Night & Day
WED ▪ 3
Alan Bennett’s play People is about a peculiarly British concern — an aristocratic but financially needy woman must open her manor to public tours to stay afloat — but we can still relate to its themes about how society turns history into a commodity. Frances de la Tour stars in this play at the National Theatre of Great Britain, which will be broadcast at 2pm and 7pm at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $10-18. Call 817-923-3012.
THU ▪ 4
This week, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra plays on our side of the county line. Their concert at UNT on Saturday figures to have the splashier venue, but their performance tonight at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church offers the meatier program, with Mozart’s Third Violin Concerto and Dvorák’s “From the New World” Symphony. The music starts at 7:30pm at 185 S White’s Chapel Blvd, Southlake. Tickets are $15-40. Call 214-692-0203.
FRI ▪ 5
August Strindberg’s The Ghost Sonata is a notoriously difficult play to stage, thanks to the playwright’s relentlessly gloomy and misanthropic world-view and the dearth of action in the work itself, even though its story (about a student lured into a house with ghosts and zombies) lends itself to horror. Pantagleize Theatre Co. takes on this formidable challenge for the next two weekends. The play runs Apr 3-14 at 1115 W Rio Grande St, FW. Tickets are $15-17. Call 817-905-6907.
SAT ▪ 6
Grapevine’s ninth annual ChocolateFest offers two days of samples by local chocolatiers, with Friday’s pricier event devoted to wine and a silent auction and Saturday’s more inclusive one offering art demonstrations and other activities for kids. Proceeds benefit Traveler’s Aid Dallas/Fort Worth, assisting distressed passengers. Today’s event is 10:30am-2:30pm at Palace Arts Theatre, 300 S Main St, Grapevine. Tickets are $5-15. Call 817-410-3185.
SUN ▪ 7
Dallas native Christo-pher Theofanidis composed Fanfare Rising for the opening of Bass Hall and will have music reverberating in that space again this summer when the Van Cliburn semifinalists play his new work written for the competition. This afternoon, he’s attending a performance of his other music as part of the Cliburn at the Modern series at 2pm at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $25. Call 817-212-4280.
MON ▪ 8
Stage West opens Amy Herzog’s warmly received 4000 Miles this weekend, but it’s also unveiling a whole new performance space next door with seating for 61, designed for less commercial shows that benefit from a more intimate setting. Christening this space will be Clarence Darrow, David Rintels’ play about the famous trial lawyer and civil rights activist, running Apr 7-24 at 823 W Vickery Blvd, FW. Tickets are $15-25. Call 817-784-9378.
TUE ▪ 9
The creation of Jim Henson’s studio, Stuffed and Unstrung is an adult-oriented puppet comedy show that involves heavy amounts of improv and interaction with the audience, which is how it distinguishes itself from the outwardly similar Avenue Q. The highly regarded show is playing for one night only at Bass Hall, so clear your schedule. The entertainment begins at 7:30pm at 555 Commerce St, FW. Tickets are $22-82.50. Call 817-212-4280.