Less a movie than a conjuring, “The Shape of Water” plunges viewers into a mossy, aquamarine world of dreams and taboo desires, its contours as a wistful fable adjusted more than slightly for very real, present-day concerns.

Waco country singer Holly Tucker is adding a second verse to the song of Texas musicians helping in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, thanks to a donated guitar and the goodwill — and signatures — of more than two dozen musicians.

Could it be that Hugh Grant was born to play a villainous dandy in a kid’s movie? He certainly seems to be having the time of his life hamming it up in “Paddington 2” as a pretentious, has-been actor who’s now relegated to dressing up like a spaniel for dog food commercials. His delight is contagious.

Times are tough all over, as the saying goes, and this is certainly true for many of the nation’s leading museums. Less than a year ago the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, arguably the country’s premier repository of great art, was looking at a deficit of around $40 million. As a result, the museum had to postpone ambitious expansion plans, curtail temporary exhibitions and cut about 90 people from its staff.

A new year stretches ahead, but for three WACO-FM radio personalities, it’s prefaced by 25 years at the same station.

The Stars Over Texas monthly music revue starts the New Year with an Oldies Jukebox featuring Royce Montgomery, Glenda Cheek, saxophonist Don Franks and Ken Elliott as Elvis at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum, 2801 W. Waco Dr. $14, $12 for age 65 and older.

There’s controversy at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Thousands of people have signed an online petition demanding that the museum remove from display a 1938 painting in its collection called “Thérèse Dreaming” by a French painter known as Balthus. Those who want it removed call the painting of a young girl “sexually suggestive” in an inappropriate way. The Museum has responded by saying it’s not going to remove the work, but that the affair represents “an opportunity for conversation.”

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Until this year, perhaps the greatest piece of moviemaking about Dunkirk was only part of a movie: It was a breathtaking sequence of the massive World War II evacuation, filmed in one astonishing five-minute take that dramatically punctuated the movie “Atonement,” directed by Joe Wright.

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You know how Hollywood doesn’t make original movies anymore? Well, “Downsizing” is here to fix that. Weird and wonderful, zigging where it should zag and zagging where it should zig, this wildly imaginative flight of fancy strikes an admirably poised balance between whimsy, screwball comedy, social satire and generous meditation on the foibles and highest aspirations of human nature.

A big hat and an American accent opened doors for Waco-born singer-songwriter Jarrod Dickenson when performing in the United Kingdom and his lyrics and performing talent made those curious audiences return again and again.

There’s a bit of pre-Christmas country music this weekend at two Waco venues. Central Texas’ Billy Holt comes to The Backyard, 511 S. Eighth St., for a 9 p.m. Friday show while Jon Wolfe, performing in support of his album “Any Night In Texas,” returns for a 10 p.m. Saturday appearance at the Melody Ranch, 2315 Robinson Road, with Bubba Westly opening.

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A couple of weeks ago I had the wonderful treat of catching up with an old friend. He was passing through town and we met over lunch, the first time we’d seen each other in 20 years. When I lived in Austin, he was the drummer in the band for which I played bass, and we travelled and played all over the state together. Now we immediately fell into reminiscing about gigs and car rides and it was as if we’d not been apart at all. I have little doubt that if we’d had our instruments we’d have fallen right back into the groove. As we chatted, we appreciated the unique kind of bond we had formed and continue even now to have, based on our years of playing music together.

Christmas celebrations — the theatrical kind — move indoors this weekend with Waco theaters staging no less than five holiday productions, following last weekend’s Waco Childrens’ Theater presentation of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum.

Baylor students add research and context to 18th and 19th century prints in “The Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” which ends its run Sunday at Baylor’s Martin Museum of Art in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

It’s been a theatrical week in my family. Last Friday, my son played the part of Don Pedro in his school production of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing,” and two days later my daughter played a shepherd in an intricate Christmas musical at our church. Both roles required them to invest a great deal of time and concentration.

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Country/Americana singer-songwriter Chris Knight is admiring the fall foliage at his farm near Slaughters, Kentucky, while talking about his Thursday night show at the Waco Hippodrome.

A couple of weeks ago the Moscow Ballet’s traveling production of “The Nutcracker” came through Waco. Like many touring companies that stage the ballet, it used local children to dance several of the parts, and my daughter got to be in two numbers.

For local Texas country music fans, Christmas may have come a little early this year in the form of Winterfest, which tops three nights of country music with such performers as Roger Creager, Josh Abbott, William Clark Green, Waco’s Holly Tucker, Reckless Kelly and Micky and the Motorcars.

Weather was the determining W for last year’s Waco Wonderland with suddenly cold temperatures and rain forcing cancellation of the Waco Christmas parade and delaying Saturday’s opening by a few hours.

The Waco Civic Theatre is more Doyle than Dickens this month, but the tone is still light and entertaining as the theater turns to comedy with Ken Ludwig’s “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.”

Through a series of rather unexpected events, I found myself early last Saturday morning sitting in a deer blind out in the vastness of southwest Texas. The utter stillness in a place like that at daybreak is unlike anything I’d experienced before.

If you’re still looking for a place to have a Thanksgiving meal, here’s a short list of places that we found would be open on Thanksgiving Day.

Dallas artist Erika Huddleston found Waco Creek continually surprised her in the seven months she painted the stream, disappearing from public view at times, resurfacing in hard concrete channels at others.