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Through May 31 Anne Frank: A History for Today takes you beyond the pages of her diary by providing a wide perspective on the Holocaust, human rights, the Nazis, and the Frank family's experiences in hiding. The Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is located at 211 N. Record Street in the West End. Information:

Apr. 29-30 In honor of D'JAM - Dallas Jazz Appreciation Month - the South Dallas Cultural Center invites you to their upcoming screening of "Ornette: Made In America." This film captures the 3-decade evolution of Ft. Worth native Ornette Coleman. He returned home in 1983 as a famed performer and composer. The classic footage and dramatic scenes will feature some of the 1st "music video" styled segments ever made. The film chronicles his boyhood in the "segregated" areas in Texas and his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon. Among those who made contributions to the film include: William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminister Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono, Charlie Haden, Robert Palmer, Jayne Cortez and John Rockwall. This documentary is essential for anyone hoping to understand the history of Jazz and the fertile creative exchange that highlighted the 60's and 70's in America. So grab the Jazz music lovers in your life and join in for #DJAM2016. Admission is free for the 7:30 p.m. screening. The South Dallas Cultural Center is located at 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. Information: Information:

Apr. 29-May 1 The Dallas International Guitar Festival is the one of the oldest and largest guitar festivals, blending musicians, fans, collectors and celebrities together into one musical extravaganza. What began as the grassroots Dallas Guitar Show has now evolved into the spectacle that is the Dallas International Guitar Festival. With three live music stages, thousands of guitars and musical equipment, over 450 booths, exhibits and other special events and activities, the Dallas International Guitar Festival has more than enough to keep you busy all weekend! It all happens at Dallas Market Hall, 2200 N. Stemmons Freeway. Information:

Apr. 30 The Regional Hispanic Contractors Association (RHCA) presents Day of the Construction Worker on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Women's Museum Building, 3800 Parry Ave. in Fair Park. Day of the Construction Worker is the signature event for the RHCA where they celebrate the contributions of the construction worker, for their hard work and contributions to the construction industry, but most importantly to raise safety awareness among construction workers. In addition to family activities, a health and wellness fair and expo, and gifts and prizes, Construction Worker awards will be presented for Worker of the Year as well as a Lifetime award. There will be a Certificate of Appreciation for all construction workers. Admission is free. Information and registration:

Apr. 30 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright, military historian Andrew Bacevich and Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative are among more than three dozen noted authors who will be part of the Dallas Book Festival. The free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the J Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St. The festival is being organized by the Dallas Public Library and the Friends of the Dallas Public Library, the nonprofit organization that raises financial support and awareness for the Dallas Public Library system and its programs. North Texas authors and illustrators participating in the festival include Sarah Hepola, Merritt Tierce, AG Ford, Don Tate, Karen Blumenthal, Nancy Churin, Shawna Seed, LA Starks and Virginia McAllester. Local publishing house Deep Vellum's Lina Merune will also participate among many others. Information:

Through May 22 Dallas Roars!, presented by MetroPCS, returns. Each Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., stop by Cat Green at the Dallas Zoo for a special themed weekend. It's free with your regular Zoo admission. Pick your favorite theme, or come for them all. And on the final two weekends, come in costume, dressed as a pirate, princess or your favorite superhero:
Apr. 30-May 1: Trees are Life! (Arbor Day). Nature huggers, unite! Show some love for the oxygen-giving, shade-providing, majestic plants we can't live without.
May 7-8: Love Ya, Mom! (Mother's Day). This one goes out to all the mama bears – enjoy your special day with us. Bring your kiddos to see our adorable Zoo babies.
May 14-15: Pirates and Princesses, sponsored by Time Warner Cable. Ahoy mateys, and welcome royal highnesses. Break out your favorite tiara or eye patch, ball gown or tattered shorts, and let your imagination run wild.
May 21-22: A Force For Good (Armed Services Day), sponsored by Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union and Highland Capital Management. Unleash your superpowers, and dress accordingly as we honor those who serve our country and inspire our imaginations.
Enjoy a DJ playing music and leading games; bounce houses; conservation stations; and special activities in the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo. Additional activities, such as face painting, airbrush tattoos, obstacle courses, caricatures, green-screen photos, and more will be available for just $5 each. The Dallas Zoo is located at 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway. Information:

