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5 events happening around Downtown Arlington this week (May 18 - 24)

photo by Eric Younkin

What: Footloose the Musical

When: Now-June 3

Where: Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main Street

During the opening weekend of Footloose the Musical at Theatre Arlington, Mayor Jeff Williams made a cameo appearance as a city councilmember.

“Absolutely not!” he said when citizens asked to be allowed to dance in the town. Later, Williams loosened up and was seen busting a few moves himself.

The play, directed by Stephen Morris, tells the story of a small town whose council is largely influenced by the local minister and bans dancing. But then a newcomer from Chicago , Wren McCormack, challenges the status quo and the minister.

Several love stories are at play in the performance – there’s the minister and his wife, their daughter, Ariel, and the newcomer from Chicago as well as a few local teens.

The underlying, thought-provoking themes of love and liberty are brought to life through the musical’s stunning visuals.

(photo by Karen Gavis)

What: Cut! Costume and Cinema

When: May 19-Aug. 12

Where: Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main Street

This exhibit "allows you to step onto the movie set with 43 costumes from 27 period films," and "discover the glamour, luxury and artistry of cinematic couture," according to the museum's website, The Arlington Museum of Art is open Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. but closed for major holidays. Cost (for major exhibits) is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Children 12 and under are free.

(photo by Karen Gavis)

What: Election Night Watch Party

When: Tuesday, May 22 @ 7 p.m.

Where: J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill, 400 E. Abram Street

Arlington resident and Democratic candidate Ruby Faye Woolridge, who is running for Texas District 6 Congress, will host a free watch party beginning at 7 p.m. election night. Woolridge is running against fellow Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez.

“We’re going to party like it’s 1999,” says Woolridge.

What: Open Happy Hour Mic

When: Thursday, May 24 5-8 p.m.

Where: Truth Vinyl, 300 E. Abram #190

Located in an alleyway off Abram Street in Downtown Arlington, Truth Vinyl offers a free open mic every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Happy hour drinks are also available from Hooligan’s.

"Come show your talents, whatever they are, and enjoy an adult beverage from Hooligan's," says the record store’s website.

(photo by Karen Gavis)

What: Solo: A Star Wars Movie

When: Thursday, May 24

Where: Studio Movie Grill @ Lincoln Square

Directed by Ron Howard, this PG-13 film will begin screening at Studio Movie Grill on May 24.

“During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian, years before joining the Rebellion,” says the theater’s webpage.

For tickets, show times and more information, visit

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Karen Burgess Gavis
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