Aye, laddie! Okay, we’ll stop. You’ll probably get your fill of cheesy Irish accents on Saturday, when the biggest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Southwest takes over Greenville Avenue. If you haven’t been there, you need to do that. If you have, we’re sure you’ll be back – by DART, of course. You can get to quieter diversions on DART, too, from plays and film classics to the opening night of a much-loved opera. And if after parade day, you’re still feeling Irish (Sunday is actual St. Patrick’s Day, after all), there’s a terrific traditional performance in Richardson. Read on for some DARTable suggestions.
Friday, March 15
The Quiet Man is a classic, and the city of Garland is showing it for free. This is your chance to see the Duke (that’s John Wayne) and Maureen O’Hara on the big screen. Not only is admission free, but popcorn, candy, soda and water will be only $2. The event happens at 7 p.m. at the Plaza Theatre, about a four-minute walk from Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.
The Night of the Iguana – widely regarded as Tennessee Williams’s last great play – opens tonight in Irving, and runs through March 30. True to form for the great playwright, the play grapples with some pretty outré stuff. A defrocked priest stands accused of inappropriate relations with a teenage girl. He lives in self-imposed exile at a Mexican inn run by a dissipated old friend, where the other guests include a spinster and her grandfather and an aging poet. MainStage Irving-Las Colinas presents the play at the Dupree Theatre of the Irving Arts Center. To get there, take the Orange Line to North Lake College Station, then catch Bus Route 401.
La Bohéme is about as famous as an opera gets. The Dallas Opera’s production opens tonight, with all the drama, romance and tragedy you’d expect from Puccini’s most popular work. Along with the beautiful, accessible music, there is a classic love story with a little darkness at its core. The enduring favorite runs on select dates through March 31 at the Winspear Opera House, about a 7-minute walk from Pearl/Arts District Station on all four DART Rail Lines.
Saturday, March 16
The 40th Dallas St. Patricks’ Day Parade & Festival is pretty much the biggest party of the year. Whether your Irish heritage goes back centuries or only exists one day a year, the annual blowout on Greenville Avenue is not to be missed. The parade travels south along Greenville from Blackwell Street to SMU Boulevard. Get to the fun by taking the Red, Blue or Orange lines to Mockingbird Station; or the Red or Orange line to Lovers Lane Station. Either puts you within a block or two of the festivities. Just look for the tens of thousands of people dressed in green, grab a beer that matches, and enjoy the 100 or so floats. DART has added service for the event, which begins at 11 a.m.
While you’re there, look for Finn – DART’s own mascot for St. Paddy’s Day. Hard to say where he’ll pop up, but he’ll for sure be hard to miss. Grab picture or selfie, and post it to your social media feeds with the hashtag #DARTwithFinn. You can also check out Finn-related stories and pictures here on the blog.
Phenomenal Women is an exhibition featuring local emerging female African American artists working in a variety of media. A celebration of the strength, empowerment, love and talent of the sisterhood, the art show opens today at the African American Museum in Fair Park, and runs through Aug. 10. Take the Green Line to Fair Park Station to get there.
Sunday, March 17
The Young Irelanders brings together some of the Irish Cultural Academy’s finest Irish traditional musical and dance performers into one spectacular group. The young players (they’re all in their 20s) are world and Irish national champions in their disciplines. This will be a fun St. Patrick’s Day Celebration for the entire family. The performance is at 3 p.m. at the Eisemann Center, just across the plaza from Galatyn Park Station on the Red Line.