Wednesday 17 – Fort Worth Cocktail Week celebrations continue up until the weekend. We were onboard with the tiki drinks long before they became trendy, so tonight’s tiki drink party will be like a coronation. Still, if you don’t like the island stuff, you can join in the margarita party on Thursday with tequila and mezcal or Friday’s martini party that rounds it all off. The event runs thru Fri at various locations. Check Calendar for venues. Tickets are $20-25. Call 817-321-9700.
Thursday 18 – The Empty Bowls Chef Series winds up its season tonight with Tarrant Area Food Bank’s own chefs Manuel Vasquez and Keith Grober demonstrating creative contemporary cuisine. As always, the rewards go beyond the fine dinner you’ll be consuming, as the proceeds will go toward TAFB. The event is at 6pm at TAFB Demonstration Kitchen, 2525 Cullen St, FW. Tickets are $75. Call 817-857-7100.
Friday 19 – When Khachaturian wrote incidental music for the stage play Masquerade, he felt pressure to come up with a beautiful waltz, since the play’s main character remarks on how beautiful the music is. The Armenian composer’s waltz is one of his best-known compositions, and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will play it at their free concert, along with Henryk Wienawski’s youthful First Violin Concerto, at 7:30pm at Arborlawn United Methodist Church, 5001 Briarhaven Rd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-665-6000.
Saturday 20 – Son of Stan, Holy Moly, The Unlikely Candidates, and Mean Motor Scooter are just some of the more than 50 bands that will take the stage at this fall’s ArtsGoggle, a previously indoor affair that now occupies 18 city blocks as it showcases local music, arts and crafts, and food. The event is noon-10pm on Magnolia Av from 8th to St. Louis avs, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-923-1649.
Sunday 21 – We touted Onstage in Bedford’s regional premiere of Men in Boats last August, but if you missed it (or didn’t feel like driving out to Bedford), Circle Theatre now has it to close out their 2017 season. Jaclyn Backhaus’ comedy about 10 male explorers played by an all-female cast on an 1869 expedition down the Grand Canyon runs Fri thru Nov 17 at 230 W 4th St, FW. Tickets are $15-38. Call 817-877-3040.
Monday 22 – Spectrum Chamber Music Series of Fort Worth goes in for some decidedly lighter material this week. Malcolm Arnold’s Three Shanties are a set of antic and occasionally beautiful pieces inspired by sailors’ songs, while Ibert’s Trois Pièces Brèves showcase the composer’s playful French wit. Offsetting those woodwind pieces is Dohnányi’s thoroughly charming Serenade for String Trio. The concert is at 7pm at First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1959 Sandy Ln, FW. Admission is $5. Call 817-377-0688.
Tuesday 23 – Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Chemistry Connections demonstrates some simple but powerful space-related chemistry experiments for children in the second grade and up. The field of astrophysics enjoys a lot of play, but astrochemistry doesn’t, so now’s a good time to see on Earth what goes on in space at a molecular level. The demonstrations run today thru Sat at 1600 Gendy St, FW. Admission is free with museum admission. Call 817-255-9300.