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David Coffee stars in The Father at Stage West.

Wednesday 03 – One of the most impressive things Whose Line Is It Anyway? did was having its comics improvise songs instead of comedy sketches. We’ll have both at Broadway’s Next Hit Musical, the show from New York in which cast members take your suggestions and turn them into a musical extravaganza. A one-time-only performance will take place at 7pm at UNT University Union, 1155 Union Cir, Denton. Tickets are $5-10. Call 940-565-2428.

Thursday 04 – There actually was a General Tso Tsung-t’ang in 19th-century China, but he appears to have no connection to the chicken dish that bears his name. Ian Cheney’s documentary The Search for General Tso about the origins of this restaurant staple and its place in the history of Chinese cuisine screens at 7pm at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-738-9215.

Friday 05 – Sadly, there’s not much truth to the old story that Bach wrote the Goldberg Variations for a count who had terrible insomnia and wanted pieces to perform during his sleepless periods. What’s beyond question is that this suite of variations is one of the pinnacles of Western keyboard music. Alexandre Tharaud, the French pianist who acted in Michael Haneke’s film Amour, will play this suite 7:30pm Thu thru today at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Tickets are $25-65. Call 817-332-8451. 

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Saturday 06 – Christopher Hampton is well-known as both a playwright in his own right and a translator of French plays. Stage West taps into his latter body of work with The Father, A Tragic Farce, a regional premiere of Florian Zeller’s absurdist farce about an 80-year-old Parisian who has trouble recalling who he is and has a series of fanciful adventures in his flat. The play runs Thu thru Apr 28 at 821 W Vickery Blvd, FW. Tickets are $17-35. Call 817-784-9378.

Sunday 07 – Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will play the First Symphony by Bohuslav Martinu, the brilliant, uncategorizable Czech composer who may have been autistic. An even bigger attraction will be composer Andrew Norman, who will be on hand for Colin Currie’s performance of his Switch, a concerto for percussion. The concerts are Fri thru today at Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce St, FW. Tickets are $22-97. Call 817-665-6000.

Monday 08 – Pay homage to the late Luke Perry by seeing Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the 1992 movie written by Joss Whedon that spawned his great 1990s TV show. You’ll also see Hilary Swank, Thomas Jane, and Ben Affleck before any of them were stars, plus Paul Reubens, a.k.a Pee Wee Herman, as a vampire who takes an awfully long time to die. The movie screens Apr 7-10 at Movie Tavern Hulen, 4920 S Hulen St, FW, and Movie Tavern Bedford, 2404 Airport Fwy, Bedford. Tickets are $3. Call 817-546-7090 or 817-768-6414.

Tuesday 09 – Twenty years ago, Lucinda Williams became a darling of the alt-country set with her album Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, an album that landed on many critics’ year-end Top 10 lists and also sold well enough to be certified gold by the RIAA. Tonight, she’ll be at Ridglea Theater to perform that album in its entirety and sing songs from other points of her career. The concert is at 7pm at 6025 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Tickets are $28-334. Call 817-738-9500.

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