As we ease our way into 2019, all of the featured events in this week's roundup have a gentle feel to them. Among the choices are two color-themed art exhibits, an Oscar-caliber film, a Western-themed art exhibit, a rising Texas band, classical music on a small scale, one last Christmas hurrah, and a former boy band gone classical.
Below are the best ways to spend your free time this weekend. Want more options? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, January 3
Kimbell Art Museum exhibit closures
For the past three months, the Kimbell Art Museum has been displaying two color-themed exhibits — "Goya in Black and White" and "Balenciaga in Black" — both of which will come to a close on Sunday. "Goya" showcases more than 75 of Francisco de Goya y Lucientes' paramount works on paper from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, while "Balenciaga" is an exhibition of more than 100 of fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga's pieces from the collections of Paris' Palais Galliera and the archives of the Maison Balenciaga.
Friday, January 4
Magnolia at the Modern Film presents Beautiful Boy
Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff (Steve Carrell and Timothée Chalamet), Beautiful Boy (see our review here) chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. The film will screen six times through Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Community Arts Center presents "Cultura Del Vaquero" opening reception
While we wait for the annual Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo to open in a couple of weeks, you can take in this art exhibit dedicated to works that embrace the spirit and theme of Western-based artwork. The show is in honor of the Stock Show, which has been held annually in Fort Worth since 1896. The exhibit will remain on display at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center through February 20.
Josh Abbott Band in concert
The Josh Abbott Band, which was formed in Lubbock while all the members were students at Texas Tech, is part of the next generation of Red Dirt/Texas Country acts alongside Eli Young Band, Randy Rogers Band, and more. They have released five albums in their 10-year career, including 2017's Until My Voice Goes Out. They'll play on both Friday and Saturday at Billy Bob's Texas.
Saturday, January 5
Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth presents "Scintillating Fresh Looks"
The Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth will present a concert they are calling "Scintillating Fresh Looks," featuring the Dover Quartet. Selections include Mozart’s String Quartet No. 22 in B flat Major, K. 589 and String Quartet No. 23 in F Major, K. 590 and Dvořák’s String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, “American Quartet.” The performance will be at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
University Christian Church presents Boar's Head & Yule Log Festival
The holiday season may technically be over, but University Christian Church will get in one last Christmas-themed event just as the 12 Days of Christmas are coming to an end. The two-day affair features marching companies singing the ancient songs of Christendom, along with a version of the original Christmas story. Performances will take place on both Saturday and Sunday.
Hanson with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
After 23 years in the public eye, former boy group Hanson is still going strong. Arguably still best known for their 1997 earworm "MMMbop," the Hanson brothers have moved into the classical realm with their latest album, String Theory, featuring stringed instrument versions of their songs. They'll perform alongside the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for this one-night-only concert at Bass Performance Hall.