Apr. 30 Taco Libre is a celebration of the region's best taquerias. There will be tacos, tacos, tacos, tequila, lucha libre and live music! Beat the heat and celebrate the weekend before Cinco de Mayo. There will be seating provided under shaded tents on the festival grounds. However, due to the immense amount of Dallas-ites that love tacos and tequila, seating is not guaranteed. Bring blankets to spread out on the lawn – sharing is caring! Gates are open from 3:00 to 10:00 p.m. for General admission ticketholders ($16). Children ages 6-12 are $10 and 5 and under are free. General admission includes entry into the festival, concert, Lucha Libre matches and access to purchase tacos from 20 of the region's BEST taquerias. All Taquerias will have a $2 taco option, while supplies last. Get there early for the best selection of tacos and prices. It all happens at Main Street Garden, 1902 Main Street. Information:

May 4 Movie on the Square presents Spaceballs, a "May the Fourth Be With You" movie event. In a galaxy not so far away, Downtown Carrollton will honor Star Wars Day with a free themed event on the Square. Come in costume to enjoy Star Wars-themed booths, activities, and photo opportunities. Since Disney will not allow the screening of any of the Star Wars films, stay for a free screening of Star Wars parody film Spaceballs (PG) starring Mel Brooks, Rick Moranis, Daphne Zuniga, Bill Pullman and John Candy. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enhance your movie-viewing experience and may the 4th, er, force be with you. Event begins at 6 p.m. and the movie screening will begin at sunset. Information:

Saturdays, May 7-Oct. 29 The Farmers Branch Market supports local vendors that want to share their passion and products with our community. We believe in creating an environment that promotes eating fresh, eating local and bringing people together in a fun environment. The market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, May 7 through October 29. Nestled under a canopy of Post Oak trees, the Farmers Branch Market is located at the Grove at Mustang Crossing. Information:

May 7-8 The Cottonwood Art Festival returns on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Now in its 47th year, the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show. Jurors have selected over 240 artists from 800 submissions to exhibit their museum-quality work at the festival. Cottonwood Park is located at 1321 W. Belt Line Road, one block east of Coit Road in Richardson. Admission are free. The artists' works are available for purchase, as are food and beverages, and some children's events require a fee. Information:

May 7 Celebrating its 13th anniversary, Plano AsiaFest 2016 will showcase the rich cultures of Asia: Japan and Korea in the north; China, Taiwan, and the Philippines to the east; Vietnam and Malaysia in the south; and Bangladesh, India, and Nepal in the southeast. The numerous cultural demonstrations, performances, and vendors will provide a fun and engaging time for your entire family. The festival is free and runs from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Downtown Plano's Haggard Park, 901 E. 15th Street. Information:

May 7 Come and enjoy the 4th Annual Cinco de Mayo Downtown Festival in the historic Downtown Garland Square. Celebrate history, culture and fun. Students of all ages from the local Garland area schools will be performing on the center stage between 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m Featured performances by G.I.S.D Mariachi Estrellas, Ruth Roach Elementary Folklorico, South Garland High Folklorico and Garland High School Folklorico. In the evening from 4:00 to 10:00 p.m. don't miss the live entertainment with Julians Keeper, La Furia Urbana, Frank Garza Y Su Herradura Nortena, La DezZ, Jerry Deleon and South Bound and Ricky Guzman. Information:

May 7 The Dallas Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival is an annual celebration with a parade, festival and car show. It is held on historic Jefferson Boulevard and is produced by the Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts, a non-profit 501(C)3 organization whose purpose it to promote the arts and education. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at 223 W. Jefferson (Oak Cliff Cultural Center) and ends at 600 S. Polk Street. The festival and car show are held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jefferson Boulevard. Enjoy live music, DJ's on every block, vendors and a beer garden. Information:

