Rider Insider: Find things to do this weekend in Dallas-Fort Worth

• Ride the DART Rail and TRE to Victory Station Friday and Saturday for Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour. A riveting fusion of visuals, dance, and music, the show is an electrifying production presented in a rock concert format that combines the excitement and innovation of Michael Jackson’s music and choreography with Cirque du Soleil unparalleled creativity. Aimed at lifelong fans as well as those experiencing Michael’s creative genius for the first time, the show captures the essence, soul and inspiration of the King of Pop, celebrating a legacy that continues to transcend generations. Two shows are at the American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. Information: www.americanairlinescenter.com

• Ride the DART Rail Red Line to Galatyn Park Station, then an approximate 1 mile walk via the Central Trail and the D-Link (Route 722) to the 3rd Annual Dallas Hip-Hop Dance Fest competition and showcase. The Dallas Hip-Hop Dance Fest is a professional dance showcase/competition that brings A-List choreographers for a once-in-a-lifetime workshop and performers with a passion for hip-hop and the stage. The festival weekend comprises of a Battle, Workshop, Showcase and Competition. The Texas Theatre is located at 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Note: the 2014 DHDF Best of Both Worlds Workshop on Saturday, July 26 is located at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dallas – Richardson, 1981 N. Central Expy. Information: www.dallashiphopfest.com.

Find more events like the WWE Live: SummerSlam Heatwave Tour or Real Madrid vs. AS Roma on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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DART to DFW: DFW Airport Ambassadors teach visitors about the airport and beyond

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Courtesy: DFW Airport

With 155 gates and covering more than 26.9 square miles, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport can be an overwhelming place to visit. The airport is trying to combat that notion with its DFW Airport Ambassadors program.

DFW Airport has more than 750 volunteer ambassadors welcoming and lending a helping hand to any travelers with airport- or travel-related questions.

And beginning on August 18, the ambassadors will have a new tool to share with travelers as DART begins service to DFW Airport Station on the Orange Line.

According to DFW Airport Ambassadors representatives, DART’s connection to DFW Airport is going to help with one of the most frequently asked questions: “I’ve got 7 or 8 hours to kill, what can I do?” Now the long-layover travelers will have a chance to see the many sights along the DART Rail for as little at $2.50 and be able to make it back in time for a connecting flight.

Click here to learn more about the DFW Airport Ambassadors program including how you can sign up.

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Destination DART: Black Academy of Arts and Letters

The Black Academy of Arts and Letters (TBAAL) is a multi-discipline arts organization whose mission is to create and enhance an awareness and understanding of artistic, cultural and aesthetic differences utilizing the framework of African, African-American and Caribbean Arts and Letters. Additionally, its purpose is to promote, foster, cultivate, perpetuate and preserve the Arts and Letters of Africans, African-Americans and Caribbean in the Fine, Literary and Performing Arts.

On July 17, 1977, Curtis King founded TBAAL on his dining room table with a personal investment of $250. TBAAL was grown from the New York City based, Black Academy of Arts and Letters in 1969. Now based in Dallas, Texas, TBAAL is housed in a 250,000 sq. ft. facility (located in the heart of downtown in the Dallas Convention Center).

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TBAAL is the only arts institution and African-American organization housed in a major urban convention center in the nation.

You can read more about TBAAL’s history, its purpose and its objectives here.

TBAAL has 2 theatres (Naomi Bruton Main Stage – seats 1800 and Clarence Muse Café Theatre – seats 250), a costume shop, 5 large banquet/meeting rooms, gallery, gift shop, administrative offices, etc.

Annually, TBAAL presents and produces over 100 programs, in theatre, music, dance, literary arts, film and visual arts.

In November 2009, TBAAL presented HIP HOP BROADWAY-THE MUSICAL, a piece written by Curtis King, at Dallas’ new AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Winspear Opera House. The production starred Grammy Award Winner Erykah Badu, Tony Award Winners Jennifer Holliday and Melba Moore, Metropolitan Opera Star Harolyn Blackwell and Tony Award Winner Nominee Felicia P. Fields. To date, this performance has the highest attendance of any program offered during the AT&T Performing Arts Center inaugural season.

TBAAL is currently in its 37th Season which began September 2013 and runs through August 2014. Some notable celebrities who will perform/appear this season are Grammy and Pulitzer Prize Winner Wynton Marsalis, Rhonda Ross, The Honorable Cynthia McKinney, Peabo Bryson, Kim Coles, Debbi Morgan, Rashaan Patterson, Maysa, Loretta Devine, Sarah Dash and Kim Jordan.

To view or search TBAAL’s calendar by month, click on this link. Also check out TBAAL’s YouTube page for more info.

TBAAL is housed in the Dallas Convention Center which can be reached on the Red and Blue lines.

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DART to DFW: Meet Crystal Parker, DART Police Sergeant

“DART to DFW: Connecting you to the World” is a video series where you get to meet individuals around DART that are helping make the connection to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Look for a new person featured every Tuesday until the opening of DFW Airport Station in August.

