Wed 18 – George Farquhar was dying at the age of 29 while he wrote The Beaux’ Stratagem, a play that now stands as one of the greatest comedies of the Restoration, the period at the beginning of the 18th century that produced so many immortal plays. National Theatre Live broadcasts a West End performance of this marriage farce at 2pm & 7pm today and 1pm Sat at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $12-20. Call 817-923-3012.
Thur 19 – Prime attractions at the DFW Auto Show look to be the 2016 models of the super-smooth Mercedes-Benz GLC300W, the Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang (which Auto Week proclaimed the best Mustang ever), and the Chevy Volt, for those of us who want an electric but don’t have 70K to throw at a Tesla. The show runs today thru Sun at Fort Worth Convention Center, 1111 Houston St, FW. Tickets are $11. Call 214-637-0531.
Fri 20 – Fort Worth celebrities of every stripe — Ginger Rogers to Paulie Ayala, Van Cliburn to T-Bone Burnett — have donated clothing to the Pop-Up Exhibit benefitting Thistle Hill this weekend. The historic mansion will be showing their signature clothing and accessories along with stories about them. The exhibit runs Thu-Sun at 1509 Pennsylvania Av, FW. Admission is $20. Call 817-336-1212.
Sat 21 – Mickey Mouse, Batman, Bozo the Clown, and the Simpsons are some of the American pop-culture icons who provide fodder for Joyce Pensato, an artist who renders them in black, white, and silver Abstract Expressionist paintings that turn these beloved characters into bleak caricatures. She’s the subject of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s Focus exhibition that runs today thru Jan 31 at 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $4-10. Call 817-738-9215.
Sun 22 – Considered on a par with Rembrandt and Rubens in his day, Giovanni Castiglione never attained their success because he was too busy trying to kill people and fleeing from the law in various Italian cities. The Kimbell Art Museum now puts on a collection of drawings and etchings by this exuberant 17th-century artist. Castiglione: Lost Genius runs today thru Feb 14 at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-332-8451.
Mon 23 – The National Cutting Horse Association Futurity moves into Will Rogers Memorial Center this week and stays until mid-December. These horses have been waiting for literally their whole lives (some of them were entered into this event before they were born) to show off what they can do. The show runs Thu thru Dec 12 at 3401 W Lancaster Av, FW. Admission is free, tickets for the final weekend $15-75. Call 817-244-6188.
Tues 24 – Grilling is for summer, but now that winter is approaching, it’s time to learn how to use a fire pit. Log Cabin Village’s fire pit cooking class teaches you how to build one of these fires that gives great heat outdoors and also cooks great, powerful, juicy flavors into meat and vegetables. The class starts at 9am at 2100 Log Cabin Village Ln, FW. Registration is $25. Call 817-392-5881.