May 7 Irving is celebrating the 2016 Bike to Work Week, May 16-20, by hosting the sixth annual Irving Bicycle Fest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Lake College, 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Parking Lot 21, near the tennis courts. Bicycle Fest focuses on providing a free opportunity for event attendees to learn more about bicycling in and around the Irving area. Attendees receive general bicycling information, safe routes for commuter bicycling, transit options for commuting throughout DFW, basic on-the-spot bicycle checks and information about bicycling gear. Information:

Movies at the Majestic are presented by The Majestic Theatre, The Texas Theatre, and Aviation Mobile Cinema. The Majestic Theatre is happy to announce that films are making their way on to the Majestic Theatre silver screen for the first time since 1973. Step back in time and go see a movie at the Majestic! Coming up:
May 8 The Graduate
June 9 Big Trouble in Little China
(The Texas Theatre, Alamo Drafthouse Dallas/Fort Worth, The Majestic Theatre and Transmission Events - Dallas are teaming up to present an epic 7-part film series celebrating the career of John Carpenter which will lead up to his live music score performace at the Majestic Theatre on June 24th. The final film in the series is Big Trouble in Little China.)
The Majestic Theatre is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:
May 10 Star Parties in the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Lane are fun for the whole family. People of all ages are invited to view the sun and stars through high powered telescopes from sunset to 9 p.m. Viewings are free and open to the public. Members of the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas will provide a variety of telescopes available for safe viewing of the sun and the night sky. In addition, participants are encouraged to bring personal telescopes. Inclement weather date on May 12. Information:

May 13-15 Get ready to tame your taste buds, Taste Addison features more than 30 restaurants participating in the long-standing event taking place May 13-15. Restaurants included are Addison Grill, Kampai Sushi & Grill, Texas de Brazil and The Saffron House along with dozens more of your favorites. With such a wide selection there is sure to be a dish that appeals to even the pickiest of eaters. Make sure you save room for the sweetest treat of all - The Band Perry! Taste Addison is at Addison Circle Park, 4070 Addison Circle Drive. Information:

May 14 The Dallas Bicycle Safety Fair on the Cotton Bowl Plaza at Fair Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. is designed to teach safe bicycle riding skills to children ages five to 14 and their parents. During the event, youth participants would be taught safe riding techniques through an obstacle course that re-creates real-life situations (Bicycle Safety Rodeo). Adult cyclists are invited to participate in “Fit in the City” health fair hosted by GDYLP and bicycle safety workshops. Bicycle owners will have the opportunity to have their bicycle checked for safety. The South Dallas/Fair Park Active will sponsor bicycle tours of the South Dallas and Fair Park communities and businesses including Bonton Farms, Bexar St. Reinvestment, Opportunity Park, Parkland Clinic, South Dallas Cultural Center and many other locations. This project promotes the bicycling throughout South Dallas as new bike lanes being installed. Click here to register for the bike tour. Information:

May 14 The Home Depot Asian Festival returns for its 26th year and is bigger than ever! This FREE family event at Fair Park features authentic Asian cuisine, cultural performances, unique products and artwork at the Asian World Market, children's activities, healthy living, games and many other activities! The festival showcases more than 20 Asian cultural performances; ranging from dance, martial arts, acrobats, dragon dances, hula dancers and many more. Begin the festival with the Faces of Asia Cultural Procession and then stop by the Asian Costume Photo Booth. You can also check out the cooking demonstrations at the healthy living corner and get your free health screening. Be sure to keep your children entertained at the "Passport to Asia for Kids" and your belly happy with delights from the assorted food trucks and vendors offering authentic cuisines of Asia. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information:

