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The top 10 list is ready to wrap up May with fireworks and fun

The Texas Ballet Theater will perform "Swan Lake" in Fort Worth this weekend.
The Texas Ballet Theater will perform "Swan Lake" in Fort Worth this weekend. Texas Ballet Theater

1. Tchaikovsky's 'Swan Lake'

The classic ballet about true love and deceit will open on the west side of the Metroplex this weekend with performances Friday-Sunday at Bass Hall in downtown Fort Worth, and then move to the Winspear Opera House in Dallas on June 1-3. The ballet, choreographed by Texas Ballet Theater artistic director Ben Stevenson, tells the story of the Princess Odette, who is transformed into a swan by sorcery. Tickets are $20-$125. TBT's Bass Hall performances will be 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Bass Hall is at 525 Commerce St.877-828-9200;

2. Perot Museum's holiday weekend

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science begins extended hours — and extended fun — this weekend with activities that incorporate watermelons, fireflies, hurricanes, sharks and slime. Be sure and explore the museum's recently updated "Being Human Hall," which has twice as many displays and "experiences," in English and Spanish. Veterans, active and retired military and first responders get in free, beginning Friday, through Labor Day. Their family members get $3 off the general admission price ($13-$20). Parking is $10. Get more details here: The museum is at 2201 N. Field St., Dallas, 214-428-5555.

Grapevine has summer fireworks shows every Friday.

3. Memorial Day fireworks

Grapevine really embraces summertime, and it's a showy kind of love. Beginning Friday, for Memorial Day Weekend, and continuing every Friday night through Aug. 31, there will be a free fireworks show over Lake Grapevine complete with choreographed music that you can stream or download. Oak Grove Park and Katie's Woods Park lead off the list of viewing areas. (There's a map of the lake and the free viewing areas, along with important details for viewing, at The show runs about 15 minutes, and starts at 9:30 p.m.

4. 'Art and the Military'

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art will celebrate Memorial Day by calling its ex-military docents to action for this tour featuring paintings and sculpture with military connections in American history from the museum's collection. The tour includes rarely seen items from the archives. The tour meets at the information desk at 11 a.m. Saturday and will be about an hour long. Reservations are not required. Admission to the museum is always free. The museum is at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-738-1922;

5. Trey Rose

Fans of the AMC reality TV series "Showville" will recognize the name Trey Rose. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Hugo, Okla., who recently won the show's competition, will kick off the summer music series atLightCatcher Winery. Doors open at noon Sunday and the music begins at 2 p.m. Food and wine will be sold; no outside food or coolers are permitted. Lawn chairs, however, are welcome. Seating — first come, first served — is available in the pavilion, terrace and lawn areas. The winery is at 6925 Confederate Park Road, Fort Worth. 817-237-2626;

6. The New York Cat Film Festival

You can curl up with a bunch of great feline-themed short films with names like "Pure Fluff," "Mittens for Kittens" and "Portrait of a Cat Fighter" at this popular event at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The fest's documentary and narrative shorts can run as little as 2 minutes or as long as 32 minutes each. The program clocks in at just under two hours (plus a 10-minute intermission). There will be two showings, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. (Next week, it's the New York Dog Film Festival.) Tickets are $10. The museum is at 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. 817-738-9215;

7. DSO says goodbye to Jaap van Zweden

The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will say goodbye to its maestro, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, in 2020. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra parts with its conductor, Jaap van Zweden, this weekend, after a 10-year relationship. The DSO will perform Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Jonathan Leshnoff's Violin Concerto No. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Tickets are $69-$559. The Meyerson is at 2301 Flora St., Dallas. 214-849-4376;

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Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin's tour will stop in Irving. AP/Chris Pizzello via Star-Telegram archives

8. Kirk Franklin

On the Exodus Music & Arts Festival tour, gospel star and Fort Worth native Kirk Franklin may be the main man but he has a mighty, mighty supporting cast that includes Tye Tribbett, Marvin Sapp, Tamela Mann, Erica Campbell, Myron Butler and more. With a lineup that deep, count on the night starting early, doors open at 4 p.m .and the music will start at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Tickets are $25-$225. The venue, part of Irving's new entertainment district, is at 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd.817-978-4888;

9. Cowtown Unplugged

This may well be the only concert ticket that comes with a bed. The third annual Songwriter's Showcase at the Omni Fort Worth is a package deal with tickets to hear individual sets by country music singer-songwriters Radney Foster ("Nobody Wins"), Matraca Berg ("Strawberry Wine") and Grady Spencer (of the Work) and luxe accommodations for the night of the show, plus breakfast the morning after at the Whiskey & Rye restaurant. Packages, for two, start at $199. The concert will start at 8 p.m. Sunday with New Country 96.3 KSCS DJ Hawkeye as emcee. The Omni is at 1300 Houston St., Fort Worth. 817-535-6664;

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Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis Chad Wadsworth

10. Kelly Willis

This Austin-scene singer-songwriter is touring behind her seventh full-length album, "Back to Being Blue," which she released about a week ago. Her tour stops in Dallas for a show at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Kessler Theater. Willis herself struggles to define her genre-tripping sound, labeling it "Roots rockabilly country blues ... kind of Nick Lowe meets Skeeter Davis meets Crystal Gayle." Opening for Willis is special guest Pedigo's Magic Pilsner. Tickets are $22-$34. The Kessler is at 1230 W. Davis St., Dallas. 214-272-8346;

Sandy Guerra-Cline, 817-390-7545, @GuerraCline