Wed 20 – Oscar-nominated actresses don’t often come here to give free concerts, but that’s what Hailee Steinfeld will be doing at Sundance Square today as part of the H&M store’s opening festivities. The Pitch Perfect 2 star will perform songs like her breakout anthem “Love Myself,” which no one thinks is anything other than an ode to teen masturbation. The concert is at 6:30pm at 4th & Main sts, FW. Admission is free. Call 855-466-7467.
Thur 21 – Of all the painters in the Impressionist canon, Renoir tends to raise the most embarrassment because of his sentimental cheerfulness and his prolificness that led to painting many substandard pieces. Still, the real skills that this Parisian possessed get explored in Renoir: Revered and Reviled, a documentary tour of the Barnes Collection that airs at 7pm at Cinemark North East Mall, 1101 Melbourne Rd, Hurst. Tickets are $13-15. Call 817-591-8540.
Fri 22 – Project X doesn’t refer to the 2012 found-footage wild-house-party movie, but rather a free opera event going on today at UNT. Students will perform arias and scenes from various operas, accompanied by a piano, at 3pm at Lyric Theater, 801 N Texas Blvd, Denton. Admission is free. Call 940-369-7802.
Sat 23 – An opera set in Fort Worth is a new one on most of us, and it’s how the Fort Worth Opera Festival is kicking off. David T. Little and Royce Vavrek’s JFK imagines the president’s last night in a hotel room before his fateful trip to Dallas in November 1963. You can get much more information by turning to our cover story this week (see: pg. 8). The opera runs today thru May 7 at Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce St, FW. Tickets are $17-150. Call 817-288-1214.
Sun 24 – Climate change probably means that the Japanese Garden Spring Festival comes too late for the cherry trees to bloom this year, but you can still enjoy the annual event with live music, taiko drumming, ikebana, bonsai, origami, a tea ceremony, martial-arts demonstrations, and kids’ activities. The festival is Sat thru today at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, FW. Admission is $4-8. Call 817-871-7685.
Mon 25 – Any presidential election year threatens to overshadow the down-the-ballot elections that can be just as vital to the average citizen. In advance of Denton’s May 7 elections for city council, seven candidates for two seats will be on hand for the Denton City Council Candidate Debate. The event starts at 6:30pm at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St, Denton. Admission is free. Call 940-320-2000.
Tues 26 – Don’t be a *outlines a square in midair with fingers.* Quentin Tarantino’s highly influential Pulp Fiction returns to the big screen for one night as part of Harkins Theatres’ Tuesday Night Classics series. Bible scholars are urged to brush up on Ezekiel 25:17. The screening starts at 7pm at Harkins Southlake, 1450 Plaza Pl, Southlake. Tickets are $5. Call 817-310-0345.