Wednesday 19 – We’ve plugged Arielle Isaac Norman before, but if she keeps playing dates when we’re hard up for events, we’ll keep writing her up. The gender-fluid comedian and podcaster returns to MASS (1002 S Main St) at 9pm for a return engagement. Admission is free.
Thursday 20 – Both of TCU’s basketball teams have been off to hot starts, but the men are in Honolulu this holiday for the Diamond Head Classic. The women, probably wishing they could spend Christmas in Hawaii, hold down the fort here by hosting the Bearkats of Sam Houston State, who currently sit third in the Southland Conference. The game tips off at 6:30pm at Schollmaier Arena, 3000 Stadium Dr, FW. Tickets are $5-12. Call 817-257-7967.
Friday 21 – Why should classical music be confined to fans with disposable income or to Bass Hall? This week, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra travels to three venues for free performances of holiday favorites. The performances are Wed thru today at various locations. Check Calendar for addresses. Admission is free, except for today’s, which is pay-what-you-can. Call 817-665-6000.
Saturday 22 – After Hokusai came Utagawa (or Andô) Hiroshige. Considered the last great master of the ukiyo-e woodblock print, his refined paintings were hugely influential on Manet, Monet, and van Gogh. The Arlington Museum of Art’s Along the Eastern Road: Hiroshige’s Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido spotlights Hiroshige’s masterpiece, views of the 53 towns between Kyoto and Edo. The show runs thru Feb 24 at 201 W Main St, Arlington. Tickets are $5-10. Call 817-275-4600.
Sunday 23 – Today’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be the Dallas Cowboys’ regular-season home finale, but they harbor hopes of hosting a wild-card playoff game. The Bucs are probably not as good as their 5-9 record indicates, as their “who’s our quarterback this week?” drama has masked some terrible defensive numbers. The game kicks off at noon at AT&T Stadium, 1 Legends Way, Arlington. Tickets are $75-500. Call 800-745-3000.
Monday 24 – Most things are shut down today because of the holiday, but Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge will still hold its periodic Bison Feeding Hayride this morning. You can see up close the animal that provides such excellent fur and meat, though sadly its milk can’t be made into mozzarella like its water buffalo cousin. The event is at 10am at 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, FW. Tickets are $10-16. Call 817-237-1111.
Tuesday 25 – Lico Reyes throws his annual Christmas party for the poor and homeless this morning, but he won’t be the only source of entertainment this year. He’s got America’s Got Talent Frank Sinatra impersonator Paul Salos to pitch in along with the usual clowns, magic acts, and other things to entertain the families at 9am at Reyna’s Ballroom, 1600 New York Av, Arlington. Admission is free. Call 817-454-4516.