Wednesday 13 – If you liked Late Night Catechism on stage, you’ll want to be downtown tonight for Sister’s Christmas Catechism — The Gift of the Magi. A holiday sequel done by the same creative personnel, the show features a nun running through Catholic thought on the holiday and staging the Nativity as an interactive murder mystery. The show runs today thru Sun at McDavid Studio, 301 E 5th St, FW. Tickets are $30-40. Call 817-212-4280.
Thursday 14 – Symphony Arlington rings in the holiday with a program full of Christmas music from off the beaten path. This includes Otto Nicolai’s Beethovenesque Weihnachts-Ouvertüre (“Christmas Overture”) and the joyous “The Rapture” from Gerald Finzi’s Dies Natalis, which will be sung by tenor Richard Trey Smagur. LeRoy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride will be on the program, too. The concert starts at 7:30pm at Arlington Music Hall, 224 N Center St, Arlington. Tickets are $16.50-46.50. Call 817-385-4084.
Friday 15 – As of this writing, there’s no word on which teams will be playing at the Texas high school football playoffs that take place at AT&T Stadium, but should your kid’s school be among the competitors, now’s a great chance to see them play on the big stage before ticket prices get steep during the championship round. The games take place Thu thru today at 1 Legends Way, Arlington. Tickets are $12. Call 800-745-3000.
Saturday 16 – To mark its 10th anniversary, Sounds Modern will play Morton Feldman’s Crippled Symmetry, a 1983 chamber work that lasts a full 90 minutes and allows the individual players to play their notes independently of the others, enveloping you in a mysterious world of sound. The performance is at 2pm at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Admission is free. Call 940-565-3706.
Sunday 17 – Today’s your last day to see Stolen Shakespeare Guild’s Little Women, a canny piece of counterprogramming to the other theater troupe’s holiday shows. Louisa May Alcott’s novel takes in Christmas at the March home but also the joys and sorrows of growing up throughout the year, as does Emma Reeves’ stage adaptation. The show runs thru today at Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St, FW. Tickets are $15-19. Call 866-811-4111.
Monday 18 – Precisely one week before Christmas, Michael Martin Murphey pays his annual visit to Bass Hall for an evening of songs and cowboy stories. What we wouldn’t do for a rendition of “Geronimo’s Cadillac” right now. The concert is at 7:30pm at 555 Commerce St, FW. Tickets are $38.50-82.50. Call 817-212-4280.
Tuesday 19 – If you’re all Nutcrackered out a week before Christmas, or if you’re simply of the Jewish persuasion, you should check out The MeshugaNutcracker!, Shannon Guggenheim’s musical telling of the story of Hanukkah through songs, stories, and dancing dreidels to entertain you on the festival’s seventh day. The broadcast is at 7pm at various movie theaters; check Calendar for showtimes. Tickets are $15. Call 818-761-6100.