WED ▪ 12
Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi has long been obsessed with capturing the bewilderingly diverse music of his country on film, as he did in his 2010 film No One Knows About Persian Cats. His 2006 effort Half Moon, like his 2002 movie Marooned in Iraq, focuses on the music of the stateless Kurdish minority as it tells the story of an old musician seeking one last concert in what was his homeland of Kurdistan. The film screens at 6:30pm at TCU, Sid Richardson Bldg, 2955 S University Dr, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-257-7292.
THU ▪ 13
One of the first American composers to attract attention overseas, George Whitefield Chadwick composed “Noël,” the second movement of his Symphonic Sketches, as both a Christmastime piece and a tribute to his young son, who was named Noël. This piece will be featured at Symphony Arlington’s holiday concert this evening, along with music by Donizetti and Granados, at 7:30pm at Arlington Music Hall, 224 N Center St, Arlington. Tickets are $16.50-46.50. Call 817-385-4084.
FRI ▪ 14
Gear up for the first of many high-school football championships at Cowboys Stadium this evening when the UIL Football State Championships hosts the title decider for Conference 3A, Division 1. Friday Night Lights acquires a whole new meaning when those lights are supplied by the billion-dollar dome in Arlington. The game kicks off at 7:30pm Fri at 1 Legends Way, Arlington. Tickets are $12. Call 800-745-3000.
SAT ▪ 15
Granbury resident Don Orwald gets his turn in the spotlight this evening with a series of staged readings at Stage West. All three of the playlets on offer have to do with horses, the main feature being Saving Lights on Broadway, a tale of rescuing a racehorse that could no longer win money on the track. The proceeds benefit the Remember Me horse rescue ranch in Burleson. The event is at 8pm at 821 Vickery Blvd, FW. Tickets are $15. Call 817-784-9378.
SUN ▪ 16
DVA Productions caps off 2012, its first successful calendar year, with a Holiday Experience that combines theatricals by the troupe’s youth performers with live music by Sheran Keyton and several of her talented friends. The concert is at 6:30pm at Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St, FW. Tickets are $10. Call 817-313-3052.
MON ▪ 17
The art of editorial cartoons may be coming to an end in this age of YouTube and FunnyorDie, but you can still observe some prime examples of this art form more than a century old at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s exhibit Drawing Power: The Newton Collection of Original Editorial Cartoons. The exhibit runs thru Jan 27 at 1600 Gendy St, FW. Tickets are $10-14. Call 817-255-9300.
TUE ▪ 18
Continuing his career as an instrumental composer, Michael W. Smith comes to Dallas Symphony Orchestra this evening. There may well be selections from Glory, his orchestral album from last year, but he will also perform Christmas carols with the ensemble and a few of his friends. The concerts are Mon-Tue at Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St, Dallas. Tickets are $35-125. Call 214-692-0203.