May 9
Flyin’ A’s
At 8 p.m. husband-and-wife duo the Flyin’ A’s perform at Uncle Calvin’s. The Flyin’ A’s perform a powerful mix of original Americana, country, Southern blues and “Texifide jazz.” Also slated to perform is Grant Peeples, who John Conquest of 3rd Coast Music has named songwriter of the year multiple times.
Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse, 9555 N. Central, 214.363.0044,, $15-$18

Through June 3
Presidential paintings
Visit the George W. Bush Presidential Center to view the 43rd President’s highly anticipated exhibit, “The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy.” Featuring more than two-dozen portraits of world leaders, the exhibit provides a personal perspective on Bush’s relationships with the leaders. Museum hours are 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.
George W. Bush Presidential Center, 2943 SMU Blvd., 214.346.1650,, $16

May 1-2
Dance showcase
Southern Methodist University dance students will showcase original choreography for this twice-a-year concert. Featured will be 10-15 innovative works ranging from modern to ballet to hip-hop to jazz. Shows start at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday and noon on Friday.
Bob Hope Lobby of the Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop, 214.768.2718,, free



Through May 24
Award-winning photographer Claudia Coker (her photo of San Francisco’s Chinatown is pictured on the left) possesses a unique eye and timing that transforms the ordinary to extraordinary. Her latest efforts have focused on the young adult spirit, capturing her subjects at a time when possibilities are endless. The talented Jack Smith, recognized for his heavy body acrylic canvases, is just 13 years old. View works from both artists from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, or by appointment.
Zhen Music and Art Institute, 4901 W. Lovers, 214.696.4842,, free


May 4
‘Spring Swing’
At 5 p.m. the Lovers Lane UMC Jazz ensemble, led by Bill Sleeper, will perform festive swing music.
Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, 9200 Inwood, 214.691.4721,, free

May 11
JCC Bagel Run
The annual 5k and 10k event continues at the Jewish Community Center, beginning with the kids’ race at 8 a.m. and the main race at 8:15 a.m., followed by the post-race party and awards ceremony at 9 a.m. Advanced registration runs through April 30.
All levels of runners can participate.
Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven,, $18-$2

May 14
60th annual chamber meeting
From noon-1:30 p.m. join a premier gathering of North Dallas Chamber of Commerce members and leaders to celebrate 60 years of making Dallas a better place to live, work, raise a family and build a business. Featuring Blake Nordstrom, president of Nordstrom Inc., as the keynote speaker.
Hilton Anatole Hotel, 2201 N. Stemmons, 214.368.6485,, $50/members-$100/non-members



May 21
Mr. Parker’s Opus
W.T. White High School choir director Michael Parker retires after 41 years with Dallas ISD — but not before conducting his final concert at 7 p.m. at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, featuring the W.T. White Showstoppers Choir and the W.T. White Alumni Choir. Dubbed “Mr. Parker’s Opus,” it will be the first time the Showstoppers have performed at a world-class venue.
Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora, 972.502.6200, $5-$7


May 21
Meet Nolan Ryan
The baseball Hall of Famer and cattle rancher will sign his new recipe book, “Nolan Ryan Beef and Barbecue Cookbook: Recipes from a Texas Kitchen,” at 7 p.m. Present your Barnes & Noble book receipt beginning at 9 a.m. to receive your wristband and save your place in line.
Lincoln Park Barnes & Noble, 7700 W. Northwest Hwy., Suite 300, 214.739.1124,, free

May 28
Avid readers unite
Join the Preston Royal Library book club for a discussion on the novel, “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History,” by Robert M. Edsel, from 6:30-8 p.m.
Preston Royal Library, 5626 Royal Lane, 214.670.7128,, free