DART: Your Ride This Weekend

Ready for the 70s? We’re not talking bellbottoms and disco – we’re talking Fahrenheit. It’s true: After a three-day streak of near-record breaking lows, this weekend is packin’ some springtime weather. Perfect timing for a three-day Irish extravaganza in Fair Park. There are some great indoor performances going on, too. Leave the driving to us and take DART to these happenings. You can even wear bellbottoms if you want. We won’t judge. Much.

Thursday, March 7

Courtyard Texas Music Series ramps up for the season with the authentic country stylings of Pam Tillis. Described as “country music royalty” (she’s Mel Tillis’ daughter), Tillis has plied the path of tradition while adding modern elements along the way. She’s the perfect choice to kick off the free concert series at Plano’s Courtyard Theater, across Haggard Park from Downtown Plano Station on the Red Line. Look for more in the upcoming months – the concerts take place every first Thursday.

Friday, March 8

North Texas Irish Festival has it all: You’ve got live music, dancing, storytelling, chef demonstrations and lots more. This is one of the largest Irish festivals in the country; the family-friendly celebration of all things Irish and Celtic takes place in Fair Park over three days. Learn how to herd sheep, enjoy some Irish beer or whiskey, and talk in that adorable fake Irish accent you do. It seems fitting that the best way there is to take the Green Line. Get off at Fair Park or MLK, Jr. stations. The festival runs all weekend long.

Celtic Nights: Oceans of Hope keeps the theme going. Irish history comes vividly to life through music and dance. Not just Irish history – the histories of America, Australia, Canada and New Zealand come into play, too, since they’re also part of the Irish story. After all, the Irish emigrated in droves to these places, crossing oceans to pursue a new life of hope. Celebrate Irish heritage by attending the event at the Irving Arts Center. To get there, catch bus route 401 from North Lake College Station on the Orange Line. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Get Happy: Angela Ingersoll Sings Judy Garland is a celebration of the American icon performed by an Emmy-nominated actress and songstress. Ingersoll captures the emotional intensity and vocal power of Garland at her best. Backed by a six-piece band, she performs at the Eisemann Center for one night only. Get there by taking the Red or Orange line to Galatyn Park Station.

Saturday, March 9

Manon Lescaut is one of Puccini’s earliest works, telling the tale of a popular party girl in Paris. Too glamorous for the convent life that awaits her, she meets a romantic chevalier (knight) who sweeps her off her feet. But! Another suitor appears and, let’s face it, he’s rich. What’s a Parisian party girl to do? Well, it’s an Italian opera, so you can bet that things get pretty dramatic. The lushly scored performance is at the Winspear Opera House, about a six-minute walk from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines. Tonight is the opera’s last performance.

Guadalupe in the Guest Room brings more melodrama to your weekend – in the form of telenovelas, which the title character adores. They help her forget her grief over her daughter’s death while she lives in her son-in-law’s guest room. Separated by a language barrier, the housemates bond in the most unexpected of ways, and come to an understanding that transcends words. The funny, heartfelt story of the healing power of telenovelas is playing at Addison’s WaterTower Theatre. It’s a short walk from Addison Transit Center, served by numerous bus routes. The play is running through March 17.

Sunday, March 10

Rainbow Vomit rides again – the fun art installation reopens this weekend. It’s a totally immersive environment full of vibrant colors that seem to have been “vomited” straight from the pages of a comic book. And sure enough, there are superheroes, along with unicorns and lots of other indescribable and touchable elements. The one-of-a-kind art experience takes place in a 2,600-square foot space in Exposition Park – at 3609 Parry, right across the street from Fair Park Station on the Green Line. It will be there until April 4.

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