April 5 First Thursday Once a month, the stores and restaurants in the Bishop Arts District stay open late and offer specials as a part of the Bishop Arts District’s First Thursday. The event, from 5-10 p.m., also features live music. Bishop Arts District, Davis and Bishop, free
April 6, 13, 20 & 27 BarBelmont’s Friday live music series Every Friday in April, the Belmont Hotel features musical artists as part of a free live music series. April’s lineup includes Brent Best, J. Charles & The Trainrobbers, J.D. Whittenburg and Ryan Thomas Becker. Belmont Hotel, 901 Fort Worth, 214.393.2300, free
April 7-21 Día de los Niños exhibit The Oak Cliff Cultural Center presents its annual Día de los Niños show, featuring art work from elementary school students from all over the city. A closing reception is from 6-8 p.m. April 21. 223 W. Jefferson, 214.670.3777, free
April 7 Silent film Austin-based rock band Bee vs. Moth recently scored a 1919 silent film, “The Oyster Princess.” The film was accepted to the SXSW Film Festival in March, and it’s playing at the Texas this month. The Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson, 214.948.1546, $9
April 7 The Relatives and Bobby Patterson This rediscovered gospel group made a splash at Bridge-O-Rama. They perform with a special guest, legendary soul and R&B performer Bobby Patterson. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show begins at 8 p.m. The Kessler, 1230 W. Davis, 214.272.8346, $15-$27.50
April 9-13 I Bike Rosemont This event started two years ago as a grassroots effort to encourage elementary students to ride their bikes to school and raise awareness for bikes on the road. Now it’s a weeklong neighborhood event that includes a bike rodeo. To participate, contact Christian Johnson at 214.763.8767 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 14 Ciclovía de Dallas The Houston Street Viaduct is 100 years old this year, and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff is celebrating with a party on the bridge. The bridge will be closed to cars from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and pedestrians can take over. Activities include kite flying, line dancing, a bike race, skateboarding, an urban market, food trucks, a bike rodeo, live music, a dog park, yoga and kids games. Free
April 14 Neighborhood symposium This annual Old Oak Cliff Conservation League event educates neighbors on a variety of topics, including street issues, sanitation, neighborhood organization, grant writing, wildlife and more. Lunch is provided. Turner House, 401 N. Rosemont, $10
April 22 Oak Cliff Earth Day With a mission to raise awareness about pollution, conservation and recycling, the sixth annual Oak Cliff Earth Day kicks off at noon at Lake Cliff Park. Running until 5 p.m., the event features arts and handicrafts exhibits, water-wise gardening information and many local organizations. The 2012 Oak Cliff Earth Day has added a farm animal petting zoo, Blackland Prairie Raptor exhibit, pet parade and microchip service for pets. Lake Cliff Park, free parking and shuttle service in the 1400 block of N. Beckley.
April 26 Looking Back to See Ahead As part of The Oak Cliff Society of Fine Arts Salon Series, Dallas landscape architect and urban planner Kevin Sloan presents a discussion about the architecture, design and urban planning of Oak Cliff in 1912 and what is currently being done to improve the city. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m., and refreshments will be served. Turner House, 401 N. Rosemont, 214.946.1670, $15-$20
April 27 Junior Brown Austin-based country guitarist Junior Brown returns to The Kessler to record a live album. The artist touted as a genius by Musician magazine has been one of Austin’s best-kept secrets for years. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show begins at 8 p.m. The Kessler, 1230 W. Davis, 214.272.8346, $30