Top 5 Cultural Attractions for this Weekend

Last Friday, Sept. 27, our annual meeting focused on the importance of cultural arts for a community. Dr. Gibbs, Executive Director of the Texas Commission of the Arts, explained the economic and educational impact the arts have. As we enter fall, we say goodbye to our weekends at the Levitt Pavilion until Center Stage Music Festival kicks off in 2014. We also bid farewell to our beloved Texas Rangers after their loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. But don't worry - you can still get your free music and baseball fix, right here in Downtown Arlington!

1. FREE concert from the UT Arlington Symphonic Band 

Ryan Beach, Principal trumpet artist from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, joins the UT Arlington Symphonic Band for a free concert in the Irons Hall of the Fine Arts Building. In 2009, Beach won second place in the National Trumpet Competition while he attended Oklahoma City University. Despite the name, the competition is actually international and is considered "the most significant event of its kind in the world today", according to Dr. Sievers, GM of the competition. 

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 6 at 3:00 p.m.

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2. The Lennon Sisters at Arlington Music Hall 

For the past 55 years, the Lennon Sisters have been singing harmonies from their hearts. Not only have they performed countless times on television but also for seven different presidents! Don't miss an opportunity to catch these American sweethearts. 

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

3. The Women of Baseball Exhibit at the Arlington Museum of Art

Okay so our boys of summer may be gone but you can still catch the girls at the Arlington Museum of Art! Women have actually been playing America's favorite past time since 1866 and has influenced the sport tremendously. There is currently a 1/2 off Groupon for the exhibit so you can check it out for ONLY $4 A PERSON! 

WHEN: Tuesday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. until Oct. 20

4. ALTAR BOYZ at Theatre Arlington

Ah, yes. The Altar Boyz are in Downtown Arlington on their final concert of the 'Raise the Praise' tour. Mathew, Mark, Luke, Juan and Abraham (the only Jewish cast member) dance and sing in perfect harmony as they attempt to 'cleanse' the audience of their sins. DFW.com gave nothing but rave reviews for this laugh-a-thon show. Interesting tid bit: the wildly beloved and late Kid Kraddick plays the voice of God for a few parts. 

You can also dine with restaurant506 at The Sanford House and enjoy their pre-theatre menu.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 4 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2:00 p.m. 

5. "Howdy, Mr. President!" a Fort Worth Perspective of JFK at UT Arlington

This FREE exhibit is at the UT Arlington Library and is a part of their Special Collections. These rare photographs from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram capture the President and First Lady during their trip to Fort Worth before his tragic visit in Dallas. There are over 80 photographs available and some include the assassination as well as the funerals for Dallas Officer J.D. Tippit and Lee Harvey Oswald.

WHEN: Mondays from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Tuesday - Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. until Feb. 8, 2014

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