Hang up the coat and break out the flannel shirt! The freezing weather will be letting up, at least for now, and it’s a great weekend to explore our vibrant region by DART. There’s lots of music in store, plus some theater and unique exhibitions and performances.
Friday, Jan. 19
“Dueling cellos” isn’t a phrase you hear often, but that’s exactly what 2 Cellos is bringing to The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory tomorrow night. The distinguished, classically trained duo from Croatia have joined forces to provide an entertaining show featuring well-known pop and rock songs, in addition to classical and film music. They’ve even had a hit, of sorts; their video of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” became a YouTube sensation that has been viewed tens of millions of times. It promises to be a memorable evening at a fantastic new venue – which happens to be a short walk from Irving Convention Center Station.
The Garland Symphony Orchestra’s season is themed “Vienna, City of Music!” Tonight, that theme is explore by pianist Lindsay Garritson and guest conductor Piero Romano as they perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major. The concert takes place at the Granville Arts Center, right next to Downtown Garland Station.
It’s a happening weekend at the Granville – this is also the first weekend of Garland Civic Theatre’s production of The Widow, which runs until Feb. 4 at the venue’s small theater. The contemporary Gothic thriller has all the elements: a beautiful heroine, a twisted antagonist, and an ancient scandal.
Saturday, Jan. 20
Acclaimed favorites Eleven Hundred Springs bring their brand of “outlaw country” to the Granada Theater. Drawing inspiration from classic artists such as Buck Owens and Willie Nelson (with whom they’ve shared a stage), frontman Matt Hillyer and the boys have forged their own sound and place in the local musical landscape. (Original titles such as “Good Times, Hard Livin’” and “Honky Tonk Angels” ought to tell the tale.) With nice weather predicted, you could walk just over a half-mile from Mockingbird Station; or, from the station, you can catch Bus Route 1 (Matilda), which drops you off a block from the theater, or Route 24 (McMillan), which gets you two blocks away.
Sunday, Jan. 21
It’s the last day of Shen Yun at the Music Hall at Fair Park. The one-of-a-kind show pushes boundaries to connect the audience with ancient China. Combining age-old legend with modern technology, historically accurate costumes with dazzling animated backdrops, the performance celebrates folk traditions as told through classical Chinese dance. Created by a group of elite Chinese artists, the show is an unforgettable journey. The Music Hall is accessible by Fair Park Station.
This is also your last chance to catch Jurassic Quest, a dinosaur adventure featuring more than 80 ultra-realistic, life-size animatronic dinosaurs. Visitors can interact with these huge creatures, learn about them, and even ride a few. In addition to realistic prehistoric scenes, there are lots of fun activities for kids of all ages: T-Rex and triceratops fossil digs, a “Dino Bounce” area with dinosaur-themed inflatable mazes, face painting, dino crafts, and much more. It takes place in the Automotive Building and the surrounding outdoor areas of Fair Park.