Happy Memorial Day week!  It’s the start of summer and there is a lot to do this week so let’s get started!!

Do you love old movies? Looking for a unique date-night destination or a free Friday-night activity with friends? Head to CityArts Festival, and enjoy a free outdoor screening of the 1961 classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s at 9 p.m. Friday, May 27, at historic Fair Park. Bring a blanket and get cozy on the lawn . The, CityArts Festival runs Friday, May 27, from 6 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, May 28, from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; and Sunday, May 29, from noon – 6 p.m.  Activities will take place outdoors along the Lagoon, Cotton Bowl Plaza and the Promenade at Fair Park and as we said – the best part – it’s all free!!

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra wraps up their 2010-2011 Pops Season with Pops Conductor Marvin Hamlisch directing a program of compositions by Irving Berlin and Richard Rodgers on Friday and Saturday nights.  He is a three-time Oscar winner, and the composer of more than 40 motion picture scores including his Oscar-winning score and song for The Way We Were and his adaptation of Scott Joplin’s music for The Sting, for which he received his third Oscar so you won’t want to miss this last opportunity to see the maestro as the DSO Pops season concludes.

The Van Cliburn Foundation will host four free events during the course of its sixth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs all week concluding May 29th at TCU. Tickets are available from  at $10–35  and the Foundation will present symposiams and other offerings at no cost to the public: Established in 1999, the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs was the first of its kind in the United States and celebrates the importance of music-making as a vital part of daily life.

The First Annual Black and White Memorial Day Event hosted by “Lo Down Loretta Brown” a.k.a ERYKAH BADU will be held at BEAMER’S on Walnut Hill Lane in  Dallas, Come see the multi-platinum recording, Grammy-award winning and Dallas’ own, ERYKAH BADU, like you’ve never seen her before!

And finally – a perfect way to celebrate the Memorial day hoilday is with The Dallas Symphony as it continues its longstanding tradition with the 2011 Memorial Day Concert at Flagpole Hill, led by DSO Assistant Conductor Rei Hotoda. The full orchestra will perform a patriotic program lasting approximately one hour, including favorites by John Williams, Aaron Copeland and Richards Rodgers.  Mezzo-soprano soloist and Texas native Pamela King will join the DSO for a rendition of America the Beautiful with the always popular and spectacular fireworks display following the concert. All the fun is free and open to the public. You are encouraged to bring picnics and lawn chairs to enjoy the family-friendly concert.  The event begins Monday at 8pm.

There you have it!  Some great ways to celebrate the official start of the summer season in the Metroplex.  Happy Memorial Day to all!  See you next week…in the spotlight!