The week's Top 10 things to do

Posted 1:16pm on Thursday, Feb. 07, 2013


1Two stars in the sci-fi world will be here for this year's Dallas Comic Con Sci-Fi Expo: Danai Gurira (sword-wielding Michonne on The Walking Dead) and Christopher Lloyd (you're thinking Back to the Future, but don't forget Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Taxi and Tremors). Lots of other guests, like James Callis of Battlestar Galactica, will be on hand as well.

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving. $25 Saturday, $20 Sunday; $40 two-day pass (additional cost for autograph and other sessions).

2With Blake Shelton's recent ill-considered comment about Nashville veterans -- for those who missed it, the Oklahoma native said in an interview with Great American Country that "nobody wants to listen to their grandpa's music" -- perhaps it's worth remembering that icons like Loretta Lynn, who plays in Arlington on Saturday, helped pave the way for folks like Shelton. After all, Lynn's no-nonsense catalog, full of groundbreaking songs like Rated X and Fist City, made possible Shelton's hits like ... Hillbilly Bone. Maybe it's not time to write off the old folks just yet. Holly Williams opens.

7:30 p.m. Saturday. Arlington Music Hall, Arlington. $45-$60. 817-226-4400;

3We won't encourage drinking and, well, walking, but don't pass up the Sweetheart Wine Trail this weekend at Grapevine wineries Cross Timbers Winery, D'Vine Wine, Farina's Winery, Homestead Winery, La Buena Vida Vineyards and Su Vino Winery.

11 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $45-$50, includes tastings, a wine glass, food samplings and gift certificates. Call Cross Timbers Winery at 817-488-6789;

4Denton's celebration of documentary film, the Thin Line Film Fest, is back for what may be its biggest year yet. Selections this year include the excellent The House I Live In, about America's war on drugs; The Central Park Five, about the young men wrongly convicted in a notorious New York rape case; and Raid of the Rainbow Lounge, which focuses on a police raid of a Fort Worth gay bar. Check the website for the full lineup.

Friday through Feb. 18. Various locations in Denton. Most individual showings $8.

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5Sculptor Ken Price does ceramics -- but not like the gifts you may have received after your young'un returned from camp. His works are luminous and sometimes suggestive, and can be viewed in "Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective" at the Nasher beginning Saturday.

Saturday through May 12. Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Dallas. $5-$10. 214-242-5100;

6All three of North Texas' big presenters of touring musicals -- Performing Arts Fort Worth, Dallas Summer Musicals and AT&T Performing Arts Center -- open shows this week. At Bass Hall, it's the Tony-winning Memphis, about a white radio DJ in 1950s Memphis who wants to play black music. DSM has the tour of the musical Catch Me If You Can, based on the story of Frank Abagnale and the Steven Spielberg movie about him that starred Leonardo DiCaprio. And the Lexus Broadway Series presents the new version of Cole Porter's classic Anything Goes.

Memphis : Tuesday through Feb. 17. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $38.50-$99. 817-212-4280;

Catch Me If You Can : Tuesday through Feb. 24. Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First Ave., Dallas. $15-$85. 214-631-2787;

Anything Goes : Wednesday through Feb. 24. Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $30-$150. 214-880-0202;

7Two Strads are better than one, and the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is one of the few orchestras in the country that can boast owning more than one Stradivarius violin. For this year's gala, taking place Saturday, concertmaster Michael Shih and associate concertmaster Swang Lin and their Strads will be highlighted in a concert of Bach, Beethoven and Sarasate.

7 p.m. Saturday. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $30-$99. 817-665-6000;


8Every second Saturday of the month, the Fort Worth Library presents a family-friendly movie. This weekend brings a showing of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010). Rated PG.

1 p.m. Saturday. Central Library's Youth Center Discovery Theatre, 500 W. Third St., Fort Worth. Free. 817-392-7745;

9The monthly Kids Club program for February at The Parks at Arlington is a Valentine's celebration for young ones, featuring singing, dancing and stories. Kids can make a sweetheart bear door hanger. The event is geared toward ages 2 to 6, but all are welcome, and parents/caregivers must stay with their children during the program.

11 a.m.-noon Tuesday. Lower level in the Barnes & Noble court at The Parks at Arlington, 3811 S. Cooper St. Free. 817-467-6496, ext. 11;

10This is the last weekend to see The Magical Land of Oz at Artie's Playhouse at Artisan Center Theater in Hurst. This takeoff on the Wizard of Oz tale runs through Saturday.

4:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday. 420 E. Pipeline Road, Hurst. $7, $5 children. 817-284-1200;

-- Compiled by Mark Lowry,

Kathy Hailey and Cary Darling


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