Where go to, what to listen to and what to lick this week

The award-winning The Color Purple comes to the Smith Center this week.


The Color Purple The musical, based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, received 11 nominations at the 2006 Tony Awards. Catch this touring edition during a limited Smith Center engagement. April 3-6, 7:30 p.m.; April 7-8, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; $27-$141.

Golda's Balcony This powerful, provocative work surrounding the rise of Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir remains the longest-running one-woman play in Broadway history. April 1, 5 p.m., $40-$140, Smith Center.

The Final Four Kentucky’s got it in the bag, right? Or could Louisville, Ohio State or Kansas actually pull the upset? As someone somewhere once said, that’s why they play the games. And why we watch. Semifinals March 31, 3 & 6 p.m.; finals April 2, 6 p.m.; CBS.

The Killing Whodunit? Who cares? This show is about the process behind catching a killer, in all its messy glory. Season 2 premieres April 1, 8 p.m., AMC.


Proof the Idol judges know a thing or two about talent.

Kelly Clarkson A stellar voice and a winning personality make this pop singer’s live shows a lot of fun, and she loves to throw in eclectic covers alongside her numerous catchy hit songs. April 5, 8 p.m., $69-$154, the Pearl.

Academy of Country Music Awards Four shows, two nights. For a modern-country fan, this must be heaven. Choose between a fan jam, an all-star jam and the big awards show on Sunday (or clone yourself and go to all three), then hit the Lionel Richie & Friends concert on Monday. Yep, he’s playing country tunes, too. April 1-2, times & prices vary, MGM Grand Garden Arena & Mandalay Bay Events Center.


Words on Dance Hear NBT Artistic Director Cynthia Gregory—once referred to by Rudolf Nureyev as “America’s prima ballerina assoluta”—discuss a career in dance that included 26 years with American Ballet Theatre. March 29, 7 p.m. $25, Smith Center.

Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational We know Aaron Rodgers can throw and LeAnn Rimes can sing, but can they swing? The celebrity-amateur golf tourney returns to Shadow Creek this weekend. March 29-April 1, $30-$150 daily, Shadow Creek.


Ben & Jerry's free cone day Hot local celebs do the scooping, you do the eating, to benefit the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum and St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.April 3, noon-8 p.m., free (donations welcome), District & Sunset Station locations.


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