This weekend promises lots of events in the performing arts category. Dance, theater and music are all happening, and they’re all DARTable. Get on a train or bus and get to these great performances.
Friday, March 22
Dancing Beyond Borders brings the best performances of Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s season into one program. Artistry and technique come together in a show that’s sure to inspire awe. A highlight is choreographer Tommie-Waheed Evans’ dance interpretation of a Martin Luther King Jr. speech. This event is sold out.
For those riding DART, the evening happens at the Eisemann Center in Richardson. It’s right across the plaza from the Red Line’s Galatyn Park Station.
Steel Magnolias opens tonight at Main Street Events in Downtown Rowlett. Set in a small-town beauty salon, the play follows a wisecracking hairdresser who gives free advice. Her customers include an eccentric millionaire and a local leader. Witty dialog is the hallmark of this audience favorite. Amateur Community Theatre of Rowlett stages the play, which runs March 22-24 and 29-31. Main Street Events is a short walk from Downtown Rowlett Station on the Blue Line
Disaster! also gets its first performance tonight. The Broadway hit is set in 1979 New York City. Aboard a floating casino and disco, a night of boogie fever takes a turn for the worse – or several. The ship succumbs to earthquakes, tidal waves, and infernos. It’s a comedic take on classic disaster movies, with a 1970s soundtrack to match. The musical comedy is presented by Uptown Players at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. Bus routes 36 and 409 depart from Cityplace/Uptown Station; both will take you the short ride to the theater. The show runs through April 7.
Saturday, March 23
Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines play Poor David’s Pub tonight. The first is a Texas songwriter who weaves folk, pop, country and blues into her own unique style. The second is a Texas music veteran who has played on 4,000 recordings. He’s also been on Austin City Limits more than anyone else ever. And we’ll throw in this did-you-know: He happens to be the father of the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines. Check out the Texas duo tonight at Poor David’s Pub, just three blocks from Cedars Station on the Red and Blue line.
Sunday, March 24
Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets brings old-school Pink Floyd music to The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. We mean really old-school – the Floyd drummer will concentrate on the band’s pre-Dark Side of the Moon material. The band consists of Pink Floyd touring bassist Guy Pratt, Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp, guitarist Lee Harris and keyboardist Dom Beken. Get to the show by taking the Orange Line to Irving Convention Center Station; the venue is a 10- or 11-minute walk.
DART is making major improvements. To create a smoother ride through downtown Dallas and reduce service interruptions, track improvements and rail replacement will begin March 30 and last for roughly six months. During that time, DART Rail in downtown Dallas will be discontinued each weekend between Pearl/Arts District Station and West End Station. Separate shuttle routes will be in operation. Thanks for bearing with us as we build a better future for North Texas. DART.org/plus