritt is the veteran, with a career going back more than 30 years that's featured multiple No. 1 songs. Janson is only seven years into his career, but he's already released four albums, including 2022's All In. The two singers also collaborated on Janson's recent song "Things You Can't Live Without."

Richardson Theatre Centre presents A Few Good Men
Two Naval soldiers are accused of murder. When the two accused plead guilty, Lt. Daniel Kaffee and Lt. Cmdr. Joanne Galloway are assigned to be their lawyers. Galloway doesn’t believe Dawson and Downey came up with the idea to kill; she has suspicions that they were following orders. Kaffee, on the other hand, couldn’t care less – about this trial, about the Navy, or, at first, about Galloway’s opinion. The two need to work together to figure out what exactly happened in Guantanamo Bay – but before they can bring anyone to justice, they need to learn how to work with one another. The production runs through October 30 at Richardson Theatre Centre.

JB Smoove: Physical Therapy Tour
JB Smoove is a multi-talented writer, comedian, and actor perhaps best known for playing Leon in the iconic HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm. He tours as a standup internationally, bringing the ruckus to sold-out audiences all over the world. He'll perform for one night only at Majestic Theatre.

Saturday, October 15

Nasher Sculpture Center presents Nairy Baghramian: "Modèle vivant" opening day
Nasher Sculpture Center will open "Modèle vivant," the new exhibition from 2022 Nasher Prize Laureate Nairy Baghramian. For her Nasher exhibition, Baghramian will create a new series of sculptures that explore the provisional body as the site of trauma by disrupting the habits of the conditioned eye. The sculptures will be presented in dialogue with works from the Nasher’s permanent collection. The exhibition will remain on display through January 8, 2023.

Tom Papa: Family Reunion Tour
With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian, Tom Papa is one of the top comedic voices in the country, finding success as an author, in film, TV, radio, and podcasts, as well as on the live stage. He's written two books, including 2020's You’re Doing Great! - And Other Reasons To Stay Alive, and has released four hour-long stand-up specials. He'll perform at Majestic Theatre.

Sunday, October 16

Dallas Museum of Art presents Matthew Wong: "The Realm of Appearances" opening day
The first museum retrospective and U.S. museum exhibition devoted to the late painter Matthew Wong premieres at the Dallas Museum of Art, the only museum that collected the artist’s work during his lifetime. Featuring approximately 60 paintings created by Wong during his short yet prolific career, Matthew Wong: "The Realm of Appearances" offers the first formal account of the full scope of Wong’s six-year oeuvre. The exhibition will remain on display through February 5, 2023.

Photo by Ashley Gongora

CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards

CultureMap Dallas Tastemaker Awards

The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards is our annual celebration of Dallas' top restaurant and bar talent, as selected by their peers. Our mission is to shine a spotlight on the people making the local restaurant scene special and honor their innovation, energy, and creativity.

At the signature tasting event and awards ceremony, we’ll celebrate all of the nominees and unveil the winners, and guests will get to sample bites and sip specialty drinks along the way.

Photo by Ashley Gongora

CultureMap Dallas-Fort Worth Tastemaker Awards

CultureMap Dallas-Fort Worth Tastemaker Awards

The CultureMap Tastemaker Awards is the annual celebration of the top talent in Dallas-Fort Worth’s restaurant and bar communities, as selected by their peers. The mission of the event is to shine a spotlight on the people making the local restaurant scene special and honor their innovation, energy, and creativity.

CultureMap's signature in-person tasting event and awards ceremony will celebrate all of the nominees and unveil the winners, and guests will be able to sample bites and sip specialty drinks along the way.

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American doll store relocates flagship from one Dallas mall to another

Shopping News

A doll store is moving from one Dallas mall to another, but this is American Girl, the doll store-combination-restaurant-combination-kiddie-salon chain, and it's the store's only location in Dallas, as well as the only location in Texas, as well as one of a limited number of stores across the U.S. Thus this story.

The store is departing its current location at Galleria Dallas and relocating to The Shops at Park Lane where it will establish a new flagship in a two-story space between Nordstrom Rack and opposite HomeGoods. According to a release, it will open in early 2024.

In addition to carrying American Girl dolls, the new store will feature a full-service restaurant, personal shopping, and both doll and girl hairstyling, manicures, and ear piercing at the Dolled Up Salon.

The Dallas store originally opened at the Galleria in November 2007.

Headquartered in Wisconsin, the chain was founded in 1986 and became a subsidiary of Mattel in 1998. Their website says they have 12 retail stores plus a digital site where their $100-and-up dolls are sold, but their retail site shows nine U.S. locations in cities such as Chicago, Orlando, Nashville, and Los Angeles, and no stand-alone locations in Canada.

A story on Patch puts the number at 10 outlets in the U.S. and six in Canada, with a few permanent closures that occurred during the pandemic. American Girl did not respond to an inquiry for comment.