May 14 Dallas' first ALL local music and arts outdoor festival, HomeGrown Music and Arts Festival, has expanded to include many great bands with ties to Texas and continues to prove itself an annual celebration of Homegrown music, art and fun. This year it will again feature 12 acts with ties to the state of Texas performing many genres and styles of music on two main stages. The 7th Annual Homegrown Festival will once again fill vibrant downtown Dallas with music and art at Main Street Garden, 1902 Main Street. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $100 for VIP. As a family-friendly bonus, kids under the age of 10 are absolutely FREE! The festival runs from 12 noon to 11 p.m. Information:

May 15 DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival features cultural performances, an international costumes parade, interactive activities, lantern riddles and carnival-type games. In addition to the exciting dragon boat race, the festival will feature spectacular kite flying and a Chinese Hacky Sack Competition. Join in for a day also featuring lantern making and competition, a Chinese shuttlecock competition, traditional handicraft demo and Asian culture class, Gondola cruises, children's activities, ethnic food, family friendly comedy, best costume dragon boat drummer competition, and much more. Admission to the festival is free. The festival takes place 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Lake Carolyn in the Las Colinas Urban Center. Information:

May 21 Enjoy the 4th season of The Marketplace Garland, featuring fresh produce, baked goods, jams & jellies, sweet breads, culinary items, unique items from local artisans and craftsmen and more! The Marketplace Garland supports Good Samaritans of Garland and for those interested in doing so, donated items of canned and boxed food items will be accepted at the Good Samaritans booth. This event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every 3rd Saturday of the month, April through October, in the heart of Garland's historic downtown square. 108 N. Sixth Street. Information:

Majestic Theatre
Live at The Majestic hosts shows ranging from nationally touring concerts and comedy acts to locally produced cultural events in one of the most elegant performing arts venues in the southwest, the historic Majestic Theatre. Upcoming events and performances include:
May 22 'Making A Murderer's' Dean Strang & Jerry Buting: A Conversation on Justice
June 24 John Carpenter: Live Retrospective
The Majestic Theatre is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:

Events in Fort Worth and Denton

Fort Worth:

Apr. 28-May 1 Mayfest is Fort Worth's premier family-friendly festival. Encompassing 33 acres along the Trinity River in Trinity Park, Mayfest has a myriad of activities for the whole family in one of the best greenspaces in town. Live music, festival food, carnival rides, bounce houses, free children's activities, petting zoo, performing arts groups, paddleboats, rock-climbing, zip-lining, people-watching, art and gift market, 10K and 5K USATF certified runs, student art contest, and so much more. Mayfest is located in Trinity Park, 2401 University Drive in the heart of Fort Worth. Information:

Through June 19 The Sid Richardson Museum exhibition, Lonesome Dove: The Art of Story, traces the path of Lonesome Dove from Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the original screenplay and filming of the legendary TV miniseries. Visitors can explore the 19th century American West through iconic paintings and bronzes by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, a cowboy's 1868 cattle drive diary and materials from the Lonesome Dove production archives. The Sid Richardson Museum is located in Sundance Square, 309 Main Street in Fort Worth. Information:

Through Aug. 7 Discarded: Photographs by Anthony Hernandez is on exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. This inaugural presentation of renowned photographer Anthony Hernandez's newest project evocatively explores Americans' penchant for discarding what we no longer want through images of buildings, people, and the land east and northeast of Los Angeles, California. Despite their challenging subject, these large photographs lure us in with their light-struck atmosphere, color and space. Admission to the museum is free. Information:

The Herd Twice Daily, 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Texas Longhorn and the American cowboy are two of the most enduring symbols of the Old West. They're a big reason why Fort Worth earned the nickname "Cowtown." And they formed the core of the great cattle drives of the late nineteenth century. Now, the romance and mystique of cowboys and cattle drives returns to Fort Worth with The Herd - Texas Longhorns driven by genuine Texas cowhands - offering an unforgettable glimpse into the past. You'll hear the jingle of spurs, the cattle bawling, and the rhythm of the hoof beats. As The Herd passes, a bygone era comes to life before your eyes. The world's only twice-daily cattle drive happens at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily in the Stockyards National Historic District, 130 E. Exchange Ave. in Fort Worth. Look for the Drovers before and after each cattle drive for photo opportunities and to learn more about life on the trail! Note: drives are not held on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. Information:


