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Weekend’s Top 10 list: Think princess, a prized piano and holiday ‘Plaid’

James Stewart and Karolyn Grimes in “It’s a Wonderful Life”
James Stewart and Karolyn Grimes in “It’s a Wonderful Life”

‘It’s a Wonderful Life’: FWSO at the Movies

1 Need something to convince you it’s time to haul out the Christmas lights and decorate the fireplace mantel? Try this 1946 Christmas classic starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, screened on the Bass Hall stage as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Chamber Choir perform the soundtrack to the movie. John Jesensky conducts the FWSO. It’s at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $38.50-$93. 817-665-6000;

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Vadym Kholodenko in concert

2 The 2013 Cliburn gold medalist helps the Texas Wesleyan University’s School of Music welcome its new Hamburg Steinway grand piano to its new home in Martin Hall. Kholodenko will perform Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor, K. 310; Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 2, 2/2; and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 37 during the program at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15 at Martin Hall is at 1309 Wesleyan St., Fort Worth. For more information, call 817-531-4992.


3 Fresh from a screening at the recent Lone Star Film Festival, this documentary is about North Texas horseman Ascension Banuelos, the first Mexican-American to be inducted into the National Cutting Horse Association’s Hall of Fame. The doc’s stars include Steve Murrin, state Rep. Ramon Romero Jr. and other familiar faces. It screens at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Will Rogers Coliseum. Tickets are $10 adults, $7 children. Want to see the trailer? Visit

$4 double feature at the Coyote Drive-In

4 A better family-friendly combo than this? Inconceivable. That would be “The Princess Bride” and “Big Trouble in Little China,” showing Friday-Dec. 7 at the Coyote. The first movie on the bill, “The Princess Bride,” starts at 7:30 p.m. with “activities” beginning at 5:45 p.m. each night. Saturday, those activities will include a “Princess Bride” costume contest and a movie trivia contest. 223. N.E. Fourth St., Fort Worth. 817-717-7767.

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Joshua Sherman, Branden A. Bailey, Jason Philip Solis and Jamall Houston in “Plaid Tidings” Eric Younkin

‘Plaid Tidings: Holiday Edition of Forever Plaid’

5 Francis, Sparky, Jinx and Smudge, aka the boy band members from “Forever Plaid,” are coming home for the holidays. The sequel musical from playwright Stuart Ross opens at 8 p.m. Friday and runs through Dec. 17 at Theatre Arlington. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 6 p.m. Sundays. A special performance will be 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, which is a Wednesday. Tickets are $26.50. Theatre Arlington is at 305 W. Main St., Arlington. 817-275-7661;

The Grotto Final Show

6 It’s hard to imagine Fort Worth without the Grotto. This familiar watering hole near TCU has always championed local musicians. For this, the bar’s “final show,” some of them team up for a lineup that includes Arenda Light, the Hendersons, Royal Sons and the Matt Tedder Trio. The doors open at 8 p.m. Sunday, and the show begins at 9. Stop by and ask “Where do you think you’re going?” The Grotto is at 571 University Drive, Fort Worth. 817-882-9331;

‘Lost Restaurants of Fort Worth’ book signing

7 Star-Telegram contributor and Fort Worth native Celestina Blok sets the table with delicious names from the past, including the Richelieu Grill, the Colonial Cafeteria, Carlson’s Drive-Inn, the Carriage House and more in her new book, “Lost Restaurants of Fort Worth” ($21.99, Arcadia Publishing and the History Press), out Monday. She’ll be signing copies beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the TCU Campus Store, 2950 W. Berry St., Fort Worth. 817-257-7844;

Holiday concerts, movies in Grapevine

8 Not for nothing does Grapevine call itself “the Christmas Capital of Texas.” The city’s historic Palace Theatre does its part by hosting live music and showing classic holiday movies all month long in December. “A Christmas Carol” starts things off at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by “A Christmas Story, Dec. 5, and “It’s a Wonderful Life,” on Dec. 6. Movie tickets are $6. “A Merry Little Christmas Show With Ricki Derek” hits the stage at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $27. The theater is at 300 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817-410-3100;


9 This annual community production boasts a bigger cast and new musical numbers this year. Celebrity narrators include Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams, on Friday, along with Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Tarrant Sheriff Bill Waybourn, KXAS/Channel 5’s Alice Barr and more. Performances will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 and at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 at Arlington Music Hall. The Arlington Police Department collects donations at each performance. 224 N. Center St., Arlington. 817-226-4400;

34th annual Candlelight Christmas in Ryan Place

10 This long-running tour in the historic Ryan Place neighborhood features five homes — from mansions to bungalows — that have been restored and then decorated to the nines for the holidays. You can ooh and aah, and get some holiday decorating inspiration, too. Tours are noon-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Early bird tickets are $15, $20 on the weekend at St. John’s Church, 2401 College Ave., Fort Worth, or from