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Arts in April: Making the Most of the Arlington Cultural District

They say that April showers bring May flowers, but in Downtown Arlington this April, there’s a downpour of amazing arts and cultural events for you to explore. From music to visual arts, from theater to dance, it’s no wonder that Downtown is designated by the State of Texas as the Arlington Cultural District. Come see, hear and feel the creative energy for yourself!

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Youth Art Month at the Arlington Museum of Art

Each Spring the AMA works collaboratively with the Arlington Independent School District to give students the opportunity to display their pieces, done in a wide variety of mediums, to the general public. This year’s rotating exhibition, which runs through April 17, is held in conjunction with National Youth Art Month and Youth Art Month work on display in Austin at the Capitol building.

Arlington Museum of Art

201 West Main Street

April at the Hall

The ribbon has been cut on Arlington Music Hall’s beautiful and extensive renovations, including all new luxury reclining seats. That means April is the perfect time to sit back and enjoy an incredible line-up of talent! This month alone at the Hall, treat yourself to performances by Judy Collins; Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder; In Halen and Red Rockers, Donny Edwards – An Authentic Heart & Soul Tribute to the King; Billy Dean; Mark Wills; and The Zeppelin Project & Doors Hotel.

Arlington Music Hall

224 N. Center Street

Symphonic Kaleidoscope presented by Symphony Arlington

It’s often said that great composers paint musical pictures. Symphony Arlington’s 2018-19 concert season explores this intriguing kaleidoscope, the magical intersection between the aural and the visual. On April 18, ignite your senses at “Father Figures,” a presentation of selections by Strauss, Beethoven and Schubert by a notable power couple: guest conductor Stefan Sacher and his son, pianist Luca Sacher. While you’re making plans, be sure to also mark your calendar for the final performance of the season on May 9 by pianist Daniel Del Pino.

Arlington Music Hall

224 N. Center Street

A Few Good Men at Theatre Arlington

This Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines for complicity in the death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay sizzles on stage at Theatre Arlington though April 14. The Navy lawyer, a callow young man, expects a plea bargain and a cover-up of what really happened. Prodded by a female member of his defense team, the lawyer eventually makes a valiant effort to defend his clients and, in so doing, puts the military mentality and the Marine code of honor on trial. Appropriate for audiences ages 16 and up.

Theatre Arlington

305 W. Main Street

University of Texas at Arlington

Search for “music” on UT Arlington’s online event calendar and discover an incredible diversity of talent. April performances include the UTA Percussion Ensemble, UTA Chamber Music Ensembles, Jazz Brunch, Faculty Woodwind performance, piano concert by guest artist Gustavo Romero, Clavier Recital Series, and Opera Workshops. We’re particularly excited about the April 7-8 performances by the UTA A Cappella Choir with the Fort Worth Chorale. Get your tickets today!

If you love art and shopping (who doesn’t?), don’t miss the renowned UTA Annual Glass Art Sale coming up this Saturday, April 6 starting at 8am at the Studio Arts Center, 810 S. Davis Street. While you’re on campus, be sure to visit the Gallery at UTA to see a stunning exhibition of student work.

Live on stage, get drawn in by theatrical and dance performances presented by UTA Theatre Arts. Eurydice reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine from April 10-17. From April 11-18, experience the world premiere of Princess Mia by Rockefeller Playwriting Fellowship-winner Mary Rohde Scudday. Early month from May 3-5, enjoy VIA DANCE, a collection of progressive dance works. For more information about all stage productions, visit the Department of Theatre Arts website.

UT Arlington Departments of Music, Theatre Arts and Art & Art History

701 S. Nedderman Drive

Live Music in Downtown

Every weekend, great local and Texas-based musicians are performing throughout Downtown Arlington at our growing number of restaurants, pubs and other venues. Check out the events calendar on our website, and be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay up to the minute on the latest happens. Up next: Cornish Game Hen, Kyoto Lo-Fi and more at GROWL; Acoustic Hash at Cartel Taco Bar; Selena Birthday Tribute Party at Maverick’s; Moody Chango at Truth Vinyl; and Chris Welch & The Cicada Killers, Little Universe and more at Division Brewing.

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Levitt Pavilion Summer Season and Family Movie Nights

Ready to explore some new music? Levitt Pavilion Arlington has plenty in store for their 2019 Summer Concert Season May 17 through July 21. After last year’s 10th anniversary season of "greatest hits," the Levitt has lined up an assortment of newcomers to the pavilion, including several up-and-coming bands destined to be national names. Additionally, their fan-pleasing Family Movie Night Series will make its return in early June. Visit their website to see the full calendar of events.

Levitt Pavilion

100 W. Abram Street

About Downtown Arlington

Designated by the State of Texas as the Arlington Cultural District, Downtown Arlington blends a unique mix of activities, sights, tastes and sounds that attract visitors and locals alike. Within its less than a two-mile radius, Downtown is home to a top tier public research university, prolific fine and performing artists and arts institutions, live entertainment, exciting NCAA and professional athletics, one-of-a-kind dining and retail, and a supportive business climate. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and tag us with @DTArlington.

Featured image: Judy Collins, Arlington Music Hall