Apr. 29-May 1 DCTA is proud to be a returning sponsor of the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival. The free event is produced by the Denton Festival Foundation, Inc. and will take place Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1. Festival goers will experience seven stages of continuous music, fine art, crafts, food, games, and information booths at the beautiful Quakertown Park. Ride the A-train to the Euline Brock Downtown Denton Transit Center and transfer to Connect Routes 4 and 5 to get to all the musical entertainment, food and fun! Don't forget to find the DCTA booth for great info and fun freebies! Information:

Denton Community Market Saturdays Apr. Through Nov. Denton Community Market takes place Saturdays through November near downtown Denton. Experience a community gathering space alive with music, local food and produce, locally produced handmade arts and crafts, on-site food, local business, community groups and more! The market is held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is located at Carroll Blvd. and Mulberry St. Information:

Discover Denton's historic Courthouse-on-the-Square, built in 1896, making the building at the center of a town more than 100 years old! The building itself is beautiful with architectural details that make the courthouse shine as an icon for Denton County. The best part about the Courthouse-on-the-Square is that everything in Denton seems to revolve around it. With something going on every day on the Square, there is no such thing as a dull day in downtown Denton. Whether you're looking for a place to listen to live music, grab a drink, or even an old-fashioned ice cream sundae, you only have to walk a few steps from the Courthouse to find it. Information:

First Friday Denton First Friday of every month First Friday Denton is on the first Friday of every month, and is significant because that is the day when artists and artisans in the business district surrounding the Denton County Historic Courthouse on the Square open their doors for visitors and patrons to visit and see them at work, browse and perhaps buy a unique piece of art, jewelry or a myriad of other art objects - for yourself or someone special. And First Friday also offers patrons a chance to visit their favorite restaurants and businesses that have extended First Friday hours, so come to First Friday ready for music, art, books, coffee and great original foods. Information:

Fridays and Saturdays Ghosts of Denton haunted history tours. The city of Denton, and the county surrounding it, has fascinating history. It also has more than its fair share of ghostly stories. Join Shelly Tucker, a professional storyteller for 27 years, on a 90 minute tour. Most of the tour revolves around the square, although there is one (and possibly now there are two) stops about two blocks away. Tour participants should wear comfortable shoes and weather appropriate clothing. In summer, it's a good idea to bring a bottle of water to stay hydrated. Scheduled tours begin at 8:00 p.m (sharp) on Friday and Saturday nights from Jupiter House Coffee at 106 N. Locust in Denton (on the east side of the Courthouse-on-the-Square). Advance tickets are available online or at Jupiter House Coffee. Information:

UNT Art Path Discover the UNT Art Path, a self-guided walking tour of art works on the University of North Texas campus. You can pick up UNT Art Path brochures in the University Union Information Center, the Office of the Dean in the Art Building, UNT on the Square and the Alumni Center at Gateway Center. Docent-led tours are available by appointment. For information, contact Tracee W. Robertson, UNT Art Gallery Director, or Eva James Toia, development director for the College of Visual Arts and Design, at 940-565-4001 or or visit

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Special Offers with your DART Pass

Tall and proud, the giraffes at Giants of the Savanna are not above looking for a "handout" - especially when it contains a fresh green leaf of romaine lettuce. The Diane and Hal Brierley Giraffe Ridge offers a fun animal encounter at the Dallas Zoo as guests can choose to feed the animals when they gaze eye-to-eye with the tallest animal on land. This is just one of many adventures to discover at Texas' largest and oldest zoo. Special Dallas Zoo Offer with a DART Pass: Mondays and Tuesdays, show your same-day DART Pass at the Dallas Zoo to enjoy a $2 discount on regular admission prices. Information:

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