What if we said you can enter a jalapeno-eating contest, see cartoon characters come to life and hear a live orchestra play the “Star Wars” theme song? Read on to see where DART can take you this weekend.
Friday, Jan. 24
ZestFest opens today and runs all weekend. The fiery festival features exhibitors from around the country showcasing their spiciest offerings. You’ll find mom-and-pop shops, big industry names and celebrity chefs. There are cooking demos and a roasted-pig dinner (on Saturday evening). Also food challenges: Go toe-to-toe with other heat aficionados in the Atomic Wing Challenge. Or, for a challenge that keeps on giving, enter the PuckerButt Jalapeno Eating Contest. The incendiary festival happens at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas. That’s about a 9-minute walk from the Orange Line’s Irving Convention Center Station.
The Rat Pack Lounge is Garland Civic Theatre’s celebration of Frank, Dean and Sammy. The suave trio find themselves in heaven, where God sends them back to Earth to fulfill a promise to the owner of the Rat Pack Lounge. They perform 30 of their best-known songs and take you back to the days when everyone drank highballs, the biggest stars gambled in Vegas and men wore awesome suits. Performances run through Feb. 2 at the Granville Arts Center.
Saturday, Jan. 25
Wild Kratts Live! brings the wildly popular cartoon to life on the stage of the Majestic Theatre. Chris and Martin travel around the world, encountering wild and exotic animals. Each one is an opportunity to throw in a little science education and showcase rarely seen wildlife moments. Expect the same sense adventure and comedy that made the television show a favorite with kids. The venue is in downtown Dallas, just three blocks south of St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines.
Tales of the Macabre is a program by the always-excellent Fine Arts Chamber Players. Why so macabre? In honor of Edgar Allen Poe's 210th birthday, of course. With music by Renié, Caplet and Schubert, the players give dramatic life to the great writer’s most chilling stories. There’s harp music, a string quartet and more at the Dallas Museum of Art, about a 3- or 4-minute walk from St. Paul Station.
Sunday, Jan. 26
Music of John Williams brings the movie maestro’s iconic music to Richardson’s Eisemann Center. The Lone Star Wind Orchestra’s rousing program includes movie trailer screenings; there are two performances, at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. The venue is just across the plaza from Galatyn Park Station on the Red Line.