Spring is here, and while there are plenty of arts events to catch at area venues, the two big ones that everyone will be talking about are the Fort Worth Opera Festival (in April and May) and the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (May-June). The opera, in addition to presenting four full works, will debut a showcase, called "Frontiers," of snippets from eight brand-new works by national composers and librettists.
The Cliburn contestants -- eight from the U.S., 30 total -- will dominate arts conversations at the end of May and during the first week in June. Look for daily coverage from the Star-Telegram as the event approaches.
And if you're looking for star sightings, over in Dallas, Val Kilmer brings the one-man show Citizen Kane to the Wyly Theatre, and in the tour of Fela!, stopping at the Winspear Opera House, Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child co-stars. Both events are at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
The Dallas Museum of Art presents the retrospective "Cindy Sherman." 1717 N. Harwood St., Dallas. $16. 214-922-1200; www.dma.org.
The Fort Worth Art Dealers Association holds Spring Gallery Night, joined by area restaurants and retailers. Most venues open noon-9 p.m. Free. www.fwada.com.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, along with a rock band, performs the music of Queen. $29-$70. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
Friday and Saturday
The 36th annual Texas Christian University Jazz Festival, featuring trumpeter Randy Brecker, will include performances by jazz ensembles and soloists along with master classes. 817-257-7640; www.music.tcu.edu/jazz_fest_13.asp.
Sarah Hicks conducts the Fort Worth Symphony in the "Springtime in Paris" pops concert. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $29-$79. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
The Wyeth String Quartet, led by Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Michael Shih, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Dallas' City Performance Hall. $12-$39. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents pianist Alexander Shtarkman at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $25-$28. 817-877-3003; www.chambermusicsocietyoffortworth.com.
Musicals and plays
Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Late Nite Catechism: Sister Rolls the Dice!, at McDavid Studio, 301 E. Fifth St., Fort Worth. $27.50-$38.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Mary Poppins returns to Dallas Summer Musicals, at the Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First St., Dallas. $15-$85. 214-631-2787; www.dallassummermusicals.org.
Artisan Center Theater presents The Hiding Place, a World War II-era play based on true events, through April 20. $7-$18. 817-284-1200; www.artisanct.com.
Dallas Theater Center revives Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, at the Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St., Dallas. $15-$85. 214-880-0202; www.dallastheatercenter.org.
Casa Mañana Children's Theatre stages Disney's Winnie the Pooh. 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $16-$24. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.
DVA Productions presents a new play by Jordan Cooper, The Catch. Betty and Hardy Sanders Theatre, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $15-$20. 817-313-3052; www.dvaproductions.org.
Circle Theatre produces the Samuel D. Hunter play A Bright New Boise. Circle Theatre, 230 W. Fourth St., Fort Worth. $15-$30. 817-877-3040; www.circletheatre.com.
Performing Arts Fort Worth brings in the tour Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $38.50-$99. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Theatre Three brings back its hit production of the puppet musical Avenue Q, for an open-ended run, in its basement space, Theatre Too! Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St., Suite 168, Dallas. $10-$40. 214-871-3300; www.theatre3dallas.com.
March 29-April 28
Jubilee Theatre presents the new musical Trav'lin. Jubilee Theatre, 506 Main St., Fort Worth. $10-$25. 817-338-4411; www.jubileetheatre.org.
March 29-April 14
Theatre Arlington stages Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit, at 305 W. Main St., Arlington. $20. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org.
Ballet Frontier of Texas presents "An Evening of Ballet" and Pinocchio. Scott Theatre, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $20-$30. 817-423-9888; www.balletfrontier.org.
The Dallas Black Dance Theatre does its annual show in Cowtown, "Dancing Without Borders," at the Scott Theatre, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $15. 214-880-0202; www.dbdt.com.
Ballet Ensemble of Texas presents an evening of works by Balanchine, Gordon Peirce Schmidt and Tammie Reinsch. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Fort Worth. $21-$26. 972-252-2787; www.balletensembleoftexas.org.
April 13-July 7
"Sightings: Nathan Mabry" takes place at the Nasher Sculpture Center and combines elements of contemporary art and ethnographic cultures. 2001 Flora St., Dallas. www.nashersculpturecenter.org.
The Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival happens along nine blocks of Main Street in downtown Fort Worth, with visual art for sale, several stages, kids' areas and more. Free. www.mainstreetartsfest.org.
Art in the Square brings an art show, music, food and drink, and family activities to Southlake Town Square. Free. www.artinthesquare.com.
Pianist Daniil Trifonov takes on the "Rach 3" concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $10-$79. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
Composer Christopher Theofanidis, who was commissioned to write a work for the semifinalists in the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, appears in the Cliburn Concerts at the Modern series, 2 p.m. at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. $25. 817-212-4280; www.cliburn.org.
TCU's Faculty & Friends Chamber Music Series presents "Flautando With Carol," featuring Carol Wincenc of the Juilliard School. Texas Christian University, PepsiCo Recital Hall, 2800 S. University Drive, Fort Worth. www.music.tcu.edu/facfriends.asp.
Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Mexican singer Lila Downs. $22-$82.50. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $38.50-$99. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Ian Watt performs for Allegro Guitar Series and Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $25. 888-553-7387; www.guitarsociety.org.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs with pop singer Natalie Merchant. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $29-$79. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
Schola Cantorum of Texas celebrates its 50th anniversary with a program called "Ye Shall Have a Song" featuring the three choirs that make up the group. Arborlawn United Methodist Church, 5001 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth. $18-$20. 817-485-2500; www.scholatexas.com.
Symphony Arlington presents violinist Stirling Trent performing Lalo, on a program that also includes Mozart and more. 7:30 p.m. Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St., Arlington. $15-$45. 817-385-0484; www.symphonyarlington.org.
The Texas Camerata performs Handel's Dixit Dominus at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Worth. $10-$20. 817-738-7939; www.texascamerata.org.
Musicals and plays
April 4-May 5
Stage West does the regional premiere of Amy Herzog's 4,000 Miles, one of the best-reviewed shows in New York in 2012, at 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $22-$32. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org.
Pantagleize Theatre Company stages Strindberg's The Ghost Sonata at 1115 Rio Grande Ave., Fort Worth. $10-$17. 817-810-0850; www.pantatheatre.org.
Runway Theatre has the world premiere of Always a Bridesmaid, by the hit playwriting trio of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Runway Theatre, 215 N. Dooley St., Grapevine. $12-$15. 817-488-4842; www.runwaytheatre.com.
Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Henson Alternative's Stuffed and Unstrung Featuring the Miskreant Puppets, for one night. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $22-$82.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
April 10-May 5
The megahit Wicked is back at Dallas Summer Musicals, Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First St., Dallas. $15-$85. 214-631-2787; www.dallassummermusicals.org.
Val Kilmer stars in the one-man show Citizen Twain, about Mark Twain and his relationship with Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy. Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St., Dallas. Prices not known as of press time. 214-880-0202; www.dallastheatercenter.org.
April 19-May 5
Stolen Shakespeare Guild does William Inge's Picnic, at Sanders Theatre at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $10-$17. 866-811-4111; www.stolenshakespeareguild.org.
April 25-May 25
Theatre Three presents Lucy Prebble's play Enron, about a corporation in financial scandal. Wonder which one? Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St., Suite 168, Dallas. $10-$40. 214-871-3300; www.theatre3dallas.com.
April 25-May 12
Mike Daisey's monologue The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, performed by Steven Young, is at Amphibian Stage Productions at Berlene T. and Jarrell R. Milburn Theatre, 1200 S. Main St., Fort Worth. $20-$25. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianproductions.org.
April 26-May 12
Casa Mañana Children's Theatre presents Seussical Jr. at 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $16-$21. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.
Artes de la Rosa stages The Outsiders at Rose Marine Theater, 1440 N. Main St., Forth Worth. $12-$25. 817-624-8333; www.rosemarinetheater.com.
April 26-May 5
Lyric Stage revives the rarely done Rodgers and Hart musical Too Many Girls, at Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Fort Worth. $25-$50. 972-252-2787; www.lyricstage.org.
April 30-May 5
Dixie's Tupperware Party returns. McDavid Studio, 301 E. Fifth St., Fort Worth. $27.50-$38.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Fort Worth Opera prepares for its 2013 festival with "Dinner With the Stars," an event that allows festival ticketholders to mingle with the cast of La Bohème, which will open the fest. Tickets are $50; the event is at the City Club. 817-731-0833; www.fwopera.org.
