Wednesday 12 – Mark Gatiss can currently be seen as the duck-racing prime minister in The Favourite, but the estimable English actor will have his turn in the spotlight in The Madness of George III, Alan Bennett’s play about the English king’s late-life battles with the madness that he likely inherited from his genetics. The broadcast of this performance is at 2pm & 7pm today and 1pm Sat at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $20. Call 817-738-9215.
Thursday 13 – If you’re curious about the Japanese animator whose old films keep showing up at the multiplex, check out Never-Ending Man: Hayao Miyazaki, a documentary that chronicles the 75-year-old filmmaker coming out of his latest abortive retirement to try to learn how to work with CGI animation for the first time. The film screens at 7:30pm tonight and Tue at various theaters. Check Calendar for locations. Tickets are $12.50. Call 818-761-6100.
Friday 14 – Arts Fifth Avenue (1628 5th Av, FW) will be busy this weekend. Saturday features the venue’s annual jazz-and-tap dance Christmas celebration, but tonight at 8 will have burlesque entertainment by Va Va Voom Cabaret to put a little slink and a little skin into your holiday. Tickets are $20. Call 817-923-9500.
Saturday 15 – This year, Voices of Fort Worth is doing something special for its annual holiday concert. The choral group will use Pentatonix’s arrangements to perform their Christmas carols. This news will either send you racing for tickets or leave you wanting to be anywhere other than the churches where they’ll be performing. Either way, it’s notable. Their performance today is 7:30pm at Marty Leonard Community Chapel, 3131 Sanguinet St, FW. Tickets are $5-20.
Sunday 16 – Remember the late ’90s and early ’00s when Jeremy Piven seemed to not only be in every movie but make it better? He even improved Serendipity. Since his stint on TV’s Entourage ended, you probably only know him as the title character on British TV’s Mr. Selfridge, but he’ll be here in Fort Worth for one night only performing stand-up. He’ll take the stage at 7pm and 9pm at Hyena’s Fort Worth, 425 Commerce St, FW. Tickets are $35-55. Call 817-877-LAFF.
Monday 17 – The Philadelphia alt-rock group Swearin’ broke up a few years ago when band members Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride ended their relationship, but after a solo career, Crutchfield has now rejoined the band. Now they’re back touring to promote their first new album in five years. The doors open at 8pm at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St, Denton. Tickets are $12. Call 940-320-2000.
Tuesday 18 – Everywhere is playing White Christmas this week, between the film screening at local theaters this Wednesday and Stolen Shakespeare Guild putting on the stage version this weekend. We’re recommending you see the film at the Palace Theatre up in Grapevine because it’s the cheapest, but if you’re not feeling that option, you have plenty of others. The movie screens at 2pm & 7pm at 300 S Main St, Grapevine. Tickets are $6. Call 817-410-3185.