Wed 9 – David Itkin and six students will take turns conducting the UNT Symphony Orchestra as it accompanies the students who have won the music school’s concerto competition. You’ll hear soloists play the marimba and the euphonium along with the usual pianists and cellists. The concert is at 8pm at Murchison Theater, 801 N Texas Blvd, Denton. Tickets are $8-10. Call 940-369-7802.
Thur 10 – Anthony Hernandez went through the parts of California that were east and northeast of Los Angeles and found lots of country that was just as sun-drenched as L.A., but much less glamorous and more desolate. These photos and their comment on the things we throw away are documented in the Amon Carter’s exhibit Discarded: Photographs by Anthony Hernandez. The show runs thru Aug 7 at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-738-1933.
Fri 11 – If you think only movies and TV do science-fiction thrillers, Stage West aims to prove you wrong with The Nether, Jennifer Haley’s play set in a future world where the internet has evolved into a more immersive network and a detective must investigate a new site set up by a pedophile. The play runs Thu thru Apr 10 at 821 W Vickery Blvd, FW. Tickets are $17-34. Call 817-784-9378.
Sat 12 – College sounds fantastic on the surface, until you dig into the daunting realities of what to choose, how to get into the school you choose, and how you pay for it. So there’s EduFest, a free event (though registration is required) that acts as a college fair with information on financial aid, alternative education, and other topics. The festival is 9am-6pm at The Potter’s House of Fort Worth, 1200 Woodhaven Rd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-446-1999.
Sun 13 – Sarah Ruhl’s comedy Stage Kiss contains not one but two plays-within-the-play as it tells the story of two actors whose onstage romantic lives bleed into their offstage ones. As they act out first a bad 1930s melodrama and then an even worse play, their own previous romance threatens to flicker back to life even though they’re both with other people. The show runs Thu thru Mar 26 at UNT Radio Television and Performing Arts Bldg, 1179 Union Cir, Denton. Tickets are $7.50-10. Call 940-565-2428.
Mon 14 – Last week we touted Artes de la Rosa’s production of Big Fish on this page. This week, it’s the turn of Artisan Center Theater’s Big Fish, the splashy musical adaptation that the troupe is putting on with an expansive cast. The show runs thru Apr 9 at Belaire Theater, 420 E Pipeline Rd, Hurst. Tickets are $11-18. Call 817-284-1200.
Tues 15 – Founded in 2006 by Chinese followers of the spiritual practice of Falun Gong who had fled the country because of official persecution, Shen Yun has since grown into a highly successful troupe performing classical Chinese music and dance in venues all over the world. This week, they stop in at Bass Hall. The performances are 7:30pm Mon-Tue at 555 Commerce St, FW. Tickets are $60-165. Call 817-212-4280.