WED ▪ 25
If ever you’re going to remember the less fortunate among us, today’s the day, and Arlington’s Alamo Ballroom is the place. That’s where Lico Reyes’ 26th annual Christmas party for the poor will take place, giving homeless people a day of food, games, and music. The event runs 9am-2pm at 1511 New York Av, Arlington. Admission is free. Call 817-467-3087.
THU ▪ 26
On the first day of Kwanzaa, my true love gave to me Umoja (Unity)! Today is indeed the first day of the Swahili holiday celebration, and as always, events will be going on at different locations each day until the New Year. The first day is given over to celebrating and bringing about unity in the family, the community, and the nation. The event is at 7pm at Muhammad Mosque #52, 1431 Evans Av, FW. Admission is free.
FRI ▪ 27
Is it us, or does the Modern usually like to bring in movies about food near the end of the year? The museum’s film for the last weekend of 2013 is Spinning Plates, a documentary that chronicles the ins and outs of running three restaurants, including Grant Achatz’ molecular-gastronomy emporium Alinea in Chicago and a family-operated Mexican restaurant in Tucson. The film runs Fri-Sun at 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $6.50-8.50. Call 817-738-9215.
SAT ▪ 28
Irving Berlin wrote a lot of songs that are not about the holidays, but this Jewish songwriter wrote one cool, perfectly proportioned song called “White Christmas,” and so Dallas Summer Musicals is putting on Irving Berlin’s White Christmas for December. This musical revue includes Berlin’s non-Christmas songs such as “Blue Skies” and “Let Yourself Go.” The show runs thru Sun at Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Av, Dallas. Tickets are $15-85. Call 214-631-2787.
SUN ▪ 29
Somehow, the Dallas Cowboys are still in line for a playoff berth if only they can win their regular season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles. (Meanwhile, a thriving team like Arizona, Carolina, New Orleans, or San Francisco will miss out. What a world!) Chip Kelly’s newfangled offense seems to be peaking at the right time, but the Iggles’ defense is almost as bad as Dallas’, and anything can happen in a single game. Kickoff is at 3:30pm at AT&T Stadium, 1 Legends Way, Arlington. Tickets are $75-500. Call 800-745-3000.
MON ▪ 30
How often is there nothing to do on Dec. 30? That’s not true today, though, as the Armed Forces Bowl makes its annual appearance at TCU’s home stadium. In a matchup of teams with 8-4 records, the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders come in with a pretty good rushing attack, but Navy counters with the second-best running game in the nation. Kickoff is at 10:45am at Amon Carter Stadium, 2900 Stadium Dr, FW. Tickets are $20-150. Call 817-810-0012.
TUE ▪ 31
Texas Star Dinner Theater spent most of this past year running the same show, but they’ve had a different interactive murder mystery running for the holiday season. Today is your last chance to catch Unseasonable Greedings before it gets packed up in favor of another production that’s going to run until next November. The show runs thru Sat at 816 S Main St, Grapevine. Tickets are $55. Call 817-310-5588.