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Marissa McGowan (center) teaches kids their scales in The Sound of Music.
Marissa McGowan (center) teaches kids their scales in The Sound of Music.

WED ▪ 17

It’s become a cliché: When autumn rolls around, the beer brewers are ready with a pumpkin ale (a peculiarly American style of beer, apparently). Still, the Visionary Tasting is different because it’s being sponsored by us and because the pumpkin ale on offer is being brewed by our friends at Rahr & Sons. The event is at 5-7:30pm at 701 Galveston Av, FW. Call 817-810-9266.

 

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THU ▪ 18

Expect lots of laughs when The Onion founder and editor-in-chief Scott Dikkers drops by for Funny Stories Behind the Funny Stories, a lecture giving his account of how he and his friends turned a humor website into a huge business. The talk is at 8pm at UNT Auditorium, 1401 W Hickory St, Denton. Tickets are $5-10. Call 940-565-3815.

 

FRI ▪ 19

While the Gershwin brothers wrote many of their greatest songs for Broadway, the shows they wrote them for haven’t all held up well over time, so Joe DiPietro worked them into a farce for modern audiences and called it Nice Work If You Can Get It. The title song is an underappreciated masterpiece, and you can hear “I’ve Got a Crush on You” performed as it was originally conceived, an up-tempo song. The show runs thru Sun at Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce St, FW. Tickets are $55-104.50. Call 817-212-4280.

 

SAT ▪ 20

UNT holds Recovery for Life, a weekend symposium of workshops and exhibits for counselors and sufferers of addictions of various kinds. The event also features a film festival that includes Shame, the sex-addiction drama that Steve McQueen directed before 12 Years a Slave. The conference runs Thu-Sat at UNT Gateway Center, 801 N Texas Blvd, Denton. Registration is $15-125. Call 817-614-4302.

 

SUN ▪ 21

It’s all happening at Panther Island Pavilion this weekend. Saturday features the Beer, Bourbon, & Brisket Festival, and today there’s Fiestas Patrias, a Mexican independence day celebration (five days after the actual independence day) that boasts traditional folklórico dance, fireworks, and live music by the likes of Larry Hernandez, Fidel Rueda, and La Energía Norteña. The event runs noon-dusk at 395 Purcey St, FW. Tickets are $10. Call 817-698-0700.

 

MON ▪ 22

For the great majority of us who have never been to Israel, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History gives us a chance to see the place by showing Jerusalem in its IMAX theater. The documentary film takes us on a tour of all the sites in this city that are holy to Christians (the Church of the Holy Sepulcher), Jews (the Western Wall), and Muslims (the Dome of the Rock). Benedict Cumberbatch provides narration. The film runs thru Nov 27 at 1600 Gendy St, FW. Tickets are $6-7. Call 817-255-9300.

 

TUE ▪ 23

People who come to the stage musical The Sound of Music are often surprised to find it a more sedate affair than the film. That’s because this Rodgers and Hammerstein show was originally a flop — until it was made into a movie that became a massive hit. You can see how the phenomenon began Sep 20-28 at Casa Mañana, 3101 W Lancaster Av, FW. Tickets are $41-76. Call 817-332-2272.

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