DART: Your Ride This Weekend

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The ArtCentre of Plano hosts a special exhibit from the The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection featuring works like this from early twentieth-century African-American artist William H. Johnson. Photo courtesy of artcentreofplano.org.

Get in a little quality time and explore family-friendly happenings this weekend. There’s also a theater performance and a fancy car show – all DARTable.

Through Sept. 22

Let art take you to another place and time when you view artwork and objects from The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection at the ArtCentre of Plano. The exhibition highlights the cultural significance of the Harlem Renaissance and the community of scholars, artists, writers and activists that made the era memorable. Ride DART’s Red Line to Downtown Plano Station and the ArtCentre is a short walk across Haggard Park.

Friday, Aug. 10

Our favorite vehicles? DART buses and trains, of course. But are they as beautiful as the latest models from the likes of Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Bentley, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche and Rolls Royce? You be the judge after checking out the annual NorthPark AutoShow, which runs through Aug. 10-26. The NorthPark Center Shuttle (Route 702) provides frequent service between the Park Lane Station, on the Red or Orange lines, and the iconic mall. Hey, who needs a brand-new Beemer when you’ve got your own driver?

Saturday, Aug. 11

Grab a blanket or lawn chair and get on the Green Line to Downtown Carrollton Station. At the nearby town square, Movies on the Square presents Pixar’s spectacular “Coco,” which follows the adventures of a 12-year-old boy who finds himself transported the land of the dead. There, he seeks the help of his great-great-grandfather in finding the way back home.

And the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Ultimate Dinosaurs gives you access to 17 rare species from the other side of the world – from the tiny Eoraptor to T. rex’s bigger, badder cousin, Giganotosaurus. Based on groundbreaking research from scientists around the globe, discover the story of dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America and Africa as a result of the breakup of supercontinent Pangaea into the continents that we know today. To get to the Perot Museum, catch any DART Rail line to Akard Station, then walk a few blocks down Field Street to the museum.

Sunday, Aug. 12

Yet more animated awesomeness – plus some family-friendly Sunday fun – awaits at Las Colinas. Toyota Music Factory and Alamo Drafthouse are presenting free Pix on the Plaza, with fun and games starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Music Factory’s outdoor plaza. At sundown, there will be a screening of the Pixar classic, “Up,” which tells the story of an elderly man’s balloon-powered adventure to the wilds of Africa. The plaza is near Irving Convention Center Station on the Orange Line.

Sunday is the last performance of Big Bucks, the latest outing from the Amateur Community Theatre of Rowlett. The play is a Southern-fried soap opera. You’ve got dad protecting the family homestead from the government, conflicts with the taxman, a rifle-carrying grandma, and a young lady who becomes enamored of a handsome outsider. The theater is at Main Street Events, just steps from Downtown Rowlett Station on the Blue Line.

Where will DART take you this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

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