Wednesday 21 – There remains time to catch the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s Summer of Apollo, highlighting the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing. The extensive exhibit includes planetarium shows, IMAX film screenings, a virtual reality demonstration, and even an art sidelight, all pegged to our fascination with the planet’s only natural satellite. The show runs indefinitely at 1600 Gendy St, FW. Tickets are free with museum admission. Call 817-255-9300.
Thursday 22 – Michael Colyar tells a very funny joke about an elephant and a Mercedes-Benz, but it’s too long and too filthy to replicate here, so we’re just going to tell you that the hat-wearing, fast-talking standup comic is the main attraction this weekend at the Arlington Improv, today thru Sun at 309 Curtis Mathes Way, Arlington. Tickets are $20-30. Call 817-635-5555.
Friday 23 – Unlike some of Paul Rudnick’s other stage plays, I Hate Hamlet has held up since the 1990s, thanks to its untrammeled silliness in telling the story of a TV star who prepares to take on the role of Shakespeare’s melancholy Dane, as well as the ghost of long-dead theater star John Barrymore. Onstage in Bedford’s production runs thru Sep 1 at Trinity Arts Theater, 2819 Forest Ridge Dr, Bedford. Tickets are $17-22. Call 817-354-6444.
Saturday 24 – A baby who enjoyed tormenting her father with her babyish ways, Baby Snooks was a character created by comedian Fanny Brice for her wildly popular radio show in the 1940s. After playing Baby Snooks once on TV, Brice didn’t think the character worked when seen, but Hip Pocket Theatre will try to prove her wrong with Baby Snooks and Daddy, which runs Fri thru Sep 15 at 1950 Silver Creek Dr, FW. Tickets are $5-20. Call 817-246-9775.
Sunday 25 Based on William Faulkner’s short stories, The Long, Hot Summer is an appropriate film to end August with. Paul Newman plays a drifting con artist who lands in a small Southern town and finds easy prey in its citizens, played by the likes of Orson Welles, Angela Lansbury, Lee Remick, and Newman’s future wife Joanne Woodward. The film screens at 7pm at Four Day Weekend Theater, 312 Houston St, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-924-6000.
Monday 26 – We’ve written up Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro in this space before, but good luck finding something better to do on this last Monday before Labor Day. The big, cuddly forest spirit has become a totem of all of Miyazaki’s animated films for children of all ages. English-dubbed and Japanese-language versions of the film screen Sun thru Aug 28 at various theaters. Check Calendar for locations. Tickets are $13.53. Call 818-761-6100.
Tuesday 27 – Many of the directors who took over Christian Dior’s fashion house became famous in their own rights: Yves Saint Laurent, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano. You can see the evolution of the house style founded by an art gallerist in Dior: From Paris to the World at the Dallas Museum of Art. The exhibit runs thru Oct 27 at 1717 N Harwood St, Dallas. Tickets are $16-25. Call 214-922-1200.