Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Dralion’ closes today in Frisco

Cirque work

Traditional Chinese circus meets the modern circus in Cirque du Soleil’s Dralion. Filled with the usual jaw-dropping feats, Dralion goes beyond circus tricks. The flying acrobats, the haunting (and gay) vocalist and the trio of clowns come together to bring a moving work of art. Two things to be aware of. Even though it’s in the Dr. Pepper Arena where hockey teams practice and play, they could turn the air up a bit. And the parking garage is, well, a challenge. But Dralion makes it all wortwhile.

DEETS: Cirque du Soleil: Dralion at Dr. Pepper Arena, 2601 Avenue of the Stars, Frisco. 5 p.m. $40–$95. Ticketmaster.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Concert notice: Marvin Matthews' Christmas show at The Modern tonight

I’m not sure how this snuck past me but I found out minutes ago, Marvin Matthews is giving a holiday show tonight at the Modern Museum in Fort Worth. The flyer pretty much says it all.

Matthews is a fairly amazing performer as I mentioned before. He’s high-energy, emotional and inspirational. And his voice is un-freakin’-believable. Add to that, Buddy Shanahan and the European String Quartet and you should have a sweet deal of a show. Tickets are $15 and the concert benefits the Tarrant Area Food Bank.

If you make it out, let me know. And if you snag photos or video, even better.

—  Rich Lopez

Weekend planning: Check these two events from both ends of the spectrum

Les Femmes Aplomb
Les Femmes Aplomb!

We were afraid these two events might slip under your radar of things to do this weekend. There is lots going on and as the holidays get closer, weekends are likely to be packed. Starting tonight, the next couple of days are overflowing with options for fun.

Tonight, get some burlesque action with Les Femmes Aplomb! at 1727 on the Levee. You might not expect curvy busty ladies to dance for a good cause but that’s what tonight is about for this Burlesque Bust Out. Really, it’s hard to beat their own description of the show. Somehow they can mix provocative and philanthropic all into one sexy show.

“Ladies and gentleman, prepare to be entertained, tickled and titillated by our fabulously raunchy, powerfully raunchy, exotically entrancing performances. Dedicated to bringing deliciously sin-sational, tantalizing glamour to stage for your viewing pleasure.”

Oh and they ask for donations to The Family Place. Any type of donation will knock $5 off the $15 ticket price. Visit their Web site for show and donation information.

Higdon.
Higdon.

On the other end of the spectrum, catch lesbian composer Jennifer Higdon tomorrow afternoon at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. The show is part of the Cliburn Concerts series. Check her out beforehand. She was featured on the Lesbian American Composers CD.

Heck, make an day out of it. Grab lunch at Cafe Modern, finish up with Higdon’s distinctly American classical music and enjoy the reflecting pool. Or, if you can, do it all at once.

—  Rich Lopez