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Video: T. Boone Pickens, DART talk benefits of compressed natural gas

DART and Clean Energy Fuels are teaming to tell the story of how we’re making North Texas air cleaner. We’re working together on a new online campaign to raise awareness of the value of natural gas as a transit fuel. The campaign begins with a new video featuring DART President/Executive Director Gary Thomas and Clean Energy co-founder Boone Pickens.

DART began converting its entire fleet of diesel and liquefied natural gas buses to CNG when it introduced its new NABI buses in January 2013. DART is adding, on average, five new CNG buses every week to accomplish its goal of complete conversion by the end of 2015.

Clean Energy Fuels is helping by providing the CNG fueling stations DART relies on to keep its fleet running every day of the year.

The response to the new CNG buses has been overwhelmingly positive. Customers appreciate the quieter buses. Non-riders are thankful for reduction in fumes and DART bus operators are just glad to not go home smelling of diesel.

DART’s use of CNG and collaboration with Clean Energy Fuels will save local taxpayers $120 million over the next 10 years.

Check out the video above and click here to read DART President and Executive Director Gary Thomas’ thoughts on CNG.

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DART to DFW: Making North Texas accessible to conventioneers, tourists

On August 18 travelers coming to the world’s third busiest airport will have DART Rail access to some of the most important destinations in North Texas with the opening of DFW Airport Station.

Leading up to the opening, we’re talking with some key figures in the Dallas-Fort Worth area about how having rail access to the airport will help their industries. Today, we are talking to Phillip J. Jones, President/CEO of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau and Bill Winsor, President and CEO of Dallas Market Center about how DART is making North Texas more accessible to conventioneers and tourists.

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Rider Insider: Find things to do this weekend in Dallas-Fort Worth

• Ride the DART Rail Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station Saturday for the Marketplace at Historic Downtown Garland. The public is invited to the Downtown Square, corner of 6th and Main Street for growers, produce, vendors and food. This is a great opportunity to support local artisans, craftsman, growers, and merchants. The Marketplace is produced by Eventive Marketing Solutions and benefits the Good Samaritans of Garland. Information: visitgarlandtx.com.

• Ride the DART Rail Blue Line to Downtown Garland Station for Garland Summer Musicals presents the Broadway and Movie Classic Thoroughly Modern Millie. It’s a high-spirited musical romp that has all of New York dancing the Charleston and the zany new 1920′s musical that has taken Broadway by storm! The story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It’s a New York full of intrigue and jazz – a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. Performances are at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. 5th Street. Information:www.garlandsummermusicals.org.

Find more events like ’til Midnight at the Nasher or the Deep Ellum Market on our Rider Insider Online Calendar or in the brochures found on DART light rail vehicles or buses.

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Destination DART: Pocket Sandwich Theater

In the mood for theater with a twist?  Try the Pocket Sandwich Theatre.  Shows are known for audience participation.  Clap for the characters you like and throw popcorn at the ones you don’t! Over the years, the theater has been through more than 100,000 pounds of popcorn . The seasons have a variety of shows to choose from including comedies, melodramas, musicals and dramas. The Late Night shows that start at 11:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights are meant for an adults only crowd, but the rest of the shows are usually family friendly and they’ll warn you if they’re not.

A full dinner menu and drinks are available, but eating is optional and not included with your ticket price. Main Stage shows are $10 on Thursday, $18 Friday, $20 Saturday and $12 on Sunday. Seniors (60 and older) and children (12 and under) get $2 off. Late night shows are $10-15 depending on the show. Prices can vary.

The Pocket Sandwich Theatre is located along the Red, Orange and Blue lines.  Riders should exit Mockingbird Station. Take the elevator or escalator to the top level. Pocket Sandwich Theatre is located across Mockingbird Lane from the station.

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Explore Downtown Dallas and DART landmarks with the Pegasus Urban Trails app

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A new app from Preservation Dallas and the Urban Armadillos makes learning about landmarks in Downtown Dallas easy and free!

The app, called Pegasus Urban Trails, highlights seven different urban trails in Downtown Dallas and Deep Ellum. And within each trail is a smattering of pinpoints that take you to a brief historical lesson about the building or landmark.

DART gets two nods in the app for its headquarters at 1401 Pacific Avenue, which used to be a Sanger Harris department store and Union Station, which once served 80 trains per day and 50,000 passengers. Now it serves Amtrak, DART, the TRE and is a thoroughfare for freight trains.

Check out the free app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

New app lets users explore downtown Dallas like never before [CultureMap Dallas]

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DART to DFW: Meet Tiffany Harper, customer information representative

“DART to DFW: Connecting you to the World” is a video series where you get to meet individuals around DART that are helping make the connection to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Look for a new person featured every Tuesday until the opening of DFW Airport Station in August.

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