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Jessica Chastain wanders the kitchen area in Miss Julie.
Jessica Chastain wanders the kitchen area in Miss Julie.

WED ▪ 21

While opera stars sometimes cross over to Broadway, talent rarely goes in the other direction. However, that’s the case with the Met’s production of The Merry Widow. Franz Léhar’s delightful operetta boasts Broadway director Susan Stroman in the director’s chair and Broadway star Kelli O’Hara in a supporting role behind Renée Fleming. The opera broadcasts at 6:30pm at various theaters. Check Calendar for showtimes. Tickets are $16-24. Call 818-761-6100.

 

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THU ▪ 22

Stage West’s New Play Festival 2015 features staged readings of the winning entries of its eighth annual playwriting competition. These include Kyle John Schmidt’s Poor Sports, about alcoholic mothers whose high-school softball-related feud continues even after their daughters have quit the sport, and The Last Night in Popbelly, a surreal drama set in a tiny Texas town by Margaret Miller, who’s based in Dublin (the one in Ireland, not the one in Texas). The festival runs today thru Sat at 821 W Vickery St, FW. Tickets are $10-15. Call 817-784-9378.

 

FRI ▪ 23

The African Children’s Choir was founded back in 1984 and since then has sung for presidents and royalty and alongside music superstars. Their workload isn’t abating either. They’re slated for a small role in the upcoming Peter Pan movie, Pan. Before that, though, they come to Fort Worth to perform at Temple Baptist Church at 7pm at 6824 Randol Mill Rd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-496-4011.

 

SAT ▪ 24

So Liv Ullmann is directing an English-language movie version of Miss Julie with Jessica Chastain? Where do we sign up? We don’t even care that Ullmann has transplanted August Strindberg’s bruising play — about a sheltered noblewoman acting out sexually with tragic results — from 19th-century Sweden to England. The movie runs Fri-Sun at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $7-9. Call 817-738-9215.

 

SUN ▪ 25

There’s no word yet on which pieces will be played at TCU’s José Feghali memorial concert, but you can figure that much of North Texas’ classical music community will be on hand to commemorate the life and work of the 1985 Van Cliburn Competition gold medalist and much-loved piano professor at TCU. The concert is at 3pm at Ed Landreth Auditorium, 2800 S University Dr, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-257-7602.

 

MON ▪ 26

What’s the difference between a one-man show and a staged reading of a one-man show? We’re not sure, but Amphibian Productions’ staged reading of Pleading Infinity is definitely your best option this evening. T.J. Walsh’s dramatic monologue about a Hollywood screenwriter who ponders existential questions and the meaning of life itself is Sun-Mon at 120 S Main St, FW. Tickets are $7-17. Call 817-923-3012.

 

TUE ▪ 27

Heading into its second week, the 119th edition of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is the best entertainment option on most days, but we put it in this Tuesday slot to better highlight the other events going on this weekend. Tonight, the Stock Show boasts the music of country singer Jolie Holliday at intermission. The show runs thru Feb 7 at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W Lancaster Av, FW. Grounds admission is free-$10. Call 817-877-2400.

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