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Get the meat sweats
Few things sound better than bottomless barbecue and locals will be able to find it this Saturday at the Big D BBQ Battle. More than 40 teams will bring their best brisket, ribs, beans and more to Addison Circle Park in hopes of winning over diners and earning awards for their meats. In addition to grub, there will be a car show, kids' activities and music. General admission starts at $30 for adults, but if you're really a barbecue fanatic, you can also purchase a ticket to the Friday night VIP steak experience for $82-95.
Another place North Texans can score barbecue this weekend is at Taste of Dallas. This food festival comes to Fair Park on Saturday and Sunday, bringing with it locals chefs and restaurants who will be serving small bites for $2-$5. The barbecue event is called BBQ, Burgers and Brews and it's a new one this year. Chef Tim Byres of Smoke curated a list of the top barbecue joints in town, such as Hutchins BBQ and 18th and Vine, for this mini festival inside the festival. Tickets to Taste of Dallas cost $15 and the good news is there's no additional cost to get in on the BBQ action.
Catch a flick
The Oak Cliff Film Festival kicks off tonight and runs through the weekend. If you're into movies, this is one you don't want to miss. The festival features documentaries, short films, student productions and more, and many of the directors, producers and stars will be on hand for Q&As.
One film getting a lot of buzz this year is A Ghost Story, which was shot in Irving and stars Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara. Former Dallas musician Daniel Hart also worked on the score. Check the website for individual show times and ticket prices.
Waste away in Margaritaville (a.k.a. Frisco)
This weekend, residents in Frisco will want to keep an eye out for the Parrotheads flocking to Toyota Stadium to see Jimmy Buffett. His concert here has become something of a tradition in North Texas because fans come to the venue early and camp out in RVs in the parking lot for the weekend, essentially tailgating for a day before the show. Concertgoers get two great shows for the price of one, too, because ZZ Top is the opener. Tickets range about $45 to $126.
Another interesting band coming to town is the Bacon Brothers, which includes siblings Michael and Kevin Bacon. This goes in the "actors you didn't know were also musicians" category. Apparently they've put out seven albums, the latest being in 2014. Their style is very guitar driven, sort of mellow Americana. That show is at the Kessler Theater on Friday and costs $28.
There's one more local music event happening this weekend that's worth mentioning, and that's the esteemed Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. This is like the Olympics of piano playing and classic music fans have a chance to watch the final rounds of competition tonight through Saturday at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. Tickets cost $45-$200 per person. If you're short on cash, check the website for info on the free simulcasts at Sundance Square.
Tiney Ricciardi offers her weekend event picks every Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. on 570AM KLIF.