A very musical weekend is in store, with tributes, free outdoor shows, and at least one big-ticket act hitting North Texas at DARTable venues. There’s other stuff, too, of course, all accessible by transit. Enjoy the weather and leave the driving to DART!
Friday, March 23
Rhymin N Stealin bill themselves as “the original Beastie Boys tribute band,” and they’re known for their high-energy performances. Tonight, they bring their act to the Granada Theater – expect a meticulously recreated experience of the platinum-selling band from New York City. The Granada is a short walk from Mockingbird Station; Bus routes 1 and 24 both depart from there, and will get you within a block.
If classic country music is more your style, there’s a very different kind of tribute going on at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. In Sweet Dreams, recording artist Mandy Barnett takes audiences on a musical journey through the Patsy Cline songbook. Any fan of the great countrypolitan singer’s work would be “Crazy” to miss it. The Eisemann is next to Galatyn Park Station.
And what can you say about Beck? The groundbreaking musician is both influential and popular, and tonight he’ll be at the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, the new(ish) venue known for its great acoustics and sightlines. It’s a brief stroll from Irving Convention Center Station.
Saturday, March 24
JUNTXS: A Border Arts Symposium at the Latino Cultural Center explores the borderlands through film, comics, printmaking and textiles. Artists Analise Minjarez and Sarita Westrup headline the exhibition with multimedia art that portrays their home on the Texas-Mexico border. Several other artists are represented, as well. The venue is a block away from Deep Ellum Station.
For a hilarious crash course in classic literature, check out The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, across the street from Mockingbird Station. Three comedians in tights cover all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in less than two hours. The rollicking performance is not for children!
And Carrollton’s Concerts on the Square is kicking into gear for the season, with a concert by Dallas singer/songwriter Justin Philip Brooks. His approach to folk, country and gospel will have you swearing you’re on a front porch in the deep woods of East Texas. The square is accessible by Downtown Carrollton Station.
Sunday, March 25
Today would be a great day to check out First Sculpture: Handaxe to Figure Stone at the Nasher Sculpture Center. This is the first museum exhibition that explores the artistic aspects of ancient handaxes and figure stones. It turns out that the longest-used tool in human history is more than a crude tool – it can be a fascinating work of art, too, with some examples dating back two million years. Take any DART Rail line to St. Paul Station, and you’re a three-block walk away from the Nasher. The M-Line Trolley or the D-Link (Route 722) – now running on Sundays! – are good ways to get there, as well.