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Apr. 29, May 1 The Dallas Stars have advanced to the second round of the playoffs and meet the St. Louis Blues in their quest for the coveted Stanley Cup. See the Stars and the Blues face off at the American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. Information: 214-GO-STARS (214-467-8277) or stars.nhl.com.

Through May 1 The best women golfers in the world are coming to town April 26 through May 1 for the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, the only LPGA tournament in Texas. See the biggest and brightest LPGA stars in Irving at Las Colinas Country Club, 4400 N. O'Connor Boulevard. Daily tickets are only $25 and available online. The weekly ticket is $50 and there's a VIP Mustang Club daily ticket for $200 which includes private hospitality sky box seating on hole #18 with food and beverages included. Information and tickets: LPGATexasShootout.com.

Through May 1 Balloonacy had people expressing all kinds of emotion in 2015! Now, Dallas Children's Theater is bringing it back so many can see it again and others can experience it for the first time. Audiences were truly smitten with Karl Schaeffer's lonely old birthday boy and the unlikely friend he makes in a wandering red balloon. This immersive, non-verbal play invites the audience to direct the action making no two shows ever alike. You'll be in awe of your child's (and your own) laughter and reaction to the adventure between the old man and the balloon. Squirmy toddlers, their parents, and grandparents are invited to experience what could be the most valuable hour of the year. Recommended for ages 2 and up. The Studio Theater are housed in the Rosewood Center for Family Arts, located at 5938 Skillman. Information: dct.org.

Through May 7 The Garland Civic Theatre presents Hank Williams: Lost Highway by Randal Myler and Mark Harelik at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St. This spectacular musical biography of the legendary singer and songwriter will take you on an emotional journey from Hank Williams' beginnings on the Louisiana Hayride to his triumphs on the Grand Ole Opry to his eventual self-destruction at the age of twenty-nine. Along the way, we are treated to classic country songs like I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry and Hey, Good Lookin' which communicate an inspiring message when set in the context of Williams' life. Information: www.garlandcivictheatre.org.

Apr. 27 Whole Foods Market Presents the Dallas Observer Iron Fork, a grand tasting event that will take place on Wednesday, April 27 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at Centennial Hall at Fair Park. The center stage will feature the Chef Challenge Moderated by Restaurateur Kent Rathbun. Jermaine Brown of Julia Pearl Southern Cuisine and Oliver Sitrin of Blind Butcher will receive a basket of ingredients and go head to head for the prestigious Iron Fork award. During the event, attendees will enjoy the chef challenge, tastings from local restaurants, live music, alongside wine, beer and cocktail sampling. Information and tickets: dallasobserver.com.

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: www.facebook.com/SouthDallasCulturalCenter.

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: www.guitarshow.com.

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: regionalhca.org.

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: www.dallasbookfestival.org.

Apr. 30 The Metropolitan Winds perform Screen Sounds: The Scores Awaken at the Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street. Join the Metropolitan Winds as they take a musical journey through some of the finest film compositions from "Singin' in the Rain" to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." Featured composers include John Williams, Leonard Bernstein, Bruce Broughton and Randy Bass. The concert starts at 2:30 p.m. This concert includes an opportunity for you to support the Metropolitan Winds at a Silent Auction in the lobby before the concert and during intermission. Information: www.metropolitanwinds.org.

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: tacolibredallas.com.

Apr. 30 Battle of the Bands returns to Downtown Carrollton. Calling all bands to compete in Downtown Carrollton. Grand Prize wins a performance slot at Carrollton's 7th Annual Festival at the Switchyard, which had over 27,000 in attendance this past year. It all starts at 5:00 p.m. in Historic Downtown Carrollton, 1106 S. Broadway St. Information: cityofcarrollton.com.

May 1 The United States-Mexico Cultural and Educational Foundation (USMCEF) and the Irving Symphony Orchestra are pleased to announce the Cinco de Mayo Celebration Concert, with the performance of the renown Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. The concert will take place 6:00 p.m. at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Boulevard. Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán and the Irving Symphony Orchestra will team up for a third time, under the direction of Maestro Héctor Guzmán. This incredible ensemble will present traditional songs from Mexico, making it the perfect event to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the Dallas Metroplex Area. Information: www.irvingartscenter.com.

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: www.mayfest.org.

Denton:

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: www.dentonjazzfest.com.


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