The biggest band ever to come out of Dallas (literally) turns 15 this month, with an anniversary celebration on Oct. 17. at 8 p.m. Neighbor Tim DeLaughter’s group that employs about 25 musicians at a time, seemed like a crazy idea at first. But The Polyphonic Spree made it. Granada Theater is at 3524 Greenville. Call 214.824.9933 or go to granadatheater.com for more. Tickets are $22.
Tomorrow, Oct. 15, is J.L. Long Middle School’s only fundraiser, The Long Run, which helps pay for the items the school district can’t afford to supply. Registration and festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. A 1-mile fun run starts at 6 p.m., followed by the certified 5k run at 6:30. J.L. Long Middle School is at 6116 Reiger. Call 972.502.4700 or go to jllong.com for more. Entrance fee is $10-$20.
Starting this Friday, Oct. 16 and running through Oct. 30, the spooky tales of Washington Irving are the basis for “The Ghosts of Sleepy Hollow.” The play is recommended for ages 11 and up. Dallas Children’s Theater is at 5938 Skillman. Call 214.740.0051 or go to dct.org for more. Tickets are $12-$40.
On Saturday, Oct. 17, Stonewall Jackson Elementary School’s fall carnival starts at 1 p.m. and includes rides, a hamster-ball racetrack, a petting zoo and pony rides, face painting, a cake walk and tons of treats. Food and ride tickets cost 50-cents each, and a wristband for unlimited activities (excluding food) costs $25. Stonewall Jackson Elementary School is at 5828 E. Mockingbird. The event is free.
Through Oct. 24, Wingspan Theatre Co. opens its 18th season this month with “Dear Liar!” a play based on love letters between playwright George Bernard Shaw and his muse, Mrs. Patrick Campbell. Bath House Cultural Center is at 521 E. Lawther. Call 214.675.6573 or go to wingspantheatre.com for more. Tickets are $20-$25.
Running through Nov. 14, don’t miss “Jack the Ripper-Monster of Whitechapel,” a play that follows the theater’s melodramatic/comedic/terrorizing style. This show could be too scary for little kids. Pocket Sandwich Theater is at 5400 Mockingbird. Call 214.821.1860 or go to pocketsandwich.com for more. Tickets are $12-$25.
Sundown at Granada offers a free movie and half-price whiskey every Wednesday. Tonight, Oct. 14, is “Ghostbusters” at 8:30 p.m. Sundown at Granada is located at 3520 Greenville. Call 214.823.8305 or visit the website for more. The viewing is free.
Through Nov. 25 the Dallas Arboretum features Autumn at the Arboretum, with 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash, plus 150,000 fall blooms, including chrysanthemums and impatiens. Dallas Arboretum is located at 8525 Garland Road. Go to dallasarboretum.org for more. Entrance is $10-$15.
Still 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. Go to the website for more.
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