WED ▪ 16
A scant two weeks after we named Once Upon a Time in Anatolia as one of 2012’s best movies, it’s showing at TCU as the KinoMonda series returns for the spring. The intense beauty of Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s epic is much better viewed on the big screen than on your TV, and there’ll probably be Turkish food at the screening. The film about a confessed killer who leads police to a corpse begins at 6:30pm at Lecture Hall 4, Sid Richardson Bldg, 2955 S University Dr, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-257-7292.
THU ▪ 17
Four Day Weekend isn’t the only place to go for improv comedy this week. (And how weird is it that The Improv in Arlington offers no improv?) Senseless Acts of Comedy takes the stage this evening. The TCU-based troupe is still going strong 10 years after it was founded. The performance is at 7:30pm at Brown-Lupton University Union, 2901 Stadium Dr, FW. Admission is free. Call 715-563-5000.
FRI ▪ 18
The author of Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Psycho Beach Party, and Die, Mommie, Die!, Charles Busch finally appealed directly to the mainstream in his 2000 play The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife, about a wealthy Manhattan matron who’s drawn out of her mid-life crisis by a mysterious guest. Despite its dramatic underpinnings, the play has won laughs everywhere. It opens this weekend at Theatre Arlington and runs Jan 18-Feb 3 at 305 W Main St, Arlington. Tickets are $22. Call 817-275-7661.
SAT ▪ 19
Leave your irony meter at home when John Bucchino comes to the Modern this afternoon for a concert of his songs. The Off-Broadway composer’s works are open-hearted, unabashedly needy, somewhat neurotic expressions of his hard-fought wisdom, set to attractive music. He appears as part of the Cliburn at the Modern series, and his songs will be performed by Virginia Dupuy, Colleen Mallette, and Angela Turner Wilson. The concert is at 2pm at 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $25. Call 817-212-4280.
SUN ▪ 20
You’ve probably seen West Side Story in some form, but the production at Bass Hall this weekend promises a fresher version, with the late librettist Arthur Laurents working to change some of the Sharks’ lyrics into Spanish and giving the characters harder edges than in the original production. This newer version was well-received when it played on Broadway three years ago; let’s see how well it holds up. The show runs thru Sun at 555 Commerce St, FW. Tickets are $38.50-99. Call 817-212-4280.
MON ▪ 21
Sam Raimi’s big-screen adaptation of one of L. Frank Baum’s Oz novels hits theaters in March, but you can gear up for it at Artie’s Playhouse, which is putting on The Magical Land of Oz, an interactive musical stage version of the famous story about Dorothy and the Wicked Witch. The play runs thru Feb 9 at Belaire Theater, 420 E Pipeline Rd, Hurst. Tickets are $5. Call 817-284-1200.
TUE ▪ 22
John Bucchino (see Saturday blurb) isn’t the only composer in town this week. The 83-year-old Canadian-born composer Yehudi Wyner gets UNT’s spring semester of music off to a fine start as he plays the piano for his high-strung piano-and-violin suite Dances of Atonement. The program also includes a performance of his stylistically eclectic Horntrio. Yes, it’s spelled like that. The music starts at 8pm at UNT College of Music, Av C & Chestnut St, Denton. Admission is free. Call 940-369-7802.