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Dirty dozen entertainment guide: Jan. 24-30

Posted 9:32am on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Rangers Fan Fest

1 Can the Rangers make it back to the playoffs and give us another shot at the elusive World Series? You can lend support in this annual event, which features autograph sessions, demonstrations, family events, food and more. And we’re guessing plenty of hot dogs. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. $5-$10. http://texas.rangers.mlb.com.

Dance Theatre of Harlem

2 One of the country’s premiere black dance companies celebrates 45 years of work with two local stops, in Fort Worth and Irving. 7 p.m. Sunday at Bass Hall, Fort Worth ($16.50-$77), 817-212-4280; www.basshall.com. 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. ($15-$30), 972-252-2787; www.irvingartscenter.com.

James McNeill Whistler lithographs

3 The American painter spent a significant amount of his life in London, Paris and Venice, where he also pushed the media of lithography and etching into new realms. This exhibit, subtitled “Lithographs from the Steven L. Block Collection,” comes from the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Ky. Saturday through April 27 at Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Free. 817-738-1933; www.cartermuseum.org.

‘Oedipus El Rey’

4 Sophocles’ tragedy Oedipus Rex is one of the world’s great works of literature, and has been adapted many ways. This take, from Luis Alfaro, gives it a contemporary Latino twist. It runs through March 2 at AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St., Dallas. $15-$85. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

ZestFest 2014

5 You gotta love a celebration of spicy food in Texas. That’s like celebrating the art of snake charming in India. We kinda know what we’re talking about. The annual festival, which features tastings, local chefs, live music and more, is 1-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving. $13 on Friday, $14 on Saturday or Sunday; $35 for a three-day pass. Also, $15 for a roast pig and rib dinner, 6-9 p.m. Saturday. www.zestfest2014.com.

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

6 One of the great contemporary bluegrass performers is in town in time for the Stock Show, and playing a show, with his always-great band, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St., Arlington. $35-$60. 817-226-4400; www.arlingtonmusichall.com.

‘Spin: The Science of Rotation’

7 An exhibit that explores the science behind spinning — not the exercise, the act of turning around, with or without the help of some kind of spinning device — should provide all sorts of stomach-churning fun. It runs through May 3 at C.R. Smith Museum, 4601 Texas 360, Fort Worth. $4-$7. 817-967-1560; www.crsmithmuseum.org.

Olga Kern

8 The concerts are sold out, but the darling of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (and co-gold medalist) officially inaugurates the auditorium in the Kimbell’s new Piano Pavilion. You can always check on last-minute release tickets. 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-332-8451; www.kimbellart.org.

Ryan Bingham

9 The Americana country-rocker does a solo gig, although we’re guessing there might be connections to his former band Dead Horses in the musicians accompanying him. Either way, it’s gonna be great. 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Billy Bob’s Texas in the Fort Worth Stockyards. $18-$35. 817-624-7117; www.billybobstexas.com.

‘The Invisible Woman’

10 Ralph Fiennes plays Charles Dickens in this acclaimed biopic, and the title character doesn’t refer to one of his Christmas Carol ghosts. 6 and 8 p.m. Friday; 5 p.m. Saturday; noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St. $9. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

11 TITAS continues its season with the acclaimed San Francisco-based troupe. 8 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $12-$135. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org.

‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World’ and ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s

12 Catch two films from the early ’60s, both very different in tone and both completely enjoyable and worth seeing on the big screen. The zany Mad is 7:30 p.m. Friday, and Breakfast is 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Palace Arts Center, 300 S. Main St., Grapevine. $5 each. 817-410-3100; www.grapevinetexasusa.com.

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