Cool Thursdays at the Dallas Arboretum kicking of April 9th

April 9, 16, 23 and 30
Cool Thursdays
The Dallas Arboretum kicks off its spring concert series with Elton John Tribute band Rocket Man on April 9. Asleep at the Wheel perform April 16. Emerald City and Billy Joel tribute band Turnstiles perform on the 23rd and 30th respectively. Bring blankets or low beach chairs and a picnic (beer and wine are allowed). Or buy dinner from a food truck on site. Tickets for the 13-performance season, which runs through July 2, cost $130 for arboretum members and $156 otherwise.
The Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, 214.515.6520, dallasarboretum.org, $10-$27


 

Celebration White Rock

April 2
Celebration
The second-annual Celebration White Rock is a fundraiser for the White Rock Conservancy that includes 5k and 10k races, music, food and drinks, including beer from Lakewood Brewing Co.
Winfrey Point, White Rock Lake Trail, whiterockdallas.org, $25

April 2 and 14
Shakespeare on the big screen
The Angelika offers “Love’s Labour Won,” also known as “Much Ado About Nothing,” from the Royal Shakespeare Company at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 2. “King John,” from Canada’s Stratford Festival, shows at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 14.
Angelika Film Center, 5321 E. Mockingbird, 214.841.4713, angelikafilmcenter.com, $20

April 10
‘The Other America’
Social documentary photographer Ken Light began taking assignments from magazines and newspapers in 1969, and he spent 40 years making photos with a focus on social issues in America. He is the author of eight books. Light gives a talk, “The Other America, 1969-2014,” starting at 7:30 p.m., and he will sign books afterward.
The University of Texas at Dallas Davison Auditorium, 800 W. Campbell, 972.883.2552, 
utdallas.edu/ah, free

April 10-19
Theater for the little ones
“Balloonacy” is the story is the story of a lonely old man who is set in his ways until a red balloon blows through his window and insists on being his friend. The show is appropriate for children as young as 3.
Dallas Children’s Theater, 5938 Skillman, 214.740.0051, dct.org, $12-$14

 “The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II”  Jan Jarboe Russell

April 16
World War II history
Texan Jan Jarboe Russell brings her new nonfiction book, “The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II,” for a reading and book signing at 7 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Lincoln Park, 7700 W. Northwest Hwy., 214.739.1124, barnesandnoble.com, free

April 17
Sean Watkins
Americana musician Sean Watkins, founder of Nickel Creek, performs behind his new solo album, “All I Do Is Lie.”
Uncle Calvin’s Coffee House, 9555 N. Central at Walnut Hill, 214.363.0044, unclecalvins.org, $9.50-$18.50

April 18
Community art fair
The sixth-annual ARTsPARK community art fair includes performances and work from local arts organizations. This year’s centerpiece is “gallery row,” an exhibit from various Dallas art galleries. Discover how to make art a bigger part of your life through participation, membership and volunteering with the city’s arts organizations. Participants in the event, from 1-5 p.m., include the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Museum of Art, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Creative Arts Center of Dallas, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and the Dallas Historical Society, among many others.
NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central, 214.363.7441, northparkcenter.com, free

April 18
Vinyl night
Every third Saturday of the month is vinyl night at the Half Price Books flagship store. DJ Golden Era spins from 5-7 p.m., when all records are 10 percent off.
Half Price Books, 5803 E. Northwest Hwy., 214.379.8000, hpb.com, free

April 21
Contemporary theater
This month’s performance reading/salon series from the Echo Theatre Co. is Erin Courtney’s “Honey Drop.” The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
The Bath House Cultural Center, 512 E. Lawther, echotheatre.org, free

April 25
Local art
“Local Color” features the work of local artists Debbie Lincoln, Sharon Hodges, Laurie Pace and Kay Wyne.
Dutch Art Gallery, 10233 E. Northwest Hwy., 
dutchartgallery.net, free

April 25-26
White Rock Home Tour
The 10th-annual White Rock Home Tour features a mix of mid-century modern and new modern homes in our neighborhood. Proceeds from the home tour benefit Hexter Elementary School, and tickets are available at Tom Thumb, White Rock Coffee, Green Spot Market and Fuels and Hypnotic Donuts.
Various locations, whiterockhometour.org, $15-$20