Take a trip to Savannah, Georgia, or Funkytown this weekend without going farther than the nearest DART Station. There’s also the monthly kid-friendly programming at the Nasher and the final – as in, last ever – performance of a beloved local production of a popular play.
Friday, March 2
For some Southern charm, head to the Granville Arts Center, where the Garland Civic Theatre presents The Savannah Sipping Society. It’s the opening night this comedy, which runs through March 18. Four Southern women, stymied by their day-to-day lives, reclaim their spirited natures over spirits at an impromptu happy hour. The very Southern play takes place right next to Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.
Saturday, March 3
George Clinton & Parliament with Funkadelic are true legends — Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and great originators of the irresistible genre known as funk. They promise to raise the roof at the House of Blues tonight. George Clinton revolutionized music by twisting soul and R&B into a new kind of music; take a little Sly Stone, sprinkle in some Hendrix and Zappa, and you’ve got a combustible brew that’s booty-shakin’ and cerebral at the same time. (You’re guaranteed to recognize several of their ‘70s hits.) House of Blues is a short walk from West End Station.
If you’ve already visited the Deep South this weekend and you’re feeling homesick, go home with the armadillo. TEXFest is Carrollton’s free celebration of Texas Independence Day in the city’s historic downtown. With great food, local libations and Texas music, it will be hard not to have fun; throw in country music artist Grant Gilbert, Southern rockers The Jimmy Lee Jordan Band and Americana band The Black Lillies, and you’ve got a Lone Star-style party on your hands. The event is centered on Broadway Street, served directly by Downtown Carrollton Station on the Green Line.
The first Saturday of the month means Target First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center. This kid-friendly program gives families a chance to explore a “Big Idea” through a hands-on craft, a take-home activity and a fun scavenger hunt. There also are storytellers from the Dallas Public Library, a NasherKids Live! Performance, artist demos and even yoga. This month’s Big Idea is “Materials” and the art project is themed “Material Worlds.” Take any DART Rail line to St. Paul Station and walk a few blocks, or catch the D-Link (Route 722), which departs from Pearl/Arts District Station.
Sunday, March 4
It’s the last performance of I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, the wildly popular play about falling in and out of love. After 18 runs, Theatre Three is retiring the perennial favorite; expect some surprises at this farewell show. The theater is in The Quadrangle on Routh Street, a two-block walk from the M-Line Trolley. You can catch the trolley at Cityplace/Uptown Station; it also runs one block from St. Paul Station.