WED ▪ 5
The infinitely refined artistry of Chinese ceramics is on display at the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas. On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture, and Commerce explores the history of porcelain-making and China’s ever-shifting relationship with the outside world. The show runs thru Jan 27 at 2010 Flora St, Dallas. Admission is free. Call 214-979-6430.
THU ▪ 6
The Van Cliburn Piano Competition was first held in 1962, and the foundation marks the occasion with a 50th anniversary concert featuring the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and four past Cliburn gold medalists playing concertos for two or more pianos. You don’t hear such pieces often, so this event is a rarer treat than it looks. The concert begins at 7:30pm at Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce St, FW. Tickets are $35-80. Call 817-212-4280.
FRI ▪ 7
For agitating on behalf of El Salvador’s poor and speaking out against a society that protected the rich and powerful, Archbishop Óscar Romero was assassinated in 1980 while officiating at church service. The story of this martyr and social activist is told in Nicholas Patricca’s play The Fifth Sun, which opens this week and runs thru Sep 21 at Rose Marine Theater, 1440 N Main St, FW. Tickets are $10-15. Call 817-624-8333.
SAT ▪ 8
The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth was supposed to open its 25th season with the Wyeth String Quartet, but the locally based ensemble postponed its appearance, so instead the Austin-based Miró Quartet will perform Mozart, Schubert, and Henri Dutilleux’s invigorating, oddly textured Ainsi la Nuit. The performance is at 2pm at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $10-28. Call 817-877-3003.
SUN ▪ 9
Theatre Arlington has never been quick to embrace edgy material, so it’s only now that they’re getting around to staging Rent. Jonathan Larson’s rock patch on La Bohème debuted on Broadway more than 15 years ago, and if its nostalgic view of 1990s Greenwich Village is now dated, its music remains as fresh as ever. The show runs Sep 7-30 at 305 W Main St, Arlington. Tickets are $22. Call 817-275-7661.
MON ▪ 10
The director of the Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies at New York City’s Jewish Theological Seminary, Rabbi Dr. Burton Visotzky comes to TCU as guest of honor for the 15th annual Gates of Chai Lectureship. His topic tonight is In Abraham’s Tent: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Relations. The lecture is at 7pm at Brown-Lupton University Union, 2901 Stadium Dr, FW. Tickets are $20. Call 817-257-7575.
TUE ▪ 11
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s PUBlic Knowledge series typically sets up in venues that serve lots of beer, but this month’s installment is different. The Science of Winemaking will take place in Times Ten Cellar, appropriately enough. Oenophiles who are fuzzy on the viticulture and chemistry behind their drink of choice will want to drop by. The talk is at 7pm at 1100 Foch St, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-255-9300.