Blitz Weekender: April 10-13

What words of wisdom will Don Draper bestow upon us this season? Photo Courtesy: Jamie Trueblood/AMC
What words of wisdom will Don Draper bestow upon us this season? Photo Courtesy: Jamie Trueblood/AMC

By Tommy Kennicot

We survived the Final Four weekend in one piece and now look forward to this one. As we gear up for playoff runs by the Stars and Mavs there’s still a lot to do in DFW. So crack open a cold one and let’s start planning now. Let the Blitz Weekender be your guide…

Thursday, April 10
San Antonio Spurs vs Dallas Mavericks: The I-35 rivalry resumes on Thursday night when the hated Spurs come to town. Even though San Antonio has a virtual lock on the 1-seed that doesn’t mean they’re taking the night off. Expect our Lil’ Mavs who are still fighting for a playoff berth to give it their best. A victory here will give the Mavs some extra confidence and cut their magic number down to one. Tipoff is at 7pm at the American Airlines Center. Get there early and be rowdy and loud.

Ben Folds: The pride of Winston-Salem, North Carolina is in town and performing with the Dallas Pops. This is your invitation to party under the stars in Strauss Square. Expect to hear melodious sounds from the symphony and pairings of some of his Ben Folds Five days. It’ll be interesting for sure. This shindig starts at 8pm. No flip-flops.

Creedence Again: So Creedence Clearwater Revival had their day in the sun from 1967-1972. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their great hits being performed by the world’s premier Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band. Head over to the Dallas Arboretum by 7:30pm. You can probably get away with your flip-flops for this one and you could end up meeting some old hippies. Just don’t eat any free brownies…

Friday, April 11
St. Louis Blues vs Dallas Stars: It’s the last home game for the Stars and they’ll need your support in their attempt to make it back to the playoffs for the first time since the 2007-08 season. It’s been a long dry spell. The St. Louis Blues are the top team in the Central Division and are damn good. Puck drops at 7:30pm at the American Airlines Center.

Reckless Kelly: The Granada Theater is an awesome venue to take in a show and the acoustics here are second to none. Originally from Bend, Oregon the band got down to Austin as soon as they could. They released Long Night Moon back in September and will be playing a few tracks off of it. Like Red Dirt? Then you’ll love Reckless Kelly.

The Barber of Seville: Time to get all dolled up and head to the opera. Apparently this is one of the funniest and most frenetic operas ever composed. Watch as men both young and old vie for the hand of Rosina in this one. Again, leave the flip-flops at home.

Saturday, April 12
Seattle Sounders vs FC Dallas: Make the trek up to Frisco and take in some MLS soccer. FC Dallas is undefeated through five games and look to make it six! Fun for the whole family and affordable. Kickoff is at 7:30 at Toyota Stadium.

The Reverend Horton Heat: Texas’ very own psychobilly trio will put on one helluva show at the Gas Monkey Bar-N-Grill in Dallas. Their country-fed punkabilly as they call it has a unique, fast and upbeat sound. Plus you’ll get to see all the “pin-up” girls while you’re at it. They’re on tour supporting their most recent album REV which came out in January.

Alice in Wonderland: You know the childhood tale but now you can see it live! This rendition is being performed by the Avant Chamber Ballet at the Eisemann Center. Admission is $30 and well worth it.

Sunday, April 13
Chili Cookoff: Your love for chili can be taken to a new level by attending the first ever KNON Chili Cookoff & Concert. The event is being held at the Sons of Hermann Hall on Elm Street. Expect several different varieties of chili since this competition is open to the public. Feel free to wash it all down with some great tasting beer. Afterwards keep drinking and enjoy live music performed by the Houston Marchman, Mike Stinson and the Hash Brown Blues Band. Bring tums and aspirin.

Houston Astros vs Texas Rangers: The battle for the Silver Boot is renewed when these two teams meet up. Last season the Rangers dominated the series and look to continue to do so again. Opening Day starter Tanner Scheppers takes the mound for this 2:05 game at the Globe. Hopefully Prince will find his homerun stroke and Beltre will be back in action.

Mad Men Watch Party: This is the last hurrah for Don Draper and crew and there’s no better place to watch it then at The Twilite Lounge. Get all liquored up at the bar and enjoy. Show starts at 9pm and they’ll have drink specials going on. After the screening Ricki Derek will be performing live with music from the Mad Men era. Bring your fedora and a smile. Who knows who you’ll meet!

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