IMG-2294Friday 01.04

Chinese Lantern Festival wraps up at Fair Park
It’s been lit at Fair Park since before Big Tex got lit himself there, but all good things must come to an end, and that includes the Chinese Lantern Festival. This exquisite, massive exhibit of illuminated fabric sculptures — from classic Asian themes like pandas and dragons to some Texas-inspired livestock — wraps up its run this weekend. The nighttime display is simply spectacular.

Fair Park at First Avenue and Robert B. Collum Boulevard.
5–10 p.m.


Leslie-JordanFriday 01.04

Leslie Jordan preaches the gospel of laughs
It has become a holiday tradition as respected as breaking your New Year’s resolutions on Jan. 2: Leslie Jordan’s Church Revival. The Emmy winner comic actor preaches from his pulpit of humor at this annual benefit performance for Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage.
Come and be moved by the spirit!

Eagle’s Nest Cathedral,
1508 Cadiz St.
6–9 p.m.
$40–$150. and





Bernadette-PetersSaturday 01.05

Bernadette Peters performs at Bass with FWSO
She’s been a muse to Stephen Sondheim and she can belt out a number like nobody’s business — even out of her tiny frame. Broadway legend and gay favorite Bernadette Peters — who this time last year was wowing them in New York in Follies, brings her powerhouse personality to Bass Hall on Saturday, backed up by Cowtown’s Symphony Orchestra.

Bass Performance Hall
525 Commerce St., Fort Worth.
8 p.m.




This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 4, 2013.