DART: Your Ride This Weekend

This weekend, you have two choices: Celebrate the dead, or watch a famous (but sorta morose) author be tormented by them. Actually, you can do both. You also can get a fresh look at a charming guy who can’t die unless you drive a stake through his heart. Or do the polka. All depends on your mood. Read on to find out this weekend’s DARTable happenings.

Friday, Oct. 25

Side Show is based on the true story of conjoined twins who became famous in the 1930s. Told through song, the story follows them from England to America, and ultimately to Hollywood, where they are cast in the movie “Freaks.” The musical at The Firehouse Theatre in Farmers Branch also explores the twins’ past, including their relationship with Harry Houdini. The play’s opening night was Thursday, and it runs through Nov. 10. The venue is right across the street from Farmers Branch Station on the Green Line.

Steinfest is an Oktoberfest-style festival that happens both tonight and tomorrow in the Downtown Plano Arts District. Beer, German food and polka music? Count us in for this event on 15th St., just across the freeway from the Red Line’s Downtown Plano Station. There will also be vendors, a kids’ zone and a bunch of other family fun.

Saturday, Oct. 26

Dallas Dia de los Muertos is the first major Day of the Dead event in Dallas. The festival takes place from 4-11 p.m. with live music, fireworks and food. A parade makes its way from City Hall Plaza through downtown from 5-7 p.m. Honor the dead by donning your Day of the Dead get-up and participating in the parade – all attendees are welcome to do so. Dallas City Hall is about a 9-minute walk from Union Station, served by the Red and Blue Line as well as the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). It’s a shorter distance if you walk south from Akard Station, but you’ll have to detour around construction.

Sunday, Oct. 27

Dinos at the Dallas Zoo is an epic adventure that ends after today. ZooNorth has been transformed into a prehistoric jungle with more than two dozen larger-than-life dinosaurs, ranging from the ferocious T. rex to the feathered Citipati. Explore these giants that once roamed the earth, and learn how Dallas Zoo animals are related to them. It’s all included with general admission, and it’s only steps from Dallas Zoo Station on the Red Line.

Dior: From Paris to the World ends after today, as well. The exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art surveys more than 70 years of the legendary designer’s House of Dior’s lavish embroidery, luxurious fabrics and timeless elegance. You can check out more than 100 original dresses, plus accessories, photographs, original sketches, runway videos, and other archival material. If that sounds cool, you’d better get there today on any DART Rail line. Get off at St. Paul Station and walk about 5 or 6 minutes north.

The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe portrays the granddaddy of goth as a haunted man. His characters, his past and the dead all swirl about his life in this production at Addison Theatre Centre, on the other side of Addison Circle Park, near Addison Transit Center. Today’s matinee is your last chance to see the masterful writer’s stories come to life.

Dracula is an imaginative play that gets it last performance – you guessed it – today. This fresh take on the classic tale is told through the eyes of the vampire’s mistress. There are plot twists and Romanian folklore aplenty in this production at Theatre Three. The venue is in the Quadrangle, only a couple of blocks from the M-Line Trolley.

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