The Dallas Opera presents Puccini's Turandot, at Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $25-$275. 214-443-1000; www.dallasopera.org. A free, ticketed simulcast will take place April 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington; for information and tickets, visit www.dallasopera.org/cowboys.
The Dallas Opera presents Dominick Argento's The Aspern Papers, based on the Henry James novella, at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $25-$275. 214-443-1000; www.dallasopera.org.
April 20-May 12
The Fort Worth Opera Festival presents Puccini's La Bohème, Donizetti's The Daughter of the Regiment and Richard Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos at Bass Hall, and a contemporary opera about a Vietnam prisoner of war, Glory Denied, at McDavid Studio, next to Bass Hall. It also launches a series called Frontiers, which will showcase up to 20 minutes of material from eight new operas selected from hundreds of submissions. $25-$200. 817-731-0726; www.fwopera.org.
May 18-Aug. 11
The Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents the exhibit "Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey," at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Free. 817-738-1933; www.cartermuseum.org.
The exhibit "Elvis at 21," from the Smithsonian Institution and featuring 56 photographs chronicling Elvis' emergence in 1956, opens at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St. $10-$14. 817-255-9540; www.fwmuseum.org.
May 6 and 13
Spectrum Chamber Music performs May 6 at the Leonard Memorial Chapel at First United Methodist Church, 800 W. Fifth St., Fort Worth (free), and May 13 at First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1959 Sandy Lane, Fort Worth (donation at the door). www.spectrumchambermusic.com.
The Hall Ensemble closes its season with "The Harmony of Spring," in a private home in Fort Worth. (Address supplied when you buy a ticket.) $50. 817-924-4551; hallensemble.org.
Performing Arts Fort Worth presents Acoustic Alchemy at McDavid Studio, next to Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $29.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com
May 17-June 16
The annual PianoTexas International Academy & Festival at Texas Christian University is a little early this year, to intersect with the Cliburn Competition. 817-257-7456; www.pianotexas.org.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra closes its season with Carmina Burana. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $10-$79. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
May 24-June 9
The 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition is finally here. The semifinal round will include performances with the renowned Brentano String Quartet and, in the final round, the pianists will play with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. Single tickets and subscriptions available. $30-$2,000. 817-212-4280; www.cliburn.org.
Musicals and plays
April 26-May 26
Dallas Theater Center presents the world premiere of the play Fly by Night, about a blackout in New York City in the 1960s, at Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas. $15-$85. 214-880-0202; www.dallastheatercenter.org.
The national tour of the Afrobeat musical Fela!, starring Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, comes to AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $30-$150. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
May 10-June 2
Theatre Arlington revives the musical Always...Patsy Cline, at 305 W. Main St., Arlington. $22. 817-275-7661; www.theatrearlington.org.
The musical version of the Australian film Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is at Dallas Summer Musicals. Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First St., Dallas. $15-$85. 214-631-2787; www.dallassummermusicals.org.
May 16-June 23
Stage West revives its hit production of Marie Jones' Stones in His Pockets at 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $22-$32. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org.
May 17-June 9
Artes de la Rosa stages the Tony-winning musical In the Heights at Rose Marine Theater, 1440 N. Main St., Forth Worth. $12-$25. 817-624-8333; www.rosemarinetheater.com.
May 17-June 16
Jubilee Theatre presents the Charles Smith play Knock Me a Kiss. Jubilee Theatre, 506 Main St., Fort Worth. $10-$25. 817-338-4411; www.jubileetheatre.org.
Casa Mañana presents its annual gala, with a performance of the hit musical Forever Plaid. Casa Mañana, 3101 W. Lancaster, Fort Worth. $75 show only; dinner package prices vary. 817-332-2272; www.casamanana.org.
Texas Ballet Theater opens its spring festival in Dallas with Lambarena and Voluntaries, in case you missed them this month in Fort Worth. Wyly Theatre, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $19-$99. 877-828-9200; www.texasballettheater.org.
TITAS presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $12-$125. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
TBT concludes its spring festival with Ben Stevenson's Mozart Requiem and Balanchine's Theme & Variations. Wyly Theatre, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $19-$99. 877-828-9200; www.texasballettheater.org.
Carly Cline contributed to this story.