Wednesday 20 – Done all your Christmas shopping? The kids may want to catch the last week of Santa Claus: A New Musical, a rock-tinged Christmas show with Santa thinking of retirement and looking for a replacement. Casa Mañana’s production of the musical runs thru Sat at 3101 W Lancaster Av, FW. Tickets are $20-35. Call 817-332-2272.
Thursday 21 – Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra takes one of its periodic forays to Southlake for the holiday season, as the orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky, Pachelbel, LeRoy Anderson, and various Christmas favorites at a reduced rate. The concert starts at 7pm at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S White’s Chapel Blvd, Southlake. Tickets are $13-23. Call 817-665-6000.
Friday 22 – In 1960, Jane Goodall was sent to Gombe Stream National Park in what’s now Tanzania to observe chimpanzees. Her future husband Hugo van Lawick shot film footage of her during those years, but it was believed lost until recently. Now, Brett Morgen has edited the footage into a striking documentary called Jane. The movie screens today thru Sat at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $7-9. Call 817-738-9215.
Saturday 23 – Basket weaving is a skill that can serve you throughout the year, but it can also make for a handmade Christmas gift if you’re in a pinch. Whichever situation fits your needs, you can come to Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge’s Beginners Basket Weaving demonstration and learn how to make one. The event is 2-4pm at 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, FW. Admission is $5-10. Call 817-237-1111.
Sunday 24 – Jeff Heath and an index card kept the Cowboys’ season alive for another week (see: Stuff page), and now the home team welcomes back a certain running back for the Seattle Seahawks’ visit this afternoon. While the visitors looked a mess last week against L.A., they are still dangerous and harbor postseason hopes of their own. This will be like a playoff game in itself. Kickoff is at 3:30pm at AT&T Stadium, 1 Legends Way, Arlington. Tickets are $75-500. Call 800-745-3000.
Monday 25 – Arlington’s annual Christmas Party for the Poor has changed locations yet again, and we rather like the idea of the event being a moveable feast. As always, there will be food, clothing, games, entertainers, karaoke, and Christmas tree decorating for the kids. The event is 9am-1pm at Reyna’s Ballroom, 1600 New York Av, Arlington. Admission is free. Call 454-4716.
Tuesday 26 – “Only twenty-seven people in Britain can explain why the day after Christmas is called Boxing Day, but that doesn’t stop millions from marking it by staying home from work.” — Alan Beechey. Whether you’re working or still off, we wish you a great Boxing Day.