DART: Your Ride This Weekend

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There’s a cultural weekend in store, with a film festival, a unique performance, and the closing of a popular musical. And don’t forget Mardi Gras! Take DART to discover these cool events.

Friday, Feb 9

The DFW South Asian Film Festival starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. There’s a world premiere, six international premieres, two U.S. premieres – you get the idea. It adds up to 19 short, documentaries and feature films. The theme this year is family – parent/child stories, films with children as central characters, and portraits of South Asian families in Europe. The screenings for Feb. 9-11 are at the AMC Village on the Parkway.  To get there, take Bus Route 463 to Montfort and Sakowitz; the bus departs from both Addison Transit Center and Downtown Garland Station.

Throughout the year, Garland presents free movies – no ticket required — at the Plaza Theatre, a short walk from Downtown Garland Station. To make the deal even sweeter, candy and other concessions are only $2 each. Tonight, it’s the classic ‘90s rom-com, Sleepless in Seattle. The movie starts at 7 p.m. Popcorn, candy, soda and water are available for $2 each.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Put Your Love on Top starts today and runs through Feb. 18. Create a date night to at one of Dallas’ most romantic spots: Reunion Tower’s GeO-Deck. The package includes VIP treatment, a framed picture of you and your sweetie, a champagne toast, and much more. You can catch the Red or Blue line, plus the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to Union Station, then take the pedestrian tunnel to Reunion Tower.

Saturday, Feb. 10

Mardi Gras Texas Style! is a one-of-a-kind music festival in the Automobile Building in Fair Park. Food, beer, lots of beads (of course) and 20 of the Texas’ finest country music acts are the ingredients that make this gumbo a great party. Take the Green Line to Fair Park Station, and laissez les bon temps roulez!

Bone Hill: The Concert is a unique performance with renowned blues and soul singer Martha Redbone at its center. The concert at the Eisemann Center concludes her week-long residency at the UTD School of Arts & Humanities; it features student vocalists as well as an interdisciplinary theater performance with original music by Ms. Redbone and company. The epic exploration of Americana includes just about every classic American musical genre – including traditional Cherokee chants. The Eisemann is right next to Galatyn Park Station.

Sunday, Feb. 11

The Mardi Gras Oak Cliff Parade is the largest and most diverse event held in Oak Cliff. From schools and churches, to service organizations and neighborhoods, the celebration captures the character of Oak Cliff. The parade starts at the corner of Windomere Avenue and Davis Street, goes through the Bishop Arts District, and ends at Melba Street. You can get there by taking the Dallas Streetcar to the Bishop Arts stop.

It’s your last day to catch the Firehouse Theatre’s presentation of the wildly popular Forever Plaid. This nostalgic revue is chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies including “Sixteen Tons,” “Heart and Soul,” “Chain Gang,” “Love is a Many Splendored Thing” and many more. The theater is a short walk from Farmers Branch Station.

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