Two popular art shows in Waco end their run this week, giving area art buffs one final weekend to get in a last look.

I know what you’re thinking: “Bah! Humbug!” Can a Christmas movie that’s being released in November, well before Thanksgiving, be any good? It just so happens that the new animated version of the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a welcome, if early, Christmas gift. You’d have to be a Scrooge to resist it.

It all starts with a song, as some musicians like to say, and it’s Texas songwriters — an ad hoc group called the Traveling Red River Songwriters — who kick off a busy music weekend at the Waco Hippodrome on Thursday night.

Two pianos add a musical twist to the Central Texas Choral Society’s fall concert Monday night, providing a different accompaniment for the finale to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (the choral “Ode To Joy” movement) and allowing a chamber music setting for Johannes Brahms’ waltzes.

So Disney has gone ahead and made a Christmas movie from “The Nutcracker.” Is this what we’re doing now? We’re making big Hollywood movies from 19th century ballets? Anyone have any fresh ideas at all? Talk about low-hanging fruit: It’s a sugar plum.

Waco opera fans get two operas for the price of one in Baylor Opera Theater’s fall production opening Tuesday — the one-acts “Signor Deluso” and “Trouble In Tahiti” — but theater director Susan Li also has her eye out for the potential fan, too.

Crowds along the route of this year’s Baylor University Homecoming parade may want to practice looking up before Saturday morning: This year’s parade will feature more balloons than floats, though not by much.

More than two dozen creative and talented women will take the stage at the Whistle Stop in Crawford, 6432 N. Lone Star Parkway, on Saturday, Oct. 27, for the Witchy Woman's Whistle Fair, which will fill more than nine hours with music, poetry, speech and maybe a little dance.

There are so many good movies in theaters right now — thoughtful, artistic, well-acted and well-told movies that studios preciously save for this time of year with the distant hope of Oscar gold in their future. The Gerard Butler submarine movie “Hunter Killer “ is not one of those movies — it is bombastic and garish, ridden with clichés, preposterous politics and diplomacy, and frenetic, video game energy. And it so often so unintentionally silly that it’s actually kind of a fun watch.

Waco jazz guitarist Chuck Jennings’ years playing in New York City clubs not only honed his considerable skills, but connected him to players of like ability and interests.

It’s the weekend before a midweek Halloween and although it’s a busy one — according to our Music & More guide, 19 concerts alone over the next seven days — there’s plenty with a taste of the season.

Ludwig van Beethoven scholars for more than a century have tried to analyze his music and life through yellowing manuscripts, conversation books, diaries and articles, looking for clues to answer a fundamental mystery: How could one of the world’s greatest composers create such monumental music while deaf in his middle and later years?

The Jubilee Theatre’s production of “Clue the Musical” has surprises built into its storyline, as any good murder mystery does, even if from a board game, but director Trent Sutton found one from the beginning:

Waco Cultural Arts Fest organizers call the public/children’s art portion of the festival Arts For All, but the term could describe the festival and its component subfestivals held each year at Indian Spring Park and the Waco Convention Center.

What adds up to a Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo experience? Two parts carnival rides, one part live music, two parts corn dogs, funnel cakes and soft drink? One part rodeo, two parts livestock exhibits? One part of watching kids on sensory overload? Crowd-watching and ride barkers on a cool Texas night?

Celebrated 19th century artist and naturalist John James Audubon captured the look of wildlife in American forests and wetlands in his monumental “Birds of America” series and a new Martin Museum of Art exhibit opening Saturday explores another territory where Audubon blazed trails, the overlap between science, specifically ornithology, and art.

Rats frequently overstay their welcome, but there’s an exception being made for the beret-wearing “Haight Street Rat” presently on display at downtown Waco’s Cultivate 7twelve art space: The celebrated work by British street artist Banksy will stay in Waco for another month.

The {254} Dance-Fest returns to the Waco Cultural Arts Fest for its sixth year Oct. 5-7 with its usual mix of public performances, dance workshops and appearances by dance companies and dancers from across the state.

Nearly two decades after forming to nudge Christian college students into a more vibrant relationship with God, the trio Passion is still, well, passionate about its work, even as its audience has grown far beyond the college crowd of its initial years.