ZestFest: Texans like spicy food, which means going beyond your habanero Tex-Mex fantasies and on to the spiciest of Indian and Thai food, maybe something that ranks higher on the Scoville scale. So, revel in a three-day festival of fiery flavors, with exhibitors that have names like Bugtussle Burn, Volcanic Peppers and, our favorite, Jalapeño Jeaven. 1-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving. $13-$14 daily, $37 three-day pass, $100 pass with dinner. 800-247-8464; www.zestfest2013.com.
Lunar New Year "Tet-in-DFW" Festival: Celebrating the Vietnamese New Year, and the Year of the Snake, this event features lion dancing, martial arts demonstrations and food. Pho real. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie. Free admission; parking $3. 972-647-2331; www.tradersvillage.com/grand-prairie.
Gretchen Peters: You know the songs of this New York-born country/folk singer, but probably as sung by big Nashville stars like Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood and George Strait. Time to hear Peters, who is gushed about by media like NPR, in an intimate venue like Live Oak Music Hall and Lounge. 9 p.m. Friday. 1311 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth. $20. 817-926-0968; www.theliveoak.com.
God of Carnage: Yasmina Reza's play was a big hit on Broadway (thanks to smart star casting, like James Gandolfini and Jeff Daniels), and was made into the indie film Carnage (with Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz). Now it opens Circle Theatre's 2013 season. The play, about two "civilized" couples who get into it after their kids have a playground brawl, was just given a regional premiere by Dallas Theater Center, so pretty bold of Circle to do it so soon afterward. Previews Thursday and Friday, opens Saturday, runs through Feb. 23. Circle Theatre, 230 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth. $15-$30. 817-877-3040; www.circletheatre.com.
Oz With Orchestra: 2013 will be a big year for tangential Wizard of Oz stories, what with two feature films (animated Dorothy of Oz and live-action Oz the Great and Powerful) and the hit musical Wicked returning to Dallas. So catch up with the classic film, and hear the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra playing the score along with it. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $27-$79. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
The Born This Way Ball Starring Lady Gaga: Because it's not just a concert experience, it's a ball. Madeon and Lady Starlight open. When is she gonna get Lady Antebellum in on this action? 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. American Airlines Center, Dallas. $53-$178.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
Luenell: You might remember this funny lady as the "hooker with a heart of gold" in the film Borat, but comedy club audiences know her simply as Luenell. She performs 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Arlington Improv, 309 Curtis Mathes Way, No. 147, Arlington. $20-$30. 817-635-5555; www.improv.com.
Wondercrust Movie Watchers Club Presents: Teenagers From Outer Space: Teenagers are scary, but when they're from who-knows-where, and there's "shadow lobster monsters" involved, and awful acting and dialogue, what's not to love? 10 p.m. Tuesday. The Grotto, 517 University Drive, Fort Worth. Free. www.thegrottofw.com.
Django Reinhardt Festival: It's Arts Fifth Avenue's 10th annual tribute to the Belgian gypsy jazz guitar legend, with films, performances and much more goings-on. Friday-Sunday (films start at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday; performances an hour later). 1628 Fifth Ave., Fort Worth. $10-$15. 817-923-9500; www.artsfifthavenue.org.
Cat Power: Georgia-born singer-songwriter Chan Marshall, with that lovely low-key voice, pays tribute to Memphis soul and Delta blues on her new album, Sun. If you know rock 'n' roll and Memphis history, the meaning in that title is clear. She plays at 8 p.m. Friday at South Side Music Hall, 1135 S. Lamar St., Dallas. $30. www.spunetickets.com.
West of Memphis: The acclaimed documentary about three wrongly accused murder suspects in West Memphis, Ark., screens at the Magnolia at the Modern this weekend. 6 and 8 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. Saturday; noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $8.50. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.
PechaKucha Night: Amphibian Stage Productions hosts another PechaKucha of Fort Worth event. Find out about local causes and projects you might want to support, and party with live music from Trinity Dogs, plus food and more. Guests include artist Anna Ford, Paul Myers of Virtual Crayon, conservationist Don Young, and yoga instructor and blogger Annie Nichols. Doors open at 6 p.m. Thursday. Amphibian Stage Productions, 1200 S. Main St., Fort Worth. Free. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org.