Weekend Buzz: May 19-21, 2023
By Office of Communication
Posted on May 18, 2023, May 18, 2023

Here are a few ways you can enjoy your weekend in The American Dream City. 

On Golden Pond 

On Golden Pond is on stage at Theatre Arlington. Showtimes are Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The show runs until Sunday, May 21, 2023. Click here for ticket price information. This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart-tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return. In the end, as the summer wanes, so does their brief idyll, and in the final, deeply moving moments of the play, Norman and Ethel are brought even closer together by the incidence of a mild heart attack. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits. 

Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series 

Levitt Pavilion Arlington’s Summer Concert Series continues 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2023, with Timlightyear opening for Vandoliers, then 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2023, with Terry Rasor as the opening artist for Tommy Alverson and rounding out 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21, 2023 with Blaine Mitchell opening for Bonnie Whitmore and The Sad Girls. These concerts are free. Open seating is available on the lawn. Please bring blankets and lawn chairs. You also can bring your own food and coolers with beverages, including alcohol, but no glass containers, please. Parking is free. For directions to the Levitt, please see Directions & Parking.

Friday Night Skate

Friday Night Skate is back 7 p.m. every Friday at Elzie Odom Athletic Center. This event is for ages 13 and younger, and the cost is $15 per child. Pre-registration is required. You will have a blast skating with your friends, playing games, and participating in skating activities throughout the evening! Two slices of pizza and a 12oz drink can be added on for an additional $5. Click here to register.

Impractical Jokers at College Park Center

Impractical Jokers present The DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE Tour, in Arlington at the College Park Center 7 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2023. Tickets and Platinum Meet & Greet Packages are on sale now at www.utatickets.com. Q, Murr and Sal, creators and stars of truTV’s hit series Impractical Jokers, will be bringing their upcoming live comedy tour, The DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE DRIVE Tour, to Arlington! The show at College Park Center will showcase outrageous never-before-seen videos and storytelling stand-up. Q, Murr and Sal have been making audiences laugh on Impractical Jokers since 2011, and just celebrated their 10-year milestone. Impractical Jokers is a top five comedy on cable, and truTV’s longest-running and top-rated original comedy.

Lee Roy Parnell, Hillary Stanton at Arlington Music Hall

Lee Roy Parnell with special guest Hillary Stanton take the Arlington Music Hall stage 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2023. No Depression may have said it best when they called Lee Roy Parnell “a fine writer blessed with a rich, soulful vocal delivery and a blistering array of guitar chops drawn almost equally from Texas blues, Memphis soul, and Southern rock traditions.” Parnell is part of a long line of Texas roots-music eclectics and is among the elite few who can be identified as a triple threat. After honing his skills over more than a decade of playing clubs in Texas and New York, the Americana/Blues-Rock artist known for his guitar prowess (particularly slide guitar), smooth soul-drenched voice, and top-shelf songwriting skills laid a new foundation in Nashville. Parnell launched his solo career on Arista Records, which produced many country hits including “A Little Bit Of You” (#1 hit); “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am” & “Tender Moment” (#2 hits), and four other Top 10 hits: “Love Without Mercy,” “On The Road,” “I’m Holding My Own,” and “Heart’s Desire.” Parnell has earned two GRAMMY® Award nominations for his instrumental tracks, “Cat Walk” (with Flaco Jiménez) and “Mama, Screw Your Wig On Tight” and was nominated for the CMA Vocal Event of the Year on “John the Revelator” (with The Fairfield Four). Parnell offers, “I love many different styles of music…but for me it all goes back to The Blues. Blue-Eyed Soul, Jazz, Rock n Roll and Country all have the same Daddy and that Daddy is The Blues. As long as it’s soulful, I’m in. Muddy Waters was right — ‘The Blues had a baby and they called it Rock n Roll!’

Rangers host Rockies 

Your hometown Rangers host a three-game set against the Colorado Rockies 7:05 p.m. Friday, May 19, 3:05 p.m. Saturday, May 20, and 1:35 p.m. Sunday, May 21, 2023, at Globe Life Field. Click here for ticket information. 

Children’s Book Carnival

Get a head start on summer reading with free children's books at the 13th Annual Children’s Book Carnival! Kids are invited to fill up a provided tote bag with English and Spanish language books, sorted by PreK-6th grade reading levels. They will also have hot dogs, snow cones, t-shirt decorating, and more - all free! It takes place 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2023, in the First United Methodist Church of Arlington’s Great Hall. This event is open to everyone in our community.

Wings home opener 

Your hometown WNBA team, the Wings, kick off their season against the Atlanta Dream 12 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2023 at College Park Center. For more information about tickets, click here

Author Book Signing 

Join in for the release of debut author Barbara McGowan’s cozy mystery Three-Tiered Homicide 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2023 at Barnes and Noble at The Parks Mall at Arlington. Dr. Sara McMasters is a forensic psychologist/psychic who needs to take a break from her successful practice in South Houston, Texas. She finds a little solitude in East Texas in town called Talents. She is doing well until she gets involved in the death of a town member during a wedding. Things are not what they seem. She puts on her forensic psychologist hat to try and solve the death. 

¡Viva Tejas! 

Join in at Texas Live! and the Texas Rangers to celebrate Hispanic culture together throughout the season. As a way to recognize and empower the Hispanic community, Viva Tejas welcomes you to CBD Kratom Backyard one Home Saturday Game every month, highlighting Hispanic traditions through food, live music, vendors, games, and more! The party starts following the game at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2023.

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