Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: May 7

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I’ll just leave this textbook definition of a smackdown here.

It should be absolutely wonderful weather this evening, which makes it a perfect night for one of the Arboretum’s plein air concerts. I’m a little surprised that you can still get tickets to this evening’s Brave Combo performance, but in fact, you can. Pack up a blanket and a picnic, and Goodfriend awaits you nearby if you wish to continue your Tuesday elsewhere after the concert.

It’s also opening eve for FELA!, the Jay-Z, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett-Smith-produced musical about the life of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti. The story follows Kuti’s journey as an artist and human rights activist, all dramatized by his musical creation, Afrobeat, a hybrid of traditional Yoruba, jazz, funk, percussion, and chanted vocals. It’s had a popular touring run as it is, but in case you need extra incentive to check it out, this particular production features Michelle Williams, one-third of supergroup Destiny’s Child. Just note that once again the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s online ticketing system isn’t working. It says tickets for every night of the show’s run are “not available.” This isn’t true. Just call the box office. They have limited seats on just about all the levels for tonight. Update 11:56 a.m.: AT&T PAC folks say their website is working again. So purchase tickets online to your heart’s content.

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