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Dirty Dozen entertainment guide: Nov. 22-28

Posted 2:49pm on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013

Piano Pavilion Grand Opening

And you just thought Thanksgiving would be the biggest thing going on this week. The Kimbell Art Museum’s long-awaited new addition, designed by Renzo Piano to complement the famous Louis Kahn building, officially opens on Wednesday, Nov. 27, the day before Turkey Day. The ribbon cutting is at 10 a.m., and there are performances in the auditorium, including recent Cliburn finalist Fei-Fei Dong at 11 a.m., followed by the Fort Worth Opera Studio and Fort Worth Classic Guitar’s Christopher McGuire. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-332-8451; www.kimbellart.org

Beaujolais & Beyond Festival

This celebration of the grape marks its 30th year on Friday. Music, silent auctions and wine tastings are on tap. Or, shall we say on pour? Cork? Presented by the French-American Chamber of Commerce Dallas/Fort Worth, it’s 7-9:30 p.m. Friday at the Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving. Tickets start at $70. www.faccdallas.com

The Sundance Square Christmas Tree and Gift of Lights and Snow at TMS

You’ve been yelling at department stores that it’s too soon for the holidays long enough. It’s time to get in the spirit with the Sundance Square Christmas Tree Lighting. It’s going to be especially festive this year now that there’s an actual square downtown where it can be shown off. As usual, Santa and some of your favorite holiday characters will be there as will the Texas Girls Choir and the Fort Worth Symphony Brass Quintet. Hosting are Charla Corn and Justin Frazell from 95.9 The Ranch. The fun starts at 3 p.m. and the tree gets lit up at 6 p.m. For even more lights, head over to The Gift of Lights & Snow holiday spectacular at Texas Motor Speedway beginning Friday. There are more than 600 light-show displays that you can drive through. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sun-Thurs, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri-Sat. $13-$50 per car. 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth. www.giftoflightstms.com.

More JFK Commemorations

Friday is the big day, the official 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, and there have been events happening for weeks. But two of the biggest are music compositions commissioned by Dallas groups. One happens at the Dallas Symphony, with a work by Conrad Tao, through Sunday (Joshua Bell is the violinist) at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., Dallas. 214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com; the other is a commissioned work by Steven Mackey, One Red Rose, a part of the Nasher Sculpture Center’s Soundings series, and it will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora Street, Dallas. 214-880-0202; www.nashersculpturecenter.org

Panther Island Ice

Those who remember the long-gone Tandy Center’s ice rink will be happy about the return of ice skating to downtown Fort Worth … and this time it’s an outdoor rink. Panther Island Ice opens Friday at the Coyote Drive-In, 223 N.E. Fourth St., Fort Worth. $8-$10. www.trinityrivervision.org/pantherislandice

Julie Lazarus: Acquavenezia

Paintings and glass sculptures by the New York-based artist — all inspired by her trips to Venice, Italy — are featured in this show, the last of William Campbell’s for 2013. Opening reception is 5-8 p.m. Saturday, and the exhibit runs through Dec. 28 at William Campbell Contemporary Art, 4935 Byers Ave., Fort Worth. Free. 817-737-9566; www.williamcampbellcontemporaryart.com


Lots of groups have tried to recreate the phenomenon of Stomp, and few of them are still around. High hopes for this outfit, though, which uses hand-crafted instruments made from found materials such as accordion parts, aluminum scraps and even artillery shells. Expect it to be loud. 8 p.m. Friday at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $11-$135. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org

‘Who is Clinn Rippy?’

Local filmmaker Shance Ryan Brentham has been following the career of rock drummer Clinn Rippy, and a documentary about the percussionist — which includes interviews with some notable musicians, including many we know but know so little about! Featuring interviews with Ben Folds, Janis Ian, Henry Rollins and Pam Tillis, the film premieres in Cowtown at 7 p.m. Saturday at Casa Mañana Theatre, 3101 West Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. $10. www.whoisclinnrippy.com

‘Other Desert Cities’

It’s been awhile since we’ve seen a new Jon Robin Baitz play in these parts — he took time off from the stage to write for TV and shows like The West Wing and Brothers and Sisters. Theatre Three produces the area premier of this comedy, about a woman visiting her famous Republican parents in Palm Springs. In previews, it opens Monday and runs through Dec. 15 at Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St., Suite 168, Dallas. $35-$40. 214-871-3300; www.theatre3dallas.com

Kill Your Darlings

Daniel Radcliffe is trying so hard to shed the image of the role that made him famous as a child actor that we’re not even going to mention it. In this film, he plays Beat poet Allen Ginsberg. 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday; noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $8.50. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org

ICE and Lone Star Christmas

The annual event, in which you walk through a wonderland of giant ice sculptures of familiar characters, such as Kung Fu Panda, is open at the Gaylord Texan. And that’s not all …there’s snow tubing and other events, all through Jan. 4 at Gaylord Texas Hotel and Resort, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. Tickets for ICE are $11.95-$29.95. Combo tickets that include tubing are $28.95-$39.95. 817-778-1000; www.gaylordhotels.com

The Nutcracker

The first Nut of the season in Tarrant County opens as Ballet Frontier does its annual production, and co-choreographer and artistic director Chung-Lin Tseng — who plays the Cavalier — will announce his retirement. 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at Will Rogers Auditorium, Fort Worth. $25 general seating, $35 reserved. 817-852-6887; www.balletfrontier.org

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