As we gear up to fall – and cooler temps hopefully! – there are some great events happening in the metroplex…so let’s check them out!

First up – country superstar Ty Herndon makes a North Texas appearance at Gilley’s as the Big D Opry takes over the stage at the famed honky tonk.  Ty will be singing his greatest hits as well as some new songs Thursday night at 8p and as always there is a great message he brings to his concerts.  Herndon is passionate about his latest venture – his new video/single entitled “Journey On”.  He partnered with Kevin Turner (a former NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles) who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS) and his foundation, the Kevin Turner Foundation, to raise money for this disease.  So far, they have raised over $2.5 million dollars.  He hopes his Big D Opera appearance will inspire folks to check out his latest efforts and get involved.

Turning to a more classic sound – the marvelous Johnny Mathis comes to the Morton Meyerson this weekend to croon his iconic hits like “It’s Not for Me to Say” and “— with our famed dallas Symphony Orchestra.  The award winning singer has never changed in his over 40 year career – the Meyerson is a great way to go back in tim with one of the truly greats in the biz!

Dallas native and fan favorite Liz Mikel will be performing a special one night only cabaret act with the new Music Hall Variety Series presents Dallas Diva Liz Mikel and Friends in the intimate M Dining at the Music Hall space this Saturday night. You can enjoy the great stylings of the powerfully talented Ms. Mikel while enjoying an intimate evening of entertainment and dining at the the Music Hall – a perfect special Saturday night treat!  Tickets are $18 for the concert only or $38 VIP for dinner and the show.  The dinner begins at 7p and show from 8-10p.

Looking ahead – next Tuesday the Studio Movie Grill on Royal in Dallas will partner with our Dallas Theater Center as they screen the film version of THE TEMPEST Tuesday night at 6:30p.  The evening starts off with an informal chat with actors from DTC followed by the screening of Julie Taymor’s award winning film. The reasoning behind the partnership called Screen to Stage?  Shakespear’s classic tragedy will be performed on stage at the Wyly as part of DTC’s current season debuting September 9th as part of the 25th annual Project Discovery.  To help celebrate – all tix for the stage production will be just $25 and are already on sale at the DTC box office.

See you next week – centerstage!