KRLD — Whether you love eating chocolate or riding motorcycles, there’s plenty happening across North Texas this weekend! Tasha Stevens fills you in!
— Over at the Granada Thursday night, you can see a British duo that had a cool song back in 2008 called “That’s Not My Name” that made it to number one of the UK Singles chart. It is the Ting Tings.
— Awesome concerts Thursday night, ya’ll. See Three Days Grace and Aranda at The Bomb Factory.
— Get your fill of 80’s rock Thursday night at Trees with the awesome Bang Tango.
— Celebrate the rock we live on this weekend. Earth Day Texas 2015 is happening at Fair Park.
— Thursday night is another edition of Cool Thursdays at the Dallas Arboretum. Emerald City is Thursday night’s band, and the costume contest is a total no-brainer. It is the “Lollipop Guild” award – Dress as your favorite Wizard of Oz character. Duh.
— There is a chance that Cool Thursdays will be sold out, and if that is the case…no worries. Haul your tail over to Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson for Thursday night’s Grease Sing-Along. Grease was the word then, and it is the word now. I’d sing Greased Lightning for you, but there is that pesky FCC license to worry about.
— The NBA Playoffs continue Friday night with the Dallas Mavericks taking on the Houston Rockets at the American Airlines Center.
— It is cool enough seeing a bunch of boats designed and built by complete amateurs. What is even cooler is when those boats are made out of cardboard and placed in a wave pool. This Saturday, check out the 26th Annual Card Board Boat Regatta at Hurricane Harbor. You can also try out two new rides at the park — the Tsunami Surge & Twister; and Hook’s Lagoon. Now I gotta dig out my spanx.
— This Sunday you can rock out with Krokus at Trees!
— If it ever stops raining, we will actually be able to get out and work in the yard. Until things dry up a bit, spend your time planning what you are going to do at Saturday’s Weatherford Blooms Home and Garden Festival.
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— You’ve heard the drill: April showers bring May flowers. But that really is the case at the Dallas Arboretum. Not only are there plenty of cool flowers to check out, but you will save plenty of money doing it. New discounts introduced this month: For all you poor college folk, take advantage of the Student Discount: April 20-June 12. Wednesdays BOGO (Buy One Get One Free): Now through July, valid at the ticket booth only. And there is C.C. Young Senior Thursdays: $11 admission for those 65 years and older along with 20% Gift Store discount through July. Be sure to be there May 9 for The Dallas Opera performance of Jack and the Beanstalk.
— We should have some pretty decent weather this week so head up — yes I said up — to Reunion Tower’s GeO-Deck with EarthCam’s live streaming webcam. This thing is perfect for exploring Dallas. And when I say exploring Dallas, I mean zooming in on hotties. (Am I the only one who does that?)
— I LOVE trees. I have planted close to 100 of them at my house over the past 7 years. Friday and Saturday’s Arbor Daze in Euless will not only celebrate trees by giving a free tree to everyone who attends, but they will also have great local entertainment, Arts and Crafts Booths, Business Expo, Arbor Dazzling Kidz Zone, Forestry Village, activities at the library, a petting zoo, bungee jump, rock wall, zipline, and tons of great food.
— Get all artsy in Denton this weekend with the Arts and Jazz Fest.The free event at Denton’s Quakertown Park features seven stages of continuous music, fine art, crafts, and food, games and information booths.
— Nothing makes you feel younger and quicker than watching a great movie from back in the day. Make it two movies and you will be all the back in high school! This Sunday at the Granada, see a double feature: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Pretty in Pink.
— I know this event is a ways out of town, but you really need to get out more. The Hill Country Run Motorcycle Rally is happening in Luckenbach May 1 through 3. And before you ask, no. Willie, Waylin and the boys won’t be there. However, riders from across the State will enjoy awesome food, live music, and riding through the towns and vistas of the scenic Texas Hill Country.
— This ain’t just ANY Texas festival. This is the Real. Texas. Festival. Mesquite Rodeo Center is the site of this annual Mesquite festival Friday and Saturday that features music from Craig Wayne Boyd and Luke Wade and my former 80’s Dangerous Toys headbanger turned red dirt country artist Kevin Fowler. Don’t forget the rodeo, carnival, barbecue cook-off and car show.
— This thing sounds like my idea of heaven on earth. The 11th Annual ChocolateFest: An Evening of Chocolate and Wine is happening at Austin Ranch this weekend in Grapevine. The deal kicks off in a laid back way Friday with a Western-themed evening of dancing and tastings. Saturday is billed as “A Day of Chocolate and Art.”
— Cotton Bowl Trade Days at Fair Park is this Sunday. This deal happens once a month with tons of stuff to buy, sell, show and trade.
— Here is something way cool to do this weekend. The Family Campout at the Dallas Zoo Friday evening will give you and the fam the chance to take after-hours guided tours, take part in behind-the-scenes activities and a feeding demonstration, and see a Wild Encounters animal stage show. Your tent sits on a wooden deck overlooking a rustic fire pit, with cots, fans, and electrical outlets. All campers get free entrance to the Zoo on Saturday.
— This Saturday’s Classics on the Square at McKinney Performing Arts Center will have a classic car and truck “Show and Shine” event.
— If you watched Chelsea Handler’s show every night, you saw this chick on there a lot. Friday and Saturday night at Hyena’s Comedy Club in Dallas, it is comedian Heather McDonald.
— Ever wonder where Kid Rock found musical inspiration? Find out Thursday night at Billy Bob’s with the one and only David Allen Coe.
— Friday and Saturday, check out the Main Street Festival in Grand Prairie. They’ll have live music, a BMX/Skate Street Shows, Carnival Rides, an Arts & Crafts Area, Business Expo, Food and Beer Gardens, and a KIDZONE.
— There is a new reality show for you to DVR — this one is on PBS. The America’s Ballroom Challenge Miniseries Debut is Thursday night. The thing is a three-part series that brings together the nation’s top ballroom dancers to compete for the title of “America’s Best.” I’ll probably watch it because seeing those women in those skimpy outfits tends to help keep me on my diet.
— It is really hard finding great pieces of art to put on your walls. I mean, Walmart is great, but their framed art is a little wack. This weekend’s Art in the Square in Southlake will feature anywhere between 140 and 150 artists so you’ll have no problem finding some great stuff. Another great thing about it — Art in the Square is the only local arts festival completely powered by volunteers and giving all proceeds to charity.
— Get a double shot of great music Saturday night at the Verizon Theater. See the Doobie Brothers along with former member of the Eagles Don Felder.
— Before you freak over this, no. Roger Daltrey won’t be at this thing. However, all things Dr. Who WILL be in attendance. This weekend’s WhoFest at the Westin Dallas Ft.Worth will feature the Sixth Doctor Colin Baker, Sixth Doctor companion Peri Nicola Bryant, and Davros from the classic series (1984-1988) Terry Molloy, among others.
— While you Dr.Who guys are geeking out, I mean having fun, I will be All Out of Love, Lost in Love, and Making Love out of Nothing at All with Air Supply at Winstar Casino Saturday night.
— I dug Dennis De Young’s contributions to STYX back in the day. I know some of the guys in the band didn’t care for the whole Kilroy Was Here album — but I dug it. I love “Don’t Let it End” and “Mr. Roboto. See Dennis DeYoung Thursday night with the music of STYX at the Eisemann Center.
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