"A Way with Words" hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett

“A Way With Words” hosts Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett

This Thursday, April 23, National Public Radio’s Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett of “A Way With Words” come to Dallas for an appearance at the Majestic Theater. Proceeds benefit neighborhood-based nonprofit Aberg Center for Literacy. The Majestic Theater, 1925 Elm, 214.826.6501, abergcenter.org, $42.50 to $62.50

Don’t miss the 45th Annual USA Film Festival this week, April 22-26, which is taking place in our neighborhood at the Angelika Film Center in Mockingbird Station. Check out the website for more.

Earth Day Texas is this weekend, April 24-26. The event is held at Fair Park from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. every day, and there will be several East Dallas-based exhibitors again this year. For the first time this year, EDTx 2015 will feature a food magnet area called “The Common Ground,” focusing on farm-to-table cuisine, organic produce, the fresh food movement and more. The Garden Cafe will be one of the restaurants participating in the food programming (with free samples), and chef Graham Dodds of Hibiscus is going to be part of a panel discussion with other renowned Dallas chefs on Saturday, April 25. Also, several East Dallas schools, such as Booker T. Washington School for Performing Arts and Eduardo Mata Elementary School, will be among the dozens of elementary, middle and high schools, colleges and universities that are going to have exhibits at this year’s event.



From April 23-26 is the Woodrow spring musical. The Woodrow Wilson High School theater department presents “Annie” in its 57th-annual spring musical. Woodrow Wilson High School, 100 S. Glasgow, 972.502.4400, $10-$18

On April 24-26, don’t miss the 24th annual Hollywood Home Tour. The candlelight tour is on Friday from 6-7 p.m., followed by the auction party from 7:30-11 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the home tour is from noon-5 p.m. at Lindsley Park, Santa Monica Dr. Check out the website at HSMHA.org and watch this YouTube video. Tickets are $15-$65.

Also April 25-26 is the 10th-annual White Rock Home Tour, which 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

Later today, April 22, the nonprofit organization Room to Read is hosting its annual spring fundraiser at Times Ten Cellars in Lakewood from 6-9 p.m. See the online event listing for more info.

Through May 10, enjoy “The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild,” a play that tells the story of a woman who escapes reality in her cramped Greenwich Village apartment by conjuring up the thousands of movies she has consumed over 40 years. Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, 5601 Sears, 214.828.0094, contemporarytheatreofdallas.com, $35-$40

Through May 16, see ‘Laserfinger,’ a spoof of James Bond films features the exploits of super spy Hardy Flynt, the world’s most inept master of disguise. Pocket Sandwich Theatre, 5400 E. Mockingbird, 214.821.1860, pocketsandwich.com, $12-$25

The Dallas Arboretum is hosting its annual concert series. Every Thursday night, the Arboretum hosts a different band on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage and Lawn. Bring your family and friends and your favorite food and drinks, and enjoy a concert overlooking White Rock Lake. All fall concerts are from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. The 
Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland. You can email reservations@dallasarboretum.org for reservations or call 214.515.6615. Tickets are $15-$17 for adult members, $25-$27 for adult nonmembers, and $10 for children ages 3-12. Package deals are also available.

Through April 25 enjoy ‘Pollinators and Predators,’ which features photographs of nature by Bob Curry, at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther, for free.

Retro look Video tapeStill have that old VHS player? If you’re looking for a reason to dust it off and give it a whirl, stop by the flagship location of Half Price Books on Northwest Highway on Friday. All VHS tapes in stock priced at $4.98 or less will be sold for $1 on Fridays only, until further notice. Call 214.379.8000 for details.

Vickery Meadow Good Local Market will set up shop in the parking lot of the Flagship HPB every Sunday, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The market provides a connection between local farmers, food producers and craftsmen within our community. Shop food, clothes, jewelry and more, all made by North Texans. The Vickery Meadow Good Local Market accepts debit/credit cards and the Lone Star Card. Support for the market comes from the Vickery Meadow Improvement District.

This Friday, April 24 the Pete Brewer Quintet is playing at Stoney’s Wine Lounge from 8-10:15 p.m. Then on Saturday, April 25 from 8-10:15 p.m., there will be music by Gerhard Kraus, Jeff Eckels and Bob Pike.

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