City Councilman Adam McGough with police from the Northeast division on May 14 held  tryouts for Forest Audelia Idol. The contest happens this Saturday at the Lake Highlands Landing Apartments. Photo from Twitter

City Councilman Adam McGough with police from the Northeast division on May 14 held tryouts for Forest Audelia Idol. The contest happens this Saturday at the Lake Highlands Landing Apartments. Photo from Twitter

Forest-Audelia community festival includes a talent show (Forest-Audelia Idol), a basketball tourney, motivational talks, free food, live music, K104 celebrities, networking with neighborhood nonprofits and churches, a job fair and more. It is hosted by the Northeast division of the Dallas Police Department and is part of a greater effort to improve the Forest-Audelia area, which is a place where we regularly report stories of violence and death among young men. The murder and mayhem is statistically high in this area, report Dallas Police, and happens most often among “astray teens,” according to Deputy Chief Andrew Acord, who has explained that “this is not something you can arrest your way out of.” That is why he launched a series of neighborhood events like this one. All who take part or attend should know they are part of the solution, say Dallas officials and police. Saturday, 11-3 p.m. at the Lake Highlands Landing Apartments, 9750 Forest Lane.

Moon Over Buffalo at the nearby Pocket Sandwich Theater

Moon Over Buffalo at the nearby Pocket Sandwich Theater. Courtesy Pocket Sandwich Theater. 

The Pocket Sandwich Theater opens “Moon Over Buffalo,” a fun Hollywood farce. George and Charlotte Hay, a married couple, are the protagonists of this comedic play, set in the 1950s. Both are wannabe actors, hoping to impress director Frank Capra. The show opens on Friday and continues through June 18. Showtimes and ticket prices vary, so get all the details here.

Cecilia Thurman art.

Cecilia Thurman art.

It’s your last chance to see the beloved Roald Dahl’s novel “The BFG” (Big Friendly Giant) come to life on the stage at the Dallas Children’s Theater. Though he looks scary, this giant has a heart of gold and hopes to give his kind a better rap. Showtimes vary through May 22, and tickets are $22-26. Get more details here.

Nature meets art in the current exhibition hosted by White Rock Lake Museum at the Bath House Cultural Center, running through Oct. 1. “Natural Impressions: Recent Artwork by Cecilia Thurman” offers a collection of paintings by this Dallas-area artist whose work has been displayed all over the world.