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Dirty Dozen entertainment guide: August 1-7, 2014

Posted 10:22am on Tuesday, Jul. 29, 2014

‘The Good Earth’

1 The First Sunday Film Club goes into August with the 1937 film based on Pearl S. Buck’s prize-winning book about struggling Chinese farmers, starring Paul Muni and Luise Rainer. 2 p.m. Sunday at Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. Third St., Fort Worth. Free. 817-871-7323; http://fortworthtexas.gov/Library

First Friday at the Modern

2 This month’s band is the Outer Circles and the drink is called Sizzler. Also, Richard Linklater’s acclaimed nearly three-hour film Boyhood is finally coming to Fort Worth with showings at the Modern this weekend. 5-8 p.m. Friday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $10 for gallery admission; $9 for film which shows at 6 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Friday, 4:15 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org

‘Gypsy’

3 In case you need a reminder why this Jule Stein/Arthur Laurents/Stephen Sondheim musical is considered one of the — if not the — best American musical, here goes: Jule Stein’s music, Arthur Laurents’ book and Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics. Also, the great character of Mama Rose. Infinitely entertaining. It closes Stolen Shakespeare Guild’s season. Friday through Aug. 17 at Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth. $16-18. 866-811-4111; www.stolenshakespeareguild.org

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell

4 He’s not just a wildly, crazily brilliant comic performer and author, he also plays banjo! With a band. Joining his bluegrass crew is Dallas native Edie Brickell. 8 p.m. Friday at AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. Sold out, but released tickets may be available on the night of the event. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org

‘The Phantom of the Opera’

5 This new version is supposed to be “bigger and better than before,” but if it got any bigger, it’d need to change its title to Phantom of the Stadium. The popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musical returns to town, running Wednesdaythrough Aug. 24 at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. $30-$190. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org

SceneShop 2014: J.O.B.

6 The long-running showcase of locally written scenes and monologue is back for its summer installment, this time with the works focused on the idea of employment. Plus, music from Pasticcio and others. Good times. 8 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 8-9 at Arts Fifth Avenue, 1628 Fifth Ave., Fort Worth. $12. 817-923-9500; www.artsfifthavenue.org

Ray LaMontagne

7 We could tell you we were championing this blues/rock singer long ago, and we will. It’s what we do. Now he’s close to selling out a venue that holds more than 3,000. 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First St., Dallas. $39.50-$49.50. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

Sarah McLachlan

8 Founding Lilith Fair put her in the superstar strata of female singers, or was it the voice and those hits that were catchy, but not in the same way of other catchy pop hits? Good formula for success. 8 p.m. Sunday at AT&T Performing Arts Center, Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas. Tickets in the $79.50 price point are still available. 214-880-0202; www.attpac.org

‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind’

9 The Lone Star Film Society is having a celebration of the animated films of Hayao Miyazaki, and this gem, from 1984, is widely considered his finest. It kicks off the festival 2 p.m. Saturday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. $9. Festival continues Aug. 9 and goes through the month. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org

DCI Big Loud & Live 11

10 Here’s your chance to see the Drum Corps International competition, featuring corps from all over the country. 5:30 p.m. Thursday , Tarrant County theaters include Ridgmar 13, Cinemark Alliance Town Center, Northeast Mall 18, AMC Parks at Arlington and Cinemark 12 Town Center in Mansfield. $16-$18. See more theaters and buy tickets at www.FathomEvents.com

iPlay: Picture This!

11 This weekend, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History celebrates the intersection of science, art and digital technology with this event, for which activities include light painting, sun-based science, a photography primer, optical exploration and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth. Free with museum admission, which is $10-$14. 817-255-9540; www.fwmuseum.org

Clown College Auditions

12 We know our cover story on clowns last week had people talking. Hopefully, it helped you get over your fear of them, and just maybe it made you want to be one even more. Here’s the chance: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, currently camped in Dallas, is having auditions for its clown college, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Lane, Dallas. More info at http://www.ringling.com/clownauditions/; also, the circus runs through Aug. 10 in Dallas, and then Aug. 13-17 in Fort Worth. 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com

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