"Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins" plays at Addison’s WaterTower Theatre thru Sep 29 .

WED ▪ 4

If you’ve found yourself wishing that Molly Ivins were still around to make tart observations on the state of Texas politics, you can take solace in Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins. Margaret and Allison Engel’s tribute to the Texas journalist and political humorist will play at Addison’s WaterTower Theatre thru Sep 29 at 15650 Addison Pkwy, Addison. Tickets are $22-27.50. Call 972-450-6232.


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THU ▪ 5

Digital cameras have helped open up photography to all and sundry, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the technical jargon that tends to come with the gadgets, you’ll want to attend Selecting and Using Digital Cameras, a seminar by photographer Tom Judd that will help you decide which camera is right for you. The talk is at 7pm at Center for Visual Arts, 400 E Hickory St, Denton. Admission is free-$3. Call 940-382-2787.


FRI ▪ 6

In the same week that this year’s Cliburn winner returns to Fort Worth (see sidebar), 1997 Cliburn gold medalist Jon Nakamatsu joins Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra to perform Rhapsody in Blue as part of an all-Gershwin concert, along with singer Doug LaBrecque. Weird that 115 years after the composer’s birth, his music is still performed in pops concerts as often as it is in regular concerts devoted to more ostensibly serious fare. The concerts are Fri-Sun at Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce St, FW. Tickets are $27-79. Call 817-665-6000.


SAT ▪ 7

Once again, it’s time for Fall Gallery Night, a panoply of new art exhibits at numerous local galleries for you to enjoy while taking advantage of the complimentary adult beverages and noshes. The most intriguing show looks to be Gallery 76102’s exhibit of Janet Morrow’s sculptures made largely out of granulated sugar. The shows run at multiple venues. Check Calendar for run dates and locations. Admission is free.


SUN ▪ 8

Is there a Night & Day curse on the Dallas Cowboys? Last season, we featured four Cowboys home games on this page, and the home team wound up losing every one. We’ll see if the pattern holds up in the ’Boys’ season opener against the New York Giants, a match that pits Dallas’ revamped defense against the Giants’ revamped running game. Kickoff is at 7:30pm at AT&T Stadium, 1 Legends Way, Arlington. Tickets are $75-500. Call 800-745-3000.


MON ▪ 9

Wow, the Pittsburgh Pirates suddenly got good, didn’t they? One of Major League Baseball’s feel-good stories comes to the Ballpark in Arlington this week, and though the Bucs will be without the injured Jason Grilli and Starling Marte, they’ll still bring talismanic outfielder Andrew McCutchen, newly acquired Justin Morneau, and a dangerous pitching staff to face the Rangers. The series runs Sep 9-11 at 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington. Tickets are $11-150. Call 817-273-5100.


TUE ▪ 10

The Lone Star Film Society and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas team up for a screening of The New Frontier: Sustainable Ranching in the American West. The hour-long documentary by Melinda Levin and Irene Klaver explores land management practices as they adapt to climate change and today’s environment. The film screens at 6:30pm at BRIT, 1700 University Dr, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-332-4441.