People light paper lanterns and release them into the night sky during the Lantern Festival at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas, Saturday, March 4, 2017. 

People light paper lanterns and release them into the night sky during the Lantern Festival at Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas, Saturday, March 4, 2017. 

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Celeb sightings

LeVar Burton Reads Live

There are two actors in town this weekend doing live versions of their craft. First, Aziz Ansari comes to The Theatre at Grand Prairie on Friday night to perform stand up comedy. This is Ansari's first tour since he was accused of sexual misconduct and one critic who's seen the show joked it could be called the "Do You Still Like Me? Tour. But I really like Ansari's work in Parks and Recreation and his newest TV show Master of None, so I would recommend checking it out. Tickets start at $39.75.

Otherwise, actor LeVar Burton is bringing a live performance of his podcast, LeVar Burton Reads, to Majestic Theatre in Dallas on Monday. You know Burton from his roles in Star Trek: The Next Generation series and the beloved TV show Reading Rainbow. In this production, he reads his favorite short fiction stories. Tickets to that show start at $29.75.

Light it up

Texas Motorplex in Ennis will be aglow this weekend when a Latern Fest takes over the venue on Saturday. Folks pay a fee to gain access to campgrounds, s'mores and lantern kits, so they can design and customize their lanterns. Prior to sunset, there will be live music and face painting, and then once the sun goes down, attendees will light their creations and send them into the night sky. The event costs $70-$75 per person.

Rock on

ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons talks solo album and why the 'big bad blues' never go out of style

There are, as usual, some great concerts around D-FW this weekend. On Saturday, ZZ Top's Billy F. Gibbons swings through Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth, riding high on the release of his solo album, The Big Bad Blues. I expect he will weave some of the ZZ Top classics in with his solo material throughout the performance. His set begins at 10:30 p.m. and tickets start at $20 for general admission.

Granada Theater is hosting one of my favorite indie-folk acts, Phosphorescent on Saturday. The band leader, Matthew Houck, released a new album called C'set La Vie in October, which is beautiful and whimsical in all the right ways. Tickets to that show start at $25.

Tiney Ricciardi offers her weekend event picks every Thursday at 7:40 a.m. on KLIF-AM (570).

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