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"Couple under an Umbrella" (2013), by Ron Mueck
"Couple under an Umbrella" (2013), by Ron Mueck Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth

‘New Works by Ron Mueck’

1 Mueck’s eerily lifelike sculptures always stand out in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s galleries. You just can’t look away. This exhibit organized by senior curator Andrea Karnes opens Friday, runs through May 6 and showcases six major works created between 2008 and 2018. It includes a “first look” at a sculpture Mueck created especially for the exhibit. Museum admission is $10 adults, $4 seniors and students with ID and free for 12 and younger. Admission is half price on Wednesdays and free on Sundays. 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org

RFD-TV’s The American Semifinals

2 Each February, rodeo fans head to the Stockyards for barrel racing, tie down roping and bull riding action, along with live music, food and more. Qualifying will begin Sunday at the Fort Worth Cowtown Coliseum; the semifinals will be Feb. 20-24. Winners will be headed to the really big show — the finals Feb. 25 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. That event is being called “the world’s richest one-day rodeo.” Admission to the Stockyards rodeo is $10-$30. The Cowtown Coliseum is at 121 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. 817-625-1025; www.stockyardsrodeo.com

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Celebrate the Year of the Dog on Saturday in Dallas. Crow Collection of Asian Art

Chinese New Year Festival

3 UPDATED: It’s the Year of the Dog. Celebrate it in Dallas with the Crow Collection of Asian Art at its 19th annual Chinese New Year Festival. The event will be 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at NorthPark Center in Dallas. (Activities that had been scheduled at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas have been moved to NorthPark because of weather concerns.) Those activities include dragon and lion dances, kung fu and tai chi demonstrations, music, fortune telling and more. NorthPark Center is at 8687 N. Central Expressway, Dallas. For more questions, call 214-979-6430 or visit crowcollection.org.

Artist Ron Campbell

4 What do the Beatles and Winnie the Pooh have in common? Ron Campbell, who directed the Beatles’ Saturday morning cartoon series and served as an animator on the Fab Four’s 1968 movie, “The Yellow Submarine.” In a 50-year career, he also worked on “Scooby Doo,” “Rugrats,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “The Flintstones” and many other cartoon favorites. Meet him 5-9 p.m. Friday, 2-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday at Milan Gallery, 404 Houston St., in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square. 817-338-4278; www.milangallery.com

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Amon Carter Museum of American Art

'New American Sculpture, 1914-1945'

5 The Amon Carter Museum of American Art hosts its first major sculpture show in more than 15 years with this exhibit, which features modern artworks by Gaston Lachaise, Robert Laurent, Elie Nadelman and William Zorach. The show features 55 sculptures and 20 drawings from public and private collections. Museum admission is free. The show opens Saturday and runs through May 13. (Sculptor James Surls will speak March 29.) The exhibit joins “Commanding Space: Women Sculptors of Texas.” The museum is at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. 817-738-1933; www.cartermuseum.org

‘Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove’

6 Cellist Timotheos Petrin and Cliburn Competition finalist Men-Chieh Liu join the performers of the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth for one in a series of afternoon concerts at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Under the direction of Gary Levinson, the group will perform Beethoven’s “Sonata for Violin and Piano, No. 9, Op. 47" and “Serenade for Violin, Viola and Cello in D Major, Op. 8” and Franck’s “Piano Quintet in F Minor.” The concert will be at 2 p.m. Saturday with a lecture at 1:15 p.m. Tickets are $35, $30 seniors and $5 students. The museum is at 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. 817-877-3003; www.chambermusicFW.org

‘America’s Musical Journey’

7 This documentary by Oscar-nominated director Greg MacGillivray visits New Orleans, Chicago, New York City, Memphis, Miami and more in search of the music that makes America sound the way it does, music such as jazz, the blues, country, rock ‘n’ roll and hip-hop. The movie features Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc and is narrated by Morgan Freeman. It opens Friday with showings throughout the weekend at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s IMAX theater. Tickets are $8, $7 for ages 2-18. 1600 Gendy St., Fort Worth. 817-255-9300; fortworthmuseum.org

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A weekend adoption event focuses solely on black cats. Star-Telegram archives

Black cat adoption

8 Chances are you’ve made plans to see Marvel’s “Black Panther” on this, its opening weekend. Here’s a little related event that’s near and dear to our cat-loving hearts, and no, we’re not talking about the sexy, smart superhero portrayed by Chadwick Boseman. Alamo Drafthouse Dallas has teamed with Operation Kindness for a special all black cat adoption event noon-4 p.m. Saturday at the theater, 100 S. Central Expressway, Richardson. It’s a bit of a drive, but the trip home sure will be sweet. For more details, call Operation Kindness at 972-418-7297 or email ok@operationkindness.org

‘Cyrano’

9 Catch Amphibian Stage Productions' retelling of the classic story of Cyrano de Bergerac, the perfect man (swordsman, philosopher, poet, storyteller) with a big, big nose who thinks he needs a handsome teammate to help him win the love of the fair Roxane. Off-Broadway actress Kate Hamill, in the role of Roxane, leads the cast of five. Shows are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through March 4. Tickets are $33. The theater is at 120 S. Main St., Fort Worth. 817-923-3012; www.amphibianstage.com

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Dr. Wu's Jim Ashworth, Bryan Freeze and Buddy Whittington Donovan Allen

Concerts at Billy Bob's Texas

10 Music fans are going to want to split themselves in two Saturday night. Texas blues fans will want to attend the Fort Worth-based Dr. Wu's Texas Blues Project CD release party, featuring Buddy Whittington and Friends. Big Mike Richardson opens the show at 7 p.m. at Billy Bob's 81 Club. Tickets are $20 general admission. At Billy Bob's, it's Dallas native Granger Smith — aka Earl Dibbles Jr. — always the entertainer. Show starts at 10:30 p.m., and tickets are $16-$22. Billy Bob's is at 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth. 817-624-7117; billybobstexas.com











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