WED ▪ 8
The Kimbell’s new Renzo Piano Pavilion is still making waves six weeks after it opened, and the folks at Fort Worth Center for Architecture hope to capitalize on that with their Design Talk this week. The lecture –– Process Makes Perfect by Daniel Hammerman, a Piano disciple who worked extensively on the pavilion –– is at 7pm at Fort Worth Center for Architecture, 3425 W 7th St, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-921-2111.
THU ▪ 9
Lots of people are currently listening to Robert Lopez’ music in the film Frozen. This week, Stage West opens up its production of Avenue Q, the award-winning and extremely funny puppet-theater musical that features music written by Lopez and Jeff Marx. The Sesame Street-inspired show played here before at Bass Hall, but this production is imported from Dallas’ Theatre Three. The show runs Jan 9-Feb 15 at 821 W Vickery St, FW. Tickets are $25-35. Call 817-784-9378.
FRI ▪ 10
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra gets back to regular business this weekend with a concert of Prokofiev’s music, specifically his Seventh Symphony and Second Violin Concerto. The Russian composer’s chilling works should go well with the wintry weather. The program also features Crane, a work by the hard-edged contemporary Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy. The performances are Fri-Sun at Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce St, FW. Tickets are $12-80. Call 817-665-6000.
SAT ▪ 11
We’re not sure that Broadway has inspired juicy villains’ arias the way opera has, but Casa Mañana is going to try to try to prove us wrong with Bad Boys of Broadway, a revue that goes on this weekend only and spotlights villains’ songs from Broadway musicals. The singing will be done by John Cudia, Josh Tower, Jason Wooten, and Carmen Cusack — given that the show is entitled Bad Boys, we wonder what she’ll be doing. The show runs Fri-Sun at 3101 W Lancaster Av, FW. Tickets are $41-76. Call 817-332-2272.
SUN ▪ 12
The new Focus exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth by Fred Tomaselli promises to be a real trip, and not just because the Santa Monica native uses marijuana leaves and ecstasy pills as materials in his artworks. The punk-rock influenced artist (who has done album covers for Phish and the Magnetic Fields) creates works inspired by star charts that are intended to induce hallucinations. The show runs Jan 12-Mar 2 at 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $4-10. Call 817-738-9215.
MON ▪ 13
Stage West is seeking one man about age 40, one woman about age 30, and one woman age mid-30s for the company’s upcoming production of Starbright & Vine, a comedy about a TV sketch show. For auditions, actors will need an appointment and will do cold readings from the script. The first round is Sun-Mon at 821 W Vickery Blvd, FW. Call 817-784-9378.
TUE ▪ 14
Lovers of dance — and dance costumes — should head out to Arlington this week to catch the opening of Artists in Motion. Arlington Museum of Art’s new exhibit includes costumes on loan from Texas Ballet Theater and Dance Theatre Arlington, so you can see how these garments both enhance the story that they tell and allow the dancers to perform at their best. The show runs Jan 11-Feb 16 at 201 W Main St, Arlington. Admission is free. Call 817-275-4600.