1 The Tony Award-winning musical featuring foul-mouthed puppets makes its locally produced Fort Worth debut at Stage West. This version is the popular staging that began in 2011 in Dallas. Much of the original cast is in tact, with those gorgeous puppets designed by Dallas Puppet Theater. Thursday through Feb. 15 at Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth. $25-$35. 817-784-9378; www.stagewest.org.
AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic
2 It’s sold out, but the annual tradition — now in a new home that’s not called Cotton Bowl — this year features the Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Missouri Tigers. 7 p.m. Friday at AT&T Stadium, Arlington. Sold out, but some $140 tickets have been released. 800-745-3000; http://stadium.dallascowboys.com.
‘50 Shades! The Musical’
3 No, you don’t have to wait until 2015 for the movie. And if you’re keeping track, this will be the third musical parody of Fifty Shades of Grey to have stopped in North Texas in the past year (and one of those will return, to Bass Hall this spring). Wednesday through Jan. 11 at Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. $45-$49. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.
4 Former Star-Telegram/DFW.com film critic Christopher Kelly launches a new monthly series at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth called, appropriately enough, Christopher Kelly Modern Cinema. Kicking off the showcase is the acclaimed Romanian thriller Child’s Pose, which won the top prize at the Berlin Film Fest this year. Luminita Gheorghiu ( 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) plays a mom desperate to keep her son out of jail. 7 p.m. Thursday at 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $10, $8 Modern members, $7 Reel People members. 817-738-9215; themodern.org.
Josh Abbott Band
5 The country-rock band that originated in Lubbock, and currently has a music video to raise awareness of human trafficking, performs twice in Fort Worth this weekend. 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Billy Bob’s Texas in the Stockyards. $15-$25. 817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com.
Sci-Fi Spectacular with George Takei
6 This event is pretty much sold out, but worth trying for if you can. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will play music from sci-fi films, and the original Sulu from Star Trek — and now the funniest person on Facebook — narrates. Everybody, now: Oh, myyyy! 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bass Hall, Fort Worth. $29-$80. 817-665-6000; www.fwsymphony.org.
Brandon T. Jackson
7 The comedian known for movie roles in Lottery Ticket and Tropic Thunder performs in Arlington this weekend. Through Sunday at Arlington Improv, 309 Curtis Mathes Way, No. 147. $20-$30. 817-635-5555; www.improv.com.
Shen Yun Performing Arts
8 This popular touring production tells the history of China through theater, dance and spectacle, and is making back-to-back stops in Dallas and Fort Worth, playing through Saturday at Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas, $66-$165 (214-880-0202; www.attpac.org), and Jan. 5-6 at Bass Hall, Fort Worth, $55-$165 (817-212-4280; www.basshall.com).
Retro Salute to the Oscars!
9 Throughout January and February, Movie Taverns throughout the area will show Oscar-winning films, and that includes not only perennial best-of-all-time list-makers like Citizen Kane and The Godfather, but also technical feats like Raiders of the Lost Ark. It all begins Tuesday-Thursday with Jaws in Bedford, Denton and Fort Worth. www.movietavern.com.
Stockyards Championship Rodeo
10 Start the year off by checking out something you often forget about — because it happens every weekend. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. $11-$23.50. 817-625-1025; www.stockyardsrodeo.com.
11 The Dallas Zoo kicks off the year with a celebration of everyone’s favorite tuxedo-colored, flightless bird. Also, admission is reduced by more than half. Through Feb. 28 at Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R. L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas. $5; parking $8. 469-554-7500; www.dallaszoo.com.
Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth
12 The outfit kicks off 2014 with “Strings With Flair,” featuring Dallas Symphony Orchestra violinist Gary Levinson (the new artistic director of CMSFW), plus others. 2 p.m. Saturday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. 817-877-3003; www.chambermusicfw.org.