Fundraisers and Galas
The Greatest Gift Catalog Ever kicks off the holiday season with a launch party from 5 to 7 p.m. at Milan Gallery in Fort Worth. The event will feature food from Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine and Nothing Bundt Cakes. Tickets: $50. 817-922-8297, http://tggce.org.
River Legacy Science Center’s fourth annual A Night With Nature is 7-10 p.m. at the center. The fundraiser will feature cocktails, appetizers, nature hikes, animal explorations and more. Tickets: $100. 817-860-6752, ext. 107, www.riverlegacy.org.
Band of Roses, benefiting the Northeast Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, takes place at 6 p.m. at River Ranch in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Tickets: $100. 817-249-7744, www.cff.org/fortworth.
Indulge celebrates its 10th anniversary with a party benefiting The Goodfellow Fund, 6-9 p.m. at River Ranch in the Fort Worth Stockyards. The event includes craft cocktails, tastings from local chefs and a fashion show. Tickets: $25. Indulgedfw.com/TEN.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s “Painted Violins: Symphonic Strokes” takes place at 7 p.m. on the Bass Hall stage. The fundraiser includes music, cuisine and an auction of painted violins. Tickets: $100-$250. 817-665-6500, www.fwsymphony.org/paintedviolins.
Cancer Care Services celebrates its annual Joy of Life gourmet dinner at 7 p.m. at the Fort Worth Club. Tickets: $200. 817-921-0653,
ext. 229, www.cancercareservices.org/
Camp Fire First Texas presents An Artists’ Christmas Art Auction and Gala at the Fort Worth Zoo. The evening includes dinner, dancing and an auction of more than 80 pieces of art. Tickets: $250. 817-831-2111, www.campfirefw.org.
High Tea and Conversation, benefiting the American Cancer Society, will feature a peek into life at Kensington Palace with Darren McGrady, private chef to the late Princess Diana. The event is noon at Piazza in the Village. Tickets: $150. 817-570-0618, http://ACSHighTea.org.
The University of North Texas Health Science Center Foundation’s An Evening with a Legend, featuring country singer Vince Gill, takes place at 7:30 p.m. at Bass Hall. Tickets: $75-$1,000. 817-735-0204, www.unthsc.edu/ewal.
A champagne preview reception for “Cowtown Stardom: Fashions of Fort Worth’s Famous,” benefiting Historic Fort Worth Inc., takes place at 5:30 p.m. at Thistle Hill. The pop-up exhibit, on display through Nov. 21, will show garments from celebrities including Van Cliburn, Larry Hagman, Ben Hogan and Ruta Lee. Reception tickets: $125; exhibit tickets: $20. www.historicfortworth.org.
The Margarita Society of Arlington hosts its annual Margarita Gala and Charity Ball at 7 p.m. at the Arlington Convention Center. Entry is a donation of $30 or a new, unwrapped toy (valued at $30 or more). www.arlingtonmargaritasociety.org.
and Art Events
The Kimbell Art Museum presents “Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter’s Eye,” through Feb. 14. Free. 817-738-1933; www.cartermuseum.org.
The Dallas Museum of Art opens “Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots,” through March 20. $12-$16. 214-922-1200; www.dma.org.
Led by the Noble Planetarium staff and members of the Fort Worth Astronomical Society, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History hosts a Star Party in the museum’s south parking lot. Free. 817-255-9300, www.fortworthmuseum.org.
The Arlington Museum of Art presents “Modern Masters From the Guild Hall Collection: Warhol, Pollock, Lichtenstein, Rauschenberg, de Kooning, Motherwell,” through Feb. 21. $5-$8. 817-275-4600, http://arlingtonmuseum.org.
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The Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society presents Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Larry Del Casale in concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Kimbell Art Museum’s Renzo Piano Pavilion. $35. 817-498-0363, http://guitarsociety.org.
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Dallas Summer Musicals kicks off its new season with The Sound of Music at the Music Hall at Fair Park. $21-$106. 214-691-7200, www.dallassummermusicals.org.
Stage West Theatre presents The Heir Apparent through Dec. 13. $17-$35. 817-784-9378, http://stagewest.org.
The ninth annual Lone Star Film Festival’s lineup features film screenings, panel discussions, guest speakers and more. Individual screening tickets: $10. Festival pass: $150. 817-924-6000, www.lonestarfilmfestival.com.
Amphibian Stage Productions and National Theatre Live present multiple broadcasts of George Farquhar’s The Beaux’ Stratagem in the auditorium of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. $12-$20. 817-923-3012, www.amphibianstage.com.
Festivals and Outdoor Activities
Panther Island Pavilion kicks off the holiday season with the return of Panther Island Ice. The outdoor skating rink is open seven days a week, including holidays, through Jan. 18. $11. 817-698-0700, http://pantherislandice.com.
The Gaylord Texan’s annual Lone Star Christmas celebration runs through Jan. 3. The family-friendly event includes photos with Santa, snow tubing and the Gaylord’s ICE! Experience, which will feature a new Christmas Around the World theme. ICE! tickets: $12.99-$16.99 for children and $21.99-$29.99 for adults. Other activities start at $12 per person. 817-778-1000, www.marriott.com.
Ballet Frontier of Texas performs its annual production of The Nutcracker at Will Rogers Memorial Center. $24-$32.
Southlake hosts its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Southlake Town Square. The family-friendly event features holiday music, pictures with Santa, carriage rides and more. Free. 817-748-8019, www.visitsouthlaketexas.com.
The 33rd annual XTO Energy Parade of Lights takes place at 6 p.m. in downtown Fort Worth, followed by the lighting of the Sundance Square Christmas tree. Free. 817-336-2728, www.fortworthparadeoflights.org.
Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol runs through Dec. 20 at Stage West Theatre. $17-$35. 817-784-9378, http://stagewest.org.
The fifth annual Arlington Christkindl Holiday Market runs through Dec. 23. The open-air holiday market offers shopping, food and drink, crafts, entertainment and more. Free. 1-800-342-4305, http://txchristkindlmarket.com.
The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Southwestern Seminary Master Chorale kick off the Christmas season with the annual “Home for the Holidays” concert. $28-$85. 817-665-6000, www.fwsymphony.org.
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