DART Rail will be running on its usual schedule this weekend, although the rail replacement project will resume on July 6-7. Take advantage of the opportunity to plan a mini-staycation around these DARTable events! You’ll find theater, a festival with exotic foods and even Meat Loaf – but not at the food festival (so far as we know). Read on for a sampling of what’s DARTable.
Friday, June 28
Bat Out of Hell takes the ‘70s-era anthems of Meat Loaf and reimagines them as a rock ‘n’ roll love story. The award-winning musical follows a young rebel named Strat. He falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of a tyrant who rules over a post-apocalyptic city. The play has romance and classic rock to spare, and it just opened Thursday at the Winspear Opera House. It runs through July 7. Get on any DART Rail line, go to Pearl/Arts District Station and take a short walk to get to the venue.
The Legend of Deadeye Mary: A Western Melodrama also opened Thursday. Instead of a dystopian future, however, this story takes place in the Wild West. The title character is hunting the man who done shot her pa. Her fate becomes intertwined with that of a novelist looking for material. And there's plenty of it, too: Outlaws! Bounty hunters! Crooked lawmen! Gold! This is one of the classic popcorn-tossers at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, so get ready to exercise your throwing arm. It runs through Aug. 17. The theater is right across the street from Mockingbird Station on the Red, Blue and Orange lines.
Sounds of Summer Concert Series is Garland’s free, family-friendly event that happens every other Friday on the downtown square through July 12. It's a great way to spend a summer evening under the Texas stars. Tonight, check out the sounds of Memphis Soul, an eight-piece Motown outfit. The band does high-energy covers of the likes of Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and Earth, Wind and Fire. The square will be filled with vendors and food, and the event will be capped off with a fireworks display. You’ll find the festivities a short walk from the Blue Line’s Downtown Garland Station. John Bellion is another musical option for the evening. The Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and rapper brings his genre-defying act to the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, about a 9-minute walk from Irving Convention Center Station.
Saturday, June 29
World of Foodies Fest is a brand-new event in Downtown Carrollton. The concept is pretty cool: Explore the cuisines of the world in the context of culture. As such, there will be live cultural performances and the like. Come hungry and come curious to the inaugural installment of North Texas’ latest foodie event from 3-9 p.m. in Downtown Carrollton. It’s a short walk from Downtown Carrollton Station on the Green Line.
Klyde Warren Park Independence Day Celebration will feature cold treats from more than a dozen vendors, contests, live music, games and lots of family fun. To cap off the evening, the U.S. Army's 36th Infantry Division Band will perform to the backdrop of a spectacular pyrotechnic display. The event takes place from 5-9 p.m. You can get there by walking about 8 minutes north from St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines. The M-Line Trolley will get you there, too. Sunday, June 30 A pair of plays each gets its final performance at Addison’s WaterTower Theatre today. Both are at 2 p.m. (on different stages, of course). The theater is a short walk from Addison Transit Center, served by a dozen bus routes.
The Ballad of Little Jo on the Main Stage is a lively musical inspired by the true story of a young woman in the Wild West. After giving birth to a son out of wedlock, Josephine leaves her son in the care of her sister and heads out west in search of opportunities to support her son. While stranded in a small mining town in Idaho, she disguises herself as a man called “Jo” and quickly finds a job mining silver.
Unveiled: A One-Woman Play is in the facility’s Karol Omlor Studio Theatre. Written and performed by acclaimed playwright and actor Rohina Malik, the play portrays five Muslim women from around the world. The performance – or performances, in a sense – explore the universal themes of faith, culture, and prejudice. The stories are ultimately uplifting.
REGULAR RAIL SERVICE THIS WEEKEND! Although track improvements are under way in downtown Dallas and will continue until September, this weekend DART Rail will operate under a normal schedule.