This week I bet most of us will be are looking for some entertainment… indoors!!  Look no further than Dallas’ great Arts District. There is a lot going on!

The Dallas Theater Center and the Dallas Black Dance Theater have teamed up for an exciting and crowd pleasing production of THE WIZ currently on stage at the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Wyly Theater in Dallas. Long before ‘Wicked’, there was another version of the famous events in Oz to counter the one in the iconic 1939 movie.  ‘Wiz’ won the 1975 Tony Award for best musical and ran on Broadway for more than four years. This version, which uses soul, gospel and soft rock to tell the story of Dorothy and her friends, has Dallas actress Liz Mikel bringing her special magic to the musical that was also adapted in the 80’s with Diana Ross and the late Micjael Jackson on board.  So ease on down the road as THE WIZ continues thru August 7th.

If you are one of the very few not qued up for the final installment of the Harry Potter film franchise this weekend – check out the longest running film festival in Dallas: the 10th Annual Asian Film Festival of Dallas. The popular festival boasts a  full schedule including features and shorts and runs from Thursday, July 14th through Thursday, July 21st at the Landmark Magnolia Theatre in Dallas.

Friday is the perfect night for some culture!  The Nasher Sculpture Center is once again holding its popular outdoor entertainment event, “‘til Midnight at the Nasher” on Friday, July 15. Guests from all ages are welcome to bring blankets for comfortable seating in the Nasher Sculpture Center garden and enjoy a live performance by Hard Night’s Day followed by an outdoor film presentation of “Across the Universe.” It’s free with museum admission.

Also on Friday night in the Arts District, at 7:30 Arts and Letters Live presents author Ben Mezrich at the Dallas Museum of Art. The New York Times bestselling author of “Bringing Down the House” and “The Accidental Billionaires,” which were adapted into the films “21” and “The Social Network,” will discuss his new book “Sex on the Moon,” the true story of the young man who took NASA on a wild ride. This event is free with admission to the museum and will occur during Late Night at the Museum.

Have a great weekend – stay cool and we’ll see you next week… centerstage!

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