Sunny and 60 degrees is probably music to your ears if you’re a North Texan. Keep the tune going by catching a DARTable musical or an outdoor event. Elsewhere, you’ll find art, dead people and murder mysteries. Read on for more weekend adventures.
Fri., Nov. 1
Dia de los Muertos is a free celebration in Garland with mariachis, vendors and an art show. Watch dance performances from Los Matachines and Ballet Folklorico. Enjoy plenty of food options, bounce houses and lots more from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Garland City Square. That’s about a 4-minute walk from Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line.
A Chorus Line is one of the best-known musicals of all time, and it opens tonight for a 9-day run at the Irving Arts Center. The story follows a day in the lives of 17 dancers vying for a spot in a Broadway musical. Over the course of the show, the audience comes to know each one personally. Get there by taking Bus Route 401 from the Orange Line’s North Lake College Station.
Bouchercon is a kind of MysteryCon for mystery and crime-fiction authors, fans, reviewers and the like. The four-day convention welcomes a distinguished lineup that includes Peter Lovesey, Hank Phillippi Ryan, James Patterson and many more. It started yesterday and runs through Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. Catch the Red or Orange Line or the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) to Union Station, then take the pedestrian tunnel to Reunion Tower, right next to the venue.
Saturday, Nov. 2
Festival at the Switchyard is Carrollton’s annual pull-out-the-stops event, and it’s happening all day long. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., enjoy food vendors, face painting, balloon art, arts & crafts, rides, a beer garden – and music, of course! This year’s main-stage performers include Tripping Daisy, Old 97’s, Shinyribs and Matchbook 20, among many other acts. And here’s the kicker: The festival is absolutely free. Since parking is limited, it’s a no-brainer to take the Green Line to Downtown Carrollton Station. Just follow the music a couple of blocks to the event.
Free First Saturdays at the Nasher Sculpture Center is here again, with unique programming that is both child- and parent-friendly. From 11 a.m.-1 p.m., you and your little one can make art, sketch, learn more about the galleries and generally enjoy quality time for free. (General admission is free until 5 p.m.) Start your day of discovery by taking any DART Rail line to St. Paul Station, then walking about 5 minutes north.
Sunday, Nov. 3
Sister Act is the story of a disco diva who witnesses a murder. She’s put in protective custody in a convent. What could possibly happen besides lots of singing and dancing? The music is powerful, the dancing is lively, and the story is uplifting in this production at WaterTower Theatre, a short walk from Addison Transit Center. The musical runs through Nov. 10.
Monday, Nov. 4
90s Rewind is a fun program with a self-explanatory name at the Angelika Film Center. And no, it’s not the weekend anymore. But it’ll feel like it when you have popcorn in your lap and “Reservoir Dogs” is on the big screen. Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 bolt from the starting block screens at 7 p.m. The theater is just off the mezzanine of Mockingbird Station on the Red, Blue and Orange lines.