The relatively peaceful process of changing political leaders in our great nation began this week, and what better way to celebrate the end of early voting than with guns, girls, gossip and All That Jazz?  Yep. I am talking about CHICAGO, THE MUSICAL.  I hear it's the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history.  Travel back to the roaring 20's where chorus girl Roxie Hart murders her lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap…until Amos finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Roxie gets sent to the pen and while waiting on death row, she and another “Merry Murderess” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines.  Neither woman will be outdone in their fight against each other and the public for fame and celebrity . . . and acquittal.  The musical begins this weekend and runs through November 19.

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Chicago The Musical

When:  Friday & Saturday, Nov 4 & 5 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov 6 at 2:30 p.m.
Where:  Mainstage ILC, The Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd 75062
Cost:  $21 - $31

The Box Office stays open from Noon to 5:00 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday.    Call ahead because this show sells out quickly.  (972) 252-2787  Learn More

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Of Thee I Sing - Concert Version

When:  Friday & Saturday, Nov 4 & 5 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday & Sunday Matinees, Nov 5 & 6 at 2:30 p.m.
Where:  Mainstage ILC, The Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd 75062
Cost:  $26.50 - $54.50

Enjoy a concert version of the musical which lampoons American politics. With a score by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and based on a book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, the story concerns John P. Wintergreen, who runs for President of the US on the love platform.  When he falls in love with sensible Mary Turner instead of pageant winner Diana Devereaux, he gets himself into political hot water.  It's guaranteed to take your mind off of our current political process  . . .  or not.  Learn More

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Band Nerds - Muddy Belle and ManifestiV

When:  Friday, Nov 4 at 8:00 p.m.
Where:  Texas Musicians Museum, 222 E. Irving Blvd. 75060
Cost:  Free Admission, donations for the bands are accepted

Sit back and enjoy these local bands while you munch on some custom-grilled gourmet black Angus hamburgers or a barbecue plate.  Or try some of their wonderful craft beers, wines, margaritas or their new Bellini's.  While you're there, you should check out the museum.  It's really cool.  Learn More

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Record Bazaar and Alan Kelly & Steph Geremia

When: Sunday, Nov 6.  Bazaar is from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Concert is from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Where:  Texas Musicians Museum, 222 E. Irving Blvd. 75060
Cost:  Free Admission, donations for the bands are accepted

Come for the record bazaar, then stay and listen to Alan Kelly & Steph Geremia.  While you're there, you should check out the museum.  It's really coolLearn More

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Big Daddy Band

When:  Friday, Nov 4 from 9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Where:  Cool River Café, 1045 Hidden Ridge Drive 75038
Cost:  No Cover Charge

Don't they look like fun?  The Big Daddy Band began in Dallas in early 2000.  Their skilled musicianship, high tech sound and lights, incredible energy and overall talent will keep you on the dance floor.  Go ahead, I dare you to stay seated during this performance.  When they play your favorite song, your feet take on a mind of their own.   Learn More

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Stephen Chadwick

When:  Saturday, Nov 5 from 9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Where:  Cool River Café, 1045 Hidden Ridge Drive 75038
Cost:  No Cover Charge

Stephen Chadwick proudly describes his music as “true country.” He found his love of music at the early age of five while singing alongside his father. From the first time he stepped in front of a microphone, he knew he belonged on stage. He started singing and performing professionally at age 12, and has been delighting audiences ever since.   Learn More

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Josh Ingram

When:  Friday, Nov 4 at 8:00 p.m.
Where:  The Ranch at Las Colinas, 857 W. John Carpenter Freeway 75039
Cost:  No Cover Charge

Locals are familiar with Josh's style of music.  He's been influenced by a number of musicians in countless styles of music and that is apparent when you hear the blend of rock, blues, jazz, and even country in the songs that he writes. Whether it’s a sultry ballad or a ripping guitar rock tune the music is full of soul and emotion.  Learn More

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Faron

When:  Saturday, Nov 5 at 8:00 p.m.
Where:  The Ranch at Las Colinas, 857 W. John Carpenter Freeway 75039
Cost:  No Cover Charge

Watching Faron Gilbert on stage is not like watching a generic acoustic show. He plays all genres, uses loop technology to create a multi-layered accompaniment, and puts a personal spin on all of your favorite songs. He is truly a one man band. His 23-year career has graciously landed him here at The Ranch every Saturday night.  Learn More

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Other exciting events going on in Irving include:

  • It's a Gaming Marathon! at the South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Dr. 75060.  Kick it old school with a retro gaming marathon.  Open to grades 6-12.  Friday, Nov. 4 from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Learn More
  • A Coloring Book Party for all ages.  Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan Drive 75060.  Art supplies and coloring pages will be provided.  Friday, Nov 4 from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.  Free  Learn More
  • Heritage Gift Shop Christmas Bazaar at the Heritage Senior Center, 200 S. Jefferson 75060.  Find that unique and handmade gift.  Friday, Nov 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Today is the last day of the sale.  Learn More
  • 3rd Annual Ruck March starts at the University of Dallas, 2925 Gorman Drive 75062.  Help raise awareness about veteran suicide.  Saturday, Nov 5 at 7:30 a.m.  $40, includes lunch and T-shirt. Learn More
  • Valley Ranch presents its 7th Annual Sip 'n Shop at the Cimarron Park Recreation Center, 201 Red River Trail 75063. It's a unique shopping experience featuring one-of-a-kind gift items.   Saturday, Nov 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.    Free admission.  Learn More
  • Cinema 13 features X-Men Apocalypse at the Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail 75063.  4:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Free Admission.  Learn More 
  • Held on the first Saturday of each month, join the Classic Car Cruise In at Big State Fountain Grill, 100 East Irving Blvd. 75060  Saturday evening, Nov 5.  Free Admission.  Learn More
  • Family Movie Matinee features the Power Rangers Movie at the Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail 75063.  Saturday, Nov 5 at 2:00 p.m.  Free Admission.  Learn More
  • Ruth Paine House Museum Tours, 801 W. Irving Blvd. 75061.  One of Irving's hidden historical gems, this home has been restored to its 1963 look where Lee Harvey Oswald stayed the night before the Kennedy assassination.  Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m., 12 noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.  $12 for adults, free for children ages 11 and younger. Learn More
  • Back to Genesis series begins at MacArthur Blvd. Baptist Church, 8001 Mustang Dr. 75063.  Sunday, Nov 6 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  Free Admission.  Learn More
  • Heritage House and Mary's Playhouse Tours are at 303 S. O'Connor Road 75060.  Visitors this weekend will receive a complimentary copy of the book From Rails to Wings by local historian Norma Stanton.  Call ahead for group tours.  Sunday, Nov 6 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Free Admission.  Learn More

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Also, check out other area events on our Visit Irving webpage