4 things to do in McKinney this weekend, Jan. 27-29

Dinosaurs Live! will be exhibited at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary through Feb. 19.

Dinosaurs Live! will be exhibited at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary through Feb. 19.

Looking for weekend plans? There's a lot happening in McKinney this weekend, including music, dancing and dinosaurs.

1. MPAC Presents The Hillbenders ‘The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry’


Forty-five years after its original release, this classic rock opera has been fully realized as a full-length bluegrass tribute featuring Springfield, Missouri’s The HillBenders. Conceived and produced by South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals co-founder and longtime musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers, the Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to “Tommy” while paying respect to its creators.

8-9:30 p.m. $25 (students), $30 (seniors), $35 (adults). McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 214-544-4630. www.mckinneyperformingartscenter.org

2. A Daily Kaleidoscope: Photography by James Mason

On Friday and Saturday, James Mason will showcase his work at The Cove. Mason's photographs are images taken from life experiences and international travels and focus on cloud patterns, sunsets and skyscapes.

6-8:30 p.m., (Friday), 5-9 p.m. (Saturday).The Cove, 402 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 214-679-1124. www.thecovemckinney.com

3. 5th Annual Hope Rising-Break the Chain Flashmob first practice

On Feb. 11, Hope Rising joins the world in shaking the earth to bring awareness and stop the violence against women with an International FlashMob. Practice will be 3-5 p.m. Jan. 29, 3-5 p.m. Feb. 4 and 7-9 p.m. Feb. 9. A tutu making party is from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Parish Hall at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 400 N. College St. Dance practices are held at Dancer Strong Academy, 192 Industrial Blvd., Ste. 103, McKinney. Contact Lisa Miller at 214-912-0054 or email [email protected].

4. Dinosaurs Live! at The Heard

Attendees encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s nature trails at the 11th annual Dinosaurs Live! Life-size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit. The cost is included in general admission.

Times vary. Free (members and ages 2 and younger), $8 (ages 3-12 and seniors), $11 (adults). Prices decrease Feb. 1. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, McKinney. 972-562-5566. www.heardmuseum.org. [email protected]