First Friday and Film Series at the Modern
1 Lots of cinematic reasons to visit the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth this week. First Friday is 5-8 p.m. Friday, a festival of Movies That Matter happens Saturday, and the Contemporary Mexican Cinema festival begins Thursday. 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. Various prices. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.
Christmas theater in Tarrant County
2 Lots of holiday-themed shows open this week, and theyre not such typical fare, including Stage Wests A Christmas Carol, which features two actors telling Dickens story (Friday through Dec. 15; www.stagewest.org). Also, theres an original musical called Jubilation at Jubilee Theatre (through Dec. 29; www.jubileetheatre.org), A Tuna Christmas at Theatre Arlington (Friday through Dec. 22; www.theatrearlington.org), The Rocky Horror Show Christmas Edition at Ohlook Performing Arts Center in Grapevine (Friday through Dec. 21; www.ohlookperform.com), and Drag Strip Courage performing The 8 Reindeer Monologues at Arts Fifth Avenue (Friday through Dec. 15; www.artsfifthavenue.org).
A Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place
3 The annual tradition of scoping out other peoples holiday decorations is part ogle-fest, part inspiration fodder. Double bonus. Its 6-10 p.m. Friday, 1-10 p.m. Saturday in Historic Ryan Place, Fort Worth. Ticket porch at corner of Elizabeth Boulevard and Willing Avenue. $15, $20 day of. www.historicryanplace.org.
Kanye West and Beyonce
4 Man, if that were a double bill, itd be the hugest event of the year. Sadly, separate concerts, but still in the span of one week, at American Airlines Center. Yeezus himself, whos become increasingly annoying but still makes witty hip-hop, performs Friday (Kendrick Lamar opens; $39.50-$199.50). And Queen B makes her second Dallas stop of the year on Monday ($48.50-$253.50). American Airlines Center, Dallas. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com.
5 For you younguns who only know him from hilarious guest stints on The Big Bang Theory, its time to see why Bob is considered one of the icons of 20th-century comedy. He comes to Cowtown this week, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $27.50-$82.50. 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com.
Bob Schneiders Texas Bluegrass Massacre
6 Who could look at the event title and not think must do? The Austin folkie performs, and we expect some bluegrass to be massacred, in a good way. 10 p.m. Thursday at Glass Cactus, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. $10. www.ticketmaster.com.
Reliant Lights Your Holidays
7 The holiday lighting at the other major city in North Texas happens Friday, when about 250,000 LED lights will be turned on in a festival that includes performers, food, cider and fireworks. Jack Ingram will perform. Starts at 5 p.m. at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas. Free. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
The Gershwins Porgy and Bess
8 You might know it as the most important American opera, but it was slightly changed and musicalized for a Broadway revival a few years ago. That production comes to the Winspear Opera House, Wednesday through Dec. 22 at AT&T Performing Arts Centers Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $30-$150. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
Holiday Beer Tasting
9 You saw that middle word, right? The Ginger Man offers up flights of winter beers in this special tasting. 3 p.m. Saturday at 3716 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. $40 (register in advance). 817-886-2327; www.gingermanpub.com.
Twinkle Light Boat Parade
11 Boats sporting their holiday best will parade Lake Grapevine, beginning at Twin Coves Marina, picking up more entries all the way to Silver Lake. The parade is visible from the shores of Lake Grapevine and the Glass Cactus Nightclub at Gaylord Texan Resort. 6-9 p.m. Saturday. Free. www.grapevinetexasusa.com.
Memories of Mary Martin
10 The late stage legend (and mama to the late Larry Hagman) was a Weatherford native, and this month wouldve been her 100th birthday. To commemorate her life and legacy, the Doss Heritage and Culture Center is presenting this collection of her letters, articles of clothing and keepsakes; the event begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, with a lecture by Mary Martin historian George Dansker. The event runs until 5 p.m., but the exhibit which kicks off a campaign to raise money for the renovation of the Mary Martin and Larry Hagman Gallery will be on view through August 2014. Doss Heritage and Culture Center, 1400 Texas Drive, Weatherford. Museum admission $5, $3 seniors and students. 817-599-6168; www.dosscenter.org.
The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told
12 You know that line those against equal rights for LGBT folk use, about Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve? Well, Paul Rudnick, one of Americas funniest playwrights, uses that in this play, written in the 1990s but even more funny now. Adam and Steve are joined by Jane and Mabel, and travel through time to end up in a contemporary Christmas celebration, with their wacky friends. The show gets its Dallas premiere from Uptown Players, running through Dec. 15 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas. $25-$35. 214-219-2718; www.uptownplayers.org.