Wed 16 – Franz Liszt composed plenty of both Satanic and Christian music in his career, and he lived a debauched celebrity youth before ending his life as a churchman. The many sides of this fascinating composer will be explored at UNT’s Liszt and Damnation, a festival that includes the composer’s little-known late piano works, which sound like they were written last week. The festival runs today thru Fri at Winspear Hall, 801 N Texas Blvd, Denton and UNT Music Bldg, 415 Av C, Denton. Tickets are $10-15. Call 940-369-7802.
Thur 17 – The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema is generally considered to be the 1940s and ’50s, though you could definitely make an argument for the current time. Rose Marine Theater will show four vintage films from that period, showcasing the comic skills of Cantinflas as well as the dark allure of María Félix and the dramatic presence of Dolores Del Río. The festival runs Wed thru today at 1440 N Main St, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-624-8333.
Fri 18 – We rather liked Amber Tamblyn back when she was starring on TV’s Joan of Arcadia (not to mention the vastly underrated movie Stephanie Daley), but she has turned her attention from her acting career to writing poetry. She and Derrick Brown will headline an evening of spoken word entertainment tonight at 9pm at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, 411 E Sycamore St, Denton. Admission is $5-7. Call 940-387-7781.
Sat 19 – Summer beer-drinking season is drawing to a close, which means that it’s time to ring in fall beer-drinking season with Brewfest on Crockett. This year’s suds include the Myrcenary Double IPA for the hopheads, Goose Island Oktoberfest for drinkers who want something earthier, Stella Cidre for the cider aficionados, and Deep Ellum Oak Cliff Coffee Ale for those with a taste for the unusual. The event runs 5-10pm in West 7th, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-919-7648.
Sun 20 – If beer isn’t your tipple, maybe you’d prefer the wine at GrapeFest. This year’s edition of Grapevine’s annual celebration features a spotlight on Argentinian wine, so we hope you like the intense taste of Malbec and the floral quality of Torrontés. The festival runs Thu thru today at historic downtown Grapevine. Admission is free. Call 817-410-3100.
Mon 21 – If the release of Everest in movie theaters this weekend makes you not want to climb anything higher than a stepladder, the Banff Mountain Film Festival might cure you of that. Once again, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth hosts a selection of short films and features from the Canadian festival that showcases the glories of mountain climbing, Sun thru today at 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $15. Call 817-738-9215.
Wed 22 – New FWSO principal cellist Allan Steele has been busy making the rounds, and tonight he joins the Hall Ensemble to help the chamber-music group kick off its 2015-16 season. They’ll play Kodály’s Duo for Violin and Cello, as well as new works like Michel Corrette’s Le Phenix and Steele’s own Rhapsody, at 7:30pm at BRIT, 1700 University Dr, FW. Tickets are $15-25. Call 817-456-3586.