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Old 97's head west for Concerts in Garden appearance

The Old 97’s
The Old 97’s

1. Old 97's at Concerts in the Garden

Summer just got a whole lot cooler. This concert series continues with the music of the Rolling Stones on Friday and Journey on Saturday, but the fun factor shoots waaaaaay up Sunday night with a concert by this Dallas alt-country foursome. The music starts at 8:15 each night, but you'll have to claim a good "seat" on the lawn early. The lawn tickets are $25. Table seating is $19-$65. Parking options are $10-$25. And you'll want to stay for the fireworks afterward. The Botanic Garden address is 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. 817-665-6000;

2. 10th annual Trinity Shakepeare Festival

This troupe — a blend of professionals and Texas Christian University students — draws raves from critics each year. For this special anniversary, it pulls out two of the most popular plays from the Bard's repertoire, a comedy and a tragedy: "Twelfth Night" and "Romeo and Juliet." This weekend, catch performances of "Twelfth Night" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Marlene and Spencer Hays Theatre in Walsh Performing Arts Center, and "Romeo and Juliet" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Jerita Foley Buschman Theatre in Ed Landreth Hall. The plays continue through July 8. Tickets are $20-$30. For tickets, go here.

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The Giganotosaurus on exhibit at the Perot Museum of Science and History. Telus World of Science

3. 'Ultimate Dinosaurs'

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science knows what kids love: dinosaurs, and plenty of them. This new exhibit, opening Saturday, features 20 exotic dinosaur species, including full-size skeletons, life-size video projections, games, augmented reality viewers and more. Throw discounted tickets and extended summer hours into the mix and you've got a family day trip to Dallas in the making. Get all the details, including parking maps, at The Perot is at 2201 N. Field St., Dallas, 214-428-5555.

4. 'West Side Story'

Jets and Sharks, Sharks and Jets. Now you can see them duel and dance on the big screen again. "West Side Story," starring Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno (who won an Oscar for her role), is the story of love, immigrants and racial tension. What year is it again? The musical, with a score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, will screen at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday and June 27 at area theaters, including the Ridgmar 13+Extreme, Regal Fossil Creek 11 and Cinemark 13 Town Center Mansfield. (Matinee tickets are $5.50 and general admission is $8 at the Ridgmar theater.) To find a theater nearby, visit

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Ballet Concerto performs in a new venue in Fort Worth this year. Ballet Concerto

5. Ballet Concerto's 37th summer dance concert

The Fort Worth dance company pays tribute to its longtime collaborator, flamenco expert Luis Montero, with a program of Spanish dance that will include "Carmen," which Montero originally choreographed for Ballet Concerto in 2001. Performances will be at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday (gates open an hour prior) at Heart of the Ranch at Clearfork, 500 Clearfork Main St., Fort Worth. Table seating is $50 per person. Seating on the lawn is free; bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. For tickets, go here or call 817-763-5087.

Don Henley of the Eagles, left, performs with Glenn Frey in Charlotte, N.C., in 2013. Frey died in 2016. Jeff Siner Charlotte Observer via Star-Telegram archives

6. The Eagles

Seeing this band perform is probably on a lot of people's bucket list. The iconic band has gone through several iterations, particularly after the death of Glenn Frey, in 2016. This lineup adds his son, Deacon Frey, as well as singer Vince Gill. Don Henley and drummer Scott F. Crago round out the foursome. The only things that haven't changed? The achingly familiar songs, from "Take It Easy" to "Hotel California." Country singer Chris Stapleton opens for the stop at 7 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Stadium. For tickets, visit

7. Harry Potter Bar Crawl

When these Muggles solemnly swear they are up to no good, they probably mean it. This crawl takes place in Fort Worth's West 7th district with seven bars, including the Coyote Ugly Saloon, The Yard and Reservoir Bar, participating. It starts at 2 p.m. Saturday but the real Quidditch action no doubt happens after dark. Wristbands are $25-$50, and you get a refillable souvenir mug, a "magic" map, party favors and drink specials at the bars. You'll have to summon your own cape and wand. Get registration details and tickets here.

8. Django in June

The folks behind Arts Fifth Avenue, a little oasis of culture in the Fairmount neighborhood of Fort Worth, love to celebrate "gypsy jazz" guitarist Jean Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt and his music. This year, they plan to do it more than once. This performance, at 8 p.m. Saturday, will feature Marcelo Berestovoy and his band, the Modern Swing Project, with special guest violinist Christiaan van Hemert. Arts Fifth Avenue is at 1628 Fifth Ave., Fort Worth. You can purchase tickets, $15 each, or make reservations by calling 817-923-9500 or at

9. 'Waitress'

Have you had your slice of pie yet? This musical featuring the music of Sara Bareilles winds up its run at Bass Hall on Sunday. It's inspired by Adrienne Shelley's movie about a woman named Jenna who pours her unhappiness into astonishingly creative pies and a delicious affair with a doctor. Also on stage will be two young local actresses — June Whitley, 5, of Arlington, and Quinn Copeland, 6, of Fort Worth — in the role of Jenna's daughter, Lulu. Get tickets, $44-$115.50, at or by calling the Bass Hall box office at 817-212-4280. The Bass Hall ticket office is at 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth.

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Lev Aronson was a music teacher and principal cellist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Aronson Cello Festival

10. 6th annual Lev Aronson Cello Festival

This classical music festival, which runs Sunday through July 1, celebrates Aronson, who moved to Dallas after World War II and became a celebrated teacher and principal cellist of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. This year, it also celebrates women in classical music (nearly all of its performers and featured speakers are women). Most events are at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University's O'Donnell Hall, 6101 Bishop Blvd., Dallas. They include concerts, lectures and an evening of short films. Ticket prices range from $5-$28, and several of the events are free. Get details here.