Texas Rangers Home Opener: The folks in Las Vegas are predicting that 2013 is the year we win the World Series. Rangers, don't make them wrong. They hate that. The Rangers host the Angels, 1:05 p.m. Friday at the Ballpark in Arlington. Sold out. texas.rangers.mlb.com.
Deep Ellum Arts Festival: This is a great event because of the visual and other kinds of art, and because the music is all local and Texan, including reggae outfit Effinays and soul/funk singer Chris Watson. There'll be a pet parade and much more. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday along Main Street in Deep Ellum, Dallas. Free. 214-747-3337; www.deepellumartsfestival.com.
Big Texas Beer Fest: We'll drink (and drink) to this. Craft beers are the name of the game, with tastings, food pairings and more. Fort Worth's Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. is one of the featured outfits. 1-6 p.m. Saturday. Automotive Building at Fair Park, Dallas. $35, $20 designated drivers, $60 VIP; $10 parking. www.bigtexasbeerfest.com.
Trav'lin -- The New 1930s Harlem Musical: The subtitle says it all. The music is from J.C. Johnson, a jazz and blues composer of the Harlem Renaissance, when this show is set. But the story is all new, as it follows three couples in a search for love. Currently in previews, it opens Friday and runs through April 28. Jubilee Theatre, 506 Main St., Fort Worth. $10-$25. 817-338-4411; www.jubileetheatre.org.
Komen Greater Fort Worth Race for the Cure. It's time to think pink, and walk or run for breast cancer awareness. Adult registration costs $30-$100, depending on whether you're doing the 1-mile, the noncompetitive 5K or the competitive 5K (there's also an "In the Pink" option, which includes a tax-deductible donation). Race-day registration is 6-8:20 a.m. Saturday at Ridgmar Mall. The Family Fun Run begins at 8 a.m., 5K at 8:30 a.m. greaterfortworth.info-komen.org.
Dallas International Film Festival: More than 175 feature, short and documentary films can be seen at this year's event, at which director William Friedkin will receive special recognition. Some of the major films screening are the Jackie Robinson biopic 42, and Kon-Tiki. Thursday through April 14 at various venues and theaters in Dallas. $10 per film; 10-film pass $75. 469-547-1230; diff2013.dallasfilm.org.
ChocolateFest: Grapevine's annual celebration of that sweet treat we all love too much kicks off with "An Evening of Chocolate and Wine" at Delaney Vineyards, 7-10 p.m. Friday, and continues with "A Day of Chocolate and Art," featuring samples from local chocolatiers, bakeries and restaurants, plus art, music and more, at 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Palace Arts Center in downtown Grapevine. The Friday event is $50, and tickets must be purchased in advance; Saturday tickets are $5-$15. www.chocolatefestgrapevine.org.
Stuffed and Unstrung and Lila Downs: Two very different weeknight events at Bass Hall this week. The first is officially called Henson Alternative's Stuffed and Unstrung featuring the Miskreant Puppets, which means uncensored adult humor, but with puppets. It's 7:30 p.m. Tuesday ($22-$82.50). Then, acclaimed traditional Mexican singer Lila Downs performs 7:30 p.m. Wednesday ($16.50-$55). Bass Hall, Fort Worth. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Dog Bowl: Better than the Super Bowl counterprogramming Puppy Bowl, because this is one in which you can participate. The free event features all kinds of unleashed doggie fun in the Cotton Bowl, including splash pools, an agility course and a pet/owner look-alike contest. There'll be resources for affordable dog care and more helpful tips, too. 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Cotton Bowl at Fair Park, Dallas. Free. www.fairpark.org.
Scarborough Renaissance Festival: It's always fun to flash waaaay back to the harmless fun of feudal days, gallant knights and fair maidens. Go to Scarborough Faire, have fun, then pop back into reality. Saturday through May 27 (open Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day). Scarborough Faire grounds, 2511 Farm Road 66, Waxahachie. $20 for one day, $32 weekend pass; $9 ages 12 and younger, $20 child season pass. Discounts online. Special events and attractions have an additional cost. www.srfestival.com.
Bobcat Goldthwait: The funny man with the screechy voice does shows at the Hyena's Comedy Night Club locations in Dallas and Fort Worth this week. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday at 5321 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 220, Dallas ($12-$17; 214-823-5233). 8 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday at 425 Commerce St., Fort Worth ($12-$17; 817-877-5233). www.hyenascomedynightclub.com.
4,000 Miles and Clarence Darrow: Stage West has a big week. It opens the area premiere of Amy Herzog's 4,000 Miles, a 2012 Obie Award winner for best American play that deals with the relationship between a bicyclist and his 91-year-old grandmother. Stage West also opens its new Studio Theatre this week with a revival of the one-man show Clarence Darrow, about the famous lawyer, starring Jerry Russell. Miles begins previews Thursday, opens Saturday and runs through May 5 ($28-$32); Clarence Darrow opens Sunday night and runs through April 24 ($25). Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org.