Things to Do

Concerts in the Garden is back and other things to do in DFW this week

The Concerts in the Garden music series returns this weekend to the Botanic Garden in Fort Worth. In this 2016 photograph, Twi Douglass of Fort Worth holds Paisley Douglass, 3, during a performance of patriotic songs.
The Concerts in the Garden music series returns this weekend to the Botanic Garden in Fort Worth. In this 2016 photograph, Twi Douglass of Fort Worth holds Paisley Douglass, 3, during a performance of patriotic songs. Star-Telegram archives

1. Concerts in the Garden

The Texas Tenors — J.C. Fisher, Marcus Collins and John Hagen — will open the season for this annual music series in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden at 8:15 p.m. Friday. They'll be backed by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with Ron Spigelman conducting. The series continues with Dennis DeYoung and the music of Styx on Saturday evening and the "1812 Overture and Symphonic Sparklers" program Sunday. Lawn tickets are $25 (get there early for a good spot; gates open at 6:30 p.m. for seating). Table seating ranges from $19-$65, depending on the concert. Parking options are $10-$25. The Botanic Garden address is 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org

2. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band

Listen to bluegrass versions of the Fab Four's songs under the stars at this summer concert series Sunday night at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Founders Plaza in downtown Arlington. Best of all, the concert's free. It's BYOP — bring your own picnic, along with a blanket or lawn chairs. Saturday it's the Peterson Brothers, known for their jam-band style of music. Sunday the performers will be the Metroplex a cappella group Vocal Trash. The concerts begin at 8 p.m. each night. The Levitt is at 100 W. Abram St., Arlington. 817-543-4301; levittpavilionarlington.org

3. 'Dazed and Confused' party

The Texas Theatre in Dallas says hello to summer with a cinematic kegger of a movie — 1993's "Dazed and Confused" from Texas director Richard Linklater ("Before Midnight" and "Boyhood"). The movie is about graduation day in a small Texas town in the '70s, and it gave us Matthew McConaughey delivering his signature "all right, all right, all right" line. The Texas Theatre will screen it in 35mm with DJs and drinks at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10.75. The theater is at 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas. 214-948-1546; thetexastheatre.com

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A scene from "The Producers" J2 Communications

4. 'The Producers'

No less than pop-rock superband U2 (1991's "Achtung Baby") has been inspired by Mel Brooks' subversive classic comedy, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The satire, starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder as a pair of Broadway producers intent on bringing a musical celebrating the Third Reich to the stage, paved the way for Brooks' storied career and won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 1968. You can see its 4K restoration on the big screen Saturday and Sunday at DFW movie theaters, including North East Mall 18, Fossil Creek 11 and Ridgmar 13+Xtreme. Here's a link for tickets: www.fathomevents.com

5. Me & My Monkey

Get a second hit of Beatles'-era throwback at a free performance by this tribute band, part of Watauga's MasterWorks Concert Series. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at the Capp Smith Park Amphitheater. The members of Me & My Monkey, who perform regularly in North Texas, are known for playing the Beatles' hits note for note. They play vintage instruments and dress the part of Paul, John, George and Ringo, re-creating a convincing "Beatles Live" performance. The amphitheater is at 5800 Robin Drive, Watauga. www.artscouncilnortheast.org

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Bello Nock Courtesy photo

6. Bello Nock

For some, thoroughbred horse racing is enough. Others demand over-the-top comedy entertainment, bounce houses and a petting zoo to go along with their wagering, and for them, there's this weekend's special event at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie. Nock, the comedian known for his extreme orange hair and oversized tuxedos on the NBC show "America's Got Talent," will attempt to shoot himself out of a cannon and over a helicopter's rotating blades. Can't say much more than that. General admission is $3-$5, reserved seating $9-$27, kids 3 and younger get in free. The track is at 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie. 972-263-7223; lonestarpark.com

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Jimmie Dale Gilmore, left, and Dave Alvin will play the Kessler Theater this weekend. Tim Reese Photography

7. Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore

People who care where the music they love comes from will want to catch this show by the former Flatlander (Gilmore) and ex-Blaster (Alvin). They've been friends for 30 years, that's three decades of musical trailblazing, folks. Their new album, "Downey to Lubbock," on the Yep Roc Records label and available on Spotify, will drop Friday and they'll play the Kessler Theater at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $32. The Kessler is 1230 W. Davis St., Dallas. 214-272-8346; thekessler.org

8. Food Truck Championship of Texas

Follow the trail of food truck exhaust fumes to the northwest Texas town of Graham this Saturday. This event, which runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., has lots of activities including a bike ride, live music (evening concerts from Parker McCollum and the Turnpike Troubadours), art and kids stuff, but the main event is eating, and then eating some more. Food trucks — more than 50 of them — from across Texas will be parked around the town square and competing for a $10,000 grand prize. Area trucks include Bite My Biscuit, Gypsy Scoops, the Beignet Bus and more. Follow the event on Twitter at #FTCTX or visit the Facebook page, Food Truck Championship of Texas, for more details, including the food truck lineup.

9. Artist Takashi Murakami

You can't underestimate the value of having great art explained, and who better to do that than the artist himself. Murakami, the star of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth's big summer exhibition, "The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg," discusses his wild and wonderful paintings with Michael Darling, chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Modern. Tickets are $10; seating begins at 5:30 p.m. and is limited to 250 people. Or, you can watch the event live in the Cafe Modern for $5. (Failing both, you can watch the event via Facebook Live, beginning at 6:30 p.m.) The Modern is at 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. 817-738-9215; themodern.org

10. 'Mamma Mia'

Casa Manana Theatre winds up its Broadway season with this musical featuring the songs of ABBA wrapped around the story of a girl (Chelsea Williams) who just wants her mother, Donna (C.J. Greer), to reveal the identity of her father (from three likely suspects, all imported to a Greek island for the unveiling). "Mamma Mia" runs Saturday through June 10. (Weekend shows include a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday and Sunday.) Tickets are $39-$79 from Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000 or on the Casa website, www.casamanana.org. Casa Manana is at 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth.

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