DeSoto Parks and Leisure Services presents the first installment of announce its 2011 Music in the Park season of events with a performance from Soul Cake at 6:30 p.m. and Don Diego at 8 p.m. Performances will take place at the DeSoto Amphitheater, 211 Pleasant Run Road in DeSoto. www.ci.desoto.tx.us
May 19-June 11
Rover Dramawerks will present Murder at the Orient Burlesque by award-winning local playwright Carol M. Rice. Performances will be at the Cox Building Playhouse, 1517 H Avenue in Plano (next to the Courtyard Theater), continuing through June 11, with shows on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and an additional matinee performance on Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $16 on Thursdays and matinees and $20 on Fridays and Saturdays and may be ordered online at www.roverdramawerks.com. Season ticket packages are also available. Thursday, May 19 is Preview Night, and all seats are “pay-what-you-can” at the door.
Black Cinematheque Dallas, South Dallas Cultural Center and P.O.V. will host the 14th annual Black Men’s Film Festival. On Friday night at 7:30 p.m., a tribute to Malcolm X will feature the film Malcolm X: Make It Plain. Saturday at 7 p.m. will feature Revolution ’67, a piece that chronicles the black power protests during the year. In addition, a short film takes a look at the black church and AIDS. On Saturday morning at 11, free films for youth include Barack and Curtis: Manhood, Power and Respect and Revolution ’67. Barack and Curtis features President Obama and Curtis Jackson, a.k.a. 50 Cent. All films are screened at the South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh St. in Dallas. Donations accepted at the door. Call 214-426-1683.
Friends of the Carrollton Public Library will present a Whodunit mystery theater fundraiser at the Carrollton Public Library at Josey Ranch Lake 1700 Keller Springs Road at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and will be available at the door, or by emailing a reservation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Complimentary refreshments will be available. Adults only.
May 25 – 26
Registration for the Simon Cowell singing show, The X-Factor, will take place at the Dallas Convention Center, 650 South Griffin Drive in Dallas, on Wednesday at 6 a.m. Wristbands will be distributed until Thursday at 6 a.m. Auditions begin at 8 a.m. www.fox.com/theXfactor.
Comedian Sinbad will perform at Centerstage at Choctaw Casino in Durant, Okla. Tickets are $39.50 and $75. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. www.choctawcasinos.com
Devin The Dude brings his show to Granada Theatre, 3524 Greenville Ave. in Dallas at 7 p.m. Individuals 21 and older admitted. Tickets are $20. 214-824-9933.
Musicians Miguel Antonio and Vladimir Kaliazine will bring their Fiesta Concierto tour to the Performance Hall of The MCL Grand, 100 N. Charles St., in Lewisville at 7:30 p.m. as part of the inaugural Around the World performance series. Tickets are $15 ($10 for seniors age 65 and older or children age 12 and younger) and can be purchased at MCLGrand.tix.com or at the Customer Service window at Lewisville City Hall, 151 W. Church St., during regular business hours. Lewisville residents can purchase single-show tickets for $5 each, either in advance at city hall or on the performance date at the MCL Grand box office. www.cityoflewisville.com
Comedian Jay Deep will be featured in Comedy Night at the Muse at 9 p.m. The event will take place in the Clarence Muse Café Theatre in the Dallas Convention Center Theatre Complex, corner of Canton and Akard streets in Dallas. Admission is $15. www.tbaal.org.
DeSoto Parks and Leisure Services presents Creekfest from 3 to 9 p.m. at the DeSoto Amphitheater, 211 Pleasant Run Road in DeSoto. 5 Second Rule will perform at 4 p.m., Sons of God at 5:30 p.m., Lil Cane at 5 p.m., Joe King at 6:45 p.m. and Havana NRG at 7:45 p.m. www.ci.desoto.tx.us
The elements, Earth Wind and Fire, will perform at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50. www.ticketmaster.com