With the Stars out of town this weekend, April 19-21, many Dallas sports fans will be heading to Rangers Ballpark for a series against the Seattle Mariners. There are also plenty of arts and culture-related events going on throughout the Dallas area this weekend, so read on for more of the best of what to do.
Friday, April 19, 7:05 p.m.; Saturday, April 20, 7:05 p.m.; Sunday, April 21, 2:05 p.m.
Rangers Ballpark, Arlington
Even though the 2013 MLB season is just underway, this series between the Mariners and the Rangers could have long-term implications. Currently, the Mariners are just one spot behind the Rangers in the AL Western Division. Cheer on the Rangers this weekend as they hopefully put a few more games between themselves and their division rival.
Friday, April 19, 8 p.m.
Irving Arts Center, Dupree Theater
3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving
He's performed alongside The Beach Boys, Wayne Newton, The Smothers Brothers, and others. Now, Allan Connor is bringing his new act, "Sinatra to Diamond," to Irving. His eight-piece band will perform a musical tour featuring pieces from the '40s to the '70s. Perhaps audiences will even have a chance to hear his famous Neil Diamond impression.
Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m.
320 Coit Road, Plano
$40 early registration, $45 day-of registration for adults; $25 for children 17 and under; $15 for dogs
Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to help Plano ISD by participating in the fifth annual Central Market Thrill of the Grill 5K. Plano ISD receives the proceeds from registration, which includes race fees, a T-shirt, live music, and a hot post-race breakfast.
Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thomas J Rusk Middle School
2929 Inwood Road, Dallas
The students, staff, and faculty at UT Southwestern will be offering free health screenings for common ailments to underserved populations in the city. There will be screenings for hypertension, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Free mammograms can also be scheduled. Translators will be present to help with language barriers. In addition to these medical services, there will be raffles, games, and face painting for children.
Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas
Earth Day Dallas is an opportunity for the public to meet with people who promote environmental responsibility in the academic, commercial, and nonprofit sectors. There will be more than 600 exhibitors, and over 65,000 people are expected to attend. Anyone who plans on attending should consider taking DART's green line to Fair Park. It is more environmentally responsible than driving, and it will save event-goers $10 in parking.
Saturday, April 20, 2 p.m.-7 p.m.
8850 Fourth St., Frisco
The Downtown Frisco StrEATS Gourmet Food Truck & Music Festival will have four stages of live music, including an acoustic stage. There will be plenty of trucks serving up tasty treats for all.
Saturday, April 20, 2 p.m.-8 p.m. (walk), 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. (bike)
Various art galleries in Dallas
The Dallas Art Dealers Association has a variety of events planned this weekend. In addition to attending a panel discussion and an awards ceremony that will take place before Saturday, the public is invited to tour 35 participating galleries. Art enthusiasts are welcome to visit the galleries from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday. There will be maps available at every gallery. At 1:30 p.m., a horde of cyclists will depart from the Oak Cliff Cultural Center (223 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas) and bike to the Design District's galleries. Specific information about the ceremonies is available on DADA's website.
Saturday, April 20, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Barnes and Noble
7700 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas
Free to attend
Dr. Hisashi Nikaidoh will be at the Barnes and Noble on Northwest Highway this Saturday to sign copies of his new book, "Healing Hearts." Dr. Nikaidoh has spent decades as a pediatric heart surgeon. During this time, he has saved many lives, but he has also watched lives slip away. In "Healing Hearts," he looks to parents who have lost a child for support in the wake of his own son's death.
Saturday, April 20, 3 p.m.-11 p.m.
Oak Point Amphitheater
2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano
$7; free for children 5 and under
The Bangladeshi Expatriate Society of Texas (BEST) will be holding its second annual Boishakhi Mela on Saturday evening. The event will feature food and dancing, along with music from Shireen Jawah and Tapan Chowdhury. This will be the largest Bangladeshi gathering in Dallas-Fort Worth during 2013.
Saturday, April 20, 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Farmers Branch Historical Park
2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch
Couples are invited to spend an evening together at the Farmers Branch Date Night in the Park. The O's will play before "Trouble with the Curve," a Clint Eastwood film, is shown on the lawn. There will be food trucks, beer, and wine available, but couples should bring their own lawn chairs or blanket.
Saturday, April 20, 8 p.m.
Irving Arts Center
3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving
Violinist Stirling Trent and the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra will present Beethoven's Leonora Overture No. 3 this Saturday evening. Maestro Jesus Medina will be conducting the performance.
Sunday, April 21, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Park Creek Place
3635 Hall St., Dallas
$60 for non-TCA members; $50 for TCA members
The Turtle Creek Association (TCA) will be showing five different homes during the 12th annual Turtle Creek Home Tour. These are some of the most distinguished and elegant homes in Dallas. Shuttles will take attendees from Park Creek Place to the homes on the tour. Online ticket sales are closed, but attendees can get tickets on Sunday on site.
Sunday, April 21, 7 p.m.
15207 Addison Road, Addison
Comedian Michael Jr. will launch his Stand Up & Give tour this Sunday in Addison. In this clean act, Michael Jr. expands on his documentary "Comedy: The Road Less Traveled."
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