Friday, December 19
That Dickens classic always seemed a little too uppity for us, what with the fancy dialogue and all those top hats. Jamie and Erik Knapp have thankfully brought it down to a comfy lowbrow level with their revision of the tale into A Trailer Trash Christmas Carol. From that little adjustment, the Texas Radio Theatre Company adapted the play into its trademark audio format. The saga of Junior Beauregard and the curse put on him by Grandmama MacMelmahay (try acing that in an audition) takes the audience with Junior into the woods where he is visited by the ghosts of people he knows (and who aren't actually dead yet, but let's go with it). The torment and shame will continue, as the curse provides, until he achieves a heart full of the "true spirit of Christmas." Speaking of which, this performance serves as a canned-food drive for Tarrant Area Food Bank. Admission is $5 or four nonperishables (make Grandmama proud and bring both). The Carol commences at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St. Call 817-275-4600.
Saturday, December 20
We had no idea how addictive basketball was until this season started up. Understand, we mean specifically watching basketball games, all physical exertion aside. Nestled in the sofa, we'll watch just about any game that's on, even if it's a simulated one being played by someone else on the PS2. As pathetic as that sounds, we've found a b-ball fan deep within ourselves that's based on more than last year's crush on Dirk Nowitzki. We've always been faithful to the Mavs, too, whether the bandwagon is full speed or stalled out. Thus, we've scheduled some time Saturday (2 p.m. to 4 p.m., to be exact) to grab sportswriter Jaime Aron's Tales From the Dallas Mavericks and have the expert hoops analyst and storyteller sign it. He knows all, from coaches to owners (with a foreword by Mark Cuban) to players, and we're all about telling it like it is. As meet-and-greets go, this should be a three-pointer. Borders Books & Music is located at 5500 Greenville Ave. Call 214-739-1166.
Sunday, December 21
At last, at long last, our ignorance can be stamped out. Our well of knowledge shall be deepened with the answer to a distressing question that all started with the 1998 Nagano Winter Games. What the hell is curling? Sure, we can surmise from the television screen that the Scottish sport is essentially a cross between shuffleboard and chess on ice during which participants slide rocks down said chewin' water. But what makes it so damn difficult? The D/FW Curling Club, which was formed in the wake of the 2002 Winter Olympics, and its current staple of 45 members offer a free Open House/Curling Clinic to enlighten us on rules, technique and what phrases like "draw to the button" mean. These curlers know their stuff and proved it after beating the defending champs in the recent Utica, New York, national championships. Now they get to share with amateurs. Hit the ice at the Dr Pepper Stars Center, 1700 S. Main St., Duncanville, at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The club requests that attendees to the clinic make a small donation as it is a public charity. Call 469-939-CURL.
Monday, December 22
In art, there is personal motivation, and there is public demand. The two aren't always the same, and as an artist one sometimes has to choose between paying the rent and fulfilling a vision. For 30 years, Dallas artist Bart Forbes has worked as an illustrator, one commissioned to create more than 20 postage stamps and official posters for the Boston Marathon, America's Cup and Indy 500 and official signage for the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. Now it's his turn to commission something from himself. After a successful career doing for others, Forbes brings his vision to reality in Bart Forbes: A Painter's Journey at the Valley House Gallery, 6616 Spring Valley Road. In the exhibit, Forbes tackles landscape and still life, bringing his personal creations into the public eye. But not for long. The show closes Tuesday, so get there and do it fast, before his textured works are taken down and we all have to dig out our stamp collection to enjoy his work. Call 972-239-2441.