WED ▪ 2
UNT Concert Orchestra plays a splashy program this evening, with pianist Gustavo Romero as soloist on Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Satie’s Gymnopédies. However, you may want to check out Georges Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, an effusive work that begins by quoting a folk tune whose title translates as “I have a coin, and I want a drink.” The concert is at 8pm at Murchison Performing Arts Center, 2100 I-35 Frontage Rd, Denton. Admission is $8-10. Call 940-369-7689.
THU ▪ 3
What a strange trip it’s been for Mick Foley. The pro wrestler once known as “Mankind” has already carved out another career as a well-respected novelist and children’s author, and since 2009 he has reinvented himself yet again, this time as a standup comic and spoken word artist. For a special one-night gig at 8pm, he comes to The Improv, 309 Curtis Mathes Way, Arlington. Tickets are $25-35. Call 817-877-LAFF.
FRI ▪ 4
Christopher Kelly’s Modern Cinema: Great Movies You Haven’t Heard Of … Yet took a powder last year, but it’s back this year with a new slate of films, including Kill Your Darlings, a movie about the young Beat poets that stars Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg, and a surprise screening. The festival runs Fri-Sun at Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Single tickets are $7-10; passes $45-65. Call 817-738-9215.
SAT ▪ 5
Inaugurated in 1810 to celebrate a Bavarian crown prince’s wedding, Oktoberfest comes from a German word that means “excuse to spend two weeks drinking beer.” You can get your fill of Deutsche biere and music by Telegraph Canyon, Foxtrot Uniform, and others at Fort Worth Oktoberfest. The event is at 2pm at Crockett and Norwood streets in the West 7th development, FW. Admission is free.
SUN ▪ 6
Rapidly becoming our favorite guest conductor for Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Mei-Ann Chen returns to Bass Hall to lead performances of Mendelssohn’s “Scottish” Symphony and Dvorák’s Violin Concerto. The concert opens with a new work, An-Lun Huang’s Saibei Dance, the Chinese-Canadian composer’s orchestral evocation of a folk dance from the region of China north of Beijing. The concerts are Fri-Sun at 555 Commerce St, FW. Tickets are $12-80. Call 817-665-6000.
MON ▪ 7
The weekend’s Gay Pride Week events (a party, a parade, and a picnic) will be sure to attract a crowd, but be sure to attend tonight’s panel discussion with Police Chief Jeff Halstead and City Councilman Joel Burns as they address the city’s efforts to be more inclusive and diverse. The discussion is at 5:30pm at Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania Av, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-495-5891.
TUE ▪ 8
Technically, Jewish Identity on Broadway is a lecture, but expect a fair amount of music, too, courtesy of Cantor Bruce Ruben and conductor and educator Judith Clurman. Tracing the history of New York’s commercial theater scene as a haven for Jewish composers and writers, the lecture is at 7pm at Brown-Lupton Student Union, 2901 Stadium Dr, FW. Tickets are $18. Call 817-257-7808.