The company professes that its mission is to build girls of strong character and help them reach their full potential, but a story on Money.com notes that the company's practice of selling dolls in limited quantities means that they can be worth "big money," especially on sites like Amazon and eBay, where "some American Girl doll sellers can really rake in cash."

Dolls start at $98 and if you choose the popular customization option, where you can create a doll in your own image, it's $220, plus the additional cost of buying your own matching outfit, ranging from $60 to $135.

These are the 18 best things to do in Dallas this weekend

Weekend Event Planner

The last weekend of September was already a big one in Dallas because of the start of the State Fair of Texas. But this year that major event will be competing with a ton of other big happenings, including seven concerts with notable names, the start of six local theater productions, a symphony concert, and a trio of comedy performances.

Big Tex and State Fair of Texas at sunset
Photo courtesy of the State Fair of Texas
The State Fair of Texas starts its 24-day run at Fair Park on September 29.

Below are the best ways to spend your precious free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.

Thursday, September 28

Luke Bryan in concert
Since his debut album in 2011, country singer Luke Bryan has been as consistent as they come, with each of his five albums featuring all-original songs going to No. 1 on the Billboard Country charts and making at least the top 5 on the Billboard 200. He's also upped his profile by appearing on The Voice and, since 2018, serving as a judge on American Idol. He'll play at Dos Equis Pavilion in support of his 2022 compilation album, Prayin' In A Deer Stand.

Wilco in concert
Alt-rock band Wilco is one of those groups who has always scored well with music critics and its loyal fanbase, even if their albums have rarely become big hits. They have released 13 albums over 28 years, including the new Cousin, with their heyday coming from 2004-2011, when they had four straight top 10 albums on the Billboard 200. They'll play at South Side Ballroom.

Undermain Theatre presents Bondage
Bondage, making its regional premiere at Undermain Theatre, takes place pre-Emancipation on a small island in the South. With the onset of puberty, Zuri must use her wits to outsmart the twisted desires of a drunken master and a sadistic mistress on a haunted plantation. Hierarchies of race and gender collide in this AfroSurreal tale of an enslaved girl who dares to follow her own instincts toward liberation by any means. The production will run through October 15.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents "Copland and Liszt"
"Copland and Liszt," featuring conductor Fabio Luisi, clarinetist Anthony McGill, tenor Carl Tanner, and the Dallas Symphony Chorus, will include William Schuman's American Festival Overture, Copland's Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, and Liszt's A Faust Symphony. It will be performed on Thursday and Sunday only at Meyerson Symphony Center.

Theatre Three presents Lizzie: The Musical
Lizzie Borden was accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an axe in the late summer of 1892. Lizzie: The Musical explores the mind of Borden and speculates on the motivations she may have had: overwhelming oppression, abuse, and madness. By her side is her older sister Emma, maid Bridget, and neighbor Alice. Together, the four women tell the story of why the legend of Lizzie Borden was born with an electric punk rock score. The production runs at Theatre Three through October 29.

Friday, September 29

State Fair of Texas
The 24-day, four-weekend extravaganza that is the State Fair of Texas returns, with its impressive butter sculptures, nightly fireworks, oodles of fried food, and more. Visitors can try all the new concoctions, check out the Midway, enjoy free concerts from artists like Lonestar, Ceelo Green, and Lil Jon, or take a trip to the top of the Top 'o Texas Tower. Just make sure you don't pay full price for your tickets! The Fair goes on at Fair Park through October 22.

Pink in concert
It can be difficult for a singer to maintain a certain image over a long period of time, but Pink - or, if you prefer, P!nk - has managed to do just that. She's stuck with her version of pop/rock for over 20 years, and her fans have rewarded her by pushing her to the top of the charts with every album, including the new Trustfall. She'll play at Globe Life Field in Arlington as part of her Summer Carnival Tour, joined by Brandi Carlile, Grouplove, and KidCutUp.

Company of Rowlett Performers presents Arsenic and Old Lace
Drama critic Mortimer Brewster’s engagement announcement is upended when he discovers a corpse in his elderly aunts’ window seat. Mortimer rushes to tell Abby and Martha before they stumble upon the body themselves, only to learn that the two old women aren’t just aware of the dead man in their parlor - they killed him. Arsenic and Old Lace is a classic black comedy about the only thing more deadly than poison: family. The production runs through October 8 at Garland Civic Theatre.

Cara Mía Theatre presents We Have Iré
We Have Iré is a bilingual musical play about the triumphant journeys of artists from Cuba’s countryside to the United States and back. Brought together by their common pursuit of achieving their dreams, their stories come to life through Afro-Caribbean music, contemporary dance, spoken word, storytelling, and jazz. Cara Mía Theatre will put on three performances through Sunday at Latino Cultural Center.

