Wednesday 05 – The Texas Rangers open their 2017 home season with a stand against the defending American League champions, the Cleveland Indians, who came so close to breaking their championship drought before watching the Cubs break theirs. The Rangers’ window for contention is closing, so let’s see how well they hang with this superb young team. The series runs thru today at Globe Life Park, 1901 Rd to Six Flags, Arlington. Tickets are $18-200. Call 817-273-5100.
Thursday 06 – Working with CGI to design characters is an important skill for video games and animated TV shows and films, and increasingly in live-action entertainment as well. If you’re interested in this field, you might want to take the trip up to Denton for the Digital Characters and Design workshop held by illustrator and designer Ben Faubion. The workshop is at 7pm at Patterson-Appleton Arts Center, 400 E Hickory St, Denton. Registration is free-$3.
Friday 07 – Aaron Sorkin was recently tasked with adapting Harper Lee’s novel to the stage, but it will have to be good to displace Christopher Sergel’s version of To Kill a Mockingbird, which has won over regional theater companies with its fidelity to the source. Theatre Arlington opens their production of the show this week. The play runs today thru Apr 23 at 305 W Main St, Arlington. Tickets are $15-20. Call 817-275-7661.
Saturday 08 – The Amon Carter Museum isn’t the first to think of combining arts and crafts with craft beer, but they’re uniquely equipped to supply the former when they host Craftology. With the help of museum staffers, you’ll be able to keep a sketchbook, make an air plant terrarium, do calligraphy, or marble silk, but be aware that the museum’s supplies are limited. The event runs 6-9pm at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-738-1933.
Sunday 09 – The NASCAR season comes to Texas with yet more major changes to the races’ format, with races being divided into sections and points assigned based on who leads each section. We’ll see how the new rules affect the race itself during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, where Kyle Busch tries to defend his title. The green flag waves at 12:30pm at Texas Motor Speedway, 3545 Lone Star Cir, FW. Tickets are $10-160. Call 817-215-8500.
Monday 10 – Facing Darkness may be a movie-length commercial for the evangelical Christian aid organization Samaritan’s Purse, but it also gives a close-up look at the group’s work in West Africa during the Ebola crisis of 2014, and how one of its doctors became the first American to survive the disease. The film screens at 7pm at various movie theaters; check Calendar for locations. Tickets are $10.50-12.50. Call 818-761-6100.
Tuesday 11 – If the long airline flight, the hot weather, or any lingering security concerns are keeping you from traveling to Israel this summer, Jerusalem gives you a 40-minute IMAX tour of the city that’s holy to Christians, Jews, and Muslims. On the other hand, if you are planning on going, the film should give you a preview of what to see. The film returns on Sat and runs indefinitely at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1600 Gendy St, FW. Tickets are $7-8. Call 817-255-9300.