Only 10 days to go until Christmas, and yet this week has a decidedly non-holiday feel to it. There are still a couple of holiday-themed events happening, but most of them would be welcome at any time of the year, including two concerts at Billy Bob's, screenings of a nature documentary, and a drama-filled theater production.
Below are the best options for your precious free time Thursday through Sunday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, December 15
Symphony Arlington presents Holiday Safari
Symphony Arlington presents Holiday Safari, the annual carol sing-along featuring lots of holiday favorites. Fort Worth Opera singers Christina Pecce and Anna Laurenzo are featured in the concert, which takes place at the Arlington Music Hall for one night only.
Max's Wine Dive presents Albert Bichot Wine Dinner
Max’s Wine Dive Fort Worth presents an evening of decadent foods and wine. The special evening comes with a five-course menu and wine pairings from French winery Albert Bichot. Each course features a wine paired for each flavor palette.
Flatland Cavalry in concert
Lubbock roots-country outfit Flatland Cavalry impresses with bright, earthy country ballads and gritty folk ramblers. Formed in the fall of 2012, the quintet released their first full-length album, Humble Folks, in April 2016. They are playing a late-night show at Billy Bob's Texas.
Friday, December 16
Magnolia at the Modern: Seasons
Jacques Perrin, the filmmaker known for nature documentaries like Winged Migration and Oceans, is back again with Seasons. The film, which screens six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, examines the multitude of animals that share the land with humans going back millennia.
Proper Hijinx Productions presents In a Dark Dark House
The season-ending production from Proper Hijinx Productions is In a Dark Dark House. The story follows Drew, who has been court-confined for observation and has called his older brother, Terry, to corroborate his claim of childhood sexual abuse by a young man from many summers ago. Drew's request releases barely hidden animosities between the two, and the brothers come to grips with and begin to understand the legacy of abuse, both inside and outside their family home. The production, which started last week, plays through Sunday at Amphibian Stage Productions.
Texas Ballet Theater presents The Nutty Nutcracker
While Texas Ballet Theater's annual rendition of The Nutcracker continues at Bass Performance Hall through December 24, they'll take a one-day break to shake things up with The Nutty Nutcracker. The production is a send-up of pop culture, featuring wild characters and racy action from start to finish.
Randy Rogers Band in concert
The Randy Rogers Band, which originated out of San Marcos, Texas, has been doing Texas country music proud for years, scoring top 10 albums on the country charts for every release since 2006. They are playing a rare two-night set at Billy Bob's Texas in support of their latest album, Nothing Shines Like Neon.
Saturday, December 17
National Theatre Live presents The Threepenny Opera
Actor Rory Kinnear is Mack the Knife in a new version of the landmark 20th century musical, The Threepenny Opera, broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre in England. As London's East End scrubs up for the coronation, Mr. and Mrs. Peachum gear up for a bumper day in the beggary business. The screening takes place at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.