Art Centre Theatre presents Fire Bringer
At the dawn of humanity, one tribe of cave-people survives the many trials of prehistoric life under the wise leadership of Jemilla, The Peacemaker. But one member of the tribe doesn't seem to fit in: Zazzalil. While out hatching her latest scheme, Zazzalil stumbles upon the most important discovery in history. One that will pit her tribe against wooly mammoths, saber-toothed tigers, and change the world forever. The production, featuring separate adult and teen casts, runs through October 15 at Art Centre Theatre in Plano.

Texas Theatre presents Christopher Titus
Christopher Titus is a prolific stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and producer. He is currently performing his ninth 90-minute special "Stories I Shouldn't Tell, while his most recent hit special, “Amerigeddon,” is available on Amazon. He also has a podcast,The Armageddon Update/Titus Podcast. He'll perform at Texas Theatre.

Russell Peters: "Act Your Age World Tour"
Canadian comedian Russell Peters holds the distinction of being the first comedian to get a Netflix stand-up special with 2013's Notorious. He's gone on to have another Netflix special and one for Amazon Prime Video, starred in a variety of movies and TV shows, and toured the world. Peters will be at Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie as part of his "Act Your Age World Tour," in which he gives his hilarious takes on cancel culture, aging, and the current state of the world.

Girls Gotta Eat: "Snack City Tour"
Ashley and Rayna from the comedy podcast Girls Gotta Eat come to Dallas as part of their "Snack City Tour," in which they and special guests will answer burning questions about sex, dating, and relationships in a one-of-a-kind, interactive experience. No one leaves without a fresh outlook on dating and at least one new ab from laughing. They'll perform at Majestic Theatre.

Theatre Coppell presents The Mousetrap
In The Mousetrap, a murder mystery play by Agatha Christie, a group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at a remote countryside guesthouse as news spreads of a murder in London. When a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover – to their horror – that a killer is in their midst. One by one, the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts. The production runs through October 15 at Coppell Arts Center.

Saturday, September 30

Maluma in concert
Colombian rapper/singer Maluma has been near or at the top of the Billboard Latin charts since his 2015 sophomore album, Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy. Since then he's collaborated with a bunch of other big artists, including Marc Anthony, Jason Derulo, Shakira, Madonna, and The Weeknd, as well as Jennifer Lopez, with whom he co-starred in the 2022 film Marry Me. He'll perform at American Airlines Center in support of his new album, Don Juan.

RBD in concert
Mexican Latin pop group RBD was huge in their native country and across Latin and South America in the 2000s, starting with their 2004 debut album, Rebelde. The group, which gained popularity due to them starring on the telenovela of the same name, would go on to release five albums (including versions in both Portuguese and English) before disbanding in 2009. Now they've reunited to celebrate that first album and more with the Soy Rebelde Tour. They'll perform at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

Sunday, October 1

Depeche Mode in concert
There are few bands who have been able to maintain both the passion and popularity to keep a career going for over 40 years, but Depeche Mode is one of those rare acts. They have released 15 albums since 1981, including the new Memento Mori, with every one of them since 1990 making the top 15 in both their native UK and the U.S. They'll play at American Airlines Center.

Death Cab for Cutie and The Postal Service in concert
It's rare for a singer to be well-known for two different groups, but Ben Gibbard has accomplished that feat. For 25 years, he's headed up Death Cab for Cutie, which reached its peak with 2005's Plans, featuring the hit "Soul Meets Body." But he also did a side project in 2003 with producer Jimmy Tamborello and Jenny Lewis called The Postal Service, producing a single album, Give Up, which featured the ubiquitous hit "Such Great Heights." The two bands will join forces for a special concert at Texas Trust CU Theatre in Grand Prairie.

Prominent Hill Country winery cracks open new tasting room in Fredericksburg

Winery news

One of the most prominent names in Hill Country wines has uncorked a new tasting room in Fredericksburg. On September 22, Grape Creek Vineyard’s owners, Brian and Jennifer Heath, cut the ribbon to their latest property, Invention Vineyards, at 4222 S. State Hwy. 16.

Heath Family Brands has used the name for some time, first as a vintage from the Grape Creek portfolio. A 2022 purchase of Slate Mill Wine Collective cleared the way for Invention to be born as its own estate label.

Under longtime winemaker Jason Eglert, Invention crafts mostly Texas blends. The line also includes several single-varietal wines, focusing on Old World grapes like Tempranillo, Mourvèdre, and Viognier.

The property echoes that approach. The tasting room is on the former 35-acre site of Pioneer Flour Mills founder Carl Hilmar Guenther’s original mill. The entrepreneur did business in Fredericksburg for eight years before volatile weather conditions prompted a move to San Antonio.

A handful of Guenther’s original stone buildings still stand near the entry to Invention, but new construction houses the brand’s tasting room and state-of-the-art production facility. Nodding to the original structures, the rustic-industrial facility utilizes weathered brick and a corrugated roof.

Though the business has been open during the build-out, the grand opening marked the first opportunity for guests to see the completed compound.

For hours, memberships, tastings, and more, visit the website.