WED ▪ 20
The Sierra Club’s regular meeting gets cinematic this month with a screening of Beyond Pollution. Barker White’s documentary about the BP oil spill and the damage it caused to the environment and the people living around the Gulf of Mexico screened at Thin Line last month, so if you missed it, now’s your chance to catch up. The meeting is at 7pm at Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-469-6540.
THU ▪ 21
The last round of the Van Cliburn Competition’s screening auditions always takes place here in Fort Worth. One of the auditioners may wind up being the gold medalist in this summer’s contest, and you’ll be able to say you heard them way back when. You’ll certainly hear some good music, at much lower prices than Cliburn tickets go for. The auditions run Wed-Fri at TCU, Ed Landreth Auditorium, 2800 S University Dr, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-738-6536.
FRI ▪ 22
A former high-school English teacher, Kate Clinton became a trailblazer in stand-up comedy in the early 1980s by mining her background as a lesbian from a devoutly Catholic family for her material. This evening, Q Cinema scores a real coup by bringing her in to perform a set of her latest material at 7pm at Youth Orchestra Hall, 4401 Trail Lake Dr, FW. Tickets are $21.75-71.75. Call 817-723-4358.
SAT ▪ 23
Still trying to work off the weight you gained from the holidays? The Cowtown Marathon will help you. The best thing is that, with all the distances being run (including ultramarathon, half-marathon, 10K, and 5K), the event runs all weekend and includes a fitness expo. You can choose your running distance or at least buy a new water bottle and call that your workout. The event is Fri-Sun at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W Lancaster Av, FW. Registration is $25-140. Call 817-207-0244.
SUN ▪ 24
A play about two married writers who make their diaries available to each other when one of them is revealed to be fatally ill, Steven Dietz’ Fiction is a stage work with cheesy contrivances but also terrific dialogue and prime opportunities for the right actors. This will be the task set out for Amphibian Productions when putting on this three-character drama Feb 21-Mar 17 at 120 S Main St, FW. Tickets are $15-30. Call 817-923-3012.
MON ▪ 25
The Polish composer and filmmaker Jarosław Kapuscinski trained as a pianist at the Chopin Academy in Warsaw but has since become a multimedia artist who uses images, sound, and text in his installation pieces to go with his own original music. The Stanford professor will be on hand to perform an evening of his own works at UNT as part of the school’s Composers on Campus series at 8pm at Music Bldg, 415 Av C, Denton. Admission is free. Call 940-369-7689.
TUE ▪ 26
As someone whose career stands as a testament to the idea that a person with autism can live a healthy, productive life, Temple Grandin is an American treasure. The Hope Center for Autism brings the renowned animal science researcher to Fort Worth to discuss her work for the autism community at 5pm at Ridglea Theater, 6025 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Tickets are $25-125. Call 